What Are Lip Trills and Why Are They Good for Singing?
Lip trills are a form of vocal exercise in which a learner imitates the sound of either a car, a plane or an animal.
When practicing lip trills, your mouth keeps in an almost closed shape while the lips hit each other as you make the sound and allow air to pass through them.
Lip trills have become common exercises for any practicing singers, including the beginners. It is a good warm-up tool for your delicate vocal cords.
Lip trill exercise is essential for expanding your vocal range.
They help you to develop strong control and consistency in your vocals.
And if you are learning how to integrate chest and head voice in singing, lip trills can kickstart your journey as well.
Having said that, for some beginners, doing this exercise is not as easy as many depict it.
Some guys literally struggle to sing in head lip trills. That’s pretty unfortunate, but here’s how you can do it right and effortlessly.
- Start by relaxing your lips and cheeks as this drives away any possible tension there could be.
- Put your two fingers right on the sides of your cheeks and push them against the teeth in an upwards position.
- Breathe in enough air through the nose and release this air via the mouth. What happens when you release this air is that the lips rapidly open up due to the exerted pressure of the exiting air.
- In the next session, try now with a sound added to the trill. For instance, try it out by producing a long comfortable note of sound V.
- Next, you can attempt to do sirening from the lowest note of your voice to the highest and then back again.
- Then during your song work, do the melody on the lip trill
- Make sure you repeat this exercise to let the lip trill sink.
There are certain factors that you need to put into the big picture when doing the lip trill exercises.
For instance, you should build up just enough pressure to make your vocal folds produce a firm vibration when releasing air through the mouth.
Second, make use of your lips rather than the hands when creating air pressure.
You just have to remember that your lips will do the singing job and not your hands.
So, positioning the lips in their picture-perfect position provide you with a better chance of voice control during singing.
Third, ensure you develop proper control of the soft palate which is not only important for efficient lip trill singing but also helps to determine the passage of air appropriately.