The book explores the science behind semi-occluded vocal tract exercises, whilst also diving into the different techniques, sounds, and applications for SOVT. You'll learn why I think using a straw dominates the SOVT exercise domain, with immensely practical techniques that I believe every single teacher, singer, and voice user should use as part of their daily teaching/vocal routine.
Discover how straw singing can unleash your vocal potential.
SOVT (semi occluded vocal tract) exercises have been used by singing and voice teachers for decades. We know that they work, but we don't always know why... Until now! I've written this book to share with you all I know about Straw Phonation, including the science and theory behind these transformative techniques, my experiments, data, and exercises, as well as my own protocols for selecting the right straw for you. Understanding the why of SOVT will help you answer the important questions of which straw for which singer, when you should use water and what effect it has, and what changing the diameter or length of the straw does for voicing. I've taken care of the science, made it super accessible, so you can start implementing these techniques straight away
Learn everything there is to know about straw singing / SOVT
What is SOVT?
Science & Physics
How Straws Work For Singing
Active vs Passive SOVT
Exercises, Warmups, Cool Downs
Find Your Perfect Straw
Water Or No Water?
Straw Size Matters
Learn from award winning expert, Oren Boder
Oren is an award winning singing teacher, inventor, and serial entrepreneur. His journey started at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he trained in singing and vocal technique, as well as studying internationally in Holland in collaboration with the London College of Music, and then with New York Vocal Coaching (NYVC). Oren also holds a degree in Psychology, has studied Engineering part-time at Middlesex University, and has countless CPD hours in various fields.
Oren has authored a #1 Amazon "Most Wished For" book on the physics of singing straws, has several pending-patents for his inventions, and is supported by both the Prince’s Trust and Virgin Startup Programmes. He is also a passionate amateur astronomer and archer.
Science in the press
"Straw phonation not only lowered the onset of normal voice, but also elevated the onset of chaotic voice, indicating a better voice economy and voice control. Moreover, the improved phonatory range demonstrated that straw phonation had the potential to prevent voice users who have high voice demand from voice fatigue and vocal damage."
"We think Semi-occluded Vocal Tract exercises are brill. They have a solid of research behind them and have been helping singers clinically for years. Bringing these into your daily warm up routine, or even more than once per day, will help you to warm that uncooperative little monkey into a beautifully functional instrument in half the time."
"The straw phonation exercise caused positive effects, seen upon voice self-assessment, indicating an easier and better voice upon phonation."
"Narrowing the vocal tract increases air pressure above the vocal folds, keeping them slightly separated during phonation and reducing the impact collision force"
The book is small and easy to read, with succinct explanations that get you going and on-board immediately.
Singing Through A Straw Can Make You An Awesome Singer - Paperback Book
Very helpful product
This book feeds the soul of my inner geek like a ten course meal. When I take voice lessons, we always begin with a straw, but I never really asked a lot of questions because of time constraints. I am a person who thrives on knowing every detail of how something works, even though I don't have the most scientific of minds. The information presented in this book is not merely extraordinary, it is skillfully and thoughtfully laid out in a way that makes complete sense. Oren has taken painstaking care to back up each concept with well documented science and physical demonstrations that the reader can replicate if they want. It would be a crime not to also mention the plethora of digital materials which accompany the book, including video demonstrations of exercises as well as a downloadable journal to document your work and progress. To understand exactly how the SOVT straw works and why it has so many benefits makes using it that much more impactful. I refer to the book all the time and am so impressed that I ordered a second copy for my voice teacher. This book is a must read for anyone who uses their voice for more than just conversation and wants to better understand how to sustain, build, strengthen, increase range, and vocal power. The author is undoubtedly one of the world's top authorities on this subject matter. Thank you for writing it and sharing this wisdom.
This book is a fantastic resource, with a balance of science and that all important practical application that teachers are looking for. Superb
I’ve been out of shows for a year, started this a couple of times a week. And I feel like I’m back on track!! Thank you
I'm so Happy with your straw. Its amazing
This guide is the ultimate "How To' on how to look after your voice, and develop both STRENGTH and EASE through Straw Phonation.
Different pitch needs abdomen effort adjustment. Blowing the straw is helpful to sense any involvement of muscle of jaw and chest. Therefore, it is a good tool to concentrate attention to relate voice to abdomen effort.