Find Your Voice Session Two – Breathing
Well done on completing week one and choosing your first solo pieces. The new warm ups for this week are the five finger candle blow out, the 30 seconds of panting for the diaphraghm, mum mum mum, Hmm Ha Ah and EE EE Hey Hey. Make sure you do the Ng, lip rolls, slides first as they are the foundational ones.
If you didn’t get quite as much practice in as you hoped, make sure you prioritise it this week and create the momentum that will get improvement and results for you.
In session two we talked about breathing and maintaining an active rib position when you’re inhaling and when you’re exhaling-so that it doesn’t collapse on the exhale. You’re always aiming for a steady release of air. Very often, feeling concerned about pitch or about the sound that’s going to come out can make you cautious about really letting the air and sound out, but if you hold your breath it’s really much harder to get a consistent sound. Try reading a sentence of a book out loud making sure to release all the air. You may find that it’s unfamiliar – ie not what you usually do, which is a helpful and revealing discovery.
You’re also aiming to consistently feel the vibration at the front of your face. It can take a lot of concentration to do this to start with, although the ng sound and lip rolls will help.
Doing this week’s new material with your back against a wall can prevent you from jutting your chin or neck without noticing; and I’d also recommend trying them lying down – when you’re on your back, you can really release all the muscle effort that would otherwise be holding you upright.
Your third aim is just to get used to hearing your voice in a non-judgemental way. While sliding and practicing, give yourself ultimate permission to make any noise that comes out. Doing all of the exercises will increase the level of control you have, but it’s also great to explore what your voice is capable of in a wider sense and embrace any sound that emerges.
When you do these every day, you become very habituated to the feeling of effortlessly sliding around between pitches and releasing sound and air, and less disconcerted by the sound of your voice.
Doing some improvisation with the tracks from week 1 is also really good for developing your sense of melody and freeing things up.