Reach Higher Notes With Less Tongue Tension

Reach Higher Notes With Less Tongue Tension
When your tongue becomes tight and tense – it will decrease your resonance and range.

Just try these simple exercises for “unwinding” tongue root tension – just watch this video and try it yourself:

Caz Jones is a singer currently at London’s Academy of Contemporary Music.


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What a unique and interesting tone. Yet, you seems to lack power, particularly in the upper register. I would suggest you try some more “twang” based exercises to allow greater connection of the vocal cords in beyond your first passaggio. Singing the melody on more aggressive sounds like a nasal “nay” or adding a cry presence to a “muhm” sound will give you a greater sensation of this.

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  • Rey David Maldonado

    Great exercise Thanks!

  • Dede de Vries

    Comments disappeared ?
    A few days ago, a comment was here which had lots of questions about Jono ‘ s method.
    Dear ‘ admin’ , has it been removed by you ?

    Dede de Vries

  • Editor

    Hi – nope nothing removed :-) we love questions and plurality. You may be thinking of another video?

  • Dede de Vries

    Indeed, it was the vc magazine of october 8th.
    There is an interesting comment on Jono’s method of teaching.
    What is the reaction of VoiceCouncil Magazine ?

    Dede de Vries

  • Editor

    Hi Dede – (i) we think that Jono is just an awesome coach. I think our readers will see this from all of his work – and the posts yet to come (ii) as to the specific comment you refer to, there was a lack of clarity in the criticism and we’ll invite those with technique know-how to comment. So, watch this space. All best wishes.