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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.