Develop This Powerful Muscle To
SING HIGH NOTES EASILY
So you’re struggling to sing high notes.
You’ve been straining.
Maybe you’ve even been going hoarse.
You’ve tried taking chest voice as high as possible, but it sounds awful, hurts and just doesn’t seem like a sustainable way to sing.
You’ve tried singing in falsetto, but that sucks too.
You might not know it, but there’s a SUPER important muscle intrinsic to singing that you’re neglecting.
Noone is telling you about it.
It’s been asleep for years.
But when you wake this sleeping giant – your vocal range is going to explode.
The Cricothyroid – sometimes called the CT muscle, actually can’t be seen on one of those “camera down the throat” videos you might have seen (endoscopy) that overly scientific vocal approaches use to impress you with just how overly-intellectualised they can make singing seem – while sucking all of the fun and joy out of the whole thing in the process.
After all, Aretha Franklin and Chris Cornell didn’t learn how to sing by watching endoscope videos now did they?
Anyway, what you can see is the effect on the vocal folds the CT muscle has and how this relates to your singing voice.
The CT itself is actually sitting just under the skin. The thyroid cartilage rocks forward on top of the cricoid cartilage when the CT muscle contracts. The effect of this is to “stretch” your vocal folds – which is what you can see in the image below;
If you place your finger gently into the groove of your neck below your larnyx (just above the centre of your collarbones) and attempt to sing a high pitched sound, you’ll feel this groove pinching closed as the CT muscle pulls the cartilage together.
While the Thyroarytenoid (TA) muscle controls pitch in your chest register, the CT muscle provides “tension” by stretching the vocal folds to create the Head and Falsetto registers, and also to change pitch within each of these higher registers.
Now, the true key to unlocking your higher range is actually to balance these two muscles together so that vibration is controlled across the break areas of the voice in a “mixed” coordination, resulting in a balance of resonance from each tonal centre, ie; both chest and head resonance at the same time.
So, next time you’re trying to push chest voice as high as physically possible, going red in the face and tearing your voice to shreds in the process, keep in mind that through the centre of your voice there is actually a shift in vocal fold coordination as the CT muscle starts to take over the bulk of your registration and pitch control. The more you force, the LESS control you’ll have over your high range, and the more you’ll strain your voice with unnecessary tension and force.
THIS SCIENCY STUFF IN A NUTSHELL:
At it’s most simple and practical, there’s really two muscles that you need to develop if you want to sing high notes with ease; the TA for your lower register, and the CT for your higher register – and a balance of the two for mixed voice.
While the common approach is to first develop chest voice as high as it will go, then develop head voice as low as it will go, then hopefully they meet somewhere in the centre where you can ‘hand off’ between the two; I’ve found the key to developing a seriously spectacular voice is actually to immediately develop connection between these two muscle groups as your first priority.
At it’s essence, developing mixed voice in a tonal sense is one of the base four fundamentals of all great singing; The Four Vocal Fundamentals.
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Now that we’ve got those pesky fundamentals under wraps, I want to help you take your singing a step further by giving you a gift.
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Modifying your vowels is the key to extending your range in full voice with no vocal breaks, no flipping to head voice, no weakness and no strain – so it makes sense that most vocal coaches keep this powerful information close to their chest and are quite careful about how and who they share this with.
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