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10 exercises for vocal health as seen on

1. Glides Through a Straw

Blow air through a small stirring straw while phonating glides up and down through your range. The backpressure created by the resistance of the straw presses down on the vocal cords and helps decrease puffiness, a major source of vocal trouble.

2. Lip Trills

This is a variation of the straw exercise. Gently blow air through closed lips, keeping them relaxed, and sing an uh vowel underneath. Your lips should start to trill. The resistance of the bubbling lips helps maintain cord closure, an important element of good singing.

3. Creaky Doors

This is a great exercise to help build the coordination needed to maintain proper cord closure. Make a little edgy sound, like a creaky door or a rusty gate opening. Do a scale on this sound using very little air. The idea is to not let the sound get breathy or squeezed.

4. Ngs

Make the ng sound from the word hung. This sound is produced with the tongue and soft palate together. This again provides backpressure, while also making the transition between the lower and upper registers (chest voice and head voice) easier.

5. Nasty Nays

This is done using the word nay on a bratty or Wicked Witch–type sound. This exercise also assists in cord closure, while the exaggerated sound makes it easier to ascend into the upper register without cracking or flipping.

6. Hooty Gees

This is the opposite of the previous exercise, and it’s quite useful for a singer experiencing excess tension. Using a dopey cartoon voice (think Yogi Bear), say the word gee. You should feel your larynx drop. The g consonant should also help with cord closure due to the backpressure it creates, so you can experience accessing the upper register with a stable larynx and closed cords. This coordination is extremely important in good, healthy singing. Once this exercise is comfortable, you can drop the dopey imposition and sing on a more natural sound.

7. Coo Coos

This exercise is great for working the upper register. The coo can be made to sound hooty, like an owl, for extra ease in working high notes.

8. Aahs

This is very useful for singers who are weak or breathy in their lower register. The sound is on the aah of cat and can be exaggerated by sticking the tongue out slightly. Do this in your lower register in a five-tone scale (1–2–3–4–5 to 5–4–3–2–1 of the major scale). Use very little air, as you don’t want any breathiness in the sound.

9. Googs and Mums

These are best used once the voice is experiencing proper cord closure and ease of production. The word goog (the vowel sounds like the oo in good) has both a hard consonant for cord closure and a vowel that will help stabilize the larynx. Be sure to maintain the vowel in the upper register, as vowel widening (gaag) can cause tension. The vowel and consonant of mum provide a bit less help than goog, making this a slightly more advanced exercise.

10. Ooh-Oh-Uh-Ahs

Going from a more closed or narrow vowel to a wider one on a sustain is a great way to balance resonance. The more closed vowel will help you get into your upper register. Gradually open to the wider vowel while keeping the resonance in the same place. If the tone gets shouty or strained, go back to the narrow vowel to get the voice balanced again.
POSTED JAN 10 2014


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Calling all Dancers, Singers and Actors. Mega Mind Productions, the creators of the hit musical “Trapped”, “Still I Rise”, “I Do For Better or For Worse” and most recent the dance theatre love story “Money Power Respect!”. January 19th Mega Mind will be casting for their 2014 S…how Season which includes

-the heart moving musical about the tragedy of Emmett Till and a mother who’s strength led the course of civil rights.

“The Underground”
– a heart throbbing dance theatre production about a group of people who day to day hide behind a mask of how they want society to see them but after dark meet in a secret, mystical underground city to shed their guards.

“Go To Hell!”
– the hit new stage comedy about a not so normal family who owns a funeral home but is left to manage the estate after the death of their grandfather with no knowledge of the business so they bring in a distant family member who is discovered to be a retired broadway producer and actress who carries the family down a twisted crash course!

“My Porcelain Dolls”

– this high energy, mind blowing dance comedy takes you on an exotic escape into the world of the sassy and beautiful and how they use their beauty and ugly truths of their day to day lives to survive.

Registration begins at 4pm sharp!

Audition requirements: Please provide headshot, bio and artist resume

Dancers- Proper dance attire for all styles

Actors- A prepared 1-2 min Monologue

Singers- A prepared 16 bars of music

Location: 14181 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32250 Phone: 904-374-3430

posted 9-13-2013

Wanna be a singer? Take care of your voice!

Check out this article from the Kennedy Center.

Advice on Taking care of your voice

Want to sing? Good! Been watching American Idol and think you can do better? Here’s a few myths about singing and a few things to keep in mind.

Myth 1: I should try to sound like my favorite singer.

Just Be Yourself
Trying to sound like Beyoncé? Don’t. The only people who sound like Beyoncé is Beyoncé. Start listening to your own voice.

Myth 2: I sound good enough, I don’t need lessons.

Lesson Learned
If only. Singing is like the Olympics: If you want to excel, you have to train. Don’t trust your voice to just anyone, though. Take some practice lessons before you settle down. Boston Conservatory voice professor Monique Phinney advises: “Young singers need to find a teacher to explain the mechanics of the voice. A good first teacher will…explain vocal anatomy as well as the basics of breathing, posture, and resonance [the way your voice vibrates within your body].”

Myth 3: Classical music is boring. I shouldn’t sing it.

Classic Confusion
Nice try. Many pop and Broadway singers (including some Glee cast members) trained classically. You should get to know Mozart and his buddies. Think classical music is boring? Try listening to some more. Start with a piece that has an exciting story (like the opera Carmen or La Bohème). Once you’re under way, be careful not to sing something that feels too difficult. (Hint: Your teacher can help you.)

Myth 4: All I have to do is sound pretty.

Take Note
Sorry,…but no. If you’re a singer, you’re also a musician. Rhythms, keys, time signatures (you know, those funky numbers at the beginning of a piece that tell you how many beats there are in each measure and how long those beats should last)…these are your new best friends. Learn as much technical stuff about music as possible. Taking up an instrument can help.

Myth 5: If I’m a good singer, I don’t need to practice…the music will just come automatically!

Vocal Gymnastics
Like any part of your body, you should keep your voice in shape. Here are a few dos and don’ts for when you get going, along with some advice from Tara Stadelman-Cohen, senior vocal pathologist at the Center for Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital:


Practice for about an hour at least four days a week. Give yourself some days off, though!

Use vocal exercises before you get to the songs. But pace yourself. Our expert pathologist says, “Practice habits should depend on the level of technical skill and current voice demands.” Try to practice different vowel sounds in different parts of your voice (i.e., high, middle, low) and in different rhythms.

Speak words in rhythm before you start a new song. Do this before you look at the melody; it will make things easier.

Have fun. Remember, singing should make you happy. Don’t stress!


Over practice. Does your throat hurt? Stop singing. Stadelman-Cohen warns: “Practice should be often enough that conditioning occurs, but [should not be] to an excessive degree…”

Talk too much. Give your speaking voice some TLC. Stadelman-Cohen offers this advice: “A speaking voice should be comfortable and in the pitch range that is… appropriate (… not speaking too high or too low).” Try texting instead of screaming into your cell.

Eat or drink too much. Our expert suggests a healthy diet but says you should be careful with “specific foods [that] can… increase the likelihood of stomach acid irritating the [vocal chords] such as tomato products, carbonated and caffeinated beverages, and citrus products.” Go easy on the lattes and soda, too!

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