In my third installment, we’re still correcting common singing mistakes. Today I want to talk about the Raised Larynx. If you’ve been wondering how to stop your larynx from raising and interfering with your singing, not to mention, causing you so much strain and pain, in this article you will learn about proper larynx placement. When you’re not paying attention, it is very easy to allow the larynx to rise when you’re trying to hit the high notes. And this is why vocal exercises are so good. If you can get it right in training that will automatically translate to singing. I am a creature of habit. And so I’ll tell you this for nothing. If you train long enough and often enough, the training will cancel out your tendency to allow the larynx to rise when you scale the high notes. Because training helps you form a new habit. And that’s really all there is to it. Pick up the good singing habits and you’re set for life.
When you’re larynx rises, what is actually happening is your throat is closing in and you’re squeezing your tone. Sounds garbage, at best. That’s why people go flat when that happens. That being said, you don’t want your larynx super low either. The ideal situation is to have a steady larynx. Exercises like the lip roll can help you keep the larynx low, and allow you to scale high notes without recruiting your outer larynx muscles in the production of sound. It keeps it steady and not squeezed.
If you want to try out the lip roll with arpeggios, descending and chromatic scales, download free mp3 piano scales from my Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training Booster Program. Check out my Hulkshare page here!
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