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"Home" Position - First Warm-up

The techniques of Lesson One are your first warm-up exercises. All voice and breathing studies begin with the Home position. In fact, if you find one point in your vocal core is out of position, it is more important to gently dis-entangle the tension instead of attempting to move forward into sound making.

Lesson One Vocabulary

  • AMPLIFY - To increase the volume of a sound or vibration.
  • BREATH SUPPORT - Breath and Air pressure in the lower 2/3rds of the body.  The upper third of the body creates the initial vocal sound while the remaining two thirds of your body also contains breath and air pressure to support the vocal core.
  • ENTANGLEMENT: An unnecessary connection between parts of the vocal core.
  • HOME POSITION: All main points of the vocal core are at rest.
  • INSIDE VOICE - CORE VOICE - The smallest, clearest sound you can make, just after the whisper. There is no pain or tension and the sound has a child-like ring. 
  • INSIDE PITCH LINE - When your body is properly aligned, your voices moves from high to low, low to high pitches in one long, unbroken line of sound. Also called the, "Thread of the Voice."
  • OPTIMUM TEMPO: The speed at which you can accurately execute a technique
  • PARTS OF THE VOCAL CORE - The most critical parts of the vocal mechanism: Head, eyes, sinuses, cheeks, tongue, jaw, larynx, chest.
  • PITCH - The low and high perception of sound waves. Slow and lower sound waves create low pitches. Higher, faster sound waves are higher in pitch.
  • RESONANCE - Acoustic resonance is a phenomenon where acoustic systems amplify sound waves whose frequency matches one of its own natural frequencies of vibration (its resonance frequencies).
  • REVERBERATION - A reechoed sound. Sound waves bouncing or echoing in a resonant space.SOUND - The vibration of air with in the range of 20 to 20,000 pulses per second causes the air to become audible as sound.
  • SOUND: Air vibrations between 20 to 20,000 times per second become audible.
  • SUPPORT - There are two kinds of support for the voice: Breath Support and Structural Support. Both give strength to sound first produced in the Vocal Core
  • STRUCTURAL SUPPORT - Proper posture and stance create the structure "Support" for the voice.SWELL - To increase the size of the breath or sound.
    THREAD OF THE VOICE - When your body is properly aligned, your voices moves from high to low, low to high pitches in one long, unbroken line of sound. Also called the, "Inside Voice Pitch Line."
    VOCAL CORE - The upper third of the body, from the chest to the head, where the voice is first produced and resonated.
  • PITCH: The high and low sound of a tone. High sounds vibrate faster while lower sounds vibrate slower.
  • VOCAL CORE: The upper third of the body where the vocal mechanism is located. Includes the larynx, lungs, heart, trachea, sinuses and head.
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