SINGING WITHOUT A RESTRICTED THROAT

Every singer needs to know how to control the larynx. The larynx (voice box) is a tube-shaped organ in the neck. The larynx controls the vocal folds (which are inside the voice box) when you sing; the air should pass freely through the larynx (voice box) and not be restricted. If the air is allowed to pass through freely and not be restricted by the muscles in the throat closing, the result will be a bigger and fuller sound in your singing voice.


Instead of thinking about keeping the larynx down, just try keeping the larynx neutral and let it slightly move naturally when you are singing. The larynx gently rises on higher pitches and depresses on lower tones, and if you focus more in a neutral position, you will not force it up or down. Most of the muscles in your neck are designed to keep the larynx high. To understand what it feels like to drop the larynx down, yawn slowly and feel the larynx lower. You never want to force the larynx down because it will create tension (tight muscles) under the chin. Take your time and yawn, focus on the natural feeling of dropping the larynx, instead of forcing it down. What you are trying to achieve is an open throat.


When singing the high notes, be aware of the muscles in your neck; make sure you do not constrict (close up) the airflow. The bubble (lip trills) or tongue trills (R roll) are great exercises and you will notice your larynx will drop slightly in naturally way and never cause tension. Tension is very common with singers, but if there is tension it can be heard in the voice. Try singing the word “Mum” and sing a scale to the highest note you can reach and keep the larynx down naturally. The end result is to keep an open throat, no matter what note you are singing. This will allow you to sing without any problems from one register to another.


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