I recently did a live broadcast about semi-occluded vocal tract (SOVT) exercises that some of you might find interesting.

The main benefit of SOVTs is back pressure on the vocal folds since you are singing through a much smaller mouth opening (e.g. by using a straw, closing your lips or covering your mouth with your hand). This back pressure enables the vocal folds to adduct in the most balanced way (in layman’s terms, the result will be neither too “pressed” nor too “breathy”), thus aiding voice recovery, helping you to warm up efficiently or evening out your range.

I explain the mechanism in the video, plus talk you through a few ideas how you can add SOVTs into your singing routine.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

© Petra Borzynski 2017

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About Petra Borzynski

Petra Borzynski is a voice coach and therapist with special expertise in helping (performing) artists and creatives to overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks to perform better and without fear. She has helped hundreds of people to prepare for or sustain a singing career, find personal fulfilment through music and overcome limiting beliefs & performance anxiety. Her articles on singing, creativity and performance psychology have been featured in several publications.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you! I have been looking for breathing/vocal exercises. While I love to sing, I am not a singer but I do have problems with my breathing, speech and thus when I sing too.
    No matter how much I work on that, I don’t seem to get the breathing concept perfectly. I would love to work on that.

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