How do I pronounce OOVO? What does it mean?
Just how it looks. “oo-vo” rhymes with “you go.” It’s a fanciful onomatopoeia for how you sound when singing through it. Think of it as short for “oo vocal.”
How do I use it?
Find a detailed How-To guide with vocal straw exercises here. There are tons of exercises you can do, depending on your goals. First thing to remember, focus all of your breath on vocalizing steadily through the straw so that no air comes out of your nose. Not sure if you’re doing it right? Hold your nose to test your method.
You should feel the resistance and your voice’s volume will be muffled (a nice benefit for anyone who has roommates or thin walls!). Our favorite ways to start are:
- Sing your usual warm-up routine through the OOVO Straw or Sing Ring.
- Sing along to the radio through your OOVO Straw or Sing Ring.
- Sing challenging parts of a song you’re working on.
- Practice smoothing out runs or stretching your range.
After 5 minutes of use, sing without it and feel the immediate difference! Over time, through consistent use, your natural vocal mechanisms will adjust for more free and healthy vocalization.
Which end do I sing through?
There’s some healthy debate among OOVO Straw users about which end to sing through. We are officially on #teamshortside but the truth is, it doesn’t matter. You do you.
For Sing Ring users, position the loop above the tube, and the OOVO text away from your face. Put the tip of your middle finger in the loop and vocalize through the end with the larger hole. Check the inside of your Sing Ring box for detailed instructions.
Do I breathe in through the straw?
Nope. Only sing/breathe out.
PRICING, ORDERS, RETURNS
I’m ordering from outside of the United States. How do I know how much I’ll pay in my local currency?
All pricing on the site is in USD. You can check live rates in your local currency using google or a currency conversion tool.
What’s your return policy?
If for any reason you don’t love your OOVO Straw, email [email protected] for a full 30 days and we’ll send you a pre-paid domestic return shipping label. Refunds will be processed upon receipt. International returns will also be refunded, however international return shipping is not included.
Oh, no! Something went wrong with my order/product. What do I do?
Do you offer bulk orders?
We offer professional studios, music departments, medical professionals, and voice coaches discounted bulk orders for their students/clients. Get in touch for details. Please include the name of your studio/school and your website.
One of the items I purchased is on backorder. Will the other ship?
If you are in the United States, any item in your order that is in stock will ship immediately. The backordered item will ship when it arrives. The exception to this rule is the OOVO Care Kit, which will ship when the other item is back in stock.
If you are outside the United States, your order will be put on hold until all items in your order are in stock. All items in your order will go out together in one shipment. This ensures the lowest shipping cost.
For any questions specific to your order, you can email [email protected]
Are the OOVO Straw and Sing Ring patented?
The OOVO Straw and Sing Ring are patent pending. They are protected for their utility and design. The OOVO brand is our trademark. Learn more at our intellectual property page.
Do you have a referral program?
We do! Our Ambassador Program is for professional referrals from vocal studios, artists, and medical/SLP professionals. Contact us regarding our ambassador program and bulk order programs.
How do I keep my OOVO Straw shiny and avoid tarnish?
As with other silver jewelry, the more you wear it, the less it will tarnish. When you’re not wearing it, store it in the included pouch to keep it clean and shiny. Use the included polishing cloth to restore its luster every few weeks or as needed.
Should I clean it? How do I do that?
As with all professional-caliber instruments, the OOVO Straw requires some care and maintenance. Fortunately, it’s much easier to clean than a trumpet. Polish the outside with the polishing cloth to remove surface dirt or tarnish. To sanitize your OOVO Straw, our recommended method is to submerge it in a cup of freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Remember to avoid contact with household chemicals and chlorinated water. These can cause jewelry to tarnish quickly.