How To Sing: Stop Triggering Tension

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.08 Why you can’t relax when you sing.
:26 Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice.
:27 How to stay relaxed when singing
:49 Kinesiology – the study of the mechanics of the body.
:55 When any muscle is moving in one direction you have another set of muscles that moves in the opposite direction. That’s called an antagonistic muscle reaction.
2:49 the tricep begins to put the brakes on.
3:02 But as I go faster, it’s reaction is stronger.
3:13 An pretty much, your whole body works like that.
4:07 “Well, what does this have to do with singing?”
4:12 Anytime you do any kind of quick movements in singing, you will trigger that antagonistic muscle reaction..
4:31 Hard onset
4:47 And do you know where that reaction is?
4:49 Right in your vocal folds.
5:14 That’s why the study of onsets is very important.
5:17 And so is this basic understanding of how the body works.
5:20 So that’s why this antagonistic muscle reaction is very important for a singer to understand.
5:36 Lot of singers don’t know that they’re doing it and they still sound pretty good
5:41 Because that antagonistic muscle reaction can give you some power, and clarity.
5:47 But, nevertheless, the traumatized vocal folds is not a good idea.
5:56 You can actually trigger this antagonistic reaction anywhere.
6:00 If it’s something…”ah AH!”
6:03 Something like that. Very quickly.
6:05 “Ah AH!”
6:07 You will feel that antagonistic reaction.
6:09 And if you have a well-trained stomach,
6:11 you will feel that antagonistic reaction
6:13 in the stomach.
6:15 as well as the vocal folds.
6:17 So, you should never jerk
6:19 anything while you’re singing.
6:22 Demonstration of stress free scale
6:41 From soft to loud, you can’t go faster than a certain rate because you’re going to trigger a strong antagonistic muscle reaction.
6:50 The other place that you don’t want to trigger an antagonistic reaction
6:54 is when you breathe.
6:57 It can be triggered three ways.
6:59 Number one:
7:01 if you take in too much air.
7:15 Number two:
7:17 They take in their air too quickly.
7:24 The “catch breath”.
7:36 And the third one is the air goes into the wrong place in the body.
7:40 When you breathe with the upper chest,
7:48 Now, what is wrong with these three reactions?
7:51 You’re going to have to deal with that muscular tension in your body.
7:55 What is that tension going to do?
7:57 It’s going to make the air come out faster.
7:59 It’s going to make it harder for you to control the air while you’re singing.
8:16 So then, how should you breathe?
8:20 Correctly.
8:22 Please see my video how to breathe.
8:24 It’s shows you just the parts of the body that’s supposed to be move
8:38 Learn how fast you can inhale without triggering a tense reaction in your body.
8:45 Sometimes there is no time to breathe.” Is it okay then to breathe faster then?
8:52 No, it’s not.
8:56 You have to know how fast you can inhale.
9:09 Exercise to feel stomach tension during inhalation.
9:37 So it’s very important that you breathe comfortably.
9:41 I call it “recovery”.
9:45 If you check my how to sing with your diaphragm video part one, it will show you how you’re supposed to feel on the recovery.

9:59 So know your speed limit of inhalation.
10:07 The diaphragm is very large, the lower part of your lungs are very large.
10:36.3 How do you apply this to singing?
10:49.7 Demonstration of stress free scale with “ah” vs triggering a bad reaction.
11:19.5 Does everything have to be softly, gently?
11:30.8 Demonstration of rock sound without triggering a bad reaction.
11:43.2 Parts of the body that you can feel triggered tension
11:47.5 The face
12:23 The “dopey face”
12:43 Practice in front of a mirror to watch for tension especially in your face
12:48.9 Is it ever okay to trigger an antagonistic muscle reaction?
13:04 Demonstration of rock sound without stress.
13:14 The “dangling jaw”
13:32.7 Demonstration of rock sound with a loose jaw (non-triggered tension).
13:43.4 The key area is the stomach.
14:04.1 Demonstration of classical sound.
14:13.2 Demonstration of pop-rock sound.
14.13.2 Demonstration of something in between classical and pop.
14:30 Summary and conclusion.

34 thoughts on “How To Sing: Stop Triggering Tension

  1. Tyson Read says:

    Very helpful and informative video. Thanks again!

  2. Sandra Yamada says:

    Another interesting and informative lesson. Now I’ve got to find tension
    spots, not only in my throat, but in the muscles of my stomach and face and
    even in my breathing. Ties in with the importance of the onset. Thank
    you!

  3. William Tay says:

    Dude, I just have to say that you are awesome and I am always looking
    forward to your videos! You actually helped me find a way to control my
    mix, and I can’t thank you enough for that!

  4. mimithefifi says:

    Can you do a vid teaching how to sing high notes with more voice and power
    like belting but not the kind that would strain your throat 

  5. Bruno Pires Mucheroni says:

    Man, you really good…the best things is your examples, you use real
    natural examples, and its make easy to understand, everything clean and
    good information, thank you!
    I need some help, cause im singin about 1year now….i can do all that
    examples good as the videos i see….but when i sing is different..maibe im
    having some problem with vowels, can you give me a tip?

  6. Louise Caroline MONDA says:

    You video is very informative. Thanks.
    I would like to learn to sing without getting stuck on the lower passagio.
    I’m a mezzo-soprano, I think hehe. would you please give me practical tips
    or exercises?
    when I’m transitioning from chest voice to head voice I feel a lot of muqus
    hindering,at certain note there is a struggle between my head voice and
    middle voice which by the way I have no idea who to trigger correctly.
    Thanks
    best regards

  7. JEIMISON PIANIST SINGER says:

    U have no idea how much you helped me! thank you so very much!

  8. Dion Isaiah says:

    Wow! This was Awesome! Bring more. At this moment I am watching more of
    your videos.

  9. Dion Isaiah says:

    Hi Shimizu! I am back for another question. I am preparing for a recording
    session at the beginning of next week. My breathing is great, but I still
    feel that tension creeps into my throat. I have been working on this dopey
    face/jaw dangling technique to relax my throat/neck/etc. It works for a
    while, but then I feel like the sound gets to dark. How can I keep the
    dopey face/jaw dangling, but still having the sound forward in the voice
    without causing tension in my face? I feel like when I smile sing it causes
    tension in my jaw.

  10. Samira R. Noorali says:

    fantastic! thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge.

  11. Alexander Morokhovets says:

    Craig, this is fantastic lesson. I’ve just discovered a whole new dimension
    in my self-awareness, let alone singing.

  12. James Martenet says:

    The comments pretty much summarize anything I could say, I would like to
    add I love the way you add in your edits at the end, your humanity is
    contagious, thank you very much for both a lesson in vocals, and also some
    humor, and a sense of simply how to be a better person overall, I love your
    balance! Not sure if these words do justice to what I mean, thank you,
    learning is always so very cool!

  13. adrian newman says:

    big thumbs up craig loved it good person

  14. INGO BEERSTECHER says:

    Finally. Mr. Shimizu acts like a normal intelligent human being explaining
    things uncomplicated and logical. If you try out the techniques he
    demonstrates, in several videos, you actually can hear, see and feel a
    difference. This helps a lot to correct many misunderstandings and bad
    habits. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge. I wish you the
    best.

  15. you are awesome Sir! This is the basic most grave problem I face and most
    of us face too but dont even realize it.. im glad I found this!

  16. Brandon Hudson says:

    I hope you make a video on the application of transcendental meditation in
    singing

  17. Rui Tang (Nathan) says:

    This is such an informative and educational video! Helped me a lot in
    understanding what is going on inside my body when I sing. Looking forward
    to seeing more of your videos!

  18. Trisha Taylor says:

    You make so much sense. Is what your are describing also called a “glottal
    attack”? Sometimes when I sing, all of a sudden a horrible sound comes out
    till I get to the next note.

  19. Ayan Saha says:

    do u have any tip regarding muscle tension (unilateral and little bit
    dysphonic , starting from the back side of the right jaw bone just under
    the ear and going down till the bottom of the neck) that has originated due
    to antagonistic muscle reaction development in singing..Everything is fine,
    no physical damage (clinically checked) yet no solutions yet.Living with it
    for 3 years now.

  20. VIDEOHEREBOB says:

    Craig, This has always confused me beginning at (13:50). You say not to
    have tension in the abs, yet we still need to control the diaphragm’s
    ascent. What muscles then holds the diaphragm down without tension? How can
    you do it tensionless? Appreciated, Bob.

  21. Rosannasfriend says:

    This is such an important one, saving and watching over and over!

  22. Please see my video on “How to Breath”…shit I might learn something from
    this guy

  23. bill lenny says:

    how do i warm up before a show without wearing out my voice for the show

  24. Nelly Hanson says:

    You’re simply the best! I like your sense of humour too.

  25. sekar ramadhan says:

    thank you so muchhh! it really helps me

  26. Евгений s says:

    Fast support on the high notes is 🙁
    I have understood!

  27. eric coyle says:

    Thanks for this.. Brilliant how you break all this stuff down and make it
    practical..
    Very helpful/much appreciated!

  28. Luiz Stefanuto says:

    Are rhinitis and sinusitis decisive for singing?

  29. Great content sir, simply explained and the best on youtube i believe,
    you’re sense of humour is great too!

  30. Binesh maharjan says:

    hello sir can u make video on self learning practice season and i learned
    my intrument first so i cant find proper base in my voice what should i
    do??

  31. Erica Shea says:

    I did an internet search of online singing courses and found Singorama to be the best thing for me. It has really helped save my voice, and especially helped me sing through the breaks? in my voice without damaging anything!

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