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Voice Studio News & Fun
August 18, 2019 | Issue #3
Voice Technique: Lift your soft palate!
The soft palate (also known as the velum) is the soft tissue of the back of the roof of the mouth. You can feel it lift when you yawn, and how high or low it is can affect how your voice resonates when you sing.

As you can see in the graphic to the right, if your soft palate is lifted and connects to the back wall of your throat, then the sound and air will not go through your nose. If your soft palate is lowered, then the sound/air can go through your nose. If your mouth is closed, the sound/air will only go through your nose. If you plug your nose and have your soft palate lowered, the sound gets trapped in your nose and it will sound very nasal! Depending on what you are singing, you can lift or lower your soft palate to make it sound the way you want.
Folk Song Favorites
Scarborough Fair
This week's folk song favorite is Scarborough Fair . You might know the version recorded by Simon and Garfunkel in 1966, but it has existed and evolved through many different versions since medieval days. Discover more about this classic folk song, watch this video of Simon and Garfunkel's version , listen to this beautiful version for Renaissance recorder and harpsichord , or click here to download and sing or play for yourself!
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was an Austrian composer of the Classical era who has proven to be one of the most enduringly beloved composers in Western music. You undoubtedly know his music, even if you don't think you do! You have probably heard his " Eine klein's Nachtmusik," or maybe you recognize the overture from his opera " The Marriage of Figaro," or one of my own favorite things to sing, the Queen of the Night aria from the the opera The Magic Flute.