My student C. has a weak spot in her voice at E5. She knows it. I know it. We hear it. We feel it.
She’s now a senior, and we need to get this fixed before she leaves college.
So today I gave her a simple isolation exercise, moving over the E5 on five basic vowels. The idea here is to slowly connect over the E5, really feeling the move from one pitch to the next, and deal with this one little corner of the voice the same way an athlete would isolate a particular muscle.
After singing this five times in D-flat, move up a half-step to D for five more reps, then up to E-flat for five more reps.