Magic Choral Trick #2 Breathing Through an 8 foot Straw
One of the things that I really love about experimenting on choirs with any singing techniques is that the results are so dramatic. Even if what you’re doing makes only a slight difference with each individual singer – the collective result can be stunning.
This is just another of those techniques – and this one is almost like the inverse of the Brass Buzz.
Imagine that you’re standing about 8 feet underwater (I’m guessing that at even just 8 feet, you’d probably need some weights to hold you down)
Now imagine that the way you are having to get air is through a very long, thin straw – so the pressure as you try to suck in the air is tremendous. This may remind some of you of the mid 1970’s – but for others, you’ll know you are doing it right when your neck tendons become more visible.
Try this exercise, then sing a phrase, or part of a warm up exercise.
If you try to do this sort of breath in the middle of a song, one short ditty could take all night. So this is best used during the warm up.
This is a great trick for placing the voice forward in the mouth – where you want it to be for clarity, ease and richness of sound. This one – like the Brass Buzz can act like a reset, or refresh button at any point in your rehearsal.