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4 efficient exercises which will improve your voice

Great exercises which will help you to sing better and you can become “your own vocal coach”

Here below, I offer you four very efficient exercises which I have been using as a vocal coach for a number of years with my pupils. All of them have clearly proved their high efficiency.Firstly, by doing these exercises, you will start perceive the sound and performance on a completely different level. Secondly, trust me, you can do it and you can improve your performance significantly as a result. And thirdly,very soon whole body will become an instrument, through which you as a performer will deliver your own very thoughts.

Vocale Awareness

In such way, you easily create a moment of vocal awareness, which you will remember. On the other hand, very often artist being on the stage, experiences state of anxiety and totally loses control. In other words, she doesn’t have that sensation of awareness and sensation of being in the zone. It is good to be here and now when you perform. The suggested exercises will help you to solve the problem. The level of vocal control will be much higher


VOCAL EXERCISES

  1. EXERCISE “CLOSE YOUR EYES “

    I need to admit, singing with closed eyes will be a very unusual experience for you but believe me, in this way, you will be able to concentrate on the sound like never before. As a result, you can improve significantly each of your voice and given more colours to it

  2. EXERCISE “SIT AND SING “

    Try to sing the song while you are sitting relax your legs and arms, concentrate on your vocal breathing, support of the diaphragm and make sure there is no tension in the area of your throat

  3. EXERCISE “WALL”

    Stand with your back next to the wall, put both hands on the wall.
    Find the object to focus on, just on the level of your eyes
    Sing your song and make sure that THE ONLY ELEMENTS are involved:
    1. your mind
    2. your vocal cords
    3. support of your diaphragm
    4. good space in the area of your throat
    5. no tension in your neck, your lower, your tongue

  4. EXERCISE “MIRROR “

    First of all, it is good to have a mirror in front of you, while you are standing with your back next to the wall ( preferably, choose the mirror which can show whole height), so you can see all the changes happening at the very moment.

    Secondly, when you sing/speak in front of the mirror, explore a big range of characters: fragile/ strong, fearless/ shy, suspicious/ naive, happy/ sad etc. Therefore, you will learn so much about your voice and will have new opportunities to express yourself as an artist.

    Thirdly, look at your reflection, try to correct what you see.

Educational videos and article related to the psychology of performance.

By changing the way you think-you change the way you sing and perform

I am offering here two very interesting videos related to the psychology of the performance. Moreover, also you will find in the bottom of this page the article “UNDERSTANDING SPORT AND PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY” (published by American Psychological Association).

Sport psychology – inside the mind of champion athletes: Martin Hagger at TEDxPerth
Master Shi Heng Yi – 5 hindrances to self-mastery | Shi Heng YI | TEDxVitosha

Article on sport and performance psychology

connection between sport and performance psychology

Have a look at the interesting article related to Understanding Sport and Performance Psychology published on American Psychological Association.

Other vocal exercises which I recommend for you to explore

Recent online Zoom masterclass on vocal technique

It was great pleasure to provide on 27th of October an online Zoom masterclass. I was talking about vocal technique to Redwood Youth organisation . There were 40 participants in total . It seems that online education can be very efficient! Furthermore, it was big honour to share with everyone my knowledge. All the expertise and ideas, that I have gained during years of work as a vocal coach and singing teacher.

The topics which I have covered :


First of all, I worked on sound projection and explained the idea of an advanced muscle tension release
Secondly, I decided to cover the subject of “belting” ( understanding how diaphragm functions, when we sing and methods of controlling it)
Thirdly, I have spoken about importance of articulation/diction
Finally, I have shown a range of different breathing exercises and explained what is vocal attack.

I am looking forward to further collaboration and more online masterclasses in the future!

Song of my pupil Grammy Nominated Voice Kelli Leigh “More than friends” (UK top dancing Chart, number 1) has more than 40million views on Youtube

  • I worked with Kelli Leigh, who was number 1 recently whole month with ‘More than friends’ in UK Top Chart, so far she got 3 times in UK Top 10. Moreover, it is absolutely incredible how many views  this song has had so far- 40million!
More than friends

More videos of Kelli Leigh

Can’t get Enough
Nothing More
Sun Token

How to achieve freedom in singing sound “e”.This advice will bring a fantastic result! Guaranteed.

HOW TO SING VOWEL “E” WITH FREEDOM. ADVICE FROM ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TENORS OF XX CENTURY, GIACOMO LAURI VOLPI.

  1. You need to pronounce the “I” (English “e”) keeping the throat open.

    Otherwise, you will instinctively close the throat: if you keep/maintain the “e” at the right cervical position/spot then the airflow and the sound will be independent from the vowel but, if the vowel is “trapped” during the emission then you tend to close/narrow your throat. It is necessary that the throat is independent from the articulation ( complex of muscles around the throat) so that the “e” comes out resonant and round still keeping its own physiognomy

  2. We have to say/express all the vowels and all the words.

    If you can manage to master your throat, in other words, you always have the same sound, the sound vibrations on the skull and they become independent from the articulation. Rossini used to say that “A” is the queen of the vowels.

  3. If you pronounce “e” whilst thinking of “A” you will notice that “e” will be wide and resonant.

    Thinking about the “A”, while pronouncing “E”, will keep and maintain the throat open.

The challenge of singing vowel “e”

Many of you probably, faced that challenge of singing vowel “e”. By releasing tension during singing it and creating extra space in the area of your throat you increase immensely your potential of extending  your vocal range, fixing your pitch and adding lots of freedom to your singing. This is one of the common problems amongst singers which I am facing. Singers tend to sing this sound in the way they are saying it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way.. This was a problem for me as well for many years. But not anymore:-)

Amazing solution of the vocal problem

I am offering you a great solution of this problem. Above is the translation of the advice from one of the most successful operatic singers of 20 century Giacomo Lauri- Volpi, his career was extremely long- 40years. There was no ending to the upper range of his voice. At the age of 90 he could easily sing famous Nessun Dorma. He successfully educated many of other singers. I applied multiple times during my sessions with pupils his advice, again and again it was bringing fantastic result. It is a very simple advice which gives so much freedom to the voice. Normally, my students were facing instant change, just after one session. I should admit- definitely, it was making me super happy and was clearly showing that it’s working. This technique is applicable towards any type of singing-classical, pop, etc

I have hired a  professional translator in Italy, so you are getting the very essence of this advice. Enjoy it!

Lauri- Volpi about sound “e” 

( English version full text)

  • Tell me, how do you manage to make those terrible “I” in such a clear way?
  • You need to pronounce the “I” ( English “e”) keeping the throat open, otherwise you will instinctively close the throat; if you keep/maintain the “I” at the right cervical position/spot then the airflow and the sound will be independent from the vowel but, if the vowel is “trapped” during the emission then you tend to close/narrow your throat. It is necessary that that the throat is independent from the articulation (complex of muscles around the throat) so that the “I” comes out resonant and round still keeping the its own physiognomy.
  • We have to say/express all the vowels and all the words; if you can manage to master your throat, in other words you always have the same sound, the sound vibrations are projected on the skull and they become independent from the articulation.
    Rossini was used to say that “A” is the queen of he vowels. French do not have an “A” as resonant as our neither any other language do have. Rossini said the that the “A” vowel was music itself when well played.
  • As a matter of fact, if you pronounce the “I” thinking about the “A” you will notice that the “I” will be wide and resonant, and thinking about the “A”, while pronouncing the “I”, will keep and maintain the throat open.

Italian version full text

Lauri Volpi sul ‘I’

  • E mi dica un po’, quegli “I” che sono tremendi come fa a farli uscire fuori così limpidi?
  • Bisogna pronunciare la “I” tenendo aperta la gola, se no istintivamente si chiude la gola, se invece Lei la “I” l’appoggia come si deve al punto di risonanza giusto cervicale allora il flusso d’aria, e il flusso sonoro, è indipendente dalla vocale, ma se la vocale s’impiglia nella emissione allora la vocale stringe la gola, bisogna che la gola sia indipendente dall’articolazione e allora viene la “I” sonora e rotonda, sempre mantenendo la fisionomia della “I”.
  • Tutte bisogna dirle le vocali, tutte le parole; se uno domina la gola, vale a dire che la colonna sonora è sempre quella intatta, i raggi sonori si proiettano sulla cassa cranica e allora sono indipendenti dalla articolazione. La vocale “A”, diceva Rossini, è la regina delle vocali. I francesi non hanno un’ “A” sonora come la nostra, nessuna lingua; la vocale A italiana ben messa è di per sé stessa una musica, diceva Rossini.
  • Infatti se Lei dice la “I” pensando alla “A” Lei vedrà che la “I” viene ampia e sonora, bisogna pensare alla “A” nel dire la “I”, perché la “A” tiene tutto il condotto aperto.

Brilliant vocal exercise from one of the greatest opera singers Mario del Monaco, which will improve your voice enormously!

Advice regarding freedom in singing

The benefits of singing and vocal development for our wellbeing.

Sing and you feel better

First of all, I need to say, it’s a very special and interesting subject I would like to discuss with you today. Being a professional vocal coach and singing teacher, I very often feel that it is important to talk not only about the performance itself, but also about positive influence of singing on us as human beings. Many of you realised that after singing you feel differently, more uplifted, more focused, vibrant and energised..

Amazing article on how we can liberate ourselves through singing on a very deep level

I found recently a very interesting article on a popular website DailyOM. It discusses the subject of singing from a very interesting angle and perspective. In fact, I found it quite unique..Moreover, I am so grateful to DailyOM for giving me a kind permission to share it with you. Thank you!

Madisyn Taylor and Daily OM

This fantastic article has been written by Madisyn Taylor . Madisyn is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational website and daily email, DailyOM. That is to say, she is responsible for all of its content. Moreover, she is a recognised leader in self-help and new thought spirituality. Madisyn has more than 25 years experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies. Additionally, she has contributed to national publications and is a popular guest on many radio shows.

So here is the article. Enjoy it.

The benefits of the singing

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

The act of singing is one of the easiest ways to raise the vibration of your body as you harmonize with the universe.

Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed — whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration — and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras — the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal cords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.

Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.

Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe

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