Hi I have problems when I go into falsetto, and when I’m singing in general I can’t relax my larynx and it causes damage, I do not want to end this part of my musical career because of damage causing inability please help.-Jason
I understand your frustration. Releasing the larynx isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Let’s see if I can’t help out a bit.
First off, a hike in the larynx is often caused by either singing with too much air pressure, or too much tension in the tongue.
Let’s start with air pressure. First off, we want to make sure that we’re creating a steady flow of air when we’re singing. This means that we don’t have to use more air when we sing higher, nor do we want to use less air. This flies in the face of some of the advice that’s common for singers to get about using more air to sing higher.
Often times, a singer will push more air when they start to ascend in pitch. This can cause unnecessary pressure underneath the cord, and ultimately lead to the larynx rising. One way to prevent this is to create less air pressure with your diaphragm either by inhaling less, or using less push when you’re singing higher. The other thing you can do is allow more air to escape when you’re singing higher. Sometimes I’ll deliberately exhale air before I sing a word that’s high if I can tell I’m going to have too much pressure underneath the cord. This is something you learn to do by feeling.
The other thing that causes the larynx to hike is tension in the tongue. You see, the tongue is a muscle, just like your bicep, and can flex it just like your bicep. What you may not have known though is that your tongue goes down your throat. So when your tongue flexes, it often will pull the larynx up and out of place.
So how do we fix a tense tongue?
Well, it just so happens I’ve already written a little bit about this. You can find out more about how to get rid of tongue tension in this article – How to Rid Yourself of the 2 Most Common Forms of Vocal Tension.
To sum up the part I wanted you to read in this article, we can feel if the tongue is flexed by pressing our finger or thumb under our chin. While you’re singing, you can check for this tension and even massage this area to help you get rid of it (just know you may have to play a bit with the intensity of your sound at first in order to shake it loose).
I hope this helps. Feel free to comment in the area below with any thoughts or further questions.
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor