How to Control the Larynx when Singing: Benefits and how to Exercises

learning to control the position of your

larynx it's really beneficial in getting

some of those higher notes you're

working on and balancing out your vocal

tone so in today's video we're going to

look at well what is the larynx and how

does it move and then of course we're

going through some exercises to get you

in control of your larynx let's go hi

singers and welcome to sing geek my name

is Ronnie Peterson and as always I'm

here to geek out on your voice so

Larry's control is one of those big eye

openers and singing because once you

learn to control the movement of your

larynx it really helps your singing a

lot so it's something that we talked a

lot about in the vocal community I say

we just jump right in so first I'm

answering the question what is the

larynx then I'm answering well how does

this guy move and then of course we're

going to do some exercises to get you in

control of your larynx movements if you

already know all this awesome geeky

stuff about what the larynx is that's

totally cool you can jump right to the

exercises starting at this time so what

is the larynx the larynx is also known

as the voice box and that is because it

can be kind of seen like this little box

that houses your vocal folds it's made

out of cartilage and bone and ligament

and it sits right here at the top of

your windpipe and when you sing and your

breath comes through your vocal folds

they vibrate to make the sound that is

your voice now here inside the larynx

when you vocal all stretch they make

higher pitches and when they relax they

make lower pitches now you know what the

larynx is so you might be wondering well

how does the lyrics move it is so that

there's these muscles outside the larynx

called the extrinsic muscles and these

muscles can either pull the layers up or

they can pull the larynx down you can

feel it pretty easily if you place a

hand on your larynx and you swallow

let's try that together yeah first it

goes up and then it goes down many

singers tend to subconsciously use these

extrinsic muscles to move their larynx

in accordance with their pitch meaning

so when they sing higher the learns

moves up and when they sing lower the

lyrics move down you can try to see

right now

that applies to you so place your hand

here again and sing a higher note maybe

go e see if you felt it go up and then

sing something lower like the no it's

not you can think of actually sing

really low go did you feel like it lower

that's pretty crazy right now it is so

that moving the larynx up when you sing

can choke up the books and what this

means is that the vocal folds are no

longer free to stretch to make those

higher pitches and this is usually when

a lot of singers will then start forcing

more air through to get those notes

anyways and that's when your sing with

that lump in the throat feeling and

you're feeling like you just can't get

it out and it's restricting and

straining your voice so that's what

happens there and you can see the

conundrum then right because well if

we're you wanting to sing these higher

notes but the legs and subconscious are

going up and keeping us from doing it

what do we do so join the club this is

why you see so many people talk about

how can i neutralize my larynx not gonna

dampen my larynx I can lower my larynx

it's because people want to learn to

control where this guy is so that they

can manage those higher pitches so

before we move on to the exercises for

that you might also be wondering well

what happened with the lower notes why

is it important to control the lyrics on

the lower notes you can use this a lot

if you're singing lower notes and they

have that go sound like I'm singing here

it sounds like that if I just go

that's just my larynx movement same

pitch but my larynx went from here to

here so you can see why that's super

useful when you sing want to sing

something low and beautiful okay so now

you know all about the larynx I bet you

just super excited to get controlling

yours and get all the benefits let's get

into the exercises so if you look at my

legs right here you'll see me moving it

down and we'll right now if you're super

cool you just saw me do with that am I

you're able to do it good for you but if

you're anything like I was you need some

exercises to even start feeling well how

does it feel to control this larynx so

we're going to do three imitation

exercises and the first one is going to

be a yawn it's a very common one to

practice lowering your larynx so let's

put a hand on your larynx and do a nice

big yawn oh really go down one more time

oh very nice so you might have heard

vocal teachers also saying sing like

you're singing with a yawn or sing with

a yawn and that's also another way to

like lower they tell you to lower the

larynx while you're singing and it opens

up your throat it also raises your soft

palate a little bit so many benefits to

the yawn the second exercise to help you

lower your learnt is a o sound it sounds

a little funny but it's like this just

think that sounded like meat your larynx

go down you can also say it without

having an open mouth with a closed mouth

so you can go sort of like the end of a

swallow when you're swallowing and it's

really funny actually because the sound

of goofy if you know that cartoon

character it kind of he speaks like that

a little bit and I actually really use

that a lot when I was learning how to

lower my larynx I have a sound example

of it on my website I'll put a link to

that in the description that really

helped me the third and final sound that

we're going to imitate

to help you lower your larynx it's that

we're going to speak in a low voice so

in like a low like Oh like very hard

like go sound we're just very fitting

because the loom is coming up it's my

favorite holiday Harry Potter sound

check it's on repeat and pumpkin spice

everything but anyways ghost sound gets

too much Bloods be aware it is midnight

so speaking in this very low scary voice

also helps you lower and dampen your

larynx I hope you were able to lower

your larynx using one or several of the

exercises that we just did let me know

in the comments below which one is your

favorite it actually really nice to know

which one is the most helpful for you

guys don't be upset if you don't get

this right away it really is very varied

amongst my students some people they get

it on their first try maybe they as a

kid they were experimenting with making

fun sounds and they just have access to

this muscle group already and some

people it's just so new for them and it

takes them quite a while we have even a

few months of just practicing it to

really get it down so don't be upset if

you don't get it right away just keep

working at it okay so now that you have

some feeling for Larry's control you

might be wondering well where should my

larynx be when I'm singing so there's

some debate about this in the vocal

community actually there's a classical

school and the contemporary school and

in general the classical school they

want more dampened and more lowered

larynx when you're singing than the

contemporary school they want a more

narrow sort of sound so what you should

get from this is that your larynx will

move when you sing for most people it

moves a little bit up on the high notes

a little bit low on the low notes but

what you can do is that you can balance

out your sound and you can help yourself

sing some of those higher notes without

strain from learning to control your

larynx so what you really what I

recommend that you do is that you put

your hand here when your sing your songs

sing through a song and when you get to

the peseta passages where you have

having a hard time check if this guy is


excessively and then if it is start

practice so it could be that you were

singing ooh-ooh

just fillies flying up and then now try

lowering it a bit so it's not that it

was the larynx was here and now you're

going all the way down here is that it

was here and then maybe started moving

up and you're just keeping it low right

so we instead of going oh big difference

right oh now I consider myself to be

more of a contemporary singer I was also

educated in the contemporary style of

singing but it doesn't mean that we

shouldn't use from the classical school

like dampening our larynx to help us get

a fuller and an easier time singing next

week I'm starting a playlist with lyrics

control exercises and you can get it

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