Vocal Exercise Routine No. 3

Objective: Focus on releasing tension in your throat and adding more head tone into your singing.

What this means:

Head tone is what gives your voice its lightness, softness and flexibility. It’s the tone of voice kids use when they go down a slide and playfully say, “Wee!” 

If you were to think of head tone like a particular colour, it might be be light and soft, like a baby blue or pale yellow. Without sufficient head tone in your singing, it becomes hard to hit your high notes with ease. You may find that your voice tends to be on the loud side in a way that feels heavy and forced. You may also find it challenging to vary your dynamics in an expressive way when you sing as well. Also, without head tone, you run the risk of damaging your voice in the long run. 

The exercises in “Vocal Exercise Routine 3” can help you to add more head tone ‘colouring’ into your voice.

When you practice these exercises, pay particular attention to creating space in your mouth and disengaging any tension in your throat. Focus on releasing into the upper notes as opposed to pushing your way through them. Be gentle on your voice when you do these exercises and do not sing them loudly. You may start to notice a flip or break when you release into your upper register and this is normal. You can learn to smoothen out this break using other exercises later on. 

The goal for you is to learn what head tone feels and sounds like in your voice and to practice blending this tonal quality into your singing in an even and balanced way. 

Online Vocal Academy always recommends that you work with a qualified, experienced vocal coach to determine the best vocal training approach for your voice. These vocal exercises provided are designed to help you strengthen your vocal technique and improve your performance skill, but as we are not working directly with you, we have no way to ensure that you are practicing them appropriate and safely. Therefore, if you wish to practice the vocal exercises, you agree that you do so at your own risk, that you are voluntarily participating in these exercises, that you assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge the Online Vocal Academy from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of the Online Vocal Academy. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional vocal training advice.