When learning a new song we want to make sure that we learn the melody while establishing our most comfortable vocal effort. Below are steps to go through when learning a new song that will establish the most comfortable vocal effort and therefore set your voice up in a healthy way.
(1) Siren: Sing the entire song on an /ng/ as in ‘sing’ not ‘sung’ (this is important so we make sure our tongue stays high).
(2) Miren: Keep your velum low with the /ng/but mouth the words. This is a great exercise to practise operating the tip of your tongue independently to the back of your tongue (the tip has to move freely to shape the vowels but the back stays high to produce the /ng/ sound)
(3) Alternate measures: miren-sing-miren-sing.
(4) Sing the whole song with with ease!