Vocal tip- When working on a difficult passage of music, temporarily take the words out and vocalize it on one of your favorite exercise sounds. For me, I use 'bub', 'wun', 'ng', or the lip trill to get the notes more securely in my voice. Then once it feels like I can hang on, I go back to singing on the text. Go back and forth as much as you need to until you can sing the passage without strain. This ping-pong practice is very helpful and is one of the ways in which we merge technical practice into song work.
Look out for a YouTube clip elaborating on this concept coming very soon.
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