LEARN EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT STRAW SINGING / SOVT
FROM THE SCIENCE & PHYSICS, TO FINDING YOUR PERFECT STRAW, TO WARMUPS & MORE
What Is SOVT?
Learn what SOVT actually means, and why it's such an important tool for singers.
Science & Physics
Dive into the science and physics behind the amazing benefits of this technique!
How Straws Work For Singing
Learn everything there is to know about straws and how they make singing easier!
Test Exercises To Explore
Discover our baseline test exercises to help you find your minimum effort level.
Active vs Passive SOVT
Learn the difference between active and passive SOVT techniques.
Exercises, Warmups, Cool Downs
Discover the very best vocal exercises, warmups, and cool downs with straws.
Find Your Perfect Straw
Learn how to hone in on a configuration of straw that'll work wonders for your voice!
Water Or No Water?
Learn what effect using water for SOVT has and why it's a powerful vocal rescue tool.
Straw Size Matters
Discover why straw size is so crucial in determining the efficacy of the SOVT technique.
DISCOVER HOW STRAW SINGING CAN UNLOCK 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!
WRITTEN WITH YOU IN MIND
I wrote this book to be highly detailed and grounded in the science, yet easy enough to follow for anyone! It includes diagrams, images, and examples for everything!
FEATURING MY ENTIRE PROCESS
The book features my entire process, from how I engineered my own SOVT Straw, to my straw-finding protocol, to all of my best exercises, warmups, and cool downs!
BACKED BY SCIENCE & DATA
Includes data from my 1000's of hours spent using state-of-the-art technologies to research, develop and expierment with straws. Plus a review of the literature.
LEARN FROM AWARD WINNING EXPERT
Oren is an award winning singing teacher, voice researcher, entrepreneur, and inventor of the SOVT Singing Straw, and is proudly supported by both the Prince’s Trust and Virgin Startup. Oren believes in enriching lives through the arts, and through the pursuit of meaningful science, develops innovative tools and resources to help singers enhance and improve their vocal development, health, and wellbeing, whilst also having an impact on the universe.
Oren's 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. His current pedagogical focus is on researching and developing vocal development tools and techniques that involve singing through straws, using state of the art computer simulations to explore the interactions of airflow and air pressures of different straw types and their effects on the voice.
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." Kang et al., 2019.
"Narrowing the vocal tract increases air pressure above the vocal folds, keeping them slightly separated during phonation and reducing the impact collision force" ASHA
"The straw phonation exercise caused positive effects, seen upon voice self-assessment, indicating an easier and better voice upon phonation." Costa et al., 2011.
"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." iSingMag, 2016.
HOW DOES IT WORK FOR ME?
✅ Helps you sing with ease
✅ Recover tired and fatigued voices
✅ Gain vocal power without straining
✅ Helps you to increase your vocal range
✅ Gives your vocal folds a protective 'air cushion'
✅ Achieve faster and more efficient vocal warmups
✅ Adjusts your breathing for relaxation and anxiety reduction
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