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!
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