Page 12 - Voice for Life Yellow Workbook
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                                 Tone and range
 Eliminating a nasal tone
Choosing any comfortable note, sing ‘ng’ and then move without a break to ‘ah’. You should be using the elevated tongue position described in ‘Releasing the larynx’ on page 10. The soft palate has to be raised up from the tongue to let the sound travel forward to the mouth. Try pinching your nose now. If you have lifted the soft palate efficiently, the sound should not change.
If you find this exercise tricky, try using a hard ‘g’ between the ‘ng’ sound and the ‘ah’. Place the ‘g’ on the hard palate so that the sound equates to ‘ngGah’. The hard ‘g’ should throw the sound forward.
 To help with this, try the following exercise. Choose a starting pitch comfortable for you, and move the starting pitch up or down a semitone with each repetition. Concentrate on singing with the sound at the front of the mouth, not coming down the nose.
    
ngah ng eh ng ee ng aw ng oo
 Raising the soft palate
Choose a starting pitch comfortable for you, and move the starting pitch up or down a semitone with each repetition. Make the ‘b’ sound at the end of each note energetic and prominent. Again, make sure you bring the sound to the front of your mouth.
ü                                  mm b mm b mm b mm b mm b
                   mm b mm b mm b mm b
WHAT SINGERS SAY
‘By slowly cutting out the nasality in the sound and by reducing breath pressure, an easier, more balanced sound began to emerge in my voice.’ Nicholas, aged 28
‘Something I’ve learned is that my whole body has to be involved in my singing. If my posture isn’t good, I can’t use my back to support the sound. Doing so means that pressure is removed from my larynx and the resulting sound is not only freer and bigger but much easier to produce.’ Lois, aged 22
VOICE CARE TIP
To improve your posture, consider learning Alexander Technique. This teaches people to be aware of their bodies and helps to set up good posture habits.
Alternatively, you could learn Pilates (say ‘Pee - lah - tees’). This aims to change the way you move and how you align your body. As well as improving posture, it can help your strength and muscle tone, your respiratory system, the mobility of your joints and your immune system.
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