If you haven’t heard about the Institute for Vocal Advancement, then check out their website here http://www.vocaladvancement.com/
This organization is run by a group of fine teachers, mostly of whom are previous master teachers from the Speech Level Singing organization run by Seth Riggs.
I believe this organization has much to offer both students and teachers. It is the same sound instruction that SLS offers by a group dedicated to staying in touch with the latest developments in vocal science.
I have quoted a section about technique from their website below. It is well said, and explains to singers exactly why we need to exercise our voice regularly and correctly.
Why is Technique So Important:Singers don’t have frets like guitar players, or keys like piano players. We don’t have a volume knob. In order for us singers to change pitch and volume we have to rely on finding and maintaining vocal balance. Problems start when that balance goes out of whack. Unbalanced vocal qualities like singing too airy, too husky, too tight, too squeezed, or too pushed, can contribute to throwing your voice out of balance.
There is a lot of information out there about the ideal position of the larynx for singing.
This post is to help shed some light on the “variables” associated with your larynx.
SLS (speech level singing) teaches you that the larynx should remain “stable” or “neutral”.
I’m not a big fan of this description, although I understand why it is described that way. Let me explain.
It is typical for an amateur singer to “reach” for high notes. The sensation of reaching for high notes is a choking or tight feeling in the throat. Basically what is happening here, is the larynx is going too high, and the muscles in the larynx are “gripping”. In these cases, the larynx is nottilting, and the false cords are engaging causing a tight or squeezed sound.
Singers who mix well in their high register are doing so because the laryngeal muscles are able to stretch and thin the vocal cords while the larynx is tilted. A good example of laryngeal tilt is the resonating sound of the puppy dog whimper, or nay, nay, nay in a high mixed voice. You will notice a buzzy, resonating sensation on your upper palate and high up in the back of your mouth. Some people describe it as a nasty or brassy sound.
When a singer is mixing well, the larynx is agile and flexible. The larynx will naturally tilt forward and rise slightly when ascending in pitch, and the larynx will naturally fall back into a more neutral position when descending in pitch.