Killer Vocal Exercise To Really Strengthen Your Voice!

Whether you're backstage getting ready for a performance or watching Youtube videos, it seems you can’t get away from seeing people warm up their voice by singing through a straw. The straw must be thin in order for the exercise to work. But what does this actually do for your voice? As you sing through the thin straw, it allows only a portion of the air to pass through. Because the air coming through is partially blocked by the muscles in your vocal tract strengthen creating better breath and diaphragm control. The resistance in your vocal tract sends energy back to the vocal cord (folds) creating more effective vibration for a stronger and fuller sound.

This practice can help with a variety of vocal problems, making it the perfect tool for beginners and professionals alike. Things like smoother sound and transitions, more consistent vibrato, fewer cracks, and reduced tension and strain should be noticeable almost immediately after starting these exercises. And the best part is doing it couldn’t be any easier! All you have to do is sing with your lips around the straw. Use it during warm ups, cool downs, or anywhere in between to help maintain your optimal vocal health. Make sure you use a thin straw (3 – 4.3 mm in diameter), the thinner the better. It best to do it for 5 minutes at a time and multiple times a day.


Here are the benefits:

1. Lessens vocal fold (cord fatigue) & increases vocal fold vibration (see blog “What exactly is

2. Balances vocal fold alignment, creating a smooth transition from one register to another (see blog 11/27/20 “Moving from One Register to Another – Passaggio”).

3. Balances breath pressure and acoustic pressure – acoustic support (see blog 12/24/20 “Your Personal Acoustic Chambers).

4. Helps elongate the vocal tract providing new acoustic strategy


Want more tips on how to train your voice, voice lessons and utilize your vocal power? Check Vocal Power with Michelle Ostrove CD, which will be available on Itunes, Amazon and other streaming venues or https://www.michelleostrove.net/. With or without a straw, these exercises will help you strengthen your voice and control your breathing to help you on your way to becoming the best singer you can be!


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