How To Improve Vocal Resonance

Let’s talk about how you can improve vocal resonance as a singer

This resonance exercises tutorial is for singers who experience vocal problems like thin, inaudible, nasal voices,. In fact, every singer can benefit from exercises to develop resonance in the voice since there and many add-on benefits.

In the event that you are about to panic, there is no need. The exercises are simple and almost silly. However, they will produce the desired results that you need.

Your voice will take off and reach its zenith. You will sing with greater confidence and ease as you progress in this tutorial. It does not take a long time to see results. You would need to practice about fifteen minutes daily to see the changes.

What is the meaning of resonance?

Resonance means that the voice possesses the qualities of a full tone or a powerful lasting effect.

Resonance is produced by structures in the head and chest. In the case of the head, the resonant sounds are lighter.

In comparison, resonance in the chest tends to be lower, deeper, and fuller.

Synonyms for resonance include:

Depth.

Sonority.

Overtone.

Resonances.

Pulsation.

Vibration (Your Dictionary, 2021).

Resonance structures in singing

When a singer utters a sound, the vocal folds of the larynx or voice box resonate/vibrate the air column. The air column extends from the larynx (voice box) to the lips.

In turn, the structures above and around the larynx also vibrate/resonate.

The structures that mainly resonate in singing include the:

Throat
Mouth
Nasal cavity or space above the mouth.
Chest.

simple and easy resonance exercises for singers

Upper resonance exercises for singers

Upper resonance is also referred to as:

Nasal resonance.
Upper register.
head resonance.

Benerits of exercises to develop upper resonance

Upper resonance exercises help singers to:

Enhance the volume, tone, and beauty of the voice.

Extend the range of the voice, thus enabling the singer to comfortably sing at higher notes.

Eliminate vocal problems like stuffy nasal sounds (as if the person is singing through the nose).

Help to develop and/or enhance vocal flexibility. As a result, techniques requiring flexibility, such as riffs and runs, become easier to perform.

Upper resonance exercises examples

These are silly, easy, exercises, but they work:

Exercise 1
  • Hum the melody of any song. Lift the lips into a smile. You should feel a buzzing sensation in the lips, and in the roof of the mouth just behind the nose.
Exercise 2
  • The next exercise uses the musical scale Do re me fa so la ti do. Choose a note. Sing do fa do for about five minutes. Humming do fa do is also excellent. Pay attention to the position of the mouth and lips when singing the vowels. You should feel the vibration in the roof of the mouth and behind the nose, especially on the third do. Your voice will become brighter if you continue to practice.
Exercise 3
  • This exercise uses “ng” as in sing, ding, ming, Hum on “ng” for five minutes each practice session. You should feel a buzzing sensation in the roof of the mouth, in the region just behind the nose.
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The upcoming sets are from Jeanie Deva

Select a song with a range that is a bit challenging. Sing the melody only and not the lyrics.

Exercise 4

Keep your mouth open slightly with the lips relaxed.
Sing the melody using the vowel “EE” (as in chEEse)
Sing smoothly and slowly
Make sure that the vowel is pronounced correctly throughout the song (should be a bright, not a tight sound).
Sing the song through using the lyrics and assess the voice for any changes

Exercise 5

Keep your mouth open slightly with the lips relaxed
Sing the same melody slowly and smoothly using the “EE”, but with a bratty sound. You can achieve this bratty sound by scrunching up the nose as if you smelt something bad.
Say the word “Eew” with the nose scrunched up.
You will feel some vibration under the nose and in the front portion of the roof of the mouth.
Keep this sound “Eew” consistent throughout the song.
Sing the song through using the lyrics and assess the voice for any changes

Exercise 6

Keep your mouth open slightly with the lips relaxed
Sing the melody of the song using the vowel “A” as in the words “can” or “apple”.
Keep the sound of the vowel consistent as you sing.
Sing the song in its entirety, using the lyrics.
Assess the voice for any changes.

Lower resonance exercises for singers

Synonyms used for lower resonance exercises include:

Chest resonance exercises.
Lower resonance exercises.
Lower register exercises,
Vocal exercises for lower register.

Benefits of lower resonance exercises

Lower resonance refers to the vibrations that are produced in the chest by the spaces in the chest and throat.

These exercises help singers to sing lower notes with ease.

The voice becomes flexible and gains a warm quality.

Muffled singing and tightness in the voice are eliminated.

They help the voice to emerge freely from the singer’s body, in a sense.

Easy, simple exercises for developing lower resonance

Exercise 1

Breathe and softly sing “ah.”
The jaw should drop.
Mouth should be open to allow the escape of the vowel “ah.”.

Exercise 2

Breathe and sing

“ER”
“OO”
“KER”
“KOO”

Exercise 3

Breathe and sing “zzzz.”

Exercise 4

Yawn.

How exercises for resonance relate to vocal range

Vocal range refers to the ability to sing low to high notes. Some singers shriek on higher notes and crash on the lower ones.

I can assure you that the exercises for resonance will extend your vocal range. As a result, you will be able to move effortlessly between lower and higher notes while singing, without any uncomfortable crashes.

RESOURCES

The Voice Foundation.

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