The AH exercise works to build a mix of chest and pharyngeal resonance and helps eliminate the “break” as you move into the higher notes in your range. Tips to make this exercise most effective:
- Aim for a bright, clear, punchy sound.
- Do not stay all in head voice, and do not just push up on your chest voice! Stay grounded in your chest voice, but as the notes get higher, allow the resonance to tilt into the pharyngeal cavity in order to find freedom and a mixture of resonance.
- Open your mouth and drop your jaw to engage the foundation of chest voice.
- Make sure the sound is not breathy.
- Keep a slight cry on the voice to help it stay connected.
- Try putting a bit of a slur between your notes to help them stay connected.
- Try placing your fingers on your nose to feel the “buzz” / vibration of the pharyngeal resonator. If you feel no buzz, it probably means you’re pushing on your chest voice too much.