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Re: Excercise intervals?

Page 255 of RYV has a 7 week workout plan.

You'll see that week one is VSR, Warm-Up, Falsetto Slides.
Using this example - the Falsetto slides should be done beginning on - say middle C for simplicity's sake - Repeat the exercise on Middle C until you feel confidant in the tone and "feel" of the exercise. Continue up the keyboard preforming the exercise on each Semitone (C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F# - etc.) until you have reached the highest point in your CURRENT range - write it down so you can track your progress. At this point you have two choices, you can descend back down each semitone back to middle C, then continue downward to the bottom of your current range - write it down - OR - You can go from the top, straight back to middle C without "working" down from the top and work your way down to the bottom of your range. Do this as many times as you want to, go top to bottom once - or 5 times, it's up to you. Always remember to SING for as long as you work out. So if you spend 45 minutes in Falsetto Slides - spend 45 minutes singing some songs.

The most important thing to focus on is the QUALITY of the tone and VOCAL PLACEMENT. Don't drop position and put your larynx in your stomach just so you can say you hit "D2" - because you didn't... you faked a D2 in a tone that would never be acceptable in a song, that is completely disconnected from the rest of your voice. Same with the higher end of your range - Quality is MUCH better than quantity - quantity will come with time and practice.