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14 thoughts on “The Lazy Warmup Pt II

  1. Hi Kegan, wow. Love your short videos and concise explanations. For this exercise, I get nasal congestion shortly after I start doing the exercise and it doesn’t go away until several minutes after I stop. It’s the weirdest thing. Any idea on how I can self correct this? I don’t feel any strain in my throat and I think I’m following your instructions like you demonstrate. Cheers!

    1. Hey Marie! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Hmm, interesting – is it actual ‘congestion’, or do you just feel your nose is blocked? If the latter, that’s actually your soft palate closing. Try it yourself, can you breathe “just through your mouth” without actually blocking your nose with your fingers? That’s a closed soft palate. Now, when you close your mouth and breathe “just through your nose” it is open again.

      Does this help? WHen singing a resonant consonant like “M” or “N”, the soft palate should be “open”, and when singing a vowel like AH/AA/EE, then it actually needs to be CLOSED so that no air enters your nasal passage 🙂

      K

      1. Thx for the quick reply. It’s actual congestion, where I am unable to breathe through my nose and I only notice it happens when I sing. It’s very bizarre! It just started to happen recently and I’ve been singing for 25 years.

        1. Very strange! So, erm, “snot” congestion – or you just feel unable to breathe through your nose? If it’s the latter, then it’s definitely your soft palate working incorrectly. If it’s the former, well, that’s unfortunately not my domain ha.

          All the best,

          K

  2. Kegan, thank you a lot for this videos.
    Its help me so much. I am so happy that I found you studio 🙂

    This buzzing NNN – is that twang?
    Or this vibrations are creating not by twang but by vocal cords?
    How this brightness connected with twang?

    Thank you.

    1. Hey Ivan – actually, depending on your voice type, this is achieving a number of things.

      It doesn’t necessarily develop twang, but it CAN if that’s what you’re aiming to do. In this instance, I’m intending for this exercise to build “placement” for your voice so that your vocal chords are creating the right frequencies.

      Hope that helps!

      K

  3. I’m a bit confused by the apparent dichotomy of:

    1. Hold back air and
    2. Release, release, release

    Can you maybe explain the difference and how these relate?

    Thanks so much!
    Kevin

    1. Hey Kevin! Two different things, so not a dichotomy of such.

      You vocal chords vibrate due to air ‘pressure’ not air ‘flow’ – hence the need to sing without excess airflow. In classical technique, this is sometimes called “Inhale the Voice”.

      Release, Release, Release actually refers to your vocal registers and vocal chord coordination – ie: don’t “hold on” to chest voice as you ascend, just let your chords zip naturally up through your range and you’ll experience very little strain, and a much easier control over your tone. Most guys are ‘scared’ of letting go of the low frequencies, but it’s actually KEY to building a strong and powerful voice 🙂

      Hope that helps?

      K

  4. How to know when you are pulling your chest voice to much and which is the healthy limit if you know what i mean? Thank you

    1. Hey Maria – ANY pulling of your chest voice is too much. You should be allowing release into your middle/mix register around your first break.

      If you’re talking about ‘belting’ – then this is actually all sung in the middle register (aka the “Belt” register), and it really depends on your voice. As a low baritone, I can “Belt” a high C, but that doesn’t mean that I should…. ha.

      It really depends on what you’re going for, and WHY you think you should try to sing higher in chest voice? No doubt the answer is always going to be “you should sing in mix instead…”f

      All the best,

      K

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