Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

This board is here for you to ask questions about my and my fellow coach's books, videos, and MP3 programs, as well as offer others help with our vocal techniques. You may also post videos of yourself and your band to share your music and ask for critiques.

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Re: soft palate

When I sing higher,the soft palate rises but it also becomes narrower. Therr are vocal fold like things on the side of the back of my mouth and they get closer as I sing higher. Is this good or should they stay apart when singing high?

Yes, if you read RYV2, you'll see where I talk about the Sean Connery or Dr. Evil voice for narrowing the palate on higher notes. And those things in the back are most likely your tonsils:)

Another thing, when I have tension while singing and I grab the sides of my throat gently, it seems like I manually prevent the outer neck muscles from engaging while singing. Is this the muscle that we should learn to disengage? My tone is much clearer when I do this.

That is correct. You can also turn your head side to side like saying NO to disengage those muscles.