Today’s session:

  • ​Head Placement
    • ​Horizontal axis
    • ​Vertical axis

​Students: My apologies for the odd layout of this page. Upon upgrading our theme, the layout of curriculum pages have gone out of proportion. I may have to redo each and every page. 

Most of us carry a great deal of stress and tension in our necks, between our shoulder blades, and the back of the head. This tension translates to voice tension . Without exception.

 When you learn to slowly unlock the primary resting points of the vocal core, you may find your every day tension also begins to fall away.

​You have learned the proper horizontal placement of you head. This has changed how your head sits atop your neck, and has initiated a cascading series of changes in your neck, head and upper body.

​Vertical Axis

The fluid, up and rotation of your head and neck unlocks subtle and important spaces for your breath and voice.

The up and down rotation of your head is another release motion for your upper body and vocal core. Notice the maze of muscles between the​ back of your head and ​ shoulder blades. When you move your head and neck, this whole area is also affected.  

​When your head, neck and back are unlocked, they can swell to accomodate greater air capacity. What you may have previously thought was a problem with your "Voice" can actually be a loss of flexibility in this region. With these distinct head directions, you will unlock more spaces in your resonating body!

​Exercise: Head Vertical Axis

Exercise: ​​Unlock ​head and neck tension

With each degree of this aligned rotation, you release deep improper neck and head alignments. For this reason, move slowly in the following exercise until you can move your head in a long, unbroken, fluid motion.


​​​Step ​1: Place your fingers where your ear lobes meet your head. Imagine there is a horizontal line between your fingers.


​​​Step ​2: Rotate your head upwards to look at the sky.


​Step 3: Rotate your head downwards using the horizontal line between your fingers as the fulcrum or axis point..

​Step 4: Notice what happens in the area between the two blue lines. Focus on the small sensations in the neck, back of the head and upper back.

​With each degree of this aligned rotation, you release deep improper neck, head and chest​ alignments. For this reason, move slowly in the following exercise until you can move your head in a long, unbroken, fluid motion.


Do NOT ​pull your ​ head forward ​


​​Correct (Up)​

Look upwards without moving head and neck forwards


​Incorrect: ​Head and neck jut forward then upwards.

​​​​Correct (Down): Look ​down without moving head and neck forwards

​​​Incorrect: ​Head moves forward and downwards


Notice

  • Do you feel your neck lengthen?
  • What happens in your upper back? Do you feel how the downward head rotation pulls upward behind your shoulder blades?
  • Are your shoulders engaging, trying to help you move your head?
  •  Is your jaw clenched? 

  • Are you clenching your lips or closing your larynx?

What to do when you find a kink or twitch?

  • Using the under ear place as your point of reference, roll your head upwards and down until you can perform a fluid motion in each direction.
  • Discover the new range of motion of up and down rotation of the head.
  • All parts of the vocal core remain in neutral position.
  • Work out the kinks, wiggles and twitches until you can perform a smooth rotation in both directions. Up and Down without engaging the rested points of the vocal core.

​Remember: Proper head and neck placement opens your vocal core and increases breathing capacity. ​

  • ​Using the under ear place as your point of reference, roll your head upwards and down until you can perform a fluid motion in each direction.
  • Discover the new range of motion of up and down rotation of the head.
  • All parts of the vocal core remain in neutral position.
  • Work out the kinks, wiggles and twitches until you can perform a smooth rotation in both directions. Up and Down without engaging the rested points of the vocal core.

​Vocabulary

  • ​- Head  vertical axis. The up and down rotation of the head. Use the under ear horizontal line as a fulcrum and do not pull the head forward when you move.
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