Tongue Position Techniques To Make You A Better Singer

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You often hear great singers with a hoarse voice when they speak, and it is strange to fathom given the same articulators used for both actions. But did you know that their amazing singing voices are a result of specific tongue positions and techniques that alter their vocals into a melodious serenade? 

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If you think that you possess the talent of singing, but are not confident yet, you need some polishing to reach perfection. One of the ways to do it is by learning specific tongue position techniques. Using the correct tongue technique can either give you a magical sound or make it a complete disaster. First, we will give you a few tips on making your singing better, followed by a few tongue position techniques.

Tips to make you a Better Singer

  • Practice your vowels, AH, OO and EE, which are pure sounds and act as a base for other vowels and consonant sounds. Hence, it is extremely important to get them right. The reason to focus more on vowels instead of consonants is that every vowel is pulled in more as compared to the consonants surrounding it, which is applicable in all words and sounds. If you practice your tongue position to sing vowels, it can improve its sound and give more resonating space.
  • Focus more on air pressure than on airflow. You might know that good resonance comes with proper breathing, which is caused by accurate airflow. Ultimately, resonance leads to better singing.
  • Tension is the last thing you need for good singing. Carrying tension in your shoulders, neck, especially in your jaw and tongue area, can lead to vocal issues, making your voice sound harsh. You can meditate, take a relaxing bath or simply laugh to release all that built-up tension to rejuvenate your singing voice.
  • Keeping your larynx (the position of Adam’s apple) steady while singing can make you sound better regardless of the pitch. It generally occurs while you are speaking and thus should be practiced for singing as well.
  • Your jaw and tongue should be relaxed and loosened up. Keeping them tight will result in stressed words and unclear pronunciation in your singing flow. It is advised to keep them looser while singing than you do while speaking.

Tongue Positions and Exercises

A few exercises and tongue positions can be practiced to twitch it while singing, giving you a naturally melodious sound.

1. Trilling your R’s
Rolling or trilling your R’s can increase airflow which will relax your tongue. This airflow is established by making an ‘FFFF…” sound with a closed mouth and flicking your relaxed tongue at the back. This helps in making the motion and releases extra tension in your tongue. The guide at https://merelymusic.com/ swears by this technique, ensuring it to be an amazing warm-up. An added benefit is that it lowers the larynx and protects it from straining. This is a great technique for articulation as well.

2. Use a Pencil to Eliminate Tongue Retraction
Tongue retraction is when you pull your tongue back in your mouth while you are singing. It results in some croaking sound while you feel it under the chin with your thumb. To solve tongue retraction, hold a pencil horizontally and roll the tip of your tongue around it in an inward motion. Practice by singing the AH vowel while holding the pencil under your tongue. This will slowly keep your tongue from retracting.

3. Neutral Tongue Position
Practicing to keep your tongue in a neutral position, which is when it stays relaxed and in a normal position with the tip touching the front teeth, will give the middle section freedom to move and pronounce the vowels more clearly. It is accompanied by resonance created in the pharynx if you lay your tongue flat to improve the singing quality.

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4. Tongue Twisters for Articulation
Tongue twisters are a fun way to brighten up your mood, release tension, and serve as a great warm-up exercise for your articulators, which are your jaw, tongue, teeth, palate, throat, and lips. These are entirely responsible for how you sound. Exercising your articulators, especially your tongue will result in clearer and crisper words, making you sound better.

Ultimately, practice what you’ve learned! There’s no chance of improvement if you learn tongue positions, techniques, and exercises and not practice them, apart from your daily singing routine. These mentioned exercises will not only help you sing better, but also release all the negative tension piled up. You do not need a particular place or time to practice these. Do them on your way to work, in your car, or even during your shower.

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Tongue Position Techniques To Make You A Better Singer
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You often hear great singers with a hoarse voice when they speak, and it is strange to fathom given the same articulators used for both actions.

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