Learn How To Sing By Lowering Your Larynx – LESSON 18 – Craig Shimizu

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Learn How To Sing By Lowering Your Larynx – LESSON 18 – Craig Shimizu

Learning how to sing with a neutral larynx is important for efficient, strain-free technique.

:36 Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice. Today’s lesson is on the larynx and learning how to keep it down. Yeah, that guy needs to take some chill pills if you know what I mean. But then, really, we’re all in a hurry to become better singers. And when we find something that needs to be corrected, we want to correct it as quickly as possible. So I understand how he feels.

1:00 The larynx is the “Adam’s Apple”. For men it’s easy to see. It’s that thing. It’s two-thirds up on the neck that moves up and down. It sticks out and moves up and down. And so women have the same thing inside. Ours has a little more cartilage so it sticks out.

1:29 So for this reason that men’s larynx sticks out, they’re easier to train than womens’.

1:36 Men’s larynx, you can see when it’s doing the wrong thing. As you can see when I’m talking, it moves up. That’s terrible, I know. So, I know this. So when I’m going to sing, then I keep it down. And now, the end is near. And so I face the final curtain. If I sang like how I talked. And now, the end is near. And so I face

2:11 So, women, how do you find where your’s is? Well, if you look, it’s about the same position. As I said, about two-thirds of the way up on the neck. If you put your finger on the same place and you swallow, you will feel a little bump move up.

2:30 That’s your larynx. When you swallow, it moves up. It’s part of your swallowing muscles that you use for eating. And that’s right, it’s really strange that your body wants to do eating things when you’re singing. So we have to train the body not to do that.

2:53 Larynx moving up is part of it. It’s doing two functions. It’s bringing your esophagus closer to where the food is coming right behind the tongue. And it’s also closing so that there’s no food that’s going to drop into your lungs while you’re eating.

3:14 How do we fix it? The first thing that I teach to people to keep their larynx down is the dopey voice. So, you make a dopey sound. Uh. Uh. To make a dopey sound like this, uh, the vocal tract needs to be lengthened at its bottom. Uh. And it gives this sound. Uh. That is the first way to do it. And you apply it as much as you need. But first you want to be able to put it down.

3:51 After twenty years of taking lessons and teaching for about twenty three years now, full-time, I learned there are two muscular parts of the body you have to control. Number one is your diaphragm. A singer should be able to, at any time, push their diaphragm down, expand their diaphragm at will. The other muscle that all singers should be able to control at will is the larynx. You should be able to push the larynx down whenever you wanted to. Muscular control of those two body parts will help you a lot in your singing journey.

4:30 Why does the larynx need to be trained? It’s because when it moves up more than an eighth of an inch, then strain begins to occur. The vocal folds are being pulled in a way that is not efficient.

4:48 Does it always make you sound better? For me, it does. But a lot of people they sound quite good in a relatively high position. So, it’s not about the quality of the voice that you’re after. The more important thing is the reduction of strain. You must reduce the strain or because you’re stressing the vocal folds so much, they’re going to quit on you someday.

5:13 So, the first technique I use to train it to stay down is the dopey voice. Uh. Uh. See it going down. Uh. Uh.

5:27 When I was an opera major, my teacher told me to lower my larynx ½ inch before you start to sing. And sing everything from that position. Lasciatemi morire. Everything was down. That was good and bad. It was, um, great because I learned to control my larynx. It was not so great because all my songs had this classical flavor to it. That doesn’t sell well in other genres that’s not operatic. But that’s just me.

6:04 But I do like it that I learned how to control my larynx. So if you’re using scales, you apply dopiness as much as you need to, to keep it down. Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah.

6:26 For women, Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah.

6:37 You apply more of it when you need more of it. Ah ah ah ah. Instead of ah ah ah ah. Ah ah ah ah.

6:58 You can go by sound or you can go by feel. If you feel yourself straining, then use more of it.

8:44 This is Craig from Shimizu Voice. If you learned anything from this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. And leave comments.

32 thoughts on “Learn How To Sing By Lowering Your Larynx – LESSON 18 – Craig Shimizu

  1. Puneet Wagh says:

    Hi Mr. Craig! Thank you so much for these amazing lessons! I’ve just
    started following your channel. I’ve finished the beginner lessons but I
    needed some advice. From now, in which order do I proceed on your channel?
    As in, if this was a foundation course, what order would you teach someone?

    This will really help. Thanks so much!

  2. Sandra Yamada says:

    Hi Craig. After swallowing many times I found my larynx, I think, and put
    my finger on it, but as I sang, it kept disappearing.
    Oops, strain and stress in my voice…but where does it go? Is there an
    easier way (ha,ha) to position it to stay down?

  3. Craig, I noticed that the Cry technique lowers my larynx, does this mean
    that the technique is connected with lowering the larynx? Thanks!

  4. TheDwoods14 says:

    Shimizu can you PLEASE do a video on the TOP ”qualities” of good
    technique? I hear this ALL THE TIME you need good technique this good
    technique that. But NO ONE ever breaks it down To what it consists of and
    how to practice it. PLEASE.

  5. I’m a baritone, my voice basically sound dark and rich.
    Lower the larynx make me sound older than usual, my sound also deeper and
    what can i do with it?

  6. Dion Isaiah says:

    This is great Craig! I was wondering how you can imply this to more popular
    music styles (ex. pop, etc)? Would have to raise the larynx in a higher
    position to achieve this style of singing?

  7. Shishie Bodiongan says:

    Hahaha youre a funny man

  8. dingoswamphead says:

    Thanks Craig. Your videos are all too empowering.

  9. chris steffee says:

    a massive puzzle piece just fell from the sky and landed on my adams apple.

  10. Rosannasfriend says:

    Interesting take on lowering the larynx.

  11. Rosannasfriend says:

    Just imagine your throat collapsing gently. Works for me.

  12. Ryan OMGGUY says:


  13. That's What "i" Said says:

    hahaha, you had me in stitches… Thank you for this video!

  14. Raffy De Ocampo says:

    I learned so much! Thank you!

  15. Hi Craig. Thank you for this awesome video. Not only you are very good at
    making the concepts of singing sound simple but you also are very funny. I
    have no training ever. Anyhow I started singing for a few weeks and for the
    last 2 weeks my throat/cord hurt when I sing. I learned that it is because
    my Larynx go up when I sing. The only time my Larynx doesn’t go up is when
    I sing really really low. Maybe because I have no training ever. I have
    tried really hard to move my Larynx down when I sing but I cannot
    annunciate the lyrics. I sound like really dopey person. What good is that
    my throat/cord doesn’t hurt anymore. I am so happy. My question is if I
    keep practice to keep my Larynx down, will I ever able to annunciate/sing
    the lyrics clearly? And how long it usually take?

  16. Vincent Vallée says:

    Omg FINNALLY! With that technique, I found so many treasures! It feels so
    less strainy when I hit high belt notes. Also, I found my mix voice! Thank

  17. Harold Hart says:

    I am a Bass Baritone and find it difficult to quickly go from low C-5 to
    Middle C-4
    which is my Range . What is your advice ??????

  18. Robert Stith says:

    I do all types of vocals. All types of screams, vocal distortion/heavy
    distortion the healthy way, and sing, but could never figure out how to
    improve my range. You’ve helped me immensely! Thank you so much! You’re the
    best teacher I’ve seen on here. Keep making videos man. Don’t give up!!!

  19. Mauro Cordeiro says:

    Hi Shimizu!! =) Great video about the larynx!! But……. Is that true that
    if I train and low it wrongly, it´s so dangerous this way? I mean…. at
    the point of have to make a tracheostomy, etc?? Or was just a joke /
    kidding? I got very afraid now to try it alone =/ thankkkksssssss

  20. kevin koontz says:

    Great advice Craig! I’ll start practicing with a more neutral larynx. I
    tend to sing high in my range (baritone) & do not usually lower my larynx
    consciously. Like most singers, I am having issues with breath management.
    I’m practicing your diaphragmatic yoga breathing- and trying not control my
    air volume with my throat. Doing all at once is a juggling act, while
    trying to un-school myself from self -taught vocal abuse. I feel the strain
    getting to my folds.
    This is a new song I’ve recorded where Ive tried a lower larynx, yet I
    still hear strain in my chest and head voice.
    What do you think?
    Thanks for all of the hard work you do.

    Kevin F Koontz

  21. Du M Bass says:

    I would like a second opinion from someone who might know better than me.
    I’ve been testing out a HUNCH of different tecniques the past month in
    order to get a deeper range. Most of them have involved to be as relaxed as
    I can be and hitting low notes without lowering my larynx. And while I did
    broke my record in lowest note once, my daily singing voice has barely
    changed at all. However, just this week I tried to hit low notes by
    lowering my larynx, and it made some change! My voice was consistantly
    lower for a longer time, but tbh it does put strain on my throat. Not much
    though, I doesn’t hurt, but I still feel it.
    So, with all this in mind, do you think I should continue with this method?
    Answers are appriciated :)

  22. AndaliteBoo says:

    I’ve been trying to get my natural vibrato to come out, and whatever it is
    I’m doing is making my neck feel slightly sore. Is this due to the cause of
    Laryngal Vibrato? I’ve heard that it wears down the vocal chords

  23. Jazzallday says:

    I’m able to sing up to middle C with a controlled larynx. If I go any
    higher my larynx starts to go up and I can feel my swallowing muscles
    tightening up. Should my swallowing muscles tighten up a little bit if I go
    any higher than middle C. I’m a male trying to improve my singing.

  24. Meredith Elizabeth says:

    Why do I salivate so much when I sing? Is that supposed to be embarrassing
    or a secret? hehe. But seriously… makes it hard to sing.

  25. Dorothy Kirton says:

    does anyone know why Barry Gibb sings with his neck bent down?

  26. WintersMarshmallow says:

    Your intro is hilarious xD
    I like the video :D

  27. I hit a wall for my range when my larynx is down. Is there anyway to sing
    higher without moving my larynx up? I have no experience singing beyond
    what happens at the karaoke hut on kapahulu.

  28. David Roy says:

    Passion for singing can also be a giant help for you to enhance, it acts as your inspiration.

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