Tips

How to do deep breathing

Since we aren't yet using videos, we'll gladly supplement some of the cornerstones of good vocal technique here in the tips section. Check back frequently for video and book recommendations.

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Standing or sitting up straight

You can enable the optimal use of your voice by standing or sitting up straight at the edge of your seat, feet flat on the floor.

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Focus on the activity on the exhalation instead of the breathing

Active exhalation encourages a more natural, passive inhalation, leaving unwanted tension in the shoulders and throat behind.

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Prioritize form over range

With time and repetition, your range will increase. Make sure you don't strain to reach those more extreme keys in the exercise. It's better to skip to the next exercise than to force your voice.

Sing at your true level

While it may be tempting to bump yourself up a level higher to see what new exercises await, it is much better for good development to do many repetitions of exercises that are too easy and to focus on good singing form than to take on exercises that may be more "intellectually engaging" but are beyond the coordinations of your voice and body.

Lip Trills and their counterparts

If you've been around singers for any amount of time, you've probably encountered the famous "lip bubbles" or lip trills. These and other semi-occluded (or half closed) exercises (vvv, zzz, pursed lips, etc.) are essential for training proper breath pressure - not too much, and not too little. Every session with Amsel includes at least one of these. If you struggle with lip trills at the beginning, feel free to choose your favorite half-closed position (tongue trill, vvv, etc.).

Learn more about the benefits of a Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract

Consult with voice experts

The Amsel App, while a very powerful tool, is not meant to comprehensively teach singing. Just like serious athletes consult with personal trainers, developing singers get frequent personal feedback from voice teachers. Every voice has different natural attributes, and everyone develops different habits over time. Voice experts can give more exact feedback about your personal singing.

Intro to Lip Trill

Here's a quick 3-minute guide to learning the famous "lip bubbles" or lip trill. Semi-occluded exercises are essential for singers and are included in every session of Amsel - Build up your voice.

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