Can Singing Really Feel Easy?
My favorite moments as a voice teacher are when a student stops and says something like, “uh, that didn’t feel like my voice. It was…easy!”
This is music to my ears!!! Contrary to what many think and what’s sometimes portrayed on TV, singing doesn’t need to involve a lot of physical effort.
I see students with tension in the throat and larynx as a result of their belief that they must make the sound “happen.”
Believe it or not, the throat, larynx, and vocal cords are all in a mostly passive state during singing. The air is moving through the vocal cords, and the neck is NOT responsible for initiating the sound by acting on the larynx. The throat should stay open and the larynx neutral.
It takes mostly mental (not physical) effort to achieve this, and after A LOT of practice it can become second nature.
It’s not about doing, but inhibiting.
Inhibit your instinct to control the sound and the voice can become truly free.
The voice doesn’t need controlling, it needs “letting out.” Sometimes it’s scary to just let the voice fly, but it is so freeing!
PRACTICE TIP: warm up your voice on a hum, ooh, or using a singing straw (more info to come on that soon) and focus just on keeping your throat relaxed and open and your larynx neutral.