In today’s episode, Tara explains what SOVT exercises are and then gives the listener a sampling of these type of exercises to sing along with at home. Singers can use these vocalises for warmups or cool downs on a daily basis.
(1:02) SOVT—semi-occluded vocal tract exercises
Semi-occluded = partially blocked
(2:23) Voice Science Works says without the back pressure of singing, our vocal folds couldn’t maintain vibration.
(3:10) Positive air pressure pulls vocal folds apart—abduction
Negative air pressure pulls vocal folds together—adduction
(4:50) Exercise Lip buzz/trill. 1-3-5-8-5-3-1 and 1-3-5-3-1
(6:05) Straw exercise 1—blow into straw and sing 1-3-1 as a slide (slowly)
(7:50) Straw exercise 2—blow into straw and sing 1-5-1 as a slide
(8:55) Straw exercise 3—put your straw in a water bottle with water in it
Blow through 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1
(10:46) “mm” or “hm” mm-ah-mm-ah-mm-ah, etc 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1
(12:22) “ng” (like a muppet sound) Say “ng”, then sing ee-ah-ee-ah-ee-ah on the same note
(14:16) “v” using vvv 1-3-5-3-1 sustaining the vvv
(15:18) “z” using zzz 1-5-1 in a slide, sustaining the zzz
(16:29) “zing-ah” 1————-5-4-3-2-1
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