Monday, August 29, 2016

Having Trouble Holding Your Notes? Try This 3 Step Chromatic Scales Vocal Workout

Perhaps one of the most common problem people who want to learn to sing experience is being unable to hold a simple note. The trouble is if you can’t hold a note then honestly, you won’t be taken seriously as a singer. That is the bottom line. But there is an exercise that comes up trumps every time I run my ‘problem’ pupils through it. And you’ll find this exercise on my Learn Sing with Joett Booster Program CD. Today I want to talk a little bit about how to make full use of this particular exercise to help you hold those notes.

The principle behind this is rather simplistic. I don’t want you thinking it is anything complicated. Usually the simpler it is the better. But I want to delve into why it works in the first place, so that when you get stuck right into it you are fully aware of why you’re doing this and what to expect in terms of your physical experience while you’re at it. This is the only way you’re going to get results.

I have recorded a rather long chromatic scale workout, and the reason it works is because of the length of scales in each run. And by virtue of that length and pace, it allows for zero errors. And now I’m going to reveal my 3 step system to bigger results.

Begin with the lip rolls all the way up the scales but know your limits. If you can’t go beyond a certain point in good form, stop and start again. Your next exercise should be with the tongue trill, and your third and final exercise should be with the vowel “I” pronounced “ee”; or if that proves a challenge then opt for singing the word ME instead. Like I said, it is rather simplistic. However, it can only work if you do the exercise correctly. Don’t sing off key and expect results.

Now let me explain one more thing. The lip rolls will open up the connection between the chest and the head voice, without any external interference like recruiting your outer larynx muscles, for instance. The tongue trill is closest to projecting a fuller voice, again, without external interference, and prepares you to working with vowels. If you flop on the vowels, then make sure you stay with the lip rolls and tongue trills for several weeks until your voice is ready to take the next step. By which time, if you had trouble holding a simple note, now it ought to be relatively easy—or the problem completely eliminated.

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