Vocal Course Lesson 4

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The Pharynx

Your pharynx is the area above your larynx, behind the nose and under the eyes that acts as the resonator for your head voice. Singers who can sing high and hold notes for a long time generally have control of their pharynx. If you have trouble running out of breath, and have high notes that sound unfocused and breathy, this lesson will be important for you.


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How to Activate Your Pharynx

• Control Nasality: Don’t allow too much air into your nose
• Wake up your face: Move your eyebrows, jaw, and cheek muscles
• Find the ring sound, and practice using it with your head voice.

Your Pharynx is the resonator for your head voice. So the key to having a strong head voice is to learn to activate your pharynx. The sound that you get when your pharynx is active is called ring. It will be an essential part your head voice and chest voice blend, and will blend seamlessly with your chest voice once you find the Balance Point.


Practice Routine

Practice Time : 7 days, 15 minutes a day or more if you’re motivated!

Work with Scale 5 and Scale 6 with these new sounds

• Beep Beep
• Doot Doot
• Koo Koo

Work on keeping your face moving and check your nose for nasality

Scale 5

Scale 5


Scale 6

Scale 6


Sing Scale 6 and these sounds

• Hee Hee
• Hoo Hoo
• Guh Guh


Scale 6

Scale 6


Some other pointers to activate your pharynx and find ring:

• Keep loose in your neck and shoulders
• Keep your mouth open wide
• Breathe in stomach out
• Yawn your larynx down

Keep working on Song 2 and see if you can find ring on the high notes