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Hi, I'm Kendall McGuire, Professional Singer and Vocal Teacher in Tampa Bay, Florida. And today, I'm going to give you some practical exercises to help you train your voice. There's all sorts of singing exercises for different purposes; for breathing, for enhancing tone quality and production and for improving your range. But the first exercise I'm going to start with today is one to help strengthen your diaphragm, your breath support. This exercise you can take on a laugh. You can either do "Ha" or "Ho" or "He" or any other laughing sound you'd like with an H starting it. So, let's do it on "Ha". "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha", "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha", "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" and so forth. If you don't have a keyboard at home or if you don't have experience playing the piano, you can still do it a capella just moving up note by note. "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-hmm", "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-hmm", "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" and so on. Let's try it on "Ho". "Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho" "Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho" and moving up and up in your range to really increase smooth out your range. Another exercise that will sort of get your articulators moving. Your articulators in case you don't know are your lips, your tip or your teeth and the tip of your tongue. So, let's move up doing "Zing-zing-zing-zing-zing". "Zing-zing-zing-zing-zing", "Zing-zing-zing-zing-zing", "Zing-zing-zing-zing-zing". As you're doing this Z consonant, you'd be able to feel a little bit of vibration right here in the mask of your face. If you're feeling that, that's a good sign and that means that the resonance and there's really working and you're getting your articulators working too. That's another exercise you can work on. And a final exercise for you would be doing fifths, up and down to again, smooth out your range. Let's take this on "Na", "Na". Again, N is a good, an N is a good letter for your resonance and your mask of your face. "Naaaaaaaahhhhhhh", just on the light side. Don't push your vocal chords, don't push your voice. Stay relax, stay calm as we go up to fifth. "Ahhhhhhhhhh", "Ahhhhhhhhh". Really work on smoothing out the fifth note. Now, you might experience of a slight crack in your voice and that might just be a register change. Oftentimes in our voice we have what's called passaggip, where there's a little bit of a flip in there. So, don't worry, don't push it, don't try too hard; but just continue to go up your range and smooth out your voice pressing lightly, but not too hard on those little cracks in there. And as you practice and practice, they will smooth out within time. "Ahhhhhhhhh". You might also use a hand. I know it sounds a little goofy, but sometimes moving your hand while you're singing and doing your exercises would give you sort of a physical boost that will enhance that energy there. "Ahhhhhhhhh". "Ahhhhhhhhh". And try not to think of, of going up as being moving up to this really high scary note. Think of it more on a horizontal range, "Ahhhhhhhhh", "Ahhhhhhhh", "Ahhhhhhhhh". You can do that all day long. Don't think of it as "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh". Okay? Move it smoothly, move it, move it horizontally, "Ahhhhhhhhhh", as though you're just sighing, as though you're just yawning; very very relaxed. I hope you enjoyed these exercises and I hope that they are practical and productive in your singing career. Keep singing. I'm Kendall McGuire.