TOYS FOR SINGING:

Find below for some of our favorite instruments and props

as well as our favorite helpful apps, for a healthy and in-shape vocal life!

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Resistance Bands

Also known as strength bands, these are great for engaging the back chain muscles which play an integral part of anchoring the body while singing. They can be used in a multitude of ways and the end result can often be more power and less effort on your voice. Recommend ¼ and ½ inch bands.

Z-Vibe

Try this toy to awaken the parts of your body that don’t vibrate with your sound. It can be used on the teeth, tongue, hard and soft palates. This crafty tool invigorates the nerves so that the vibrations are better felt during phonation, which in turn decreases singing effort and increases volume.

Lelo Vibrator

Vibration is one of the best tools for body mapping (how to fully recruit the parts of your body that will aid in efficient production of your voice). This particular vibrator is great for the face and neck -- try it to wake up your voice,and to experience fuller sensations of your sound!

Magic Wand Personal Massager

Join the vibration nation! This tool is used for below the neck, to help map out those areas that need some more movement or release. Hold it on your lower back, ribcage and belly while singing to feel the natural freeing of your sound! 

Neti Pot

Relieves Allergies & Sinus Symptoms: nasal allergies & dryness; sinus pressure & nasal stuffiness; nasal symptoms for flu & cold; nasal irritation from occupational dust, fumes, animal dander, grass, pollen, smoke, & house dust; post nasal drip & nasal drainage. 

Foam Roller

A must have for relieving muscle tension, especially in those hard to reach places like the neck and back. Sometimes you gotta treat yourself to a massage – your body will thank you and completely open up.

Straws

Singing through a straw is very useful in voice habilitation and rehabilitation. Straw phonation follows a subject known as semi occluded vocal tract posture and was introduced to the voice world by a voice scientist named Ingo Titze. The benefits of straw phonation are less effortful singing and speaking, by way of the vocal folds stretching and decompressing. Use straw glides first (starting low in your range and ascending as high as you comfortably can, then returning low), then accent second (soft to loud on various pitches). Put a straw in water and manage your bubbles!

Tuning Fork

The tuning fork can be used to find those places in our body that don’t easily resonate. To find these places, slap the fork against the palm of your hand, then place the prong end near different parts of your body. You should be able to hear the buzzing of the fork equally. If you can’t hear it, then it’s time to break out the Z-Vibe!

Steam Inhaler

Dryness is the voice’s devil, so it’s important to keep the layers of your instrument well hydrated and full of moisture. Steaming is the best way to DIRECTLY hydrate the vocal folds.  Imagine dehydrated vocal folds acting like sand paper against sheetrock – it will wear down quickly and abrasively. SO, steam frequently!

Kinesio Tape (ROCK tape)

This tape helps manage fatigue by stimulating blood flow across tired and tight muscles. Rock tape promotes lymph drainage to remove toxins that the body naturally produces during high effort activity. The athlete or singer can then go harder for longer periods of time. For more info, check out www.kinesiotaping.com.

Balance Board

A Balance Board is a perfect tool to help singers learn to engage their core muscles. Without connection to our core- our abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, glutes, hamstrings, and pelvic floor- the body has nothing from which to support itself while singing. Try placing a balance board next to a wall or barre and attempt to balance yourself on top of the board. Slowly, begin to take away the support of the wall or barre and see how engaged your core feels!

Bosu Ball

A Bosu Ball is similar to a Balance Board, where singers can strengthen their core while working on their stability. This is especially great for singers working to decrease the imbalances between the left and right side of their body. Singers can also hold the Bosu Ball above the head or in front of the body to engage the back body.

Pilates Ball

A Pilates Ball is a perfect tool to help singers learn to engage their inner thighs and pelvic floor while singing. Without connection to our core, the body has nothing from which to support itself while singing. Try placing the Pilates Ball between your upper thighs and see if you can keep it there while singing. You can also place the ball at chest level and squeeze the ball between your hands while singing to practice engaging your upper middle back. 

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HELPFUL APPS:

SING-INTUNA:

Learn to sing (or play an instrument in tune with HotPaw Sing-inTuna's color-coded pitch graph.

$9.99 on the Apple Store.

DROPBOX:

Upload and share large files like sheet music, as well as audio and video files.

Free up to 2GB.

FOR SCORE:

Get organized with this music reader for the iPad. Annotate, create setlists, rearrange pages, add bookmarks, play along to an audio track, and more with an arsenal of tools to help you turn practice into performance.

$9.99 on Apple Store

MUSIC NOTES:

Download, print and play sheet music from Musicnotes.com, the largest library of official, licensed digital sheet music.

BLUE TREE PUBLISHING SOFTWARE:

Get a close up look at the moving parts of your voice with this amazing series of interactive multimedia software programs.

Pricing varies. Bundles available.

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