More about Lip Trills

Some additional thoughts about Lip Trills

I have never found the lip trill to be very productive for most students even those that have no difficulty getting their lips to “flubber”.  And the reasons for this is that lip trills encourages excessive air flow which is not the desired description of the well phonated vocal fold oscillation.  The air flow needed is little more than what is produced when you moisten your glasses with your breath.

Breathing and producing a tone through a folded handkerchief folded over your forefinger and placed at your lips such that the lips seal the flow of air is a far more accurate measure of air needed to produce an efficient vocal tone.

The advantage of any of the exercises that I outlined earlier is that they help the singer sense how little airflow is necessary and they create a back pressure in the vocal tract which assists the vocal folds in their oscillation by preventing them from having to create an excessive amplitude of vibration.

All these exercises are easily taught and the student experience success very quickly.  The best of both worlds.

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  1. Brian Lee says:


    I agree vigorously about lip trills. Thanks for writing this provocative article that goes against the current a bit.

    Diane Lane made me aware of this blog of yours! High time! I’m so glad that you are sharing your vocal wisdom in this way. I will read every article, as I always read every post from you when I was on the Vocalist email group. I have a blog too. It’s interesting to see who drops by to read or discuss things, and I have difficulty keeping my mouth shut, so there you go.


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