ANATOMY ROCKS - WHY ANATOMY MATTERS!
Understanding anatomy rocks because it matters so much that you'd be so way not cool if you skip it.
Muscles are the key. Without knowing where to relax and where to tense, how do you think sound waves are going to come out of you with power, freedom and expressive beauty, especially if you find yourself having trouble going up or down and don't know what what to do about it?
How will you know where to search inside yourself for the answers if you don't even know what's going on in there?
The answers are about physical muscles, not philosophical or artistic muscles (what are those anyhow?), so get the 411 on anatomy and muscles before you get frustrated or discouraged.
I know, I know. Who wants to think about anatomy, right? How can a scientific approach help? I just open my mouth and the best sound in the world just comes out naturally, right?
Don't I wish!
That's not to say that it doesn't happen that way for some people, but even those fortunate few always benefit from knowing about the muscles they're using to get such wonderful sounds.
Why Know Your Muscles?
The answer is simple: producing good resonant sound waves requires a fine balance between muscle tension and muscle relaxtion of the tongue, cheeks, jaw, mouth, lips and everything other muscle that has a direct or indirect pull on the larynx and pharynx or throat.
If there's undo tension in one, the others are negatively affected. If one is too relaxed, the others try to make up the difference and throw off the balance.
And that's precisely why it is SO important to not only intellectually know what's going on with the muscles inside you, it's also crucial to know how to visualize them in their right locations so that you can literally feel their movements and know which one's too tight and which one is too loose.
One of my best teachers told me that you have to train like an athlete and she was right, so here are more muscle pictures to help you:
Getting the picture?
Good, now get these pictures in your head and then find them by feeling what they're doing on the inside of you and start relaxing what's tensing up too much and tightening what's too loose. You'll know what's right by whether or not you can feel resonance, those secondary vibrations in your head.
Joy Sikorski - January 31, 2007 (all photos used in this article are in the public domain and published online at Bartleby.com)