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Speech Level Singing Technique

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If you want to learn how to sing better, the speech level singing technique is by far the most effective method of singing we’ve found.  In fact, the several years of lessons we took were based on this method and much of what we’ll talk about on this site has been influenced by it.

So what exactly is the speech level singing technique?

In essence, speech level singing is based on keeping the larynx (also known as the voice box) in a comfortable, stable position throughout the vocal range.  For example, if you gently place your fingers on the outside of your Adam’s apple or observe it in a mirror, you will notice that it stays relatively stable while speaking in a normal voice. However, when you either yawn or swallow, it will lower or rise respectively.

When singing (without proper technique), there can be a tendency for the larynx to rise (like when swallowing) that causes the muscles outside of the larynx to restrict the movement of the vocal cords.  This can ultimately lead to poor sound, straining, and even the inability to hit certain notes.

The technique addresses the “moving” larynx problem, teaches a natural method of breathing while singing, and yields (with practice, of course) a flexible, strain-free voice.

Speech Level Singing was developed by Seth Riggs (see Singing For The Stars) and has been claimed to have been used by more than 120 Grammy winners (source: Speech Level Singing International).

Voice lessons with a Certified Speech Level Singing teacher are extremely beneficial (we know, we’ve had some); however, there are plenty of resources, books, and programs that are, in our opinion, based on this technique and can provide great benefit for much less than traditional lessons.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick July 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Is there a slight soft air pressure right under the chin when singing to keep the cords down when reaching high notes or low?

NO teacher! Just 15 year of studying Singing for the Stars book and cds

cheska01 January 2, 2011 at 12:55 am

very helpful! Gna try this!

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