Lip Trills Warm Up Exercise (The Right Way)

In this video, I am going to show you how
to do lip trills the right way. I will also tell you why you may have trouble
doing the lip trill exercise and how to fix it. And you can practice them with my accompaniment
at the end of this video. Are you ready? Let’s start. Hi and welcome back. If we haven’t met yet, my name is Katarina
and I am a speech-language pathologist from How 2 Improve Singing and on this channel,
I share tips on how to sing in a healthy and efficient way. So, consider subscribing to my channel and
hitting that bell notification icon so that you don’t miss any of my future videos. Lip trills, lip bubbles, lip buzzing, lip
rolls. Many different names for the same exercise. First of all, why would you want to do a lip
trills exercise? This type of exercise is a so called SOVT
exercise. SOVT stands for semi occluded vocal tract
and it basically means that there is a partial narrowing in the vocal tract. Why would you care? Because this narrowing creates back pressure
that helps your vocal folds to vibrate more efficiently and easily. There are other benefits to SOVT exercises
that I explained in this video. If you missed that video, you can watch it
by clicking here or I will also link to it at the end of this video. Another reason to include lip trills exercises
into your daily vocal routine is to learn how to control airflow during sound production. If you ever tried lip trills, you know that
if you use too much or too little air, the lip trills will fail. So, let’s try them together. We will start with lifting your cheeks to
relax your facial muscles. Then, blow air through the lips to set them
into vibrations. That is fairly easy, right? Now, repeat it but sustain a neutral sound
“uh” while blowing the air through the lips. Like this. If you have trouble doing the lip trills,
here are two reasons why: too much tension or problems with the airflow. First, your lips, cheeks or jaw may be too
tight. Relax the facial muscles, give yourself a
quick massage, release the tension in the jaw or move your head from side to side to
get rid of any tension you may have. Lifting the cheeks with your hands should
also help relax your facial muscles. Second, to achieve just the right amount of
air going through the vocal folds and lips, start with a small amount of air and slowly
increase the effort until you set the lips into vibrations. If you are using too much air, ease up on
the amount. Play around with the effort to get this right. You will also need to adjust the airflow as
you go up or down in your vocal range. So, if you have trouble, always think: Am
I pushing too much or too little air through the lips? Once you know how to do this comfortably,
practice lip trills on a 5-note scale. Continue up the scale by a semitone. The accompaniment starts low and goes up high
through several octaves, so do the lip rolls in a range that feels comfortable for you. Are you ready? Let’s start. That was a good vocal workout! I hope you like this exercise as much as I
do. Let me know in the comments below. Before you go, click the like button and share
this video with your singing friends and don’t forget to check out my other videos right
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  1. Thank you for watching. Let me know how you enjoyed the exercise. As I said in the video, practice in your comfortable range first.

  2. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. very informative! thank you

  4. I tried the trilling and realized I had a tight jaw / face – this helped me loosen up. Interesting! Thx!

  5. I would imagine that the practicing in my comfort range is key to getting this down. Thank you for your wonderful tips . They are always so helpful !

  6. I could definitely use some improvements in my singing thank you so much for the tips!

  7. Great video Katarina. These warm up exercises look really effective. Thank you for sharing 😊

  8. I have to show this to my cousin, she sings opera.

  9. Loved this!! I need to work more in it… I stopped doing it properly by the end 😬

  10. Love that you give us time to practice with you too!

  11. LOLOLOLO Ok Katarina you really made me laugh with this one. I tried it and I could not stop laughing. By the way, I love the face massage part. Very good exercise – definitely a keeper

  12. This is so interesting! I had trouble doing this but with adjustments I was able to maintain it longer.I need a lot of practice.

  13. awesome as always!!

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