Dorothe's Lesson

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE EXERCISES

    TAKE NOTES
  • Observe Closely and Take Notes
  • Understanding is 75% of the Work
  • Mastering is 25% of the Work
  • Sing Along and Work with Us

Thank you Dorothe.

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Dorothe  and her Voice Lesson

1 - Dorothe Diagnostic 1:45

Analyzing how your voice feels is a very important first step in order to decide what exercise will be best for you.

You may feel very flexible and resonant one day and the next not so much so make sure you give yourself a diagnostic few minutes to check where you are vocally.

Here we are doing a medium difficult staccato exercise to gage how the diaphragm is working and how resonant the voice is.

2 - The SSSS Exercise 4:36

A difficult but very effective exercise to establish correct air pressure and breath control

Check List

  • Keep Everything Open
  • The SSSS is forward in the teeth
  • Think EE
  • Do it as long as possible
  • Keep a good volume
  • Relay Shoulders
  • Open the inter costal ribs and lock them open
  • Lock the air in and sit the ssss down all the way onto the diaphragm

3 -Descending Fifth 3:35

Now that we have more space in the throat and better control on the air we move to the first exercise.

Check List

  • The sound has to stay legato
  • Morph the vowel at the bottom and keep it the same color
  • Suspend the tone in the body
  • Keep your head and shoulders tension free
  • Tongue forward and spacious back throat
  • Keep behind the space behind the eyes open
  • Keep pelvic floor engaged
  • Make room for the air by opening the inter costal ribs.

4 - Staccato 3:18

What do we call warming up the voice?

The air is the first objective. Making sure the diaphragm is working and the staccato exercise is a perfect way to awaken the diaphragm and refine its action

Check List

  • Relax the whole body
  • Stand tall
  • Keep the shoulders and neck supple

5 - The Chest Area 2:46

To awaken the beautiful dark colors of the tone, the chest area must be resonant.

We DO NOT sing IN the chest, it vibrate by sympathy with the register that is lower while also adding to the color of the midrange voice and used as a support for the top range in a greater manner for classical singer. It is the seat of the voice. We build on it.

 

6 - The Head Area 3:10

We awaken the head area at the end of a vocal warm up because the muscles must be relaxed and tension free, the breath totally controlled and perfectly under pressure.

The beautiful voice has ALL resonating areas awaken and vibrant. Like a painter that needs all its color to have the appropriate tool for expression

Check List

  • Stand tall
  • Keep shoulders relaxed
  • Keep jaw soft
  • Bright eyes
  • Open the space in the back of the throat
  • Lift palate