Singing Lesson: Discover An Easy Head Voice By Turning Your Singing UpSide -Down

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Change Your Singing By Changing Your Perspective

In my voice studio, I often use words like play, experiment, feel, and imagine.

I incorporate untraditional movements into the lesson time; the goal being to override vocal muscle-memory and allow a space for the student to see their potential in a new light.

This opening allows a brighter and wider view of their horizon, evidence that the “rules” can bend and boundaries may expand.

It is the new perspective that shifts everything.

So, how about this shift? What if you sing upside-down?

My undergraduate voice instructor, Patricia Gee, introduced this concept to me through a book called “A Soprano on Her Head” by Eloise Ristad. In the opening pages, Eloise shares an experience where she and another singer discover a new way of finding a relaxed and easily placed sound.

And while I will share this valuable exercise with you today, I would like to first emphasis Eloise’s bigger awareness, “The important thing we did was to establish an open, flexible, experimental state of mind — a state of curiosity and excitement.”

t’s the singer’s curiosity & willingness to experiment that allows for a creative breakthrough.

Weaving this philosophy through your artistic process will yield unforeseen awareness and success.

Last week in the Speak Singing exercise, we talked about allowing for a lifted soft palate, relaxed larynx, and a loose jaw and tongue. If you would like to experiment with this a bit further, let’s play with singing upside-down.

Singing Upside-Down Does 8 Things:

1. Relaxes the Tongue

2. Releases the Jaw Hinge

3. Activates a Low Breath

4. Frees the Neck

5. Opens the Passage Between the Throat and the Sinus

6. Supports the Sensation of Mask Resonance

7. Lifts the Soft Palate

8. Takes Pressure off the Larynx

Your Rejoice In Your Voice™ Assignment

Watch the video demonstration and read the step-by-step instructions below.

1. Lean over at the hip joints

2. Let the torso dangle

3. Head drop and relax

4. Take in an easy breath

5. Feel the breath expansion in your lower abdominals

6. On the exhale, sing a phrase of music or 4 or 5-note pattern

7. Give special attention to allowing for a loose and relaxed neck

NOTE: Some singers may find that when they inhale or exhale their neck may want to “grab” — breathe and allow the neck to dangle and relax once more. This “neck grabbing” reaction is a valuable clue that there may be habitual neck tension when the singer is singing upright.

8. Sing through the phrase or note pattern again, but this time…

9. Slowly come up to a standing position in the middle of the singing phrase

10. Continue to sing, using the same space you did when you were upside-down

The Results

What do you notice? How does it feel?

Everyone is different, but I have found that for my students and me, this exercise creates an open, flexible, and easily balanced head voice. Singing feels easier. Sound is more clear and rich.

Try singing upside-down for yourself.

Play, experiment, and celebrate your discoveries, whatever they may be, and always Rejoice In Your Voice™.

Let me know how the exercise goes in the comment section below and share this post with a singer friend!

Happy singing!

xoxoxox

Tricia

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P.S. Would you like to take voice lessons?

Email me today for your free 30-minute singing lesson and voice assessment in-studio or via skype — my email: triciapine@rejoiceinyourvoice.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

7 thoughts on “Singing Lesson: Discover An Easy Head Voice By Turning Your Singing UpSide -Down

  1. Sávio Alves (Sávio) says:

    O MEU DEUS, i’m a countertenor and this reeeeeally works for me.

  2. Aaron Blais says:

    I love your material! So original and innovative.

  3. zura iashvili says:

    Great voice! you might be one of very few teachers who can actually sings!

  4. marijo grubisic says:

    first few times i was just watching video and then started to listen what
    is she saying..beautiful voice and singer

  5. Roses1401 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! You are awesome singer and lady!!!!

  6. Stephanie Gutmann says:

    This really worked for me. When I was hanging upside down the word I got
    the most resonance on was “fill”. So I sang fill a lot and straightened up
    gradually singing it. When I tried the whole phrase standing up, my jaw and
    throat felt dropped and relaxed in a way I’ve never felt before. My voice
    was also louder and more resonant than I’ve ever heard before. I’ve always
    had a nice tone but not much power. I had new power because I had new
    resonance…at least that’s what it felt like

  7. Shermeen Saeed says:

    I just want to say thank you. I’ve recently had sinus surgery to correct
    what was making me lose my range. As a soprano, to watch your range dip to
    an alto …I knew I needed the surgery for more than just my health reasons
    .. For my voice especially! … After surgery I was told by many that id
    have to retrain my vocal resonance and I’m glad to have found your channel.
    I will try these this week. I need to reconnect with my head voice and my
    mask.

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