How to Adduct the Vocal Cords

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Adducting the vocal cords means that your cords close and come together. Adduct your vocal cords with help from the developer of the "Singing Made Simple" technique in this free video clip.

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Hi there, Roger Burnley, vocal coach here in Hollywood, California. Today, I'm going to talk about how to adduct the vocal chords. Now, I want to explain this, because some of you maybe a little confused. Because you may hear these terms, you may hear abduct, or adduct. Now, the adduct, that means the two D's, that means they close, they come together. O.k., ab, means open, that they are open, that's basically when you're just breathing or just air is coming through. So, if you understand also, that your vocal chords are located here at your voice box, or your larynx, inside. And the muscles that are attached to them, and you know, cause that action, cause them to come together to adduct, basically to come together. And that's how you create sound when you're singing, or speaking, or you know, basically. So, that's what you really need to understand, you get that in your head. I'm going to play a little exercise. So, you can just basically kind of hear what I'm doing, to get them to do that adduction, o.k., that's together. Now, you can see what I'm doing there, but you need to make this, have this make more sense to you, it's what you do all the time. When you talk, that's exactly what's happening. When you just pay attention to what you're feeling when you go to create a sound. A, E, Aa, Aa, when I'm doing that Aa, in that manner. What I'm doing is, adducting the vocal chords, meaning that I'm bringing them together. And again, I always want you to remember that the way that you will do all of these things more effectively. Is if you're not moving your larynx or your voice box around too much, to try and do it. If you're pushing aah, to try to do it, you're going to strain, you're going to see and you'll know you're doing it. Because you're going to see the outside muscles in your neck really stand out, that. So, you just want to get the feeling of this A, E, Aa in a very relaxed way. Again, I'm Roger Burnley here, in Hollywood, California. We were talking about adducting those vocal chords.

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