A Blog about Vocal Techniques, Tips & Exercises to train your voice to become a better Singer.

The breath

Many singers and speakers experience at times a nervous, uneasy feeling of weakness. The chest falls and sinks together; there is a lack of breath and they feel a great weakness particularly in the region of the stomach. From these symptoms they conclude that a weakness of breath is the cause of the weakness of voice. In fact, this idea is quite generally taught, but it is incorrect. Bad breathing is due to bad speaking or bad singing. If the muscles which stretch the vocal cords are too much relaxed or too weak they cannot close the air passage tightly..
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About the anatomy of the voice and the voice teacher

The physiologists who dissected the human body and left their observations in the libraries of the world, were specialists in the particular branch in which they were specially interested. Hence we have specialists of anatomy of the brain, eyes, ears, throat, etc. They investigated diseases in their special line and anatomical knowledge enabled them to reach the particular disease by means of surgery and the operating table. The throat specialist, for instance, can remove an obstruction from any part of the throat. The physiologist was not especially interested in the voice, whether speaking or singing; he merely saw certain, muscles,..
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At Singing Lessons Online we take pride in....

 ... that we have the medical establishment on our side :) If you look up the Hyo-Glossus muscle in an random medical dictionary or even on Wikipedia, you will find that they always mention that this muscle is important for singing. Below are some links: Wikipedia Brainz.org Webster Dictionary //Singing Lessons Online
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Where is the Hyo-Glossus located?

If you want to feel the action of the Hyo-Glossus you can try the following "gag reflex" trick. Put a finger on your tongue way back in the throat until you start to gag (Don´t worry, just take easy!). The instant you gag you will feel that the tongue is pulled downwards, this is the action of the Hyo-Glossus. Below are some pictures to see where this muscle, or pair of muscles, are located.   The Hyo-Glossus From the front   //Singing Lessons Online
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