How to sing with an open throat | The Soft Palate | Sing without strain

How to sing with an Open Throat is a hotly debated topic in singing – I’ll tell you a secret… there is no “secret” or “special” technique you need to discover that will help you to learn how to sing higher and learn to sing without strain – you can probably control your soft palate and ‘open’ your throat already without even realising, you have these powerful rock singing techniques at your fingertips all along!

In short, the three main muscles you need to learn how to control to improve your singing are The Diaphragm, The Vocal Chords and The Soft Palate. Raising the soft palate isn’t really the ‘effect’ we’re going for while singing with an open throat, it’s actually closing or opening your nasal cavities that are the effect we’re looking for while singing in a healthy manner. An open vowel actually involves a ‘closed’ nasal passage (read: nasal passage and nasal resonance are actually two different things!), so the most important thing is to learn how to control/open/close the soft palate so that your vowels can modify and shift into your higher range with ease.

Check out the short video below for a super simple way of controlling your soft palate (you can book a session with me personally here):

It’s the same thing with the “Baritone vs Tenor” debate or “Female vs Male” singing voice debate – it’s actually the SAME technique for every singer, it’s really the approach that differs and where these techniques happens throughout your range that differs. We ALL need to sing using our diaphragm, learn to control the soft palate and develop open, modified vowels as we ascend, regardless of our vocal range. Even as a super low baritone, I sing with the same technique as a classical tenor or alto, albeit with a different approach and obviously varied timbre and range.

If you’re ready to take your voice a step further and start developing a powerful, open, healthy singing voice, you can book a session with me now!

Feel free to leave some feedback or any questions below!

4 thoughts on “How to sing with an open throat | The Soft Palate | Sing without strain

  1. Mike Price here. Edmond, Oklahoma.
    I’ve enjoyed your videos. They’re not only
    helpful but encouraging. I’m 66 and for years have
    played piano pretty well. Tried to sing but have
    always struggled with the passaggio.
    Took some lessons 4 yrs ago for about
    5 months. It helped and
    I started to think maybe I can sing. I’ve
    accompanied good singers over the years but decided
    that I should just play and leave the singing to
    those who can. 5 months ago a drummer friend and I
    started a pop trio. The lions share of
    singing falls to me. (I’m not giving up) I’ve listened to hundreds
    of vocal coaches’ videos and have improved
    even more. (At least I think so).
    Sorry for the life story but I have questions.

    1. On higher notes, (or any notes), is it possible to go from
    falsetto to full mixed tone on the
    same note without cracking?

    2. Sometimes I can sing higher notes but when
    the melody comes down to mid voice,
    it cracks. How do you remedy that?

    3. If I could steal someone else’s voice it would be
    David Gates of Bread or Al Jarreau.

    4. What would you charge me to listen to a
    recent recording of me. I’d send 3 songs
    so you can hear me at low, mid and
    high range if you don’t charge a whole lot.
    Resources are very tight.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Mike! Thanks for your kind words and encouragement, I’m glad I’ve been a help in some small way.

      1. Yes and no. Falsetto is actually an incorrect closure of your vocal chords (look up adduction if you like – I’ll put up a video about this soon), whereas “Head voice” is a proper closure of your chords and can be connected to your “chest voice” by negotiating your mix/middle register via a more ‘boyish’ or ‘kind and gentle’ tonality. There’s quite a few things you need to do to get this to all work together, but it is pretty comfortable and easy to do in the long run – sing with a raised soft palate (aka nose blocked off), modify your vowels as you ascend (Oh/Uh/OO), control your diaphragm via compression and extension, and last but not least learn to vary your placement.

      2. Via the middle/mix voice tonality. Listen to someone like Paul Rodgers as they descend from a high note, it becomes a little ‘boyish’ in tonality, this is mid voice tonality. Don’t try to sing too heavy, but don’t try to sing light either…

      3. ha, that’s not really a question, but nice one! My favourites are Paul Rodgers, Eric Burdon, Chris Cornell… also dig some crazier stuff like Sebastian Bach and Steven Tyler too.

      4. Zilch! Shoot me across a message – the “chat” function on the bottom right of your screen should let you attach a file yeah? Just send me a sample and I’ll do my best to send you in the right direction.

      Thanks again, and all the best!


  2. I enjoyed reading your blog and must also say, nice video. I play guitar and have for years, never very well but good enough for my tastes and have dabbled with singing as well. I love to let my creative juices flow when time allows. I have never really studied singing though. When you mentioned the muscles and body parts used in singing, such as the Diaphragm, The Vocal Chords and The Soft Palate you really got my attention. I have always heard and known that the vocal chords and diaphragm play a key role but not once have I heard of the soft palate playing a role. Thank you for taking the time to teach and instruct. I will be looking into your services once I find a song that matches my particular range that I enjoy singing.

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