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How To Sing High Notes With Ease & Smooth Out Unwanted Breaks...


Your larynx (also know as your voice box & Adam's apple) is the lumpy hard thing that moves when you swallow & yawn.

It has 3 important jobs & singing/speech comes in last!

  • #1 Important - it helps to stabilise your body when you lift, pull or push something heavy by closing off the trachea & pressurising the air in your lungs (ever notice that weight lifters hold their breath?)
  • #2 Important -  it prevents food or liquid from entering your lungs when you swallow by closing off the trachea
  • ​#3 Important - speaking & singing :) 

Remember, it's all about training

If you watch or place your fingers on your larynx when you swallow, you'll feel it move up & when you yawn, you'll feel it move down...

Now when you sing, ideally, most of the action should take place within your larynx & you should have a neutral, relaxed larynx & throat doing it's thing automatically.

Try looking in the mirror or place your fingers on your larynx as you sing some scales & a song. Does your larynx shoot up when you sing higher notes?

If it does, I bet those higher notes feel strained & uncomfortable & I bet you have unwanted breaks in your voice...

...Am I right?

If this is the case for you, this is what's happening.

You're trying to control your voice via the muscles that come into play when you swallow.

When you swallow, not only does your larynx shoot up but your constrictor muscles also squeeze, reducing the diameter of your pharynx.  

Not only does a high larynx position impair the ability of the muscles & cartilages within the larynx but the tense muscles within your throat reduce your resonance & dull your tone. Your brain then interprets this as a blockage & responds by automatically increasing your air flow to try & remove the blockage. To withstand this extra air pressure, the vocal cords have to tense...

...The result of a high larynx position when you sing is a strained, dull, painful, uncomfortable sounding voice which can cause damage to your vocal cords.

The answer is to trust & let go!

If you've built up a habit of raising your larynx to change your pitch & using your constrictor muscles when you sing, it's going to require lots of focused intention to make a change. Learning to sing with a neutral relaxed larynx & open throat may be challenging at first & you may not like the sound of your singing to begin with as your body adjusts to this change but hang in there & stick with it!  

The exercise in the video below will help you learn to sing those higher notes with ease & smooth out any unwanted breaks.

Tip of the day - Singing the vowel 'oo' encourages a low & relaxed larynx & an open throat.

About Karen

Karen is a vocal coach & 2x top 5 Billboard charting & BBC Radio play listed independent artist. 

She has played at some of the best venues in the world including The Isle Of Wight Festival, Bluebird Cafe Nashville, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, supporting & working with an elite roster of the industry's finest artists, writers & producers, including Hans Zimmer, Robbie Williams, Ollie Murs, Mike & The Mechanics & Girls Aloud.

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