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Welcome to the ‘real’ Bat Cave. All of a sudden we didn’t have electricity – so this is what happens! It’s pitch black in the Bat Cave (our vocal studio at Life Academy) and I gotta use¬†candles instead of lights and the guitar instead of the keyboard. Which means I had to all of sudden, cut all my fingernails on my left hand short, nails of which I’ve been trying to grow out to have that perfect manicure :_(

Thankfully the air conditioner was still working, and since my student was already on her way (I had about 5 minutes to record this video), my team help set up our class somewhere else – somewhere a little sunnier with my guitar in place. That sure beats having a lesson in pure darkness and candles ūüėČ

Now in my last vlog, I addressed the question, “Will vocal training make me sing like an opera singer?” and promised to share more vocal tips on how to sound less (or more) like an opera singer the next. So, here it is!

The key to that ‘back-sounding’ voice that you find in classical or operatic singing is the position of your larynx. So depending on whether you want more or less of an operatic sound, you need to watch the position of your larynx (your voice box or your Adam’s apple).

Whenever the larynx is lowered, the sound of our voices, or our singing, can sound more classical or operatic as the sound of the voice shifts backwards in our head (feel more like it’s sitting at the back of our mouths). So if you’d like to sound more operatic, you can lower your larynx as you sing. And likewise, if you want to sound less operatic, just keep your larynx in a neutral position as you sing.

If you don’t know where to start and have no idea how to control the position of your larynx, try some of these ways¬†to get a feel of what it’s like to lower your larynx:

  1. Lower the back of your tongue and pull it backwards (towards your throat, rather than towards the front of your mouth)
  2. Swallow
  3. Sniff ‘roses’

*Watch the video to get a better idea of do all the above, and remember, place your hand on your larynx (gently) so you can feel your larynx lowering as you try those steps.

Once you’ve gotten a feel of that, you’ll have a better idea on how to be aware of and control the position of your larynx. Then, you will be able to¬†lower it more if you want to sound more operatic, and keep it neutral if you want to sound less operatic while singing.

However, when going through vocal breaks (when you feel like your voice wants to crack as you sing higher in your vocal range), you can lower your larynx just a little bit to help you get through the vocal break without cracking. Lowering the larynx is one of the ways to keeping your voice ‘connected’ or developing your vocal mix – but we’ll talk about that another day ūüėČ

Any questions? Post them below! Or if you have another vocal question you’d like answered in my next Vlog, just post it below.

 

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How to sound more or less operatic when singing (Vlog)