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How to do the “Pharyngeal” Voice H ey there, singers! Have you heard the term “pharyngeal voice” before? If you’ve watched American Idol or The Voice, maybe you have. It is the “witchy” voice, the “twangy voice,” the “belt-y” voice. Think Aretha Franklin, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, Heart singer Ann Wilson. This type of sound used to sound “like cats singing,” to classically trained singers. Then came Robert Plant and lots of other rock singers, and it was obvious that they had managed to make a sound that normal voice lessons didn’t cover. Flash forward to all the singing competitions on TV and the Broadway shows popular now, and you see that you cannot sing current songs unless you know how to do a pharyngeal voice. By Jill Jaxx you with the HUGE sound and bril-liance. Another way to practice this is with the Metallic Beeps, Quick Fix #2 which I show you how to do on my DVD, “Learn to Sing Better Fast.” (Available at my website www. learntosingbetterfast.com). These are produced with a lot of air pres-sure behind the lips, which explode out when you make the “beep.” The sound can be made up and down the scale, and is metallic in quality, not “singy.” Use the beeps on a phrase of a song you find difficult, and then substitute the words. Another good thing to practice would be shifting to right brain here, which I completely endorse if you want to have a break-through with your singing! This can be accomplished by THINKING of the vowel you sing, and how to form it, instead of the word. The right brain is in charge of this, and you will be surprised at how that can improve your singing immediately. There is lots of controversy about how the vocal folds (cords) work in a pharyngeal voice (or twang). Most of the well-known coaches today advocate that there is vocal cord “damping,” where the back two-thirds of the cords are not vi-brating. According to a new study, this doesn’t happen, however. What happens is the throat space, “pharyn-geal” space, changes. The air flow becomes LESS, and the throat space becomes smaller. This is exactly the opposite of what a singer might sup-pose happens when those big, giant, Another way to practice the pharyn-seamless high notes come out of your geal voice (Quick Fix #3) is to feel favorite singer. your tongue in the correct position: fat, high in the middle, and with the One way of practicing this is Quick sides touching your upper molars. Fix #1 , the Siamese Cat Exercise. The tip of the tongue can be tensed I have demonstrated this on my forward, pushing against your bot-YouTube channel, jilljaxxteaches . tom teeth. Try singing the chorus The video is called “Babette the of “Hopelessly Devoted to You” if Cat Teaches Belting.” In the video, you’re a girl, and “Brown-Eyed Girl” I show you how to actually imitate or any Train song if you’re a guy. a cat yowling, or meowing, and Know that the sound you’re going use your claws when you do it! to make will sound bright, ugly, and Seriously! This is a great sound to arguably ugly. Don’t worry, you’re practice all your vowels on, and to on the right track. And get your claws experience the pharyngeal sound. Go going, it’ll make the pharyngeal up the scale with this, it will amaze voice so much easier! KARAOKE SCENE -Visit us on the web at www.karaokescene.com Golden Achievement Award 2006 So. L.A. Venue of the Year urn to Your T All Singers Welcome! Sing... We have alot of fun! ♪ ♪ 8pm-2am NITELY!!! Sun 4pm-2am ♪ KARAOKE ♪ New Songs Monthly•Dancing•Pool•Darts•Game s Feb / Mar 2012  9216 Alondra Bl. Bellflower 562-866-9935

How to do the “Pharyngeal” Voice

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