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Learn How To Sing Using The Best Singing Exercise To Fix The Break (Crack)  (PT 1) – LESSON 20


:07 Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice.
Today we’re going to talk about the best way to learn to sing better. What is the best
singing exercise that you can do to improve your voice. And of course, there’s many
fine exercises out there. But this is the one that I like the most because it accomplishes
so many things. To sing better, of course you have to learn
to fix the break in your voice. To learn to sing better for a lot of people, they have
to improve the tone of their voice. And for others, they have to improve their note accuracy.
This one exercise accomplishes all three if done correctly. What is the best singing exercise to me? Slides
or sirens. What’s a slide? Ahh… That’s why it’s called a slide. You slide through
all the notes. You don’t skip over notes. As what happens usually if you’re using
the piano. Especially if you’re trying to fix the vocal break. Then, I’ve had students
who are able to skip right over, between those two notes where the transition occurs so that
their is no effect. It does not fix the break. That’s when I really fell in love with slides.
The other thing that the slide teaches you is where the chest voice is and where the
head voice is. Because for a lot of people, that’s where the voice breaks, changes suddenly.
Ahhh… So, the proper way to do this exercise is
to fix the break. Ahhh… I’ll tell you my secret, how I fix the break. Well, other
than the mixed voice, which is not much of a secret because everyone actually has one.
It’s that the break occurs right here. Put your finger on your larynx. For men, that’s
your Adam’s apple that sticks out. For women, if you can put your fingers around this area
somewhere and you do your slide. Ahhh… You will feel the larynx jerk because there’s
muscles in there that are moving suddenly. When those muscles move suddenly, air pops
out. That’s what the head voice is. The head voice is airier than the chest voice. So the secret to fixing that break is to not
allow that muscle to move suddenly like that. Yes, much easier said than done. But what’s
good about when you’re trying to fix the break, you leave your fingers there, is that
you’re telling your brain exactly where to focus. This is the physical problem of
what causes the break. Very, very specific. And when my students train this way, they
learn to fix it much faster than if they’re concentrating on all kinds of places. There’s
placement exercises that do help a lot. But if you want to know specifically where the
problem is, then go ahead and always put your hand on your larynx while you’re doing exercises
to move you through the break. So, what do you do first? Well, just leave
your fingers there. As your first approaching the break, be gentle. Yes, we’re using the
mixed voice to fix the break. That’s the initial way that I help people through the
break. Ahhh…. I feel it cominggggg…..so I don’t change a lot….. Success. Again, what’s happening is that there’s
a sudden release of air. That’s why the placement exercises where you focus on the
buzzing somewhere…eeeeeeee. That buzzing sensation is telling you that the vocal folds
are staying together. If you see my other video on placement, it
tells you what is the effect. The buzzing sound is telling you whether your vocal folds
are closed or not closed. What I mean by that is…eeee. That’s not closed. So you don’t
here the placement exercise, you don’t hear the buzzing…wherever you choose. Whatever
works for you. Whereas…eee….if I focus on that buzz, it helps to keep the vocal folds
closed. So that’s your first task…is to move through
the break without a sudden shift. Now, for some of you, it’s going to be a very frustrating
experience… because as you’re moving through it, it’s going to keep breaking. But don’t
give up. Just keep focusing on it. What’s happening on a tonal basis is that when there’s
a big break. Ahhhh…. You skipped a bunch of notes. So what you want to do as you’re practicing
these slides is to reduce the break. Reduce the amount of notes that you’re skipping
until there is no skip. But while you are reducing the number of notes that you’re
skipping, you’re arriving at the better placement of your vocal folds for singing. That’s why this is the best singing exercise.
Very few exercises accomplishes so many things to improve the voice. I call this the best
singing exercise because when you can fix that break it will unlock your voice because
the position of the vocal folds to fix the break is the way that you should be singing
all the time. That’s right, to sing better, what you should be doing is singing in a way
that there is no break all the time. That’s part of the training that we do.
We sing a song that forces you to use chest voice and head voice. The exact kind of songs
you want to avoid. But these are songs that are most beneficial for you because they’re
training the vocal folds to get into the right position to maneuver that. And that position
is the one that you always want to be singing in. That’s why this is the best singing
exercise with that criteria. If you’re going to learn to sing better,
you should be able to navigate your break because you will be very happy with how you
can sing after that. This is Craig from Shimizu Voice with the best singing exercise. If you
learned anything from this video, please give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends
to help them out, too. And subscribe to my channel so you can get the latest videos.
And leave comments. If there’s something you want me to clarify, let me know, please.
In the meantime, you folks, all, have a great day!

32 thoughts on “Learn How To Sing Using The Best Singing Exercise To Fix The Break (Crack) (PT 1) – LESSON 20

  1. I try to not letting the larynx jerk, but it keep move up a little bit ( just a little bit, not suddenly) when i go higher. Of course, i still have a break now. SO that's normal, i just need to keep practice, or i must keep my larynx unmoved?

  2. Awesome Craig!! By the way could you make a video explaining falsetto a little bit more? It's kinda hard to develop a good falsetto.

  3. After just watching some of your videos I can easily say that you helped me out the most with learning how to sing. I'm still starting out but your videos truly help the most and I just want to thank you for making them!

  4. Thanks Craig. You explain this important point very clearly. I am proud to have you as my virtual singing guru.

  5. To learn to sing better, use this exercise to develop your voice in many key areas. If you need more help, please leave a comment. Thanks!

  6. Hi Craig,
    While filddling around with the slide, I notice 2 things:
    Doing the vowel ee (4.49), the feel is completely different compare to AAhh (1:03)
    I'm not too sure if the sound is different but it feels different for sure.

    Is that normal?

    I tried singing using ee configuration, and yes I can sing, but the impact is less strong/impactful, BUT more controllable and words can be pronounced, then again it lacks of power 🙁

    As for aah vowel, I notice its STRONG for sure all way in, but its harder to control and I have greater difficulty maintaining the tone when attempting to pronouncing words.

    HOw do I blend in these two vowels into one big nice sound with same feel?
    Thanks!

  7. Hi Craig, I seem to be able to slide up without breaking(using a very soft tone when passing through the breaking point), but almost always skip a few notes(break) on the way down. Is there anything I have to adjust, or do I just keep doing it?

  8. UPDATE: As I was teaching this today to a student, I realized that I used to call this a "vocal cord alignment drill" because that's what it does to make you sing better.

  9. So just going to falsetto without breaking (well actually there is a break, it's just not heard because you're going softer, right?

  10. Btw you can do the same slide but from top down, starting from falsetto and going down, will help a lot

  11. this has been very helpful. I wonder if the milk I drink is affecting my vocal chords. I love milk everyday but I get more flu form it.

  12. YES! This is exactly what I need to do more of since I have to follow whatever music I download as I am not a part of a band at this time. so many different songs in so many different keys. This will help me so much! ☺

  13. Best explanation I've heard. I have a strong chest voice and an airy falsetto, so I can see how this exercise will help me. However, I want to be able to control the break interval like Sinead O'Connor. It worries me that so many mixed voice singers have fixed the break and forgotten how to yodel.

  14. I use mixed voice at C4 to C5 of course c4 is cheasty and c5 is heady
    I can go from chest to mix I can go from mix to head But not be able to come back from head voice

  15. When I fix my break What will I Feel on head voice? my head voice doesn't make me feel normal like chest voice,

  16. Perfect lesson Craig have done sirens before but not this good looking forward to putting mys break to this exercise !

  17. Really enjoyed this I have a problem of taking to much power from chest into head so often I flip into falsetto sliding has helped a lot as I can get to a D5 comfortably with full connection, question can you do a video on vowel mods please as tenors pass the passaggio zone

  18. Great video. I just had a couple quick questions. After my break began to narrow, I started to crack a lot and it caused a lot of fatigue to my vocal cords (I purposefully tried to stay practicing and singing in that area). I've heard that this cracking is the vocal cords choosing their preferred vibrations, but i just wondered if I should be worried about damage in the past because it seems to keep cracking. In your experience, does it take a long time to get tones out of the crack, or should it be fast after you find it? I hope you understand what i'm trying to say.Thanks a lot.

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