How To Sing Effortlessly With A Relaxed Jaw – LESSON 32 – Craig Shimizu Voice

How To Sing Effortlessly With A Relaxed Jaw – LESSON 32 – Craig Shimizu Voice

Are you trying to sing effortlessly but
you’re wondering about your jaw?

:10 Today we’re going to discuss the relaxed jaw. Relaxed jaw, is it important? Well, did you know that it’s hard to get angry with a loose jaw.

1:00 Ok now relax your jaw completely. Just let it hang now without closing your mouth.

1:36 You saw that jaw tension along with those aggressive thoughts began to affect your entire body. So I think you’re getting the picture that if we’re going to sing with tight jaw muscles it’s going to affect our voice and the rest of the body too. So that’s why it’s critical to learn to relax the jaw when we’re singing.

2:20 The problem we all have is that we can’t tell what a relaxed jaw is because all day long we hold our jaws up.

2:46 The open throat is another important reason why you want to master the relaxed jaw. And you still want to have that open throat it sound, what you’re going to do if you don’t fix the jaw is that you’re going to have to force the throat to open kind of like this.

3:53 Ah, ah. So now my voice sounds like it’s more open but I feel terrible. I now have jaw tension and throat tension from forcing it to open. That’s what i call a tension on tension
technique. Instead of fixing the original tension that that was causing the problem I added more attention to fix the sound without addressing the problem.

4:32 And yes, in two previous videos I talked about the relaxed jaw. One of the videos was on the dopey face or relaxed facial muscles. And the other was the open throat.

5:11 Yes, I took 20 years of lessons from various teachers as well as building a library of vocal techniques. The technique that I like the most is called the dangling jaw.

6:34 Usually one of the first things that you learn when you go to a voice teacher is to open your mouth. And so I used to do that and then, well, in some ways it works because then you learn to sing louder. Except now that you have a problem that your jaw’s tight and probably so is your sound.

7:00 And then I even studied a technique that said to drop the jaw inward, which is pretty close to the relaxed jaw that we want, the dangling jaw except that i’m using muscles here to pull the jaw in. So I’m still tight.

7:25 Another technique is to put the finger like this. But what I wanted all along was a
relaxed jaw. However those of you out there who have already tried to relax your jaw and have been unsuccessful

7:47 there is a second technique that I used to at least get the ball rolling on how the jaw should move. And that is to find this little indentation here.

9:35 And that will at least get you started with how the right kind of jaw movement is supposed to feel. But really, dangling jaw, that’s the best description. What’s the difference in sound?

10:40 That relaxed jaw is also very important for twang. If the jaw is tight then your twang is going to be tight.

11:07 I felt another principle at work here. This might take a video in itself. But that principle is whenever you fix a problem which usually has to do with tension from the neck up, whenever you release that tension you feel a shift down to your support system your stomach and your diaphragm.

11:58 When I loosen the jaw and the support system works better then my throat and the sound improves.

12:34 The falsetto…

12:51 So that’s the dangling jaw, the relaxed jaw, very important for good vocal technique.

How To Sing Better By Lowering The Larynx Four Different Ways – Lesson 30 – Craig Shimizu Voice

How To Sing Better By Lowering The Larynx Four Different Ways – Lesson 30 – Craig Shimizu Voice

Do you want more control of your voice? Do you want to sing higher? Do you want to sing louder? Do you want to sing with a fuller tone? Do you want to sing longer notes?

:20 And today is part three of the three muscles that you need to control to have a better voice. The last in the series is the larynx. I know I already did a video on lowering the larynx to sing more effortlessly.

:46 The larynx for most of us rises as we sing higher or louder. I use four main methods to teach people how to lower their larynx.

1:16 But each has its, uh, unique sounds. The four methods are: number one, the dopey voice, number two, the yawn, number three, the cry and number four, inhalare la voce.

1:45 So number one is the dopey voice. When you think to make that sound, notice what happens to the larynx. Uh, uh, uh. It helps to make the voice deep and bassy. It is a key component to having that deep sound, that open-throated sound that, that dopey voice, uh, uh.

2:17 That’s that sound that the open throat is meant to accomplish. That’s also another video. But then, it, its drawback is that it has that dopey sound. But it does teach you to pull down the larynx. So that the swallowing muscles don’t pull it up. You use dopey to pull it down. Uh, uh.

2:50 For some of you out there, I know you can’t make that dopey sound. So then, I go to the yawn. Ah, ahh. The yawn is from the other video because it helps to train the soft palate. In addition to training the soft palate to stay up, closed and up, it also lowers the larynx. Ah, ah.

3:36 But like the dopey voice, it has a drawback because it sounds like you’re yawning. Again, so you use it until the larynx is trained to stay down. But it is also good for training the larynx. When I make my voice into a crying sound, my larynx lowers. Okay?

4:56 Then I try inhalare la voce. Inhalare la voce. It means to inhale your voice. Because when we inhale, the larynx lowers.

5:34 But what we want is that command, ahh, to be stronger than the inhalation command just a little. Ah, ah, ah. What that video said about inhalare la voce it is that, even though most people don’t teach that technique, to inhale while you’re singing, whenever you’re doing any kind of breath control technique you are actually applying inhalare la voce. So, a lot of times you’re training inhalare la voce by individual parts of the body.

6:10 Any kind of diaphragm technique, you are doing inhalare la voce. And whenever you are just trying to hold back the air, which is another very important technique, that is inhalare la voce exactly. But just for today, we are using inhalare la voce, inhale…ah, ah, ah…to train the larynx to stay down. And this is the best technique of the three because when done correctly it doesn’t add any color to the sound. It doesn’t add dopey. It doesn’t add a yawning sound. And doesn’t have a sad sound. Ah, ah. It does have a sound of a neutral larynx. Ah, ah. Unless you overdo it.

7:06 Ah, ah. Then you have kind of that heavy, classical sound. Ah, ah, ah. But when applied just enough, ah, ah, ah, ah…you have just enough to make that sound without the larynx rising. As you can see, they all work. Yet, each has its distinctive sound. But when applied tastefully you could add light percentages of each or combinations of them to make your voice more interesting.

7:47 The dopey voice…the greatest love of all. The dopey voice applied, if I applied just enough of the dopeyness…the greatest love of all. The dopey voice…the greatest love of all. And just right…the greatest love of all. The cry…the greatest love of all. Actually for some…you can just leave it there because it has that angst in the voice. But let me tone it down a little…the greatest love of all. Inhalare la voce…the greatest love of all. Tone that down…the greatest love of all. Let’s tone it down some more…the greatest love of all.

9:17 And that’s part three muscles that all singers should be able to control. You should be able to move them at will because then you’ll be able to fix a lot of your problems on your own. You’ll be surprised that most of your vocal problems as you’re trying to sing louder, higher, fuller tone, is caused by one of those three muscles.

9:44 This is Craig from Shimizu Voice. If you have any comments or questions about anything that I covered in this video, leave a comment below. Or just let me know which one works for you. Or if you’re one of those lucky ones that never had a problem lowering the larynx. If you learned anything from this video, please give it a thumbs up, and share it with your friends, and subscribe to get the latest video every Thursday. Until I see you folks again, please have a great day.