Two must-do's for singing deal with expanding the vocal apparatus (voicebox, chest, diaphragm) in the outwards and downwards directions:

  • Puff out ribs when inhaling air as well as during singing
  • Lower the diaphragm downwards when inhaling, or firm it up when needing support for hard notes

How about expanding the vocal apparatus (upwards somehow) so that your voice doesn't sound like it's stuck below "a glass ceiling"? I saw it described this way in a video, so I do not know how to express what I mean in a proper way, but I hope somehow knows what I mean, or can rephrase it with a better-known description of it. That feeling that there is something "at the top" of your vocal apparatus that is holding down or suppressing your sound: What body technique is there to blow past that glass ceiling in order to have an unsuppressed voice during singing?

(this question is not about pitch, vocal range, or hitting high notes. Re: an edit I had to rollback: While it is about vocal power, it is not limited to strengthening just the existing upper vocal range since that merely would fall into the category of vocal range as well)

  • Let me see if I understand. You make clear you're not asking about extending your range. Is it that you want to know how to strengthen the sound at the top of your existing range?
    – Aaron
    Mar 2, 2021 at 18:28
  • yeah vocal power, but moreso body technique. what body technique is there for opening the vocal apparatus upwards in order to have an unharnessed sound?
    – user610620
    Mar 2, 2021 at 18:29
  • This is a bit confusing as you claim that the ribs should be puffed out. Really it's the diaphragm.
    – user50691
    Mar 2, 2021 at 18:33
  • ribs and diaphragm are two obviously very different movements and techniques in much different directions. ribs are positioned left and right of the vocal apparatus, whereas diaphragm is at the bottom of the vocal apparatus. Here i'm asking about the top of the vocal apparatus, not to be confused with voicebox or high pitch, since the palate is even higher than the voicebox in terms of the vocal apparatus
    – user610620
    Mar 2, 2021 at 18:34
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    "power" is a red herring. It comes from resonance. When everything is resonating the power comes easy (with little input force). One thing that is crucial is the shape of the mouth and the soft palate. Correct facial expression helps with this.
    – user50691
    Mar 2, 2021 at 18:34


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