Thursday, May 17, 2007

Exercises that Create a Healthy Vocal Sound:

This is my second day for teaching an amateur choir here for our chapel...
As I search the web for vocalization and vocal work out I have found this...



Exercises that Create a Healthy Vocal Sound:


the numbers indecate the note, Example: 1,3,5,3,1 is equal to do mi sol mi do....


(1) 1, 3, 5, 3, 1. 
    a, o, u, o, a. 

(This simple exercise will begin to allow the singer to assimilate the idea of 'narrowing' the vowels as they go up instead of spreading. This is good for volunteer choirs because it involves less range.)


(2) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 
    a....le....lu..........ia.

(Creates similar results as the number 1. Be sure the singers keep the jaw somewhat down and 'flip' the l's. The tongue should function separate from the jaw.)


(3) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 
    a.....o...........u..............o........a...... 

(4) 5......5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 
    u..... i..e..a..o..u............ 

(This exercise shapes the pharynx in a healthy acoustical space for all vowels. Use the idea the all the vowels keep some of the 'u' feel in the throat.)


(5) 1.......(oct. up), 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 
    a.......u.............................

(Exercise is intended to help singers discover more head voice in their quality and to blend the registers more smoothly.)


(6) 1..3..1 
    o..u..o 

(Have the singer feel as though the larynx drops slightly as they sing the 'u' vowel. This will begin to help them discover a 'lower larynx' position. Vennard calls this the laryngeal pivot or 'rocking' of the larynx. Use this exercise only in the middle range.)


(7) 1..3..5..oct..3rd above...oct..5..3..1 
    a..e..i..o....u...........o....a..e..i 

(This exercise is designed to allow a lower larynx while going into the upper range. The 'o' and 'u' vowels are lower larynxed vowels and performing this exercise will help the singers not to create a 'spread and shrill sound in the higher register. The jaw should be somewhat stable encouraging the singer to pronounce with the tongue separate from the jaw.)


(8) 5....5..4..3..2..1 
    ng...a............

(Exercise allows for the 'ng' ring to thread into the form of the vowel. Use the vowel modification of 'aw' for the 'a' if it is too spread.)


Hope this can help...

1 comment:

dedpish said...

ugh. not-so-effective vocalization patterns actually.


you should also take note of other ideal and creative patterns. your members may find it too bland that they might tend to be lax with certain technical aspects of singing.

and...
you should also take note of the capacity of the members. not particularly with the vocal range of the timbre..

orayt then. good luck! cx