How to Relax Your Tongue While Singing – Tongue Tension – Felicia Ricci

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This video gives you 3 tips (+ 1 bonus tip) for how to relax your tongue and get it to stay neutral while you’re singing. Two ways to gauge tongue tension are (1) how your voice sounds (do you sound like Kermit the Frog, (2) How your throat or neck feels (dull pains along your jaw or at the top of your voice box).

If you have tongue tension or a tense tongue, fear not! 3 easy triggers to get your tongue to chill include:

(1) Thinking “UH” while you sing
(2) Pretending you’re drunk (not kidding)
(3) Practicing a “conversational” version of your song or warmup

And as a bonus tip? Don’t make an enemy out of your tongue! As a singer, it does more harm than good to be stressed out about the body part that’s causing you tension. Instead, think positively about your tongue, remember that it’s just trying to help, and eventually it will learn to back off and stay out of the equation.

And here’s the other video I mentioned – “Free Your Voice” which addresses tongue tension and other body parts that might compromise your singing:


As a professional voice finder, it’s my sworn duty to teach you how to find your singing voice! Learning how to improve your singing voice is all about simple, achievable steps that make SENSE to you. All of us learn how to sing on our own timeline, and certain things will click more than others. But it’s important that YOU understand your voice more than anyone else — learning how to be a good singer is, in many ways, getting to know yourself 🙂 If you feel you don’t yet know how to sing like a pro, be patient — every baby step and daily practice session helps. (And I’ll keep posting new vids to help you!)
xo Fel

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41 thoughts on “How to Relax Your Tongue While Singing – Tongue Tension – Felicia Ricci”

  1. Felicia I really love your channel your awsome videos
    everything is amazing
    but I have one Question
    my voice is low I cannot go high
    how can prevent going low
    sometimes I like push my voice to go higher
    but then it strains
    I’ve also doing a lot of high
    but it’s hard for me to go high
    how can I make it go high
    make it go high by itself
    how can I do that
    and can you please tell me
    if I want to send you a video
    of how am I singing
    please tell me how can I send it
    soo please I really need it
    I really love singing
    and I really wish sing
    like some of the members of
    fifth hormony
    I really need it

  2. Shravan Nagarajan

    Ma’am could you please tell me for how many days or months must I practice
    these exercises? It’s really painful.

  3. I have been singing for a while now and I am just not happy with my voice.
    I take vocal music class because I love singing but.. I wasn’t happy with
    the way my voice was sounding. when I saw this video I realized that I had
    a Kermit like voice like you said in the begging. now I am super happy with
    my voice because I sound a lot more clear. this whole time all the sound
    hasn’t been coming out all the way and I was blocking my throat with my
    tongue because it wasn’t relaxed. thanks so much for making this vide

  4. I have TONGUE tension when i’m Singing in a PHRASED passage
    But when i’m sustaining a note i have FULL resonance, Power, Shine and no
    Is this normal?

  5. I like your teaching style. You provide a lot of visualization technique.
    Perfect for “visual” type learners like myself. (I’ll bet you’re great
    with kids!)

  6. Hey Felicia, i have an interresting Question, i do not have any TONGUE
    tension when i’m sustaining a note but when i’m Phrasing i have ALOT of
    Any advice?

  7. This video changed my life!! I knew I had too much tension while singing
    but I didn’t know how to fix it. Now I feel like a new person 😀 Thank you
    sooooo much!!

  8. hey Fel, I don’t think the UH position is good for the voice, it seems like
    “flat tongue” position and very uncomfortable to sing, also can lead to
    pushing the voice and others problem. The tongue must be in the “NG”
    position without force, I think it’s the best.

  9. Yes! I’ve been struggling to sing for the past year. It started with
    performance anxiety and then posture/overuse of arm/shoulder/neck/core
    muscles at work made it worse. I’m starting to get my posture and work
    muscle strain under control and can *sometimes* sing perfectly relaxed, but
    other times not. My speaking voice is even off – I get tension at the base
    of my throat where the clavicle and sternum meet. After doing some
    observing, I’ve found that the omohyoid muscle over the scalenes is overly
    active when I speak, swallow, and sing, as well as the digastric muscles
    under the chin when I swallow and sing.

  10. OMG! I thought I just sucked at singing but really it was because my tongue
    was in the way! I sound a lot better and I have a performance coming up in
    a couple months and I thought I couldn’t sing but now I’m so much more
    confident that I’ve been in months thanks Fel!

  11. Marcela Torres

    Hello! So i think i might have a different issue, well, i have a sort of
    nasal voice, and when i try to sing sometimes it comes out the way it
    should but the problem is that ive discovered that my tongue blocks-in the
    sound, and when i try to sing in a not nasal voice my tongue does a half
    spin, to the point of almost twisting and i dont know how to control it.
    Thank you very much for your vids and tips, you´re awesome

  12. Veradoradehon

    Thanks for this video. I definitely plan to experiment using these tips.
    They are super helpful!!!

  13. Naijha Coleman

    This is so cool!! I was doing the ‘Uh’ thing and as I started to sing, my
    throat felt much better and I was even able to sing even BETTER!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m so happy!!!

  14. This video came up immediately after your inspirational video.
    OMG entire video was LOL! This is exactly where I am with my singing. I did
    all the exercises and already feel a difference! Can’t wait to put this in
    my playlist as a workout. I’ve been noticing his voice was sounding
    Kermit-y (lol!) but didn’t know how to help him.
    I am about to send him a link too!

  15. Hey Felicia, lovely meeting you! I am living in Australia and I am a
    singer. I have a few hurdles with my singing at the moment as I have not
    been part of a choir for so many years:
    1) I find it hard to reach the higher notes (when I was younger, I was able
    to reach them and I now struggle to. My throat and tongue tense, and I
    sound airy).
    2) I get mucus/phlegm in my throat after I sing, even laugh, which is
    rather annoying!
    3) I feel I’m good with knowing my breathing, but I can’t use that skill
    while I’m singing. SO weird!
    3) My tongue tenses when I talk and sing too, and I tried your exercises
    but it didn’t really help – BUT you’re that easy to ‘talk’ to that I
    thought I would try commenting,
    4) I try vocal warms like lip rolling, yawning, rolling my tongue, tensing
    and shrugging my shoulders…

    Could you please help me?

  16. You are a genius. I gave it a shot and it completely prevented my tongue
    from trying to help! That throat pain is gone. Hopefully I can apply this
    to my singing!

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