Singing at Home

Renaissance Choir soprano, Susan Yarnall-Monks, has provided a daily exercise routine to keep the voice in top condition during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • Tallis: "If ye love me" - a virtual performance by The Renaissance Choir - July 2020
  • #99: How to reduce aerosol distribution
  • #98: Dynamics
  • #97: Vowels with “a”
  • #96: “Bibbedy bobbedy boo”
  • #95: Major/minor triads
  • #94: Oo oh aw vowels
  • #93: Ee Eh Ah vowels to clear the tubes
  • #92: Release of the breath
  • #91: Brain dance
  • #90: Connection with the words
  • #89: Resonant space
  • #88: tongue freedom
  • #87: Embodied voice
  • #86: Enunciation of “fish and chips”
  • #85: Inspired by a heron
  • #84: Inspired by butterflies
  • #83: Inspired by swans
  • #82: Emerging new life
  • #81: Fascial squashes to get muscles working
  • #80: “It’s a grand night for singing”
  • #79: “Tonight” from West Side Story
  • #78: “I could have danced all night”
  • #77: June is bustin’ out all over
  • #76: Bali Hai
  • #75: The hills are alive
  • #74: Flowing river
  • #73: Water droplets
  • #72: Fingal's Cave
  • #71 Calm seas - maintaining a specific tone
  • #70: Stormy waves: windy howl followed by “shhh” breathing out.
  • #69: Bubbles - getting an awareness of pharyngeal space and how flexible it can be with vowels.
  • #68: Practice “water” = “ooater”. Recommend Guggenheim museum video of Bring me little water Silvy.
  • #67: “Chelsea flowers” - random flowers in your imagination.
  • #66: Imagine you are a tall tree: a string pulling us up, elongating the spine.
  • #65: Imagery of flowing grasses: breathe out gently, make sounds change as you move lips and mouth.
  • #64: Sing with your mouth closed; buzzing bees, humming. Good way to feel pitch and tonality.
  • #63: Think of how smelling a flower focuses the sound when you start to sing.
  • #62: Calm water lilies inspired by Monet, and a “singing waterfall”. Sing internally.
  • #61: Practice Mozart’s “Tu virginum corona” from his “Exsultate Jubilate”.
  • #60: Energy needed when you make a “leap”of e.g. a fourth - grow through the previous note.
  • #59: End of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate Alleluia - a happy piece covering many vowels.
  • #58. Energy levels. Be aware of them before you sing.
  • #57: Flexibility. Breaking up the scale into 5-note patterns. Ah Ee Oo.
  • #55: Peal of bells exercise, where you change the vowel sound at the bottom.
  • #54 Descending scales. Start at the top in the E maj scale.
  • #103: Release, resonance and flow
  • #102: Balance connected to the voice
  • #101: Trampoline exercise.
  • #100: Importance of the freedom in the spine.
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