Sleeper256 Posted December 15, 2014 Share Posted December 15, 2014 I'll try to keep this nice and short. Okay so I've been trying to raise the soft palate which seems to be the biggest thing that my teachers focused on right now. The hardest thing is I can barely feel what I'm doing but I can look at it and analyze from there. Try to memorize any feelings. So I tried looking in a mirror with a flashlight and going "ah" on different pitches and what I noticed is the back part of my throat which has the uvula (and a little bit of the roof in front of the uvula) lifts up and kind of turns towards you, leaving more room at the top of the throat. So if I'm not mistaken this is the soft palate and it's already lifting pretty much every time I sing. It raises up, and the uvula does its vibrating thing, and the tongue stays at the bottom of the mouth relaxed (only because this is Ah) There seems to be a nice space back there until around G4 and higher. Then, with each semitone, the two walls of my throat start to move and get closer and closer to each other. They never touch though. Just yesterday I discovered a technique that involves acting like you're biting into an apple, really tensing and locking the jaw and nose wide, to divert tension from the throat, and that seems to be helping, but is there more I could be doing? My teacher says that to smile while singing, works on most people to find the soft palate control, but for me it seems to happen more when I pucker and make an O shape, so she recommends that. I think this "bite apple" wide lock jaw is a happy medium. Also, am I supposed to ever hit the point where the larynx does not move no matter how high you go? Right now I think this bite apple thing provides the least movement, but that MIGHT also be because my jaw is so close to it that the height of my throat shrinks and it's already high. Also here's the video I picked it up from '> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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