How to Do Riffs and Runs With Your Voice Felicia Ricci
Hey friends, today we're going to be talking about riffs and runs. (vocalizes) And I'm going to give you three strategies to ensure that your riffs are clean, supported, and just sound really cool. Now admittedly, I'm not the best riffer in the world but through my struggles I come up with some really, I think succint and helpful approaches that are gonna get you to break through some of those technical walls. So quick intro, my name is Felicia.
You can call me Fel. I'm a professional voice finder, I help you find your voice. By linking your mind to your body and giving you the simplest and most potent cues that are gonna give you real results for your voice fast. Reusing the imaginary riff that I made up, it goes like this: (riff sound) Okayé So.
(riff sound) Okayé That's just whatever. I'm just basically breaking down the principles of riffing that make it successful and how you can sort of achieve them yourself. So the first principle that makes riffing possible is that when you're riffing, you're using a very small amount of vocal chords. It's a very small feeling and it's basically if you, the way your voice works if your folds come together like this when you sing (both pink fingers closing and opening as example).
And when you riff, you use the inner most part of your chords and that's really the most agile part of your voice and that sort of allows you to kinda dance along the tops of the notes. (riffing sound) It's like very light versus (riffing sound) versus a sound that's very big and uses a lot of chords. So in order to make that focused feeling of using a smaller amount of chord easier for you,
it actually helps to practice your riffing on narrow vowels. A narrow vowel would be like an 'e' or an 'ohh' versus something like an 'ah' or an 'uh'. If you try your favorite riff on an 'ah' (riffing sound) Now that's achievable. But it's a lot harder to start there, so I suggest you take your favorite riff and you create an 'ohh' sound. Now as you do that 'ohh', make sure you're kinda laughing or yawning on the back of your throat
but you're funneling it forward and what it helps to do is just reinforce that feeling of a narrowfocused sound, and then on top of that, I want you to keep it very small and soft. (riffing sound) It's just a lot more achievable. So what's the baselineé Now, when you're using the small amount of chord what's also happening in a successful riff is that
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