The Bel Canto is widely known and associated with popular vocalism all over the world.
I’ve investigated the Bel Canto by scientifically observing the musculus extrinsic laryngis.
I’ll introduce how to improve vocalism of the Bel Canto through muscle movements.
First, you should know and be comfortable with the structure of your throat, the figure of muscles around your larynx, the movement of the epiglottis, and the pharyngeal cavity.
When you improve moving the hyoid muscles, you can master not only the Bel Canto but also sing more easily.
I’ll explain how to move the epiglottis in general below.
When food is coming into the esophagus, the epiglottis falls down and then moves back up immediately. It is important to stand your epiglottis at this time.
You can train yourself on how to stand your epiglottis easily. If you drink a little water and swallow while touching your lower hyoid bone with both thumbs, you can feel the thyroid cartilage moving to the upper location and becoming wider at that moment in time.
You have to vocalize when your thyroid cartilage returns to the lower location from the upper location.
When you let out your voice, I recommend vocalizing with the single letter sound of I or E. Practicing this will make the epiglottis stand easily. Start vocalizing from lower than your favorite pitch, getting higher-pitched little by little. If and when you are used to it, and at same time, please pull up your hyoid bone forward by using the thumb and index finger over the skin.
Be mindful you may have to practice over and over again until you get the timing correct. Be careful not to press or pull too hard.
In fact, a specific muscle does not exist which stands the epiglottis, it is only standing while the thyroid cartilage is moving when swallowing.
If you follow and train using the above technique, you can stand the epiglottis vertically.
You are moving the hyoid bone to the forward position and the epiglottis is pulled by the hyoepiglottic ligament.
The purpose of this training exercise is to feel the movement of the epiglottis. That being stated, please do not unnecessarily move the lips and mouth too much.
Picture the movement is like releasing and relaxing your throat, regardless of any pitches when vocalizing.
If you can do this properly and train over and over again, you will acquire real vocalism of the Bel Canto.