I have a voice lesson this afternoon. To prepare, I usually listen to the previous lesson while I'm at work. Obviously I don't sing along… but it helps put me in the right frame of mind. So this morning I took notes on what my teacher said. Here is some of it:
- Pull it up
- Get the tip of the tongue down
- On top of air all the time
- Make the connection (from exercises) to songs
- Think UP as you do down
- Keep the air going
- Keep it on the air
- Open jaw (as notes got higher)
- Drop jaw like you're going to vomit
- Pull it up (the voice) for the "flip"
- Right away on the airstream
- Drop it (the voice) on top of your airstream
- Float it (the voice) on your air
Anyone else sense a theme here?
One of the things I noticed last week when I was doing it right was that the airstream never changed - just the notes did. Before, I had been in the habit of changing the air along with the notes. It really is so much easier to sing with that steady airstream - like no effort. The voice really DOES seem to just float up top.
So I seem to get some of the cognitive stuff. Now I just have to continue practicing the physical side. Float it, baby.
I'll report again after the lesson.