Here is an amazing set of videos I found on You Tube with virtually the complete set of vocal training exercises from Seth Riggs, the actual founder of the speech level singing method. This guy has taught over 120 grammy award winners including Natalie Cole, Janet Jackson, Sinéad O’Connor, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, John-Mark and Michael Jackson.
Thanks to Seth Riggs and You Tube member HT0WNfemaleSLABryder for posting these videos.
I’m not sure how long they will remain available on YT for so watch and learn from them while you can. He’s the original and probably the best you’ll get !
Speech Level Singing Chapter 1
What is speech level singing, how it works and what you will achieve. The difference between sls and other techniques and the problems you will encounter using alternative singing methods. This video also informs you how to use these exercises properly and how to progress through the course.
How to do the lip roll or lip trill and keep a connected tone whilst you sing.
How to perform the tongue trill with a demonstration and a practice example for you to try.
Lip roll – Similar to exercise 1. but slightly harder with demonstration and advice on how to let go and avoid sliding from one note to another. Example, then your go.
Tongue trill – as exercise 2 but slightly harder. Singer demonstration then your turn.
Nay, nay, nay’s. How to sing without reaching up into chest voice. Example and your turn as usual.
Similar to exercise 5 with wider scale range.
Exercises 7 a to 7 e, adding a ‘cry’ tone to your voice. Allowing your voice to thin out to activate the low larynx muscles and de-activate the high larynx muscles. Using ‘Mum, mum, mum’ sounds in your exercises.
As exercise 7 but with extended scale range.
Imposing your larynx down with vowels. How to avoid ‘splatting’.
As exercise 9 with different scale notes.
Much larger skips between notes.
‘Wee, wee, wee’ sounds from head to chest voice.
Chest – head – chest voice with wee’s and gee’s.
Squeaky mmm’s and edge sounds.
Exercises with ‘squeaky’ edge tones.
As 15, but using smoother transitions to keep to speech levels.
Reducing air pressure and maintaining the ‘edge’ sound with an even connected tone.
Edge exercise with maintained high note.
Relax your chords.
Crossing into vowel sounds while staying connected. ‘Mmm to ooooo’.
High to low to high tone exercise.
Concentrate on your own excess body movements while doing these exercises to avoid any external muscles causing strain on your larynx.
Crossing vowels without moving mouth position.
Same as exercise 23 but with increased number of vowels.
Exercise moving gently from head to chest voice.
Performing ‘Ahh’ as ‘Uhh’ without spreading, splatting or grabbing the sound.
Exercises 27 and 28.
Working through the demo song ‘Annie Laurie’ at speech level.
Exercises 29 and 30.
Working through the demo song ‘House of the Rising Sun’ at speech level.
These exercises may sound weird and make you look stupid while you practice them, but this is how the professionals do it, and the results you will achieve will be well worth the effort, as long as you stick with it.
You can’t get much better than that for vocal training.
If you like these lessons and use them to improve your singing technique, please check out Seth Riggs’ site and buy his original training products for yourself.
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