Episode 26 | Tara B | SOVT Vocalises

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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