Find Your Voice Session One
Congratulations! It takes follow through to act upon a desire to develop skill in any area in life, and many people never take that step.
Take another look at the hand out as some of the info can take a little while to assimilate. It’s nice to be paying some attention to loosening up your creative side too – and the improvisation/music side gives an opportunity to do that. However, if you’re short on time, you may want to prioritise the song you want to work on and the warm ups.
In your practice, you are aiming for a few different things:
To get a positive association with singing and making sound. You want it to feel good, so that it’s not a chore. Hence giving yourself time to really deliberately go through your body relaxing your head, neck, shoulders, rolling them, squeezing and releasing and allowing your breathing to settle into your abdomen.
To be in a state of exploration. Especially with all the sliding material, you’re aiming to get familiar with the physical sensation of where you feel the vibration, how it feels to release your tongue and your jaw. If you notice creaks or cracks in certain parts of your range, don’t worry about it – allow yourself to make whatever sounds come out. As you get a bit more used to the way the warm ups feel, you may notice different things – that you have tension in your neck, or that you are able to focus more on relaxing your tongue.
It’s always great to play around with the breathy/connected vocals cords too as this builds co-ordination and will eventually allow you to connect the cords with a minimum of effort. You’ll start to get a sense of the cords acting to move together and apart.
To bear in mind that you’re learning how to practice, not just what to practice-so although there are suggested exercises and backing tracks, the habits you’re creating will be useful even later when the focus of what you’re doing has shifted.