Ep.12: How to Sing Better by Controlling Your Larynx

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

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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17 thoughts on “Ep.12: How to Sing Better by Controlling Your Larynx”

  1. I worked all the morning on the take which was to high for me and i got in
    troubless. After i said “GA” i sang it at easy. Thank you sooooo much! You
    helped very, very!!

  2. Aryana Sreshtha Reede

    They seem to get your voice to be better. But a question,

    Will they help in every language? Like, you know the famous Rabindra Tagore
    and his famous bengali songs. Is the way of english songs different from
    other songs(bengali, hindi, arabic, etc) and will these exercises work for
    all type of singing? The Rabindra Sangeets (songs) are quite different and
    I panic that they won’t work for these R.S.

    Lata Mangeshkar (respected singer of India) and Celine Dion are not at all
    same but you know, I want to reach the top of both english and bengali
    songs, even other and that’s a pretty difficult task. So please, help me

  3. hello chuck!

    you gave 4 exercises here to lower the larynx.

    Can i just choose 1 exercise to sing the difficult song? or do i have to be
    able to do it across all 4 techniques?

    i can do it in the lip bubble no problem but i lose the dopey quality of
    the gee/ goo when the notes go higher so i was wondering if the lip bubble
    would be enough.

    Also, when doing it in the lip bubble, do i do it in the same volume as i
    would do the actual song (belting)?

    thank you. this video was exceptionally educational for me.

  4. Thanks Chuck, but I have one question. How am I supposed to release tension
    on “e”? I know it has to do with tongue, but it is simply hard for me to
    keep my mouth wide.

  5. Jordan Mitchell

    Hi it worked for one day and my voice felt so light!! I was amazed but it
    went away the next day should I continue to practice this??

  6. Catherine Marsh

    Thank you for your videos. I have been singing classical for years. My
    teacher 30 years ago taught me to sing effortlessly and I was able to sing
    for hours and hours every day and never had a problem, but I must admit
    that I never really new what was going on in my throat. I just
    remember that I had to unlearn the idea of using my body to push up and
    support the notes as I go up and up. This at first doesn’t feel right, but
    when you practice with this in mind it becomes normal and produces better
    sound. I have used the phrase when helping people ” the body doesn’t
    care”. Let the body go, sing from the eyes up. Singing is 90% imagination
    and 10% physical effort. Of course the more fit you are the easier it will
    be and the better you will sound. I suppose you could say that until seeing
    your videos, I have been singing blind. But now I see! Thank you so much.

  7. Prajina Shrestha

    first of all i want to thank u for your videos. my question is that ,’how
    to remove our bass voice from vocal chords’ ?

  8. Prajina Shrestha

    first of all i want to thank u for your videos. my question is that ,’how
    to remove our bass voice from vocal chords’ ?

  9. Hi Chuck, I would just like to congratulate you on such a simplistic yet
    rewarding vocal program. Your program has saved my life!

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