Singers (and children of all ages) LOVE “lip trills!” Most singers, regardless of voice type and training level, find them to be a great warm-up! Not only are lip trills useful for getting your voice going in the morning or before a gig, they can also have “therapeutic” effects that can improve overall vocal function.
TOP 10 REASONS WHY LIP TRILLS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE:
1. LIP TRILLS ARE FUN!:
When we’re singing and having fun everything feels and works better!
2. LIP TRILLS CREATE “BACK-PRESSURE:”
This is just science: when you create a narrowing with the lips at the front of your vocal tract pressure builds up behind your lips and slowly moves backward. This back-pressure helps keep your throat “open” which makes everything healthier and easier!
3. LIP TRILLS RELEASE FACIAL TENSION:
This is obvious.
4. LIP TRILLS DON’T FEEL LIKE “SINGING:”
Most people when they think of “singing” start to enact all of their singerly habits–good and bad. Lip trills feel like a “silly sound” and therefore don’t tend to trigger those nasty habits (pushing, squeezing, etc.). Aaaaah!
5. LIP TRILLS HELP SMOOTH OUT THE “BREAK:”
Most people experience that their break–which can be quite prominent during normal singing–is undetectable or at least very subtle during a lip trill. This is more likely to be true if the lip trill is quiet, not loud. Shhhhhh!
6. LIP TRILLS ENCOURAGE LARYNGEAL FREEDOM:
If you put your hand on the front of your neck while sliding up and down your range on a lip trill you will probably notice that your larynx moves up and down easily and fluidly with the pitch. This is ideal and seems to happen spontaneously during a lip trill.
7. LIP TRILLS ACTIVATE THE SOFT PALATE “ANCHORING” MUSCLES:
Because of the “back-pressure” and because you can’t rely on lip/tongue/jaw tension to perform a simple lip trill, you will begin to stabilize (find support) in your Soft Palate instead. This is a great thing!
8: LIP TRILLS RELEASE VOCAL FOLD TENSION!:
Some more science: when you have two vibratory sources–in this case the lips and the true vocal folds–going at the same time with the same stream of air flowing between them, the air flow is cut in half. This means that if you had too much pressure and flow at the level of the vocal folds to begin with, the lip trill fixes it! Awesome!
9. LIP TRILLS TAKE CARE OF THE BREATH FOR YOU!:
The vibration at the lips allows the air to escape at a regular rate. This means that the vocal folds–which normally have to set the rate of airflow–are getting some help in slowing that air down! BONUS!
10. LIP TRILLS,WHEN DONE QUIETLY, PROMOTE PERFECT CONTROL:
Watch my next video and you will see that lip trills–performed quietly–can set up your entire mechanism for controlled and coordinated singing! Then you can do cool tricks! Here’s the link: VIDEO: THRILLING TRILLS!