Online Singing Lesson: Improving Tone And Power By Releasing Your Jaw
Hi. Ian Castle here! Welcome to your Free Weekly Singing Lesson.
I know it’s been a while since I uploaded one of these videos but sometimes I have to step away from the camera and focus on other areas of my life!
This week I want to focus on vocal tone and power and how your jaw plays a major role in both these areas.
I’ve chosen this topic because it is something that I have been noticing a lot with my private students lately.
Your jaw needs to be relaxed and tension free to allow your voice to function properly. A lot of singers hold tension in their jaw and aren’t even aware of it.
Watch yourself in a mirror when you sing. Does your jaw move or is it stuck in one position? If you can see your bottom row of teeth this is a sure sign that you are holding tension.
I’m going to demonstrate the difference in both tone quality and power when I sing with a locked jaw and a released jaw.
When you watch the video demonstration above notice that my tone was very pressed and quite nasal when singing with a locked jaw. It makes sense. If there isn’t enough space for your sound to escape through your mouth then some sound will be forced to your nasal area.
Watch and listen as I sing the same phrase with a released jaw.
Can you hear the tone quality improve? What about the clarity of my words?
Next I want to show you how dropping your jaw will increase the power of your voice. I will sing a big note with both a locked jaw and a released jaw to show you the difference. Please refer to the video for the demonstrations.
I can tell you the second one felt so much easier.
A lot of singers confuse dropping their jaw with widening their jaw.
Watch the demonstrations in the video above to see the difference between the two.
Widening your jaw and mouth will create tension both in your jaw and your neck. Dropping your jaw actually reduces tension in your neck and helps to keep your larynx low.
A great exercise to develop this dropped position is YA.
I’m going to show you how it should look and sound so make sure you watch the video above.
I’m going to provide you with an mp3 of this exercise that you can use to practice with. I’m going to do this with a lot of my video lessons now so that you can create a compilation of mp3 exercises to improve your singing.
That’s it for this weeks lesson. Download the mp3 below to get your mp3 collection started. I’ll be back next week with another lesson and mp3.
An Mp3 exercise for releasing tension in your jaw.
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