RowboCaup Posted November 30, 2014 Share Posted November 30, 2014 So my previous voice teacher was big on raising the upper lip to show the front teeth, particularly in and above the passaggio. I found that this helps me tremendously to keep the voice resonating freely. Even on low notes, if the voice isn't buzzing on the roof of my mouth the way it usually does, all I have to do is lift up that lip and my voice immediately frees up. When I do this, the voice feels like it is exiting the throat freely/without obstruction. I've noticed several old school opera singers used this technique as well. My current teacher is against anything that has to do with the lips. He tells me to keep them completely relaxed, and also tells me to keep the jaw completely relaxed (to the point that my mouth is barely open). When I keep my jaw so relaxed that my mouth is barely opened, I have trouble producing a bright [a] vowel (it's more of a dark [a]), and I feel like I cannot open my pharynx as much. My questions: 1. What is physiologically going on when I raise my front lip that suddenly frees my voice? It feels like the voice is resonating in a higher/more forward place in my mouth/head (I hate using language like that, but that's what it feels like). 2. Should I keep using the upper lip raise? After I have raised it and the voice falls in place, I don't have to keep it there. I think I can use it as more of a tool to use when I need it rather then completely relying on it. 3. Will keeping my jaw this relaxed continue to hinder my ability to produce a clear bight [a] vowel, and continue to hinder my ability to keep my pharynx completely open? I feel like I didn't have jaw tension to begin with, and that this is slowing down (almost reversing) my progress. 4. Is opening the mouth (dropping/pulling back the jaw) necessary in order to open the pharyngeal space? Thank you, looking forward to your responses. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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