Axes of tone: forward resonance

Today, I’d like to dip my toes in the mysterious world of singing. Have you ever sung in a choir? In the warm up, did the director ever try to get you to resonate your voice forward? Toward your nose? This is one of the things vocalists do to maximize their resonance and tone. Trumpeters can do this, too.

First, try to get the sensation with your voice. Here’s an excellent video to help you do that:

Now, do the same shift to a more nasal approach while playing trumpet. Do you hear the tone open up? What’s happening is that you are opening up an extra chamber to resonate your tone. It’s a real game changer.

Continue to think of this resonance while playing simple melodies. Eventually you will begin to resonate this way automatically.


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