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                                                                  Tone and range
Gentle warming up, and finding a forward
resonant sound
Hum a long note, somewhere in the middle of your range, feeling the buzz in your nose (you might like to touch your nose when you do this at first). Now hum this note again, getting the buzz in your nose, then open onto the vowel ‘ee’ feeling the same buzz in your nose. When you can do this try other vowels like ‘aw’, ‘oo’ and ‘ah’.
Positioning the tongue, opening the throat,
 finding resonance
Say the word ‘Sing!’ Notice how the back of your tongue is up against the roof of your mouth as you say the ‘ng’ part of the word. You can probably also feel your upper molar teeth with the sides of your tongue. Now try singing the ‘ng’ sound, then opening onto an ‘ee’ sound. You might also like to try other vowels like ‘ng – eh’, ‘ng – ah’, ‘ng – aw’, and ‘ng – oo’.
Increasing range
Starting on a comfortable note in your range, make a sliding/siren sound – slide from this note up to a higher note and back down again. (You can do this using an ‘ng’ sound, a ‘hum’ or any vowel of your choice.) Make sure the tone is even and the notes are smoothly connected. When you can do this you can gradually increase the distance between the notes, creating a longer slide/siren.

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