Next up in MJL Reviews I focus on the utility of straws in the voice studio.
So, why straws? Straws assist with Semi- Occluded Vocal Tract exercises. The vocal tract, pictured below, gets slightly closed. The mouth wraps around the straw and the size of the vocal tract's opening is decreased (semi-occluded).
Because of this, the pressure on the vocal folds is changed. Now we have pressure from the breathe coming from the lungs and pressure reflected back from the mouth. As a result, the vocal folds vibrate with less pressure and more ease. It can help you to relieve tension and promote discovery of proper breath pressure.
I love SOVT exercises, and your everyday straw is generally a great tool for a beginner singer. Stay tuned next week for the review of the Sing Ring and Singing Straw to see if a specialized singing straw is right for you (and worth the money)!