The Vocalist UK gives us their top tips for improving the voice. With simple relaxation exercises, posture and breathing we can improve our voice capacity within minutes. We have compiled a list of the steps for an optimal voice performance.
When you have mastered your breathing, the following free singing exercises will help you on the path to improving and understanding your voice. The key to a good rehearsal is to ensure that you achieve the following before starting:
- Abdominal breathing
- Good posture
- Breath during natural pauses
- Keep your chin level
- Keep your knees loose
- Keep your head up
- Keep your shoulders sloping and relaxed
- Keep your toes pointed forward with your weight on heels and soles
- Keep the front of your neck loose – don’t stretch it
- Keep abdominal muscles relaxed
- Keep your back muscles relaxed
- Avoid holding your shoulders lifted and puffed out
- Relax and SMILE.
If your having a bad day or feel tense and stressed, this can affect your practices and performance. To help achieve consistancy do a few Relaxation Exercises before your rehearsal. If it all starts going horribly wrong, take a break, relax or do something else and try again later.
Stand with your shoulders relaxed, arms by your side.
Breath in slowly.
Sing one note, holding the note for as long as you can without becoming short of breath.
Do NOT suck in your stomach!
Repeat the exercise with different notes using doh, ray, me, far, so, la, te, doh.
Use different mouth shapes and vowels like “ooh”, “ee”, “a” and “aah”
Try singing up and down a scale (called an arpeggio).
Sing short notes (known as Staccato) as well as long ones.
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