Too Floppy & Let Go OR Too Rigid & Held

Unhealthy sensations would be either floppy and let go or rigid and held. Both of these feels refer to muscular tension and development.  

Of course, the vocal muscles need to have some kind of tension like a piano or guitar string, or there would be no sound created.  Also, the muscles have to be toned and of sufficient strength.

Floppy and let go means there is too little tension for the pitch and the muscles lack strength.  We are not be able to sing the pitch accurately.  We would then have the feel that we let go too much and are floppy with not enough muscular activity.

Some results would be:

  1. weak or breathy tone,
  2. sound not able to be sustained, 
  3. the pitch not being accurate, and
  4. tone seemingly lacking energy and life.  

Rigid and held is an unfortunate attempt to gain direct voluntary control of the voice which leads to over-muscularity. If our muscles are over-tightened and we have been trying to create sound by pushing and pressing, then we have the feel of being too rigid and held.  

Some results would be:

  1. harsh and metallic tone,
  2. visible strain in the jaw/neck area,
  3. the pitch not being accurate, and
  4. sustaining difficulties due to inhibition of free vibration.
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

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