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Voice Lesson with John Scott: Phlegm

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www.jdsvoice.com John Scott answers Ramona’s question about her vocal chords: “Why do we get phlegm?” Learn how to improve your vocal technique by eliminating the glottal attack and keeping your larynx low www.jdsvoice.com

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26 thoughts on “Voice Lesson with John Scott: Phlegm”

  1. You’re right. I consider the independence of the larynx to be the long term goal of my students. Try looking at jaw tension if your larynx keeps going up. I have a new video on my voiceyoga channel that may help you. Keep at it and you’ll get it!

  2. Thanks Raych,

    Consider those mucous layers surrounding your vocal cords to be precious, and try to keep them happy!

    -John

  3. Can forcing you’re larynx lower do any damage if done for prolonged periods of time, e.g. if done to lower you’re normal speaking voice? I do this quite a lot just because I prefer the way my voice sounds when doing it. I don’t force it to the extreme so its not uncomfortable, but I don’t want to find myself having problems in the future.

  4. Yes, it is possible to damage the voice by pressing the larynx down too much, but you’ll know if it’s happening. Your vocal cords won’t function properly. If you can maintain a clear tone, and don’t have any pain or discomfort around your larynx, you’re probably fine. If you have phlegm or a very breathy voice, then you probably need to stop.

  5. All points made by Scott are valid however from time to time every singer will experience the feeling of something lodged on the chords other than just healthy mucous. This will inhibit making a good sound. Often this thick mucous is caused by dehydration so firstly if you wake up with this, drink a lot of water which will dilute any thickened mucous. Then sing through it and it will dislodge and you can swallow it. I find warm herbal tea works well too.

  6. Thank you Donald. I like your reminder to drink a lot of water and sing through it. Most singers who are in the habit of clearing need 20-30 reminders in the first lesson to not clear, because the habit is so strong. Singing through the obstruction is a discomforting but essential key to establishing proper vocal cord function.

  7. John, There are a few items I need to address with you.
    1. People using strong lozenges to loosen phlegm. This stuff is an irritant and sure it will cause mucous to flow but the person ends up with irritated vocal cords.
    2. On some rare ocassions a bit of phlegm with the consistency gets lodged and will NOT dislodge by singing through. I both sing through and clear the throat at such times but with care that I am not doing damage. At 65 I still sing over 3 octaves.

  8. @mjordan1998 It’s true that a high larynx is ok for advanced singers, but for most singers starting out, it can be a killer. The CVT group in Belgium advocate a high larynx, but almost other vocal methods recommend a stable larynx.

  9. The explanation of phlegm problems isn’t explained well in this clip. Most people who have excess phlegm on their cords, like many opera singers at the Met (who use their voices properly!) have post nasal drips and/or allergies. For this reason, problems peak in spring & fall. Warming up the voice is essential and helps to vibrate the phlegm off the cords (or more accurately, the vocal folds). Warm lemon tea and breathing steam can be very helpful.

    Corrective septum surgery can help, too.

  10. DON’T sniff and swallow!!! It might work for some, but I have a friend who used to do that a lot and after a while she got mucus stuck in her nose bridge, or whatever it is called, and she had to take all of it (the mucus) off to be able to breathe well again. Taking it off is not the nicest experience to go through, and how can anyone be so sure that sniffing and swallowing mucus from the nose is better than clearing the throat?

  11. Here’s a tip to you all. Pretend your drinking in your breath. Use a “k” sound when you breath in and you will feel you larynx lower. Good luck

  12. Very helpful! I forgot all abou the glottal attack and keeping my larynx low. No more phlegm attacks at the height of my song!!!!! Thanks for posting this. Wish were taught lessons in Phoenix!

  13. DRINK WATER to hydrate the cells in your body and it will help to thin the mucus.
    And he is soooooooo right about clearing the throat!

  14. Do you suffer from a scratchy voice?  This video has helped thousands of speakers and singers find out why and what to do about it.  If you know anyone who has trouble speaking, please let them know about it!

  15. Swallow,drink water & sing through it..I will try.
    But I have a crontic..seemingly allergy based..Post Nasal Drip and chest wheezing.When the drip swallow becomes chest infection 3 times a year Im given antibiotics.Even when not infected chest kicks up a gelatin that is almost indistructable.I am drowning in P.N.Drip.And voice/airwaves clear only a few times a year.

  16. hi my name is  marie and have  two songs on youtube  I wont to know if iam singing in mixed voice beit  and is my air ok

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