Page 12 - Voice for Life Workbook 4 - Red
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 Slides and sirens
Starting on a note low in your range, make a sliding siren sound. Slide from the lower note to the higher note and back again. Start by using slides of three notes wide, and gradually extend these towards an octave. Make sure that the tone is even and the notes are connected smoothly.
Registers of the voice
A register is a range of notes which resonate in a particular area of the body. Singers usually talk about having three different registers where they ‘feel’ different notes:
• Notes in the chest register (or chest voice) are in the lower part of your voice. You feel the vibrations in your chest.Your speaking voice is also in this register.
• Notes in the middle register are in the middle part of your voice. The vibrations can be felt in the lower or upper parts of the mouth.
• Notes in the head register (or head voice) are in the upper range of your voice. You may feel the vibrations for these notes in the middle and upper parts of your head.
  Hum notes in different ranges of your voice to feel where they vibrate in different parts of your upper body.
Sing a few low notes and decide where they vibrate most. Mark this place on the diagram on the right.
Then do this for a few notes in the middle and upper parts of your voice, marking these on the diagram too. You could use different colours, or write the words ‘low’, ‘medium’ and ‘high’.
    Placing your voice
Much of good singing is remembering how and where sounds vibrate and resonate inside you, and learning how to reproduce this each time you sing. When you find a good resonant sound, try hard to remember the physical sensation of making it.
Thinking about register is one way to do this. Another is ‘placing’ the voice. Think of your face as having different levels or areas, and imagine placing notes there as you sing. This makes it easier to make the same sound again, and to control your tone.
 Moving smoothly between registers
To sing well, you need to be able to move smoothly between the registers of your voice so that the sound doesn’t change suddenly as you move from one to the other. Use the following exercises to practise moving between them.
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Module A: Using the voice well
        Red book UK prepress January 2020.indd 12
                                                           Tone and range

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