Ep.12: How to Sing Better by Controlling your Larynx
This video is about how to sing better by controlling your larynx.
The larynx is where your vocal cords are in the middle of your neck. One way to immediately sing better is to stop the larynx from rising too high when you sing.
Inside this video you will receive specific tips to control your larynx so you’ll know how to sing better than ever before.
The larynx (pronounced “lair-rinks”) is also known as the “Voice Box”. It’s located in the mid-portion of your neck. It is comprised of bone, ligament, cartilage and tissue and it’s where the vocal cords are located. It’s at the top of the windpipe or trachea. If you feel your “Adam’s Apple”, that’s the top of the larynx.
When you speak normally, the larynx rests comfortably in your neck. It’s relaxed and resting relatively low. There’s no tension in the neck and in the muscles that surround it.
In contrast, place your hand on your larynx and swallow. Can you feel it move upward and then back down again? Try humming while you swallow. Maintain your humming as you swallow. You can’t do it!
For various reasons, when the larynx rises and goes into swallowing mode, it starts to choke off the sound. This swallowing mode and the rising larynx creates added tension on the vocal cords. The air from the lungs is cut off and the production of sound is choked off until it stops.
You Can’t Sing Better if your Larynx is too High
If your larynx begins to rise while you are singing, it’s going into swallowing mode. The vocal cords are getting squeezed, and the muscles around the vocal cords are adding tension, and your voice feels strained and jammed up.
You start to panic and the surrounding muscles tense tighter and your larynx goes even higher, singing gets even more difficult.
Several negative things happen to your vocal cords when the larynx goes into swallowing mode.
In this video I’ll demonstrate those for you.
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