Ep 80 How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher #6 Counteract the Rising Larynx

Ep.80:How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher #6 – Counteract the Rising Larynx

At first singing higher presents special challenges. One major challenge is the larynx rises to help reach the higher notes.

Here’s an exercise that will retrain the rising larynx to make singing higher so much easier!

Hi! I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing.

The larynx rises when the muscles surrounding it tense, push and pull it upward. This adds unwanted tension and squeeze around the vocal cords. Panic sets in. In this condition, great high notes are impossible.

How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher – Counteract the Rising Larynx

Here’s a simple exercise called the Dopy Gee. The dopy gee helps keep the larynx down and makes great high notes possible.

Here’s how it works. First the dopy sound. Say “duh”. Not a regular duh, but a dopy or stupid “duh” like the a cartoon character might do…or a teenager making fun of a friend. “duh”

The dopy sound activates muscles below the larynx that pulls it downward. Feel the larynx move down when you say “duh” with the dopy sound.

Now say “gee”. Combine the dopy sound with the gee like this: Gee [Demo]

The exercise is simple. Say the dopy gee with the 5-tone scale. Men start on the G below middle C. Women start on Middle C. Both voices go up 6 half-steps and then come back down. [Demo]

Men Begin. Now the women.

How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher – Tips for the Dopy Gee

Here are some tips that will help with the dopy gee.

Try to maintain the dopy sound and feeling as the pitch rises. If you do it sounds hootie as you go higher. Like this. [Demo]

If you lose the dopy sound it sounds like this. [Demo] If you keep the dopy sound… [Demo]

Do it medium to medium soft. If you struggle, go even softer. [Demo]

Once you are able to do it easily, get rid of the dopy sound. Use your voice with nothing else added. [Demo]

Be patient with yourself. You are learning to keep the larynx down. It’s not going to feel or sound normal at first. That’s because it’s not normal. Normal is without the dopy sound but with the larynx staying down.

Normal is without tension or squeeze. Then the vocal cords are free to progress like this. [Demo]

How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher – Benefits of the Dopy Gee

Here are some benefits to using the dopy gee. It:

Retrains the larynx to stay resting at speech level as you sing the high notes.

Eliminates the tension surrounding the vocal cords so they can balance easily with the air flow.

Enables the resonance to shift from the chest to head cavities.

Keeps the vocal cords together so there is no break or flip.

Helps coordinate the airflow and vocal cords which builds real power in the voice.

This simple exercise when done correctly will help unleash your real vocal potential.

Singers with the vocal type Pulled Chest-High Larynx, Flip Falsetto, and even Light Chest- No Chest will benefit from the dopy gee. Do you know your vocal type? I don’t mean whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass.

Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing. Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the Powertest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch all the videos about your vocal type.

Download the free exercises for your vocal type and start working on them. They will help improve your voice rapidly.

I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.


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24 thoughts on “Ep 80 How to Train my Voice to Sing Higher #6 Counteract the Rising Larynx”

  1. Hello sir, thank you again for repeating this exercise because tension is my biggest challenge in singing.

  2. this exercise seems to have helped me with the chord closure ,but the notes above E4 still sounds really light and heady, I really want that chest dominant mix sound but I just simply can’t get it without increasing the volume which leads to strain and choking -_- , what is the best exercise to get the chest dominant mix? sorry for my bad english

    1. Power To Sing

      Are you able to send me a recording of your voice from ? Using the speakpipe “Start Recording” Button? Thats a great way to have me listen and I can give you feedback by answering your recorded message.

    2. +Power To Sing okay I can do that,should I sing a song or should I do the exercises like ney ney,mum mum, siren with dopey sound and lip trills?

    3. Power To Sing

      Whatever you feel would be most helpful to you for me to hear and respond to. Perhaps the vocal test, (the PowerTest) and then whatever else you choose.

    4. +Power To Sing okay I’ll just do the exercises from that video 🙂 the main reason why I wanted to talk to you on video chat is because I had some vocal injuries before,I would simply sing with high larynx and it damaged my voice,it still hasn’t recovered fully as I feel a little funny in my throat after talking loudly so I wanted to talk about that face to face ,that’s why I asked you to do a live streaming here on youtube,and I also wanted to talk about that connected tone as it sounds like I am talking in my chest voice but very high like above the first bridge and it go up to G5,and then i also wanted to talk about connected head voice and what’s the difference between these two,its very confusing to type all in text as you know 🙂

    1. Power To Sing

      Hi Maeva: I am not a good source on riffs. Your best help will probably come from someone else. I know Brett Manning has some information on riffs. You may want to check out some of his information at Singing Success.

  3. Another great video,i feel my singing has improved immensely from your advice,in this one does keeping the larynx down using the dopey sound become habitual or is it the one thing to be conscious of ?

    1. Power To Sing

      Eventually you discard the dopey sound. The larynx does begin staying done without thinking about it. However, I find that it’s useful to revisit the dopey sound periodically in my own vocal exercises, because, I tend to have that issue…as many do. But we don’t want to sing with any added imposition of the larynx.

  4. What do I do if I keep breaking into falsetto. I believe I have the flip falsetto voice type, and when I do these exercises at times I just flip into falsetto (most of the time). Do I just keep on doing it?

    1. The larynx is still coming up. This is what is causing the flip. Sometimes students have a hard time doing the dopy or bratty sounds. Without actually hearing you, it’s hard to give you specific help. You can go to PowerToSing.com and send me a recorded message (instead of the PowerTest) via Speakpipe. I can listen to what you are doing and give you some feedback. Or you may want to schedule a lesson:

    2. +Power To Sing Sometimes I am not even sure if I am in falsetto, as it feels as though I can connect to my head voice sometimes if I concentrate

    1. Hi Diego: On the 5 tone scale for the men I start the bottom note on the G below middle C (G3). It goes up 6 half-steps. That means the low note is middle C#. The high note is Ab4. Then go back down 1/2 steps to where you started. 🙂

  5. As a male I can sing somewhere up to the F/G above C5 (depending on warm up and how hard i push) in head voice before breaking into falsetto. Is there a physiological limit as to how high one can sing before injuring the vocal cords or do practicing all of these exercises to allow you to zip up the vocal cords further to allow you to maintain head voice beyond this limit?

    1. I’m not a vocal scientist so I am only going to guess. The vocal cords can only elongate and tense to a certain point. Then the limit to overtones that create pitches beyond the vocal cords vibrating ability is likely limited to your particular resonance structure. Eventually we all hit a stopping point. However the fact that you break into falsetto makes me think you may still be carrying too much chest voice and the larynx is rising. I’ve seen Seth Riggs, who was 83 at the time, vocalize to the C6….all by keeping his larynx down. Amazing.

    2. thanks for your reply. i guess it’s early days of doing vocal exercises, I’m sure it will come with time and work!

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