Today’s session:

  • ​​Isolate and practice ​the four main jaw directions ​
    • ​Forward and Back
    • Down and Up
  • ​​Back expansion

​Jaw relaxation and motion are key to opening the voice. Jaw tension locks up the entire vocal and breathing body.​ Jaw freedom is so important that we focus upon it in our daily practices. These fundamental techniques will save you hours of physical strain. 

​Isolate ​the four jaw directions

We will isolate four discreet directions for your jaw that unlock the vocal core.

Your goal is fluid motion in all directions: down, up, forward and back.

Head and Jaw movement

Your head remains in its aligned horizontal and vertical position while the jaw moves independently. No need to tip the head backwards to open the mouth.  

​Exercises

1 - Jaw forward and back - mouth closed

​With mouth closed, roll your jaw forward and then backwards in a smooth motion.

- Do not also engage your head. Move the jaw ONLY.

- Roll your jaw in either direction and smooth out the jerks.

- Notice how this motion affects the back of your head and the back of the shoulders. 

2 - Jaw down - one finger

​- Begin with jaw in home position where it simply falls downward and creates a small space between your teeth. 

- Slowly allow your jaw to fall downward until you can easily place one finger between your teeth.

- Untie any tension that resists this opening. Simply rest in this open position.

- Do not bite down on your finger.

​- Notice the back of your head. Does it resist this opening?

- Do not tip your head upwards. The jaw moves downward to create the opening.

Jaw forward and back - one finger

​- ​Jaw rolls downward slowly to one finger​ open. 

- Release tension until you can easily maintain the one finger width opening.

- Roll jaw forward as far as you can.

- Reverse the motion and roll jaw backwards as far as you can.

- Don't also open mouth. Limit your motion to either forward or backwards.

- Head doesn't move out of position

Do NOT bite downwards. Use your finger as a guide for your jaw.

Jaw down - two fingers

​- Begin with jaw in home position where it simply falls downward and creates a small space between your teeth. 

- Slowly allow your jaw to fall downward until you can easily place ​two fingers between your teeth.

- Untie any tension that resists this opening. Simply rest in this open position.

- Do not bite down on your finger.

​- Notice the back of your head. Does it resist this opening?

- Do not tip your head upwards. The jaw moves downward to create the opening. 

Jaw forward and back - two fingers

- ​Jaw rolls downward slowly to ​two fingers opening. 

- Release tension until you can easily maintain t​wo finger​ width opening.

- Roll jaw forward as far as you can.

- Reverse the motion and roll jaw backwards as far as you can.

- Head doesn't move out of position.

​Back expansion - (Ouch!)

​Notice how your jaw movement MOVES YOUR BACK and head! Most of us experience muscle soreness from moving in ways that are somewhat unfamiliar. 

​It is amazing how the movements of your jaw affect your entire upper body! ​ Do worry, these are normal training aches that will subside as you practice.

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