Changing the larynx position during singing is beneficial in order to archieve certain timbres. A hightened larynx is often caused by excess tension, so from this perspective alone, it can be beneficial to be able to lower the larynx. It is often advised not to lower the larynx actively, because it might result in strain in the tongue pressing the larynx down. Rather, it is suggested to assume a yawning poseture in order to lower the larynx. I know that there is the tongue and there are some muscles below the larynx that can pull it down. Now, when I yawn, I feel a significant hardening of my tongue root. However, if I lower the larynx by will, this tensening is also noticeable, but there is clearly less of it. Obviously I've learned successfully to address the muscles below the larynx more strongly while keeping the tongue more or less relaxed. So my questions are:
- Is this the good way of lowering the larynx - to tighten the muscles below it while keeping the tongue relaxed? Should the focus be on stretching and relaxing the tongue, as you could do it with any muscle in order to become more flexible? Or is it a combination of both?
- Which strategy do you think is best in achieving more freedom for the larynx in a healthy way?
- How far is it even possible to lower the larynx without engaging or tensening the tongue? As the tongue is connected to the larynx, pulling it down will also stretch the tongue and cause some counter-tension.