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Relax Your TongueSing Easier - Relax Your Tongue

Does your tongue tense as you sing? Does the back of it pull up or push down as you use more range? 

When the back of the tongue is pulled up or pushed down, inner throat muscles are being tensed. Sometimes this is done by a singer trying to open the space of the back inside of the mouth, perhaps thinking it will provide more resonance. Unfortunately this tightening and locking of the muscles will reduce flexibility and hamper rather than enhance resonance and power.

Try this: Select a song whose melody you know. With your tongue extended slightly forward over your bottom lip, sing the melody of the song using the vowel “Ah” in place of the lyrics. Work on releasing any tension from the back of your tongue as you this. 

Notice how the “Ah” can be accomplished without the use of the back of your tongue. This may take a bit of practice to accomplish. 

When you can sing the entire melody without tongue tension using the "Ah" vowel, sing the song again with lyrics. Notice the difference. Releasing the tension of the tongue and inner muscles of the back of your mouth has a lot to do with increased resonance, flexibility and power.


  1. Aileen on November 16, 2014 at 6:12 AM said:
    There is a better technique than this - if you stick your tongue out, and hold it with a tissue, and sing through your scales with the G consonant, and then again with 'Goo, Gee, and Guu", that not only frees up the tension at the base of your tongue, but it also helps any sort of mucus in your nose fall out of it, and clearing out your nose.
  2. Jeannie Deva on November 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM said:
    Thanks for your input. This is very similar to my "La-Ga Series" which is found on my Warm-Up CD. However, I find that to hold the tongue out with a tissue or towel if not coached in person, can result in a singer over stretching the tongue resulting in strain rather than limbering of the tongue muscle. Thus, I would not suggest this as a "solo" approach via text. My "La-Ga" series is safer to do without in person coaching guidance.
  3. Elaine Presley on November 26, 2014 at 4:55 AM said:
    Jeannie, this solved by issue with starting my song and knowing not to ever strain and keep everything more even, relaxed throughout my body, throat, tummy.
  4. Jeannie Deva on November 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM said:
    Great to hear it Elainee!
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