Singing Lessons & Voice Training : Pt 2: Vocal Exercises for Voice Breaks


JAMES MENY: If I want to lower that larynx
even more I’m going to ask him to do the exact same skill, the same word, but say the word
mum a little whoofier. So what I mean by whoofier is sort of a dumb sound, mum, mum, mum. It’s
an unfocused sound in your head, it’s allowed to be that and remember that none of these
exercises are how to sing, they are meant to eliminate certain things that you do when
you sing or create new things to help you sing, okay? So let’s do a whoofy mum, mum,
mum on the same scale. MAN: Mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum,
mum. JAMES MENY: Good. And if you pay attention to his adam’s apple, if we can focus in right
onto his adam’s apple, we’re going to do that scale again and you’re going to see that it
stays pretty much down most of that scale. Ready and let’s do it again. MAN: Mum, mum,
mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum, mum. JAMES MENY: Excellent. Now that’s
extreme for keeping the larynx down but remember the idea is to counteract the body’s wanting
to pull it up when you go onto higher notes.

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You don't. When you inhale, the larynx automatically lowers. Take a relaxed breath through your nose and feel your Adam's apple. You should feel it move. You want to keep this open feeling in your throat as you sing.

You don't. When you inhale, the larynx automatically lowers. Take a relaxed breath through your nose and feel your Adam's apple. You should feel it move. You want to keep this open feeling in your throat as you sing.

good tips. very good tips. I think I might have met you before, with your band.. in Utah.. is this possible?

Again, Arpeggios of C and G7 are NOT scales.

Second, this student's voice has NO projection.Its indeed requiered for him to use a microphone, or nobody in the 1st line with listen what he sings.
You notice the camera is probably 3 mts away, he should be pretty much be heard.

Why people spend money on this BS? An opera singer (really, not an "autolabeled") charge you with the same or less than this fatass!!

I listen him naming an arpeggio a scale, and I feel like he skipped school.

The funny thing is that he said he is no more into opera, trying to use the old excuse of "there is too much favoritism in that enviorement, and I dont want to be an ass kisser".
The fact is he doesnt have what it takes to be an opera singer, or even a soap opera singer.His voice is too weak.

Besides, just be hearing him to say "the air is not important in singing" in the other video, is the best evidence about his incompetence.

Yeah, you're back! The larynx determines the breath, not the other way around, thus, if your throat is constricted it doesn't much matter what your breath is like. That's science and my point. I was also a professional opera singer for 5 1/2 years but I know you only believe in what was taught to you without really doing your own research. That's ok. It takes all kinds.

Well……seems you are some kind of mutant, because you use the "larynx" to breath.

Let me tell you we, the humans, use the diaphragm to breath, and thats the ONLY science valid.

Im now COMPLETLY convinced you are not only a FRAUD, but a nuthead, and you should seriusly make a new video, admiting you are just making money out of naive people.

Gee man!!! Where do you get all that nonsense about larynx and vibrato BULLSH???

Obviously, voice has become a religion to you and thus you disregard all of the science done in the last 100-200 years. Guess you know more than all of the Dr.'s, speech language pathologists, and ENT's in the world. Guess that's why you believe opera and classical as the only "correct" ways of singing. You're still living in the dark ages, but, since I preach voice as a non-religion I'll have to tolerate your opinions, too.

Its not an opinion, you imbecil!!

Its a FACT!

Big difference.

And yes, my mom is proud of me, because he have a great son.

Yours on the other hand, must puke every time she sees what you have become.

Nicolashrv, I'm still looking for your lesson videos. Oh, btw, thanks for putting a few of my videos on your "favorites." That really means a lot when I'm in the company of Jose Carerras. Thanks.

Deb, I work with a Estill person, too. I'm saddened by the attacks on SLS when "speech" voice is one of the "types" of voice taught in Estill. Thanks for your comments, though.

first of all, it's interesting how many people hide by not posting their full names but are quick to criticize other about sensorship. Usually, the biggest critics post no videos of their own and at no point do a call myself an expert. The company that recorded me is called, "expert village." Yes, some people are looking for degrees, some are looking for results, some are looking for praise, etc…Different strokes, man… Relax, I'm sure somebody loves you, too. Thanks for your comments.

What!!? I'm sorry but the lowered larynx is the proper way to produced sound. I wondered how you would sound if you would try to sing with a high larynx, might get the chikchen choke effect. Not a good sound at all! Learn physiology and stop giving people bad singing techniques.

i found doing this painful when accessing my falsetto and it screeches, keeping my adam's apple down while in falsetto only allowed me to do one painful note i must be doing it wrong 🙁

These stupid videos are all mixed up with no indication of what order they're supposed to be viewed in and no links to previous videos. 🙁

i think that stevie wonder use this way to sing…
ok his sound is clear and strong and secure …ok but he
has got large resonators in sinus, because he is black
a lot of black use to sing like that ! but stevie still the best ever!
for a poor french like me, and white in more , it's difficult to have a strong, sound when i sing in the middle! and most of all in the passagio!

Practicing musicians / learners, if you could fill out my easy 4 question survey for my research project it would be much appreciated. The link is in the info of my video called practicing musicians thanks.

NEVER move your larynx to sing, it should always be in the resting position. I've seen a few videos of this guy and am appalled that he is able to teach. PLEASE EVERYONE IF YOU ARE TAKING THIS MANS ADVICE ON HOW TO SING STOP!! If you ever come a cross a teacher that has you yell, move your larynx, shape your lips in a rediculous fway in order to acheive the sound that is desirable( I could go on and on) stop seeing them. They will ruin your voice.

@bubbaq I agree that this guy is basically teaching SLS material and that artificially lowering the larynx is not a way to negotiate access to the higher voice – but I wonder what research sources you're basing your statement on that voice teachers who tell you to move your larynx are dangerous? I'm a professional voice researcher and industry vocal coach and all current research shows that the larynx must be mobile in singing – could you give your sources please?

@clemcamby The sinuses play no role in resonance – that is an old (and long disproven) myth – research shows that the sinuses add nothing to the sound and that primary resonance is created in the space just above the larynx, being then magnified by the vocal tract. Stevie sings with a lot of twang and cry in his voice – that's where his resonance comes from.

Si tu as besoin d'une traduction, n'hésite pas à me faire signe !

@chanteurmoderne ok but i can i train this part above the larynx ? which are thee good exercices? the cry? with mum? and what else?

@clemcamby Si tu cherches à avoir une résonance proche de celle de Stevie Wonder, tu devrais bosser le twang et le pleur. Tu trouveras tout ce qu'il te faut das le livre 'singing and the actor' de gillyanne kayes – autrement il y a des clips sur ma chaîne qui peuvent t'aider (notamment la résonance nécessaire et les cordes fines) -sinon j'anime au mois de juillet un stage sur ces techniques à Paris.

@chanteurmoderne Michael Trimble of the Trimble vocal institute. The man is a God among voice teachers(I studied wiht him for a year before I became a father). He studied under numerous greats(Jussi Bjorling, Alfredo Krauss) and sang with Luciano Pavarotti when he was at the Met, and Dame Joan Sutherland (also when she was at the Met), all of whom don't shift the larynx on purpose. If it happens it is to happen naturally, never on purpose.

parts of this video are just right and basically all you need-the 2nd part (the doing of the experiment) download this video and clip off the 1st part this is how I learned happy singing lol

I was part autistic before if you play the autistic's role and only pay attention to the important parts of singing you will grow i do great karaoke now because of this fact alone

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