This exercise, as I have demo'd, is very much for contemporary singing and not so much for classical. If you are warming up for a more classical production, simply release up at the top into a headier voice by letting just a bit more air through... not forcing air... "letting" . You will feel the cords sort of release - be extra careful not to give up on your breath support though DON'T GET LAZY. Focus, though, on feeling the resonance up behind the front teeth, behind the nose just like with the contemporary singer! Be careful not to blow TOO much air though as you may feel like you've just been through a dust strom with your mouth open!
So for those of you with more contemporary pursuits...
Just like with the cry-baby before, please be careful with this one and be honest with yourself. So many times, we can get carried away because we like the power we have tapped into and then we try to assist it along with WAAAAY too much FORCE! You will definitely feel this force in the voice box. If you feel this, STOP and ASSESS. How's your breath support? Is it balanced - not too hard and not too soft? Is it consistent? Are you singing at 100% of the voice? You should be at 85% MAX! How's the larynx... does it feel tight? Are you reseting it every time you breathe? Etc...
The very beautiful thing about tapping into your resonance here is that you will be amazed at how LITTLE you actually have to work to make it sound LOUD! A very beautiful thing indeed!
As always, throat somewhat open, larynx stable, and consistent breath support are all important here.
*If you are more of a classical singer, simply let your voice glide into head voice and maintain the whiny sound with your open throat and lifted palate!
TIPS & TRICKS TO KEEP IN MIND
Another ramp up for the contemporary singer that can also be modified for the *classical singer... Now we are taking whiny to an entirely new level. This is the fun part where your voice really starts to feel ALIVE!!!!
How fun to get to whine like a baby and not get yelled at by our parents for being bratty! YESSSSS! Excellent for the contemporary singer, but with modification this works great for the *classical singer as well!
You have to be careful with this one! The LESS singing you do here, the better! Something happens in the ol' noggin when we "sing" that causes us to lose that cry baby sound. This sound is a natural, primal sound that we all have. Let's face it, we ALL know how to whine... am I right or am I right?
If you are having a hard time getting into the cry-baby sound, try acting... seriously, act like a baby! Think about a time when you were a kid and you didn't get your way... think WHINY! It may take some of you some time to access this sound and if so, it's not a big deal at all! YOU WILL GET IT. Just have patience.
Make sure you begin each whine with just a little extra air, almost a sigh... sounding a little like HUH-WAAAA. This just helps release the larynx a bit and keeps it from getting so tight.
Also, be sure not to overdo it. You know your body and you know when you're pushing because it won't feel nice at all. I will only feel right when your head is vibrating like crazy (it can get kinda loud in your head) and your throat feels uninvolved! You don't want to feel any pushing or pulling in your throat!
*The modification here for the classical singer is to simply let your voice glide into a headier production much sooner ... the cords will feel thinner - LET THEM! Just remember to keep larynx comfortably low and palate comfortably lifted!
TIPS & TRICKS TO KEEP IN MIND
Think of this exercise as the older sibling of the mmm mmm slides! It rocks that frontal resonance and helps release some tension in that jaw as well!
Just like with the MMM MMM slides, keep those lips forward to assist you in feeling the buzzing in your lips. Also, feel free to chew away to help ease any jaw tension that may be creeping in.
No need to open the mouth too large for the vowel... hence it being muffled... This vowel adjustment is so wonderful to help add a little space in the throat to balance out the forward resonance you are waking up!
If you are losing the ringing and pinging feeling in the front of your face, you can also try a "ngang" sound. This will definitely be more twangy to get you right back:) It's important that you really feel this ringing feeling before adding the more round sound of a mum or muffled mum.
Don't be afraid to play around with it! Just remember to have a stable larynx, ringing up behind front teeth and on hard palate and not to push too hard with the breath!
TIPS & TRICKS TO KEEP IN MIND
This exercise acts as a great resonance "waker upper" and is a wonderful jumping off point for creating other exercises to get the same results!
RAMPING UP: OVERVIEW
It's time now to RAMP UP and bring in the POWER with what seems like a magic trick! In this phase, we dive into RESONANCE and EDGE!
This is a GREAT picture of the little "rooms" in our head where our voice (sound waves) like to live and bounce around!
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Are you ready to RAMP UP?
This is where it gets fun and where we start to bring the POWER IN!
QUESTIONS & comments
Put thumbs under chin and swallow... feel that muscle? It's important that this muscle does not get involved with the pitch changes on this or ANY exercise. A good helper here is to use the thumbs to make yourself aware and to make adjustments so this doesn't happen!
On of our common goals throughout all of our exercises is to release tension in muscles that shouldn't be involved!
Keep your lips really forward here to help feel the buzzing/vibration at the lips and also at the roof of the mouth. The more exercises we do, the more you will discover the roof of the mouth (hard palate) is our GOAL! I mean get the tone reverberating there and ...SCORE-you-won-the-game kind of goal!
"Chew" the hum a bit to really explore and feel it in your own head... all heads (aka acoustical mansions with many rooms that sit on your shoulders!) are not created the same so you need to get to know yours!
As always, use your reset breath every chance you get. This is just the best way to gently remind your larynx not to FREAK OUT!