Physiology: How various parts of the body work in relation to singing

  • Diaphragm

    The primary muscle used in breathing is called the diaphragm. For more information, please see

    Diaphragm

  • Intercostals

    Located between the ribs themselves, there are two layers of muscles called the Intercostals. For more information, please see

    Intercostals

  • Abdominals

    There are several layers of abdominal muscles which have various functions related to posture and movement. For more information, please see

    Abdominals

  • Vocal Cords

    When we speak or sing the vocal cords are small muscles that have the refined, unique and delicate task of vibrating. For more information, please see the

    Vocal Cords

  • Epithelium

    The vocal cords are covered by a mucus membrane which is called the Epithelium. For more information, please see

    Epithelium

  • Larynx

    The larynx functions best when given a freedom of movement and left to do its job without adding unnecessary stress. For more information, please see

    Larynx

  • Pharynx

    The pharynx is the most important resonating chamber of the voice because of its proximity to the cords and its height. For more information, please see

    Pharynx

  • Nasopharynx

    The nasopharynx is another important resonating chamber which helps color the sound of your voice. For more information, please see

    Nasopharynx

  • Nasal Cavities & Sinuses

    The nasal passages are important resonating chambers which help colour the sound of your voice. For more information, please see

    Nasal Cavities & Sinuses

  • Soft Palate

    The soft palate, as the name suggests, is made of soft tissue. It has an important job to do in coloring your sound. For more information, please see

    Soft Palate

  • Tongue

    The tongue is the most complex muscle of the body. It shapes your vowels and is responsible for the direction of airflow in the mouth. For more information, please see

    Tongue

  • Lips

    The lips are also involved in forming certain vowels. Lips that are too closed will ‘swallow’ your sound. For more information, please see

    Lips

  • Jaw

    The jaw moves like a swing, rotating from its upper-most point like a pendulum or a hinge. For more information, please see

    Jaw

  • Neck

    The neck has several functions in singing. Not only does it house the larynx, where the vocal chords are located, it is an important resonating chamber. For more information, please see

    Neck

  • Posture

    Posture is such an important subject in singing because it affects everything you do as a singer. For more information, please see

    Posture

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