Low Larynx Singing

The larynx (or voice box) sits on top of the windpipe. It contains two vocal folds that open during breathing, and then close during voice production. The idea is to keep the larynx in a naturally, comfortably low position while singing, particularly on high notes.

Ideally, singers achieve a “yawning position” – which means that the larynx is being pulled down flexibly by both the muscles attached in the front and in the back. When we yawn, we are relaxed and usually, sleepy. When we sing, we want to approach pitches with the same relaxed, low feeling.

When we sing high, we should think low. Thinking low really does help to keep the larynx stable. In addition, proper breath support helps to stabilize a rising larynx. But because low-larynx singing doesn't come easy for the majority of singers, a student must reorient the muscles through consistent repetition of helpful vocal exercises, performed correctly.

A voice teacher must guide the student in turning OFF the wrong muscles and turning ON the right ones. My vocalise are designed to slowly train the larynx to stabilize, and then eventually, to lower, throughout all ranges of the voice. I carefully guide my students, step-by-step, in making sure the exercises are performed correctly. Together, we seek to improve the singer's skillset, accuracy and ease while slowly mastering his/her technique.

Low-larynx singing allows us to gain control of our voice - creating a rich, deep tone. Singers that sing with a low larynx (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Beyonce) produce a noticeably richer, darker tone. A rising larynx produces a pinched, nasal, strained sound - the opposite of what most singers desire.


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