Voice Practice 11/27/18

How Long I Practiced: About 30 minutes.

What I Practiced: After another basic set of vocal exercises, like going up and down the scale and doing oooohhhs, I began to practice Skylark again. I did a lot fo the same stuff as the day before’s practice session, but this time, I learned the bridge. I don’t have the entire thing in my vocal memory, but I’m just missing one line. I practiced it multiple times, but I can’t seem to sing it without the notes playing yet. I also just practiced the song overall. Again, my voice felt very restricted. In the middle of the session, I did some scales above high C. This helped some, but I am still struggling a lot. I also recorded myself singing what I knew and listened back to that. Lastly, I tried singing the song starting on A instead of high C to see how that felt.

How I Felt About What I Practiced: I felt very good about this practice session, because I have close to the whole song memorized, and I was able to learn almost the whole the bridge. I am very troubled by how tight my voice sounds when I sing the high notes. I tried relaxing my voice and deep breathing into the phrase, but I was not satisfied. Singing the song two notes lower felt so much better, which I thought was interesting. Maybe I’m not warming up enough. I hope we are able to work this out in class today.

Voice Practice 11/26/18

How Long I Practiced: About 30 Minutes

What I Practiced: I started with basic vocal exercises, like going up and down scales and doing snooty oohhhsss. Anytime I felt my voice getting tight during practice, I would return to these exercises and just try to relax. I then learned most of the notes of Skylark and started to sing it. I sang it with words, but in the parts I found especially high and troubling, I would sing it without words, just on an ahhh sound. I did not learn the bridge during this practice section.

How I Felt About What I Practiced: I listened to Skylark before this, so I was able to pick up the tune quickly. I was a bit pressed for time, so I didn’t try to learn the bridge, but I felt good about the amount I did learn in just one session. My biggest problem is how high the song is. On the high Eb and F, I totally feel my voice restricting. I tried to breathe deeper and focus on my moment of suspension, but this only seemed to help a little bit. Overall, I felt it was easy to learn the basics of the songs and I even began to memorize the lyrics.

Voice Practice 11/12/18

What Time I Practiced: I was in the voice studio from 6:00-6:50 P.M. Julia was also with me.

What I Practiced: I started with warmups and practiced deep breathing at the same time. I forgot to do lip trills, but I will do them in my dorm tonight, and when I practice tomorrow. I then went straight into singing my song All Through the Night, since we have to perform on Wednesday. Julia also gave me tips on how to keep breathiness out of my voice and told me what she noticed in my singing. She also had me sing while doing a plank for sustaining. After she left, I continued to sing my song and tried it at various volumes. I also listened to Skylark and Blue Skies to decide which one I wanted to sing. I also added breath marks to my song.

What I Thought of What I Practiced: I am feeling better and better about breathing low. My throat was definitely tight when I started warming up, but I could feel it loosen up over the session. I felt good about my song, but as we’ve spoken about earlier this evening, my throat and lymph nodes did hurt afterwards. Besides that, I was really trying to evoke some kind of feeling with my song. I sang it quieter as if it was a lullaby at first. However, after noticing an exclamation point in the second verse, I decided to go for a more passionate feeling. As for technique, it was all about keeping breath out of my voice. Julia commented that I seem to have breath in my first note, and then catch myself, so I was really focusing on my moment of suspension. She also wanted me to sustain more, so I was trying to keep steady breath throughout each phrase.