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When many singers think about technique, their focus often isn’t on how to properly manipulate the parts of the mouth. Although breathing technique, laryngeal control, and body stance are crucial to successful singing, the position of the tongue, jaw, cheeks, and lips also play a significant role. Understanding mouth anatomy can help singers produce clearer sound, limit straing on their throat and vocal chords, and improve their overall sound quality.
The tongue is an important part of the mechanics of singing, enabling singers to produce consistent and focused tones with their voices. The tongue includes eight separate muscles, which make movement and placement of the tongue possible within the mouth. The tongue is strong and agile, able to move quickly to produce sounds in conjunction with the lips and teeth. For optimal sound, singers should be mindful that the tongue does not crowd the mouth. Tension in the tongue can also interfere with tone as well as hinder correct positioning.
A simple exercise to test for tongue tension is to move the tongue from side to side while keeping the jaw stationary. Inability to do so can indicate tension.
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Teeth and Jaw
Having a relaxed jaw is important while singing to prevent strain on the vocal chords. It’s easy to allow tension to set in while singing, especially when trying to reach higher and lower notes. Having a free and fluid jaw involves relaxing it at the hinges and allowing it to open softly. Jaw and tongue tension often go hand-in-hand, and singers with one will often have to contend with both. The jaw should not move in conjunction with the tongue as it forms consonants. While the mouth should be open enough to produce clear sound, it should not be extended enough to cause strain. Excessive strain on the jaw can cause complications both for singing and general activites such as chewing and speaking.
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- Jaw Tension Will Ruin Your Voice
- How to End Jaw Tension for Singing
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The soft palate includes connective tissue and muscle separating the nasal cavity and the nasal part of the pharynx from the mouth. As air moves up from the vocal cords, it hits the soft palate, causing this flexible area to move while speaking and singing. Raising the soft palate increases space and retracts the ventricular vocal folds to create more room for resonation of sounds in the vocal tract. Usually, singers don’t need to actively manipulate the soft-palette, but soft palette exercises can help strengthen the muscles and increase overall vocal control.
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- Singing With an Open Throat: Vocal Tract Shaping
- Singing Tips: Stop Manipulating the Soft Palate
- Five Things to Know About the Soft Palate for Singing
- Lifting the Soft Palate and Closing Off the Nose
Mouth Shaping and Vowel Formation
Vowels are formed by the tongue, lips, and jaw. Proper vowel formation ensures that a singer’s words are easily understood, and can also help with overall sound quality.
The primary vowel sounds are “ah,” “eh,” “ee,” “oh,” and “oo.” Vowels in singing can differ from standard speech pronunciation. Words such as “sky,” where the vowel is a combination of two primary vowel sounds (“ah” and “ee”), can sound nasally, or can close off the throat if sung the same way the word is spoken.
While the lips should be shaped properly, they should be relaxed enough to prevent jaw tension. Tension in the jaw or tongue will interfere with vowel quality. The mouth shape should be oval for an “ah” sound, relaxed for an “ee” sound, round for an “oh” sound, and puckered for an “oo” sound.
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- What You Need to Know About Singing Vowels
Anyone who wants to enhance their vocal quality and skill will often make significant improvements just by learning more about mouth anatomy. A voice can have rich resonance when a singer understands how vocal sounds are impacted by the positioning and tension in the mouth and jaw. For best practice, vocal instructors can help singers learn how they’re improperly positioning the parts of the mouth, and provide exercises for fixing bad habits, relieving tension, and strengthening the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx.
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Great people and thorough care.
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I gave this score because all of the survey questions are true. I really enjoy the staff at Konikoff and everyone has always been very good to me, my dad and grandson! Thank you!
Superb customer service. Staff were very professional and fulfilled my dental needs. I would definitely utilize Konikoff in the future.
Great people! Joy is amazing! Always personable and you can tell that she really cares about her work and your teeth!
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Been coming to this office for years. The staff polite, professional and thorough. Always a pleasure to come back.
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Awesome staff, especially Cara!!! My kids actually look forward to going to the dentist now!!!
Excellent as always
Friendly and trustworthy. I’ve been really happy there.
I had a great experience all around with this place. It was easy to schedule and everyone was incredibly nice. From the hygienist, to Mr. Konikoff himself, to the receptionist who checked me out at the end. I won’t go to another dentist while we live here.
Both the hygienist and the dentist were awesome. Explained everything, both were very gentle, professional and pleasant! Wonderful!
Great patient service as usual. On time appt response. Great care. See you in 6 mths.
One the most pleasant dental experiences I’ve ever had.l don’t plan to ever go anyplace else. Dr. Brahman and his staff are the best and the prices are right. Highly reccomend Konikoff Dental Group to anyone needing dental work
Excellent and caring Doctors and Staff. Always look forward to my appointments and coffee is great.
Genieve is my hygienist. She is always professional and always greets you with a smiling face. My teeth are always cleaned to perfection. Highly recommend her!!
I love the staff. Everyone is so nice. Love my dentist.
My experience was beyond phenomenal. I was having a pretty rough day and was a bit anxious going in for my initial visit. I did not know what to expect, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was beyond phenomenal. I have lived in many places and I must say this has been the absolute best experience at a dental practice. The entire staff made me feel at ease, to include the dent…
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Great as usual!!
I have been going to Konifoff Dentistry for several years now. I now see Dr. Fields. I find him to be a caring professional dentist with a good sense of humor. I definitely would recommend him. Yesterday his assistant was DonnaLee who was also very kind, compassionate and understanding! Thanks to both of them for a pleasant experience yesterday.
The staff did an amazing job with both my boys and myself. Thank you
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The dental hygienist was very gentle very informative.
Christina is so professional and gentle on my teeth!!
Dr. Reichley is my favorite.
Dental assistant ‘May’ was very friendly and good at what she does. She is a worthy patient advocate.
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Dr Dobson the best in town is all I can say
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Great atmosphere. Great Doctors, assistants and entire staff.
Sara did a great job, I always ask for her. Always friendly and attentive. The staff is also very friendly.
Well I came in hoping I just had a lose crown but it ended up being a broken filling. Dr. McCarty was able to get me fixed up, as painless and comfortably as possible. He always does a fantastic job and truly cares for his patients! Excellent work again!!!!
Great experience, friendly and considerate staff!
This office as well the other locations continually beam with appreciation for their clients. Dr. Konikoff and his staff go out of their way to accommodate you. Kudos for 1419 Cedar Road
Dr. Reichley, Summer, and April were amazing!! I did not even feel thr anesthetic administered by Dr. Reichley and did not feel a thing during treatment! Thank you so much for such an amazing experience!!
Very professional, great report, very friendly and has patience interest foremost in mind when performing all dental procedures. Thank you to best team ever.
Great staff. Everyone is very knowledgeable and they always make you feel comfortable.
Konikoff Dentistry is wonderful. I am always seen on time. The staff is professional, helpful and pleasant.
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Love going there
Always a great experience here. The staff is professional, friendly and always mindful of the patient’s wellbeing.
Awesome! Staff go above and beyond to provide excellent service to patients. Highly recommend this office location. Thank you to our hygienist Ms. Keisha for and awesome first visit !
Had an issue with a crown. Called in and they fit me in that day in morning. Was taken right on time. Needed to replace crown and that was accomplished right away. Attitude and service was top shelf for both tech and dentist.would highly recommend this practice
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Great experience! Beautiful office with friendly staff and pain free dentistry. What else could you ask for?
Love the professionalism and the streamlining of services at Konikoff. They move you right along through your appointment and they make sure you know coverage for services they’re offering. Simple, efficient and competent. Love it
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I adore this place! Every single person from the receptionist to the checkout employees are amazing!
I’ve been seeing Dr. Fields, this guy is awsome and knows his stuff. My hygienist is Christa and also extremely good, competent and very pretty. Always as good as it gets for a dental vitsit.
My first visit to the Harbour View office, great experience Friendly and professional staff! All my questions were answered as well. I’m looking forward to my next visit
Very friendly. Always concerned about how you are as a person first. Very informative about every aspect of your visit.
Great Staff! Super friendly and professional will definitely return.
Came in for an emergency. Got me in immediately and took care of it!
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Doctor Richards always does great work.
The doctors and staff at Konikoff dentist are friendly.
Amazing! This was my first time and every part of my experience was 5 star. Very short wait time; everyone was caring and helpful; Doctor was best I ever had.
I have been using Konikoff Dentistry for years. Dr. McCarty and his assistant Kelly are two of the best dental professionals I have ever been fortunate enough to meet. The care at Konikoff is like none other. They are prompt, professional, efficient, and extremely friendly. Everyone from the front desk personnel to the check out personnel make the entire experience seem like visiting good friends…
I always love walking into this facility the staff is very Pleasant and friendly I even got the chance to meet Dr. Konikoff himself what a great personality.
Haley was outstanding. I recommend Konikoff regularly.
Konikoff Dentistry at Salem has been my dentists for years. I won’t go any place else. Dr. Mattioli rocks!
Great as always!
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Excellent place to go for dental work !
Excellent customer service!!!!! Friendly employees !!!
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Very professional. I was in an and out with less than 5 minutes waiting time before and after my appointment.
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Ultimate Customer Service! Top Notch!
Very friendly people and professional. Love them.
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