How to Sing Better by Keeping Tension out of the Larynx

Author: Danni Da Ros
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Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach
Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach

Danni is one of Sydney’s most sought out & versatile singers as well as a very popular vocal coach. She has received a Bachelor of Music with honours from the Australian Institute of Music and has studied in L.A with Seth Riggs, vocal coach to the stars.

She has been a part of the famous TV show "The Voice" as well as the number one rated singing show "Rocket Pocket Diva" in Australia and she's performed in the U.S, Dubai, Qatar and Singapore as a soloist and was the featured singer for Qatars Olympic bid in 2007.

As a vocal coach covering all styles of music, from jazz to rock, Danni knows how to get the best out of every student and truly nurtures their talent. 

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L E A R N  M O R E

One very useful method to improve your singing ability is to have your larynx free from tension. The larynx, also known as the voice box, appears like a tiny box that houses the vocal cords. It is mostly made of cartilage and is supported and surrounded by muscles.

The larynx plays a significant part in the tones you produce while you are singing.

A sound is produced through the following steps:

 You decide (tell the brain) you want to sing

 The brain prepares the vocal cords

 The vocal folds begins to close up

 Air gets passed up from the lungs

 The air gets pushed against the vocal folds causing them to vibrate

If you see an image of the larynx, you will see that the trachea extends up to the vocal cords inside the larynx and just above it is a flap called the epiglottis. The air that gets passed up from the lungs and makes the vocal folds vibrate is known as the subglottic pressure.

Place your finger at the bottom of your throat and you will feel your larynx. When you yawn, it moves down and goes up when you swallow. When the larynx is in a low placement, it means that the throat is open. When this is the case, the air flow is unlimited and this allows you to produce solid and rich sounding tones.

Producing the Best Tones

Both the subglottic pressure and the placement of the larynx can greatly influence your singing ability. To improve your singing, you will have to learn how to properly work with the air flow that passes through the vocal cords and whilst doing that try to maintain the placement of your larynx which is either lower or the central position.

When the larynx gets tight, there is a possibility that the vocal flaps will completely shut while the subglottic pressure is being produced. With this occurrence, the flaps will split open when the pressure rises to a certain level. This might produce a strange clicking sound, prior to creating a tone. This is known as the glottal attack.

When you start singing, the first tone produced by the vibration of the vocal folds is referred to as the attack. The name is a little harsh considering that you don’t want pressure to attack your vocal cords, instead you wish for air to flow easily.

In order to create the best tone, try to remember the following:

Frequent glottal attacks can injure the vocal cords

Bad posture can cause improper closure of the vocal cords permitting air to escape

A larynx in an upward position will let out a nasal sounding tone

When the muscles surrounding the larynx are tense, it may result to improper functioning of the vocal cords which      can further create a poor tone

If there is excessive amount of air passing through the vocal cords, the singer will sound breathy

Keeping Control

We don’t commonly consider our vocal cords as something we can be in control of, but its capability of opening and closing properly can be changed by even something simple as positioning of the head. This is just one of the many reasons why you should maintain a good posture.

When the muscles surrounding the larynx tighten, the vocal cords will also tighten. So, to prevent this, you must try to keep your larynx in a low position by holding your head up in such a way that your neck is in line with your spine. Also, try to relax your jaw.

Trying to become a great singer is more than just forming notes. Excellent singers know how the larynx and other body parts work in an organized and harmonious manner.

Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach
Danni Da Ros - Professional Vocal Coach

As the former Head of Singing for Brent Street Studios, Danni knows how to get the best out of every student and truly nurtures their talent. 


To find out more about Danni's Vocal Coaching Services click the button below: