If you can not let out a high register voice even though you have flexibility around your throat, then your cricothyroid articulation might be not able to move properly…
People who have stiff muscles around their throat due to (Larynx Deep Position) LDP, commonly have problems with the movement of their larynx and difficulty letting out a high register voice. This is because the vocal cords’ muscles contract.
If you have this problem for a long time then the joints are extremely stiff and cannot move well, even after taking voice care treatment.
Therefore, even if you seek and take treatment fix your LDP, you still have to wait for 3 – 6 months prior to the treatments until you can get a beautiful high register voice.
People usually accept and notice more when someone compliments or tells them that their voice has improved, rather than realizing by on their own.
Vocalization is based on the shape of larynx and muscles relevant to vocalizing. An echoing sound is made in the resonance chamber and the pharyngeal cavity.
Flexibility and soft tissues are also necessary for moving these muscles well. My research and intentions revolve around the fact I would like you to use your larynx and breathing to your best ability and let out an attractive voice.
Note:People who have LDP, have a really thin cricothyroid muscle, mainly because they don’t use it often. Conversely, people who are good at making a high register voice have a really thick cricothyroid muscle.
Please be conscious to shift your weight forward, like almost standing on your front toes when you sing a song.
Don’t bend your head down and keep facing front.
The tips are especially helpful, if you use this posture when you change your voice pitch to high, because you can let out the high-register more easily.
The reason is that when your weight is pushed forth, your back muscles are squeezed to relax the cervical muscles, and can move muscles relating to vocalization very well. Those actions will finally in turn improve moving the cricothyroid articulation.
Note1:José Carreras who is a Spanish tenor master also often displayed the above posture. He makes his high-register when standing on one foot with his weight on his front toes.
Please review his videos if you are interested in his posture techniques.
Note2:As a voice care professional I often hear from other voice professionals as well as singers that, ‘wearing high-heel shoes makes people better when singing.’ That statement adds confirmation and supports the belief that the bent-forward posture would positively affect the voice.
There is no terminology or medical words defining a mixed sounding voice, so I will explain about the mechanics of this creating this unique style of voice.
The high-register which mixes a normal and a falsetto with relaxing tones is really attractive and noticeable when this voice style is displayed.
You can use the following techniques for karaoke.
(1)Harden the vocal muscles to make high-register vocals
(2)Relax the muscles to increase the vibrating vocal cords’ mucosa
(3)Slightly open the glottis to control breathing
(4)Move the costovertebral joint widely when exhaling air
(5)Expand the pharyngeal cavity while sticking out your lower jaw
(6) Don’t forget stay calm and relaxed when singing, this is heard through sound and breathing as well as seen by your audience through your body language and posture
You have to be precise doing 1 through 6, because if the ordering is different, you may not be able to produce a strong mixed voice.
A ‘mix voice’ means controlling the air between the glottis whilst keeping balance with the vocal cord muscles and vocal cord mucosa.
Just like the voice traveling through the air for us to hear the sound in our ears, before that happens in vocal production the voice must travel using the air in our bodies to produce those sounds.
Although it’s difficult to control the muscles needed to make a mixed voice, if you understand the mechanics you can improve your mixed voice.
If you practice imitating/mirroring someone singing one of your favorite songs, you can get better at singing and have a better chance of sounding like them.
This is mirror effect.
Imitating the breathing patterns by how many words are spoken with each breath is a good way to practice better breathing techniques. You can first (a couple times) just practice breathing by letting out the air without using your actual voice yet. The reason this is a good way to start is because the amount of breaths taken and timing are very important. Then, practice moving not only your mouth but also the muscles around the throat. View those movements in front of a mirror. This is to memorize proper mouth and lip movements while only letting out your breath. Finally, combine and add vocalization to the breathing and movements you practiced. This method will increase your accuracy as well as confidence in perfecting the song, covering every factor of the vocalization as well as physical performance.
Again, please imitate your favorite singer’s timing and actions when taking breaths.
Note1:Shadow singing can be practiced breathing, memorized use and movements of the larynx, mouth, nose, and also the ears’ hearing ability to recognize the sounds produced.
Note2:The vocal cord does not vibrate without air. So, you are exercising the voice while breathing air, even though you aren’t making sounds by using your throat.
If the muscles of the throat are stiff, then your rhythm will get worse when are singing.
This is the same with dancing. You can’t dance well if your muscles or joints are stiff, making it hard to move your shoulders or knees.
The rhythm of the voice is relevant to the movements of the muscles, such as the cricothyroid muscle, vocal muscles and the lateral cricoarytenoid muscle. Those muscles are especially important.
Additionally, controlling your breathing is also important. This is relevant to the diaphragm’s role of vocalization, which inlcude the internal and external intercostal muscles.
Therefore, if the muscles of the throat or diaphragm are stiff, in turn your rhythm will be noticeably off or bad when singing. Being aware and understanding the connection between all the vital muscles used for vocalization will improve your ability to sing.
Note:For acquiring great breathing when singing, the costovertebral joints(C3 to C10) need to move smoothly.
When comparing the stylopharyngeus to the stylohyoid muscle, it is easier for the stylopharyngeus muscle to become hard.
There are similarities between the two muscles as well as differences. Both the stylopharyngeus muscle and the stylohyoid muscle suspend the larynx. The stylohyoid muscle is associated with the stylohyoid ligament, but the stylopharyngeus muscle does not have any ligament associated with it.
The stylopharyngeus muscle is needed to contract and suspend the larynx. The stylohyoid muscle does not need to contract. This is because the associated stylohyoid ligament assists and supports it to suspend the larynx.
The stylopharyngeus muscle hangs and contracts to change the position of the larynx. The stylopharyngeus muscle just contracts to change the position of the hyoid bone.
Therefore, its easier for the stylopharyngeus muscle to get tired and stiff, in comparison to the stylohyoid muscle. which makes the high larynx. This means the larynx goes up, pushes the hyoid bone up to narrow the space of the resonance chamber creating a loose voice echo.
Note1:The larynx floats in the air within human hard tissues such as bone, cartilage or teeth.