Episode 005 | Tara B | Engaging the Vocal Cords with Healthy Air Flow

Using breath in singing has so many facets and parts that we need to be aware of executing. In this episode, Tara discusses the onset of singing and how air flow and air pressure effect how we produce our actual tone and sound. Tara gives practical exercises for each type of onset—for those who struggle to get tone to activate and for those who seem to “press” their sound to come out of their mouth. She also discusses the Bernoulli effect and how it applies to the vocal folds. 

(1:28)—All about the Bernoulli Effect and how it is part of the workings of our vocal cords. 

(4:08)—Try your own experiment of the Bernoulli Principle 

(7:09)—The onset of singing—what happens when we don’t commit to the tone or pitch 

(9:53)—Five exercises for committing to singing pitches 

“I love to sing” arpeggio 5-8-5-3-1 
Jumping ha ha ha ha 8-5-3-1 
Plosive sounds : kee kay kah koh koo  5-4-3-2-1 
Fricatives sounds: vee-ah vee-ah vee-ah vee-ah vee. 5-3-4-2-3-1-2-7-1 
Walking to the rhythm and singing “I Got Rhythm” from the Gershwin Brothers 

(16:22)—For some singers, we send too much air pressure through the cords 

(20:55)—Exercises to check breath pressure and make sure it isn’t pressed. 

Checking tongue with thumb under chin on “ee” or “oo” 
Singing “ee” or “oo” withe same air flow for each note:  ee ee ee——— 1-1-1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 

Check out the science behind the Bernoulli effect here:  https://www.encyclopedia.com/science-and-technology/physics/physics/bernoullis-principle 

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