Why You Should Not Use
OPEN THROAT TECHNIQUE WHEN SINGING ROCK
Open Throat Technique is everywhere.
There’s thousands of videos on YouTube talking about it.
There’s whole methods and pedagogy based around Open Throat.
It really does seem like singing WIDE OPEN is truly the key to great singing, right?
I’m here to tell you WHY you need to stop opening your throat when you sing – right now.
What Open Throat Singing Technique Really Means
We’ve all been there.
Straining and yelling, struggling and barking to hit high notes.
It really does FEEL like your throat is closing when you’re straining, right?
So It makes sense to try and wrench your throat open like you’re inhaling a whole watermelon and singing through a space wide open like a subway tunnel.
But the truth is, that’s really not what Open Throat Technique really means.
La Gola Aperta – aka “The Open Throat” really refers to a specific classical methodology where you sing vowel sounds in a certain way while supporting your voice diaphragmatically aka “Appoggio” to achieve a broad Operatic character in your singing with ease.
Ultimately, it should be translated something more along the lines of “The Strain Free Throat” rather than “Open Throat”.
Because great singing is all about vibration and resonance, not about wrenching your voice in some weird magical way to open your throat like a secret doorway to the magical garden of singing delight.
In essence, Open Throat technique really requires you to close, narrow and tighten many aspects of your vocal tract and singing mechanism to achieve true openness in your tone.
So the only “open” aspect of your voice in a literal sense is the soft palate raising up into the pharynx to create resonant space for your vowel overtones in the higher range – coincidentally closing the velar port in the same motion (yep, more CLOSURE for open throat technique).
The idea that you open your throat as wide as possible, open your mouth as much as humanly possible and even force the tongue down like you’ve got a medical depressor shoved in your mouth is just marketing claptrap to make you feel like you “don’t have it” – because what you’re being told really ISN’T “it” at all, so you ultimately have to invest in the open throat approach to get the true key to singing open; which in fact is largely singing closed.
Clear as mud?
Of course not – because that’s how marketing works.
Introduce someone to a wild concept they can’t possible achieve, get them whipped up into a frenzy about just how important it is and how they don’t currently have it – then sell it to ’em.
I’ve seen this in action on YouTube more than just a few times.
Let’s say I make up a term – like “Purple Compression”.
No, Purple Compression is NOT a real thing – I just made it up.
Now, if I went on every single Chris Cornell, Stone Temple Pilots and Adele video in the world and had a bunch of my team members comment that “Chris Cornell uses Purple Compression to sing that high” and “Oh, I love how Scott Weiland is so great at Purple Compression” and “Adele is a master of Purple Compression” and then I started doing coaching videos where I drop the term “Purple Compression” repeatedly in a casual manner.
Do you know what most people will end up doing after seeing all those comments and all those coaching videos that casually insert “Purple Compression” into their brains and minds?
They’re going to google “How To Sing With Purple Compression”.
And BAM – I’m the only guy selling it in my course.
This exact process is exactly how I myself wasted over $15,000 on singing lessons, courses and methods that were largely just marketing and sales wizardry like the humorous, but slightly scary example I gave you above.
And sadly, Open Throat Technique has really become one of those marketing hooks that reel you in with salivatory promises, secrets and claims to be “the best” and “better than everyone” – when in fact, you’re just going to be told yet again to support your voice and practice lip trills endlessly; making little progress other than burning a hole in your wallet.
Trust me, I’ve been at this for over 20 years – and have over a decade of professional voice coaching experience under my belt:
Great singing requires CLOSURE and NARROW vowels – not OPENNESS and WIDE vowels.
Let me show you a far easier way to sing high notes without shoving tongue depressors in your mouth and yawning like an insomniac:
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