When singing, it is desirable to have a consistent tone and texture to your voice that is maintained throughout your range. The most effective way to do this is to make sure you larynx maintains in a relaxed position throughout your range. In most cases people tend to raise or descend the larynx as they reach the extremes of their range resulting in cracks between the registers, and pain in the throat. Before we get into your own larynx, we shall quickly have a crash course in where its found and its function.
What is the larynx and what does it do?
The larynx has numerous functions, but for our purpose we shall be focusing on how it creates sound, and it is situated at the part of the throat where you would see the "Adams apple" on a male. It manages to produces different pitches by varying the size of aperture that the vocal chords create for the air, from the lungs, to travel through. If it contracts the chords, it pulls them closer together, thus creating a smaller area for the air to pass through. This results in the chords vibrating faster and producing a higher frequency and a higher pitch. Oppositely it can loosen the chords, creating more space for air to pass through, which would create a a lower frequency and a lower pitch.
How to find out if your larynx positioning is correct:
- Put your hand on your larynx- you should be able to feel it descend when you swallow.
- Now sing a note that is comfortable. Hopefully you should feel that the larynx has not moved.
- Still with your hand on your larynx sing a note that is near the top of your range, and then one at the lower end of your range. If your larynx raises or descends then the positioning when singing is incorrect.
What to do to if the position of my laryn is incorrect when I sing:
To combat this problem and achieve a relaxed larynx throughout your range an important tip is to lower the volume of your voice when you sing, thus taking out all the tension and weight to your voice. Now, not only should this keep your larynx neutral but it should also allow you to sing through your range without cracking.
The most important point to remember from this article is that it takes singers years to learn how to maintain a relaxed larynx while singing, but in understanding the importance of it and its positioning you are on the right track to a healthier and more versatile voice.