Ep. 101 – “The Greatest Vocal Exercise of All Time” – Voice Lessons To The World

Well we’ve crossed the
100 episode mark. And, you know
what that means. Yep a whole new era of
helping you learn about vocal technique and
discover your vocal best. Today I’m so excited because
we’re going to start by exploring the greatest
vocal exercise of all time. ♬ Hi singers, I’m Justin Stoney
the founder of New York Vocal Coaching
here in New York City. Welcome to episode 101 of
Voice Lessons To The World. Today’s question comes from
Drago M. in Moscow, Russia. Drago writes, “Dear Justin, if you
were stranded on a desert island with just one vocal exercise,
what would it be?” Amazing question, Drago. Well, if I were stranded on a desert
island with just one vocal exercise here’s the exercise
I would choose… ♪ ♪ HEH – EH – EH – EH – LP ♪ [ Hits piano ] But that’s just if I was stranded
on a desert island, Drago. But, you know me,
I’m a voice technician. I spend every waking
hour in the vocal studio. And if I’m in the studio working
on the nitty-gritty of vocal technique I’m totally going with the
greatest vocal exercise of all time. That’s right. One consonant
to rule them all.
[♪] One consonant
to find them.
[♪] One consonant to
bring them all.
[♪] And in the
brightness bind them.
[♪] What am I
talking about? The NG! Long live the king. ♬ Sure, I know there’s lots of
great vocal exercises out there. Lip trills, hisses,
messa di voce, farinelli, we’ve talked about so many
of them on this show. “The hiss.” “Lip trills.” “Messa di voce.” But after a hundred episodes
it’s time to meet the king. The NG. Let’s start by talking
about what is an NG? ♬ The NG is one of our
three nasal consonants. M, N, and NG
are the three. To do an NG
the jaw should release, the front of the tongue should
touch the bottom gums, And the back of the tongue
should touch the soft palate. It sounds like this- [ sound demonstration ] Give it a try! Release your jaw, bring the
tongue forward and tall and- [ sound demonstration ] That’s nice work. Now if you’re
having any trouble just say the word “sing” and
linger on the last consonant. Sing. That’s it! So what is this Justin,
why ya so big on the NG? Well, let’s look at
its benefits. Here are five
benefits of the NG. ♬ One, it puts the tongue
in its ideal position. Two, it puts the jaw
in its ideal position. Three, it brings the sound
into the nasal resonance. Four, it keeps head and nasal resonance
consistent as we change notes. And five, it can help with vowel
placement for every single vowel. Now there’s an awful lot
of vocal exercise variants that you can
do with NG. But today we’re just
gonna look at three. The first one exercises
the voice on pure NG. It sounds like this- ♪ ♪ NG – NG – NG – NG – NG ♪ This exercise makes
for a great warm-up that you can do
every single day. When you do it, don’t worry about
what vocal register you’re in. In other words, just let it switch to
higher registers when it wants to. This allows your voice to
change pitch while keeping your resonance,
your jaw, your tongue and hopefully your
breath, consistent. It can be very hard for
singers to change pitch without changing a
bunch of other stuff. Well, not with
this exercise. Let’s just try a couple
of them together. Guys down here- ♪ NG – NG – NG – NG – NG ♪ And ladies up here- ♪ NG – NG – NG – NG – NG ♪ Let’s do a few. ♪ ♪ That’s it. ♪ That’s right. ♪ NG – NG – NG – NG – NG ♪ Good. ♪ Just one more. ♪ NG – NG – NG – NG – NG ♪ ♪ Great, now let’s move on
to the second NG exercise. It sounds like this- ♪ NG – AH – AH – AH ♪ In this exercise we’re
going to transition from the NG sound to
an open AH vowel. Many singers struggle with open
vowels because the sound wants to go spilling out the mouth
instead of resonating in the head. This exercise solves
this problem. And, it should really
improve your upper range. The NG allows the
vowel to automatically be placed in the head
and nasal resonance. Then, when you open
up to the open vowel we’re hoping that a lot of
the same resonance remains. So we’re gonna have
guys down here- ♪ And ladies up here- ♪ And we’re gonna do
♪ NG – AH – AH – AH ♪ ♪ That’s right. ♪ ♪ ♪ Great, one more. ♪ NG – AH – AH – AH ♪ ♪ Awesome. Now we’re on to NG
exercise number three. This one goes like this- ♪ NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING ♪ Or ♪ NGENG – NGENG – NGENG – NGENG – NGENG ♪ Or ♪ NGONG – NGONG – NGONG – NGONG – NGONG ♪ That’s right, for this
exercise you get to go ahead and choose the
vowel that you want. You might start by choosing
your favorite vowel to make it
better than ever. Or maybe you want to pick
your most challenging vowel to make sure that you’ve
got a chance to work on it. Or you might even want to
pick a vowel that you’re struggling with in a song. In any case, it’s always
a great idea to make sure that your vowels
conform to the will of the NG. [ Hits piano ] Now what does that mean? That means to make sure
that every vowel learns to be in the head and
nasal resonance. And every vowel learns to
be placed in a similar spot. This is a real game
changer when it comes to applying your technique
work over to your songs. Let’s try a few. We’re gonna have
guys down here- ♪ NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING ♪ And ladies up here- ♪ NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING ♪ And here we go. ♪ That’s it. ♪ Great. ♪ So nice. ♪ And last one. ♪ NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING – NGING ♪ Well those are the three NG
variants that I wanted to look at with you today. And now for a Voice Lessons
To The World challenge ♪ For your challenge
this week step one is to find a song
that you’d like to sing. ♪ Step two, isolate a passage that
you’re having some trouble with. ♪ Step three, do one of those NG
exercises throughout that passage. Kind of like this- ♪ NGENG – NGENG – NGENG ♪ ♪ NGENG – NGENG – NGENG
NGENG – NGENG – NGENG ♪ And then once you feel stuff
placed in the right resonance, we’re ready for step four,
add back the lyrics. ♪ Highway run ♪ ♪ Into the midnight sun ♪ ♪ Wheels go round and round
you’re on my mind ♪ And suddenly the song is relaxed
and in the right resonance. So go ahead, apply this trick to any
song that you’re struggling with. I hope and trust that all your
work on the exercises will help improve your resonance, your range,
your tone, and will make your singing feel a whole lot easier. All thanks to the king,
our friend NG. Here are some more things
that I’m hoping will help make things easier on
your vocal journey. For voice lessons or Skype
lessons with the NYVC staff visit us at
NewYorkVocalCoaching.com. If you’d like a vocal course that you
can do at home check out the Voice Lessons To The World Vocal Course. This twelve part program takes you
on a singing journey from beginner to master level vocal exercises. You can find it at
VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com. Or, if you’d like free vocal
tips sent to you each day sign up at
DailyVocalTips.com. And now, here’s Justin with
this week’s vocal benediction. The beauty of the NG
is that it makes your sound go in
and not out. In life, we always
try to force things. We look for things that are
out there to solve our problems. But really, you already have
the strength inside you. So, as the NG helps
remind you that your vocal strength
comes from within, remember there’s an
awfully strong and beautiful person in there as well. So, sing like a king. And make a joyful noise. ♬

100 thoughts on “Ep. 101 – “The Greatest Vocal Exercise of All Time” – Voice Lessons To The World”

  1. "Hail the King"👑 thanks justin, it helped me alot. Now my singing is much better🙌
    I feel like i can do alot with my voice if i have a coach like Justin. My all time favourite vocal coach

  2. Justin – I really appreciate your videos – the CONTENT is very strong and useful. Normally in the past I haven't done the ng exercises with my jazz students, but – I think after watching this video, it could be useful (even though we jazz singers tend to use a wide palette of different tone colors.) Anyway – it's something I will experience with. Thanks again for the quality videos!

  3. Hello, I'm Kaleb from Ethiopia. I would like to thank you for your help you are providing first. There are many vocal exercises, However what are the procedures to practice these?…What're your best vocal warm-ups and which one should go first for better effects?

  4. Could you do a video about repairing an overused voice? If there's some exercises that could be done during vocal rest, would be great to know. Thanks Justin and greetings from Finland!

  5. wow..amazing..nuts.. brilliant. In a way it felt creepy, why? It seemed like Justin was sat right in front of me, talking to me, a natural communicator. Exercises I understand, I like it.

  6. Nice to hear to watch New York.Vocal Couch…You act & explained….
    liked my teacher in Music Class when I was in High School ,,,,,in Roamoke Rapid High School NC US

  7. Can I ask a questions? Does the humming exercise improve my voice like other open-mouth exercise? What's different between the close-mouth exercise and open-mouth exercise?

  8. praise God for you brother!! thank you for all your hard work with all these videos, God has put you across my life man to help me live the dream to pursue music to bring HIs people together man! God bless you brother keep loving us and Him and man !!

  9. Thanks Justin. This is one of the most helpful videos about singing I have watched in all my years of learning online.

  10. Omg I watched all episodes, what an amazing journey 🙂 I remember around 6 months ago when I randomly came up on this video and clicked out of curiosity. I never sang before and didn't have a clue that the voice is this amazing instrument everyone's packed with and that can grow and improve.
    I heard for the first time terms like jaw, tongue, nasal resonance, larynx, breath and on and on and I got so intrigued that I just had to give it a try and since then I'm singing and practicing everyday, I'm totally addicted ahah! Also, this series of voice lessons to the world + the vocal course is just the best combination, I'm on the intermediate level around level 5. 
    There's a lot of stuff I have yet to figure out but I'm so thrilled of this new instrument, and anyway I feel like I'm ready to do some lesson with some of you teachers. I've already written some songs 😀
    Also I haven't touch a single cigarette since the beginning of this journey, it feels amazing and I'm so grateful. Keep up the good work guys.
    One question about this episode tho: isn't the ng exercise equal to singing trough the nose?

  11. Just love your exercices and the way you transmit it to your audiance. Congrats for your awesome teaching talent.

  12. I'm a teacher and I'm studying singing too. But after the working day my voice is tired and sound harsh, and singing becomes something almost impossible. Is there some way to reset the voice after using it to much, too loudly?

  13. Hi Justin, would you just do bunch of videos just sum all the exercise together? Its bit hard for guys like me dont have any instruments in the house, thank you!!

  14. Thanks for sharing this Justin! What a great teacher you are! Extremely inspiring. Just one question. is this exercise the one also for releasing tongue tension? My tongue wants to go back into mny throat all the time

  15. Am I creating a problem that the base of my tongue engages on"ee"? If so, can you do a video on releasing that ? If you have on, I've not yet seen it. Thanks for these: wondrous!

  16. Just found you Justin..I just started vocal exercise a month ago,always taught you have to born with singing talant ,but after looking up the utube and seeing transformation from people doing vocal exercise and being able to sing inspired me and you do also Big Thanks..

  17. Great video! I love it! Sometimes I do it right and i feels awesome, but sometimes my tongue wants to fall back when I reach the top. What do I do wrong?

  18. Best vocal coach hands down! You are awesome! Hope you get all the subscriptions and views you deserve !!

  19. Sir Im a guy and i strain everytime i try to hit G5 and also i think im tenor xD my voice is kinda squeeky so i dont think im a baritone or a bass lmao how can i hit G5 without straining? Is there any video in your channel that can help?

  20. Could you do a video on the differences between chest voice and head voice? I keep hearing this and it's confusing!

  21. Hi Justin,

    I really wanted to know if I could apply this Ng technique to a song of my own native language instead of English? Would it work the same way?

  22. The “help” got me lmao. I sang it with him haha.

    “NG” is such a good exercise glad to see it here.

  23. Could you teach us more about the difference between letting the sound spill out of the mouth and keeping it properly inside the head? Maybe you have another episode on this? Thanks for all the great videos!

  24. You have genuinely kind eyes, sir. Thank you for providing these videos for people. I may be a lost cause, but if I am to learn, I believe it will be with your help in-part.

    God bless!

  25. I have been using your NG tips for 1year or more every single day and acquired many thing from your tips and exercises.. Thank you so much, it heeeeelp me alot✌️

  26. 10 Ep.s left to complete my new year resolution 2019. I am thinking about which should I do one more round or taking VLTTW video lessons?

  27. Hello, I just wanted to ask you about this video that based on vocal tone, does this vocal helps to improve my tone plus how many days should I exercise my voice to increase my tone and sound like a celebrities?

  28. Wonderful as always. Thx for the NG reminder! I've got a concert coming up and will utilize this one for stuff. 🙂

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