The Pitch Pipe January 2022

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EIGHT THINGS TO DO TO GET YOUR VOICE BACK IN SHAPE

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s we start to get back together in our choruses and quartets around the world with varying degrees of pandemic restrictions still in place, there is likely one thing we can all agree upon: We are vocally out of shape! Some of us sang every day during the pandemic. Others of us didn’t sing at all. But even if you sang at home every day, it’s not quite the same as singing in an ensemble. Our voices may be a bit rusty, to say the least! Here are eight things you can do to get your voice back in shape. #1: Be kind to and patient with yourself. It will take time. #2: Increase your physical stamina to improve your vocal stamina. Go for daily walks or runs, and when that feels easy, start singing a bit on your walk. It will get easier every day, and your breath stamina will increase. #3: Sing (healthily) all day, whether it’s at home, in your car, while you’re out for a walk, or even in the grocery store! I confess I’ve been singing a lot more when out in public behind the safety of my mask, and I love it! I usually do my best belting in the aisles that are empty!

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#4: SOVT (semi-occluded vocal tract) exercises every day for at least 10 minutes. These can be as simple as bubbling (lip trills) along with a favorite song, or grabbing a straw and singing through it while doing your daily routine (just don’t trip and do a face plant!). My cats love it when I do this because to them it’s another toy! You can find several sample videos in the new Directors Resource Toolkit.

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