DavidJames Posted June 20, 2011 Share Posted June 20, 2011 Hey all, Iâ€™m James and Iâ€™ve been studying singing for the past 2 and a half years. Iâ€™ve taken 1 lesson and that was with Robert Lunte and it was extremely helpful in opening up some doors in avenues I was confused about. I mostly train with the Singing Success and Mastering Mix products but Iâ€™ve also used The Four Pillars of Singing and Ken Tamplinâ€™s 3 Stage Vocal Academy lessons. I find myself going back to the basics often because Iâ€™m always learning something new. Iâ€™ve found that in many products the descriptions on HOW to do the exercises are not clear enough and I thought Iâ€™d share some of my experience with you and hopefully help some struggling singers. These will mostly be about SLS type exercises but I think they can help anyone. Lip Rolls â€“ Iâ€™ve found that if you do these with a â€œbooâ€ sound instead of a â€œbuhâ€ sound, it gets you more into the â€œMaskâ€ region and out of your throat. Any â€œUhhâ€ type exercise seems to make me pull up chest too much and start to yell, I feel like sticking with â€œlighterâ€ vowels (Ooo and Eee) to get me in the right spot. I usually consider these just a warm up to get the blood flowing and donâ€™t put too much emphasis on them as a workout tool. But they do help in that aspect as well if my voice isnâ€™t doing what I want it to. â€œNay, Nay, Nayâ€™sâ€ â€“ With these and any other exercise that you are using â€œwordsâ€ you have to keep these very light, as in donâ€™t use too much weight on them. Robert had me â€œBuzzâ€ in my lesson with him to establish a â€œResonant Tractâ€ which I think is great terminology. You can look at this like a road that used to be two lanes and now has been widened. First you lay concrete for the two lane road and you work on that until itâ€™s flat and paved, then you lay down more concrete and pave it to make it wider. You should do these exercises lighter than you would even sing them to get the tract to connect. Then you can start adding more weight and volume to â€œwiden the roadâ€ so to speak. Iâ€™ve found that the easiest way to do this is to lift up your upper lip so you show your teeth. This gets me into the resonant area I need to be in when I sing. This is the same thing Robert says to do when he says "Lift." Ken also says to do it when you do his "Lah" exercise. Give it a try, maybe it will work for you! Using your lips â€“ Having allergies for my entire life, mucus has plagued me. This has put me in a very low place when I talk and trying to sing from that place just doesnâ€™t work. Iâ€™ve found recently that you need to speak and also sing from the lips. This helps you enunciate better and yes, your voice will sound higher but if you work on larynx position then you can get deeper if you want. Once you start doing exercises for long enough you start to feel like singing SHOULD be lighter than speaking. Find some artists that you like that use a method that incorporates head and chest connection and work on singing songs by them and after a while youâ€™ll feel like youâ€™re being restrained when you sing a song by someone who doesnâ€™t use head voice! â€œIâ€™sâ€ â€“ This vowel was amazing for me showing me how light the voice should be. I used to take the letter â€œIâ€ and go up and down a scale opening my mouth and really pronouncing it. It is great for staccato and it opens up the voice (at least it did for me!) Give it a try sometime. I like SLS type exercises because they try to make singing as easy as speaking. This works for some styles and not others which I understand. I feel like this is a very great approach to establish the voice so you can sing quiet or loud with not much effort. I feel like everyone also needs more intense training to make sure you can understand how to exert some effort for rockinâ€™ vocals and not have constriction or choke your tone. This is what Robert and Ken are awesome at, taking that same coordination further with distortion, twang and insane volume. I think when we let go of what our idea of singing SHOULD be and just concentrate on doing exercises correctly, then we can find our voice start developing to something we only dreamed of before we started. Whether this helps 1 person or 100, my goal is only to help. Thanks for reading, James Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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