Foundation 101 Course
Welcome to the new and improved Foundation 101 singing course with Bohemian Vocal Studio. The course is divided into two main sections, the informative Foundation stage, and the practical Warmup stage. In stage one, we’re going to develop a working relationship with each important element of the voice, from diaphragmatic breathing, to shaping vowels, mixed voice, twang, range, tone and so forth, and then we’ll bring it all together in the stage two warmup.
The warmup itself is designed to foster balance in beginner singers, and RESET the balance in experienced singers, so even if you’ve been singing for some time already and you feel like you’ve got a handle on the breathing or buzz side of things, it’s important that you use the course and the warmup the way that I’ve designed it so that you get the most out of the course and the best out of your voice.
How To Use This Course
The first time you use this course, it’s important that you sit to watch the informative videos in a comfortable and distraction-free environment. Throw a pair of headphones on (watch out for any loud sections!) and immerse yourself in the foundation elements of singing. Then when we get to the warmup stage, you can start singing along with me, or simply listen to each exercise example – remember, each voice is different, and you need to develop each technique for your voice in the best way possible.
Start light, gentle and with resonance – it’s important that you avoid a breathy or pushed tone at all cost to avoid forming bad habits or hurting your voice. If something doesn’t feel right, you’re not doing it correctly. Take it slow, sing carefully, focus predominantly on connection and resonance and you can ask questions at any point by using the ‘Leave a reply’ box below.
Before we get started, I recommend joining the private Mixed Voice Singing group so that you can receive feedback and tips from me along the way as we progress. It’s free to join, it’s private for members only, and you can share clips of your singing or covers for appraisal and help from both myself, and also other experienced Bohemian Vocal Studio students who can show you the ropes.
I suggest bookmarking this page to retain your private link to the Foundation 101 singing course – you should also have a copy of your link in your confirmation email. Please email me if you’re unable to find your link.
Informative Foundation Stage
Watch the video below for the Informative Stage of the Foundation 101 singing course. You can hit pause at any time to try out the techniques for yourself, or simply listen to each tutorial in one sitting.
We’ll go through each element in the warmup portion with an exercise for twang, placement, resonance, vowels, resonant space, brightness while also connecting chest and head, so don’t worry if you can’t connect through the centre of your voice for now – just take it light, slow and gently to begin with.
Practical Warmup Stage
Watch the below video for the practical warmup stage. Even if you’ve been singing for quite some time already, it’s important that you use each exercise in this warmup as intended – practice light, gentle and focus on connection and resonance as your main intention.
If you’re a complete beginner, I suggest starting with just the two lip trills (placement trill with the tip of the tongue behind the top teeth, then the lip bubble with the tongue behind the bottom teeth) for the first few days to get the hang of the absolute basics. You can use this backing track:
Beginners Day 1 – Placement Trill, Lip Trill
Once you have the hang of the lip trills, or if you’re an intermediate singer, you can use the following guide for your first week of practice.
Week 1/Intermediate – Placement Trill, Lip Trill, Twang NG, Placement N, Hoot OO, Hoot EE, AH, AA
After a week of balancing each concept and technique, you can start adding in two-octave slides at the end of your routine in an increasingly resonant, powerful and confident fashion. Remember, start light and build resonance and power over time with care!
Week 2 – Week 1/Intermediate warmup plus additional Slides on each sound including Bright OO and Bright EE
Important: If you start to push, lose connection, or you’re belting when it comes to the dual octave slides – you need to head back to Week 1 for the next full week of practice to break the habit and unlearn the push.
Bonus Videos – Original Foundation 101
The original Foundation 101 singing course was designed as a goto-guide for my students for use between lessons. Any troubles with breathing, or placement, or vowels between sessions could then be addressed by referring to each of these videos which I’ve included for you as an added bonus to the new and improved Foundation 101 course and Foundation warmup. The material crosses over with what we’ve learned in the informative Foundation stage and practical warmup, but you can use these videos as specific guides if you’re having an issue with lip trills, vowels or resonance.
Foundation 101 | Conclusion
If you’ve followed the course from start to finish and taken your time to practice each exercise consistently, you should now be able to:
- Support your voice with a healthy posture and diaphragmatic breathing
- Sing with resonance while attaining placement
- Sing a hooty EE and OO vowel up into the pharynx while connecting chest and head voice
- Sing a bright EE and OO vowel up into the pharynx while connecting chest and head voice
- Shape each base vowel sound – EE, AH and OO
- Connect chest and head on each of these vowel sounds
- Sing a powerful and assertive WOAH/WOW in middle voice
- Connect WOAH/WOW to both chest voice and head voice respectively
- Narrow your vocal tract on each vowel through to your second break and above
- Sing with a balanced onset and resonant conclusion
- Release tension and strain from your voice before and while you sing
- Sing an efficient lip trill while connecting chest and head voice
- Sing the resonant consonants N, and NG while connecting chest and head
- Achieve mixed resonance by blending both chest and head resonance together through the middle of your range
These foundation steps are PARAMOUNT to building a powerful, healthy and consistent voice. If you struggle with any one of these steps, your foundation needs work – please let me know in the mixed voice singing group which steps and stages you might be struggling with, or you can share you latest progress and “aha!” moments with other Bohemian Vocal Studio singers.
The Next Step – Growth 101
I encourage you to take your time with the Foundation 101 steps to ensure you’re making the most out of your vocal foundation before tacking more complicated and advanced techniques like belting, vowel modification, sub/supra/medial compression and forward placement. When you’re ready for your voice to really shine, our next level course Growth 101 is the next step for the serious singer looking to invest in their vocal health and next level techniques.
Bohemian Vocal Studio’s Growth 101 course builds on the powerful foundation built in our flagship Foundation 101 course and will show you how to ;
- Sing with forward placement
- Achieve sub, medial and supraglottal compression
- Modify your vowels
- Apply the “vowel position” concept
- Navigate your resonators for more efficient, powerful and strain free singing
- An introduction to belting
- Take your warmup routine to the next level
- SO much more!
Containing over 60 minutes of video content and interactive warmups, Growth 101 also includes a special Consonant Bootcamp warmup which takes your through each consonant and vowel over a number of tricky and common words with Bohemian Vocal Studio’s special vowel and consonant translation provided.
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.