How to Improve VOCAL RESONANCE (Lesson 3): Singing ‘OVER THE PENCIL’

In this video, I share a simple but effective exercise for improving vocal resonance by encouraging more ‘ring’ in the tone and less ‘push’ from the throat.

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16 thoughts on “How to Improve VOCAL RESONANCE (Lesson 3): Singing ‘OVER THE PENCIL’”

  1. Thank you Karyn! Great exercise, excellent demo. I had heard about using a pencil before but didn’t go beyond that!
    Shall be getting my own personal “vocal pencil” just for this. My kids would appreciate keeping the rest separate!
    Cheers,
    Lin😌

  2. yeah this is one I have to keep in mind a lot. I tend to grab a bit and get “stuck” and end up a bit too heavy “down in the throat” so I have to keep in mind to get the resonance up a bit higher when I start going into mixed voice or even on a good strong belt. Its also pretty crucial when adding rasp/grit/distortion because you DONT want to be adding grit etc down below the pencil line

  3. Michelle Markwart Deveaux

    Very cool, friend! Are you actively changing the vowel, or is it passively modifying? Such a great exercise for contemporary sounds! (yay for mentioning Melissa Cross!)

    1. If you listen to the first demonstration in which I alternate between the ‘under’ and ‘over’ sounds, I’m singing an UH (schwa) for both. It sounds like the same vowel, just different in quality or tone. In the second alternating demonstration, the vowel does seem to change a bit, but I was actually just pushing from my throat on the ‘under’ version, and that was reshaping the vocal tract (lengthening it a bit), which created a slightly (and passively) modified vowel. Thanks for your comment, friend!

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