Magic Choral Trick #67 Lip Roll

Lip Rolls are a great way to work on smooth, legato lines and to improve breath control. Like the Zzzzzz, the Lip Roll also brings the vocal placement further forward.

A Lip Roll is just the horse lips type sound that we all make when we’re frustrated – especially if we’ve been working away on something for a long time, then stop to take a break.

When a vocal sound is added, it becomes the type of sound that little boys make when they’re playing with toy motorcycles or boats – and are imitating the noise of the engine.


It’s best if this is done in a lazy motorboat style, rather than something more aggressive like the little boys’ motorcycles.

During the warm up is a good time for this – but it’ll also help any song phrase that needs to sit better in the voice.

Sing the phrase.

Now sing it again to Brrrrrr.

When you sing the phrase again it should feel more comfortable in the voice, and the breath control will be better.

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on January 23, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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