If you find that your notes are getting ‘stuck’ in your throat or you experience sore throats after singing for a while, or if you find that you lose your voice after singing, then the cause is usually too much vocal tension.

In this video I’ll explain exactly what causes vocal tension and I have two super simple but uber effective exercises for you to work with that will help you sing without straining and remove your vocal tension for good.

Nicola x

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Practice Points

  1. Sing elevator slides with your tongue stuck out. (Stick your tongue RIGHT out! I was being a bit shy with my tongue-sticking-outing in the video)
  2. Then try doing a structured scale or an arpeggio with your tongue stuck out.
  3. Once you’ve done that a few times, move onto the Lip Bubble. Do elevator slides and concentrate on keeping your throat really relaxed.

Did you like this video and try out the exercises? Let me know how you went in the comments below.  

Video Summary

Vocal tension is primarily caused by your tongue being too tight. It is a muscle and all muscles develop muscle memory. If you experience a tight throat or you lose your voice after singing for a while then your tongue has ‘learned’ to be too tight so you need to retrain it.

Two exercises to reducing tongue tightness (and therefore vocal tension) are:

1. Sing your warm ups with your tongue stuck out.

This literally removes the tongue from the singing equation and will help your throat to relax.

2. Do the Lip Bubble.

The lip bubble is like blowing a raspberry with an aaaah tone added to it. You want to see if you can keep the lip bubble going steadily until you run out of breath.

Add these two exercises to your warm up BEFORE you start singing songs to help retrain your tongue to become more relaxed.

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