What are semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVT)?

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 vibrate more easily/evenly, 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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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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