Brett and his associates don’t talk much about your mouth or your soft palate, but take a look at him here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx-BpQFbLrg
Do you see his teeth and the wide smile? I love this! This is exactly the placement for singing high notes, regardless of the style (unless you are singing opera or classical). This wide smile and lifted upper mouth allows the vowels to resonate cleanly and nicely in the head voice.
Also, note the sob (moan), and “cry” to his voice. This is essential for good vocal cord closure.
Try it! Don’t sing too loud. Just allow those high notes to blend with the low ones, and VOILA!
An easy way to find your mix is when you moan. Yes, really exaggerate that whiny moan. Notice this makes you sing less loud……….that’s a good thing.
Can you get through your bridge now? Did it make those high notes feel easier? It should because you are tilting your thyroid cartilage.
If it’s not helping much, then take the volume even lower and engage the muscles in the upper part of your abdomen. Do not flip into falcetto. Control that feeling without tensing your throat……….voila, MIX!!
This amazing little coordination can do wonders for your voice. You will notice that if your habit is to sing too loud, it will automatically take you back to a volume where you can manage this sensation. What sensation you say? The sensation of a cry…..or a moan…..or a sob……or all three!
First, the “cry” is doing something very helpful to the vocal folds by “thinning” and “stretching” them. It is helpful to be able to control your air through this vocal cord set up because you helps you sing higher pitches without flipping into falcetto. You can also get this sensation by doing a high pitch puppy dog whimper.
Second, add the “moan” or “groan” sensation with the “cry” and you get the added benefit of keeping a neutral larynx. Sometimes the “cry” sound makes you raise your larynx too much, which can block the sound and create tension and tightness in the throat. This is not ideal. Instead, try an even balance of the “cry” with a “moan” or “sob” feeling. This is a great way to learn how to sing higher in your mix. Don’t push it. Feel the balance and practise at a volume that you can manage through your entire range.
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