Everything Back And Swallowed

An unhealthy sensation is when everything is back and swallowed.  Everything is not “back” just as everything is not forward. When we sing lower we feel as if we are in front with more cordal vibration, not back with less cordal vibration.  But, yes, as we ascend the scale there is a feel of moving or stepping back and up, not just back, and certainly not swallowed.  There is also a feel, as we go into the second floor of the voice, of turning over at a certain point both in the range and in vocal development.  This feel of turning is what some might call closing the tone or covering with the student trying to do something overt. However, a true “turn” is a happening accomplished by the vocal muscles when singing upper pitches that also directs the vowel and breath to change.  This automatic activity – an allowing – gives us the feel of the sound column being both up and down – up into the back of the head and descending into the throat and below. However, the descent is not swallowed. The feel of “swallowed” is when there is an attempt to make this all happen before the muscles are ready to do it naturally.  Back and swallowed is not a fun feeling as this is a premature overt physicalized and forced attempt to accomplish an advanced vocal reality. The premature attempt results in constriction and rigidity.

Allen Rascoe

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Allen Rascoe Allen has been enjoying singing since he was a little kid. He officially studied voice at ECU and USC. However, he ran... Read More