Advanced Singing Lessons: Connecting Your Vocal Cords


In this online singing lesson you will learn how to connect your vocal cords and prevent a breathy tone. Ian Castle takes you through some exercises to create vocal cord closure.

35 thoughts on “Advanced Singing Lessons: Connecting Your Vocal Cords”

  1. you’re the best!! thanks so much for the information, it made sense and it
    was easy to understand while you were demonstrating. thanks for giving us
    the opportunity to learn how to sing! i really appreciate it 🙂

  2. Thank You Ian! I believe this is the video I’ve been waiting for to help me
    with bowed vocal folds. I’ve been working with your vocal fry exercises
    using the vowels “O” and “I” to aim for with clarity. The key is to stay
    very light and to not push back against the feeling of pressure which seems
    to accompany every pitch change when your cords are bowed. I love your
    approach to teaching, clear and personable. Any chance of a skype lesson
    for a one on one opinion??

  3. @charlee7686 Hi Charlee. Yep this one was inspired by your comment on my
    website. I hope it helps you out. I’m very busy for the next couple of
    weeks but I may be able to squeeze in a skype session with you. I’ll send
    you an email when I have some spare times. 🙂

  4. @AussieVocalCoach When I do this exercise, it only goes up to my chest
    voice and doesn’t go up into my mixed or head register (which is when my
    cords often disconnect), is the exercise to be done only in chest voice or
    should I keep going with the exercise and try to connect in the higher
    mixed/or head voice notes?

  5. Sir You are great.It’s my only dream to become a singer.and your videos are
    really helpfull for me.i hope if there could be a way to have online
    singing lessons so you can know how do my voice feel like.

  6. John R Savelli Jr

    Thanks for the lesson. Enjoy your teaching style and looking foward to
    shelling out some bucks to help you continue sharing your knowledge. Sorry,
    had to buy some guitar stuff then I found a wireless earphones from China
    on ebay, I have been practicing Eric’s A. warm-up CD for 28.00US, so I’ve
    begun the journey to learn to sing, most important for me is to hear
    youself by cupping my ear or better still using a mic and headphones. here
    from me soon. Thanks again.

  7. great video Ian. Should I do this up in my higher range? I can singer
    fairly high for a male and I wonder if I should do this or something to
    prevent squeezing near the top of my range?

  8. Hello Sir IAN !! Im trying to sing and i know im a bad singer if i do a
    video can you tell me what i need to train please :'( I really want to sing
    im happy when i do that 🙂

  9. I had to listen to the clip with headphones and then I realized the meaning
    of your message. This lesson helped me open my eyes – I saw the difference
    in the sound when the vocal cords are disconnected and connected. Thank you
    for that!

  10. Awesome video Ian, this cord closure thing is such a wonder changed my
    singing massively. /cwehden has also helped me to for anyone else looking
    for help, thanks

  11. Great tutorial as a pro vocalist I think I shall mooch around your other
    clips and website for some more very handy and informative guidance, thank

  12. Your video on eliminating strain helped loads on eliminating pain, so
    thanks! Unfortunately, it gave rise to some other problems. I can’t close
    my vocal chords as I transition into my head and mixed voices, whether or
    not I do the exercises you’re teaching. I’m a low baritone, but when I used
    to strain I could hit a tenor A in mixed voice without sounding awful (it
    hurt), and now I’m stuck at an E with my larynx down, then it gets airy.
    How do you keep closure throughout transitions?

  13. Well, I’m a low baritone by training. Before I joined a choir I spoke in
    tenor, but my teacher placed me in the bass section because that was the
    section in which she needed someone, and I adapted. Maybe that’s a part of
    the problem?

  14. Tenors don’t really work in the bass section, completely different voices,
    unless of course your range covers both. That happened to me in a choir and
    it wasn’t doing my voice any good, so I got myself a one on one teacher
    instead who is not committing herself on just what type of voice I have as
    yet. I found that an understanding of the physiology behind singing has
    helped me to avoid problems or to understand why they arise. I am loving
    Ian’s videos and learning a lot at my own pace.

  15. Sorry Brandon, you’re a baritone! You know what you’re comfortable singing
    and you should stick as close to that as you can … I’d still be wary
    though of choir directors who place people according to empty places ….

  16. I was doing your 5 lesson course and I was at the mix voce video. what does
    it mean when you feel the vibration in your nose but then goes away? please

  17. I did most of your 5 lessons so far and it sure helps me to improve my
    voice.. I also did one of the advanced lesson on connectin my vocal cords..
    Very interesting.. :)

  18. Hi! Thank you so much for you awesome videos! On Miss Saigon’s Why God
    Why, the high note is a g above middle C. BUT the word is “Her”! How do
    you sing that fully with the H sound in the beginning of the word? lol

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