Richard Miller

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Training the amateur voice through warm-ups and exercises

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"Technique and expression must be the supporting pillars of vocal art…Technique is of no value except as it makes communication possible…Unless the emotional experiences and sentiments of a performer can be externalized, they have no value beyond personal therapeutic ones." Richard Miller

Training Voices in the Choral Rehearsal
S y s te m a tic A p p lic a tio n o f E x e rc is e s in 4 M a in A re a s P o s tu re B re a th M a n a g e m e n t: 5 A re a s F re e L a ry n g e a l F u n c tio n : R e s o n a n c e B a la n c in g : e ffic ie n t c o o rd in a tio n o f b re a th w ith hto n e o n ic p a rtia l re la tio n s h ip s a rm

N o b le & A x ia l

In h a la tio n O nset P h o n a tio n R e le a s e Im m e d ia te re n e w a l o f b re a th

A id e d b y a g ility e x e rc is e s

V o w e l d iffe re n tia tio n

G a rc ia p o s itio n

A id e d b y s o s te n u to e x e rc is e s

V o w e l e x e rc is e s

V ib ra n t v o ic e s

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Posture

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“Noble & Axial” Garcia position to aide in above “Quietude of the torso”

Onset Exercises
Immediate renewal

Silen t Brea th

Releas e of tone

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Onse t

Vibrant ------------tone

Onset Exercise Example
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Cardinal Vowels
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Onset exercises should incorporate all cardinal vowels Avoid glottal attacks, use fricative consonants

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Breathe the vowel

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Free Laryngeal Function: Agility & Sostenuto Exercises Abdominal wall remains stable
Quiet laughing patterns (5-4-3-2-1) Simple legato passages in middle range In combination with onset exercises, develops appoggio technique without long explanations

Resonance Balancing
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Vowel definition: tracking the vowel Flexible system: lips, tongue, mouth, jaw for each vowel Raise zygomatic arch Vowels should never loose integrity; over-modifying them should be avoided

Richard Miller
Vocal training is essential to emotive communicating

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