The vocal cord extends when the cricoid cartilage moves backwards

If you know how to move the cricothyroid articulation, you probably realize it’s amazing how by using it and having control of this gives you the supreme ability to change your pitch.
I was especially impressed when I confirmed that the cricoid cartilage slides backward while curving, making the vocal cord extend.
People that have larger than average in sized cricoid cartilage, will increase the vocal fold to extend and contract more, because the side of articular fossa is wider, thus resulting in the inferior horn of thyroid cartilage moving more as well.
Curvature movement makes a sharp and strong high-pitched voice, when using the pendant moiety of the cricothyroid muscle.
Slide movements makes a smooth and soft high-pitcehd voice when using the oblique part of the cricothyroid muscle.
If you mix these above movements, both curvarture and sliding, you can produce a superb high-pitched voice.
First before attempting this, please investigate whether your cricothyroid articulation moves properly or not.
The reason being is because a lot of people have hardened their musculus extrinsic laryngis (most of the time unknowingly) by hypertonic vocalization or (larynx in a deep position) LDP. These issues can or will impair the ability to move the cricothyroid articulation properly. If these issues are not a factor, then creating a sharp and strong and a smooth and soft high-pitched voice should come easily when movements of the cricothyroid articulation are controlled.



Best stretch while singing to relax

I would like to introduce an easy way on how to stretch your muscles when singing to relax, because this specific exercise has really been getting a lot of attention recently.
1.Bend both elbows at a right angle. Cross your arms, holding each side of your elbows with your hands, creating a right angle between your body and upper arms(Figure.1)
2.Move your shoulders from side to side (left and right) followed by up and down(Figure.2)
3.Move/push your arms and elbows to the front then return back, while relaxing your shoulder joints (breathe and loosen the shoulder muscles)
4.Sing your favorite song or hum while doing this exercise numbers 1 through 3 and then repeat. This can be done briefly or for up to a minute or more.
Note:For number 3, please keep in mind that you must push your arms and elbows forward strongly simultaneously.

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The excessive contraction of the omohyoid muscle obstructs vocalizing, but you can loosen the muscle if you do the above stretches.
This exercise will help you acquire looser muscles, so you can let out the voice easier and steadier, even when you have slight tension. These movements also assist you in avoiding your voice from uncontrollably flipping over into a falsetto.
Give it a try.

Note:The method of how to grab a microphone with both hands:
Please grab the lower part of the microphone with your dominant hand, and the upper part of microphone with your other hand. Steady the head of the microphone straight and aimed toward your mouth, keeping your elbows high and relaxing your shoulder joints.

The reasons why people feel the need to motion and use signature moves when changing tone

Some singers twist their necks, shake their head, straighten their backs or raise their arms when changing tones when singing. Opera singers mostly display this motioning behavior, because they sing so loudly.
The tone of voice is made and controlled by the vocal cords. The vocal cords use expanding and contracting, hardening and softening, as well as thickening and thinning to sustain and produce these tones.
Regarding the action of expansion and contraction in which the vocal fold is composed of the vocal cords’ mucosa and the vocal cord muscles, these vocal cord muscles need to be supported to extend the muscles surrounding the larynx, because it cannot extend by itself.
The hardening and softening, thickening and thinning actions are also caused by the surrounding the laryngeal muscles.
However, it is a fact that no one can really know how to move and completely control these muscles.
Therefore, people tend to unconsciously as well a consciously motion by means of twisting the neck, shaking their head, and displaying hand movements to trigger their muscles moving.
This is similar to a baseball player moving their leg and foot before pitching or swinging a baseball bat, or an athlete performing a high jump by stepping back before flying forward to start the jump. These actions and motions trigger muscles by using their movement.
We as people try to find a trigger point, when singing, to moving muscles. This trigger is to acquire a precise tone after repeating. We tend to practice over and over again because we do not know how to change the tone of voice exactly.
Finally, singers can sing a song precisely after mastering it their way, using their practiced routine motions, as well as their emotional feelings when performing to harness and display the exact singing tone desired. Motion practice when singing can actually help increase continuity of the performance too, in turn adding confidence and satisfaction when successful.
However, if movement is too exaggerated or strange, the listener/audience might feel uncomfortable. Be mindful that excessive or too much repeated behavior in motioning during singing can have a negative impact depending on the degree displayed. Many successful singers have a signature move or motion that they display once or twice during a performance. Singers who perform a signature move or motion use the viewer’s yearning of seeing that move to their advantage, holding and captivating their audience’s attention for longer during a performance.

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