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Ep.82: How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher #7-Advanced Dopy Gee’s
When learning to sing higher, we constantly fight against the old habit of the rising larynx as we reach for high notes. If we tighten our throats and squeeze and push the sound out, we’ll never succeed in the long run.
Here are two advanced dopy gee exercises that, when done right, cancels the reaching and squeezing. These exercises free our voices so we can sing easily into head voice without straining.
Hi! I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.
Why does the dopy gee work? It works because it retrains the larynx to stay down where it normally rests when we talk. If the larynx stays down, we can sing the high notes easily. This eliminates the strain, and the wear and tear on our voices.
Another major advantage is when the cords are free from the squeeze of the extrinsic muscles, they develop their own power.
How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher #7-Advanced Dopy Gee’s
First is the dopy gee with the Octave Repeat scale. This is designed to strengthen and solidify your voice in the first bridge…where it’s most difficult to sing. It sounds like this. [Demo]
For a review of the dopy sound, watch Episode 80.
Men the bottom note begins on the Ab3. Women the bottom note begins on the C#4
Both go down five half-steps and then back up.
The second is the dopy gee with the 1 ½ scale. It sounds like this. [Demo] All this with a stable larynx.
Men the bottom note begins on the B2.
Women the bottom note begins on the F#3.
Both go up three half-steps and back down. You can go higher once you’ve mastered these pitches.
The benefits of this exercise are immediate. You learn to go from chest to head without straining. The dopy sound counteracts the habit of the rising larynx. The vocal cords work freely.
This condition is opposite to the way many of us have tried to sing in the bridge and into head voice. Which feels more powerful, but shortens your career. You get hoarse, your vibrato slows down to a wobble and your vocal strength fades.
With this new coordination, without the extra squeeze of the rising larynx, your vocal cords begin to develop their own intrinsic power. The progression is something like this. [Demo]
Vocal types Pulled-Chest/High Larynx and Flip-Falsetto will find these exercises especially helpful.
Do you know your vocal type? That’s not whether you’re soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing.
Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then go to the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and start improving your voice today.
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