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 Agility in the voice (1)
For this exercise, make sure your vowel sounds are resonant. Don’t allow the energy to collapse once you have sung the highest note: continue it through to the end of the phrase. Imagine inflating a tyre around the base of your back. This should give you the supporting muscular energy that you need.
          etc.   
soh pah soh pah soh soh pah soh pah soh soh pah soh pah so
                    ü
  yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah yah
 Agility in the voice (2)
Choose a comfortable starting note for the next exercise. Sing it several times, starting a semitone higher each time. Sing with good vowel sounds and lots of agility.
                       etc. ah eh aw ee ah eh aw ee
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 Starting on a note in the middle of your range, sing ‘qua’ down a scale, with a nasal twang sound. (Imagine you are about to sing the word ‘quack’.) Notice that the mouth is quite closed for this sound. Then loosen your jaw and try to get the same buzz to the sound. Repeat the exercise, starting a semitone lower.
               etc.  
qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua qua
 The nasal twang in the low register
As you pause on the final note of the next exercise, drop your jaw. Make sure the sound does not change as you do this. Watch yourself in the mirror. Note how the position of your face changes from being wide and open to long and relaxed.
     
qua qua quack qua qua quack qua qua quack
 Producing an open sound in the low register
Although the nasal twang is a useful way to develop the strength of the lower register, singers should not use this sound in all their singing. Particularly during classical and choral singing, singers should aim for a sound that is open and less nasal. This exercise will help you to produce this.
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                The nasal twang
To increase the strength of the notes in your lower register without damaging your voice, you can use a nasal ‘twang’ sound. Try the exercises below:
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               etc.
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         Allow the jaw to drop open on ‘yah’, remembering the feeling you had on the last note of the previous exercise.
     
    etc.
   ü
        mee
moh
yah
mee
moh
yah
mee moh yah
Module A: Using the voice well
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