What is the Vocal Bridge?

Hey guys, Jay Lemon here from the Total Vocal Method. I keep getting asked, What is the vocal bridge? Well, the vocal bridge is something everybody gets to contend with. It’s just a place in your range where muscles are trying to transition and residences trying to transition. You may have experienced it as this Ah, and it flips or huh, and it jams up. That bridge is the place where things need to shift, where your body naturally wants things to change. What’s happening there?

Well, it’s twofold. It’s muscular, and it’s acoustic. In the muscles we have two main groups that will deal with. One’s called the thyroarytenoid or the TA. That’s the part that really goes right over your windpipe and vibrates like a pair of lips, right and the muscular. So when they contract like your bicep does they go… changes the pitch right, they vibrate and they shorten. Now they only go to a certain point, huh. And they can’t vibrate anymore, huh.

Yeah, we decide. I got to use more air. I gotta do… I gotta do something to get past that because as soon as it switches,

it’s like this. What’s happening there? Well, there’s another set of muscles that gets kicked in. That’s at the base of the larynx.

They’re called the cricothyroid or CT muscles. What they do, they literally tilt the larynx out.

Does this? And that stretches the TA. So the TA from a lot of people just surrenders all of its tension.

Ah, soon as the tilt starts to happen, it goes, Okay, you can have all the tension CT,

so the CT is dominant and the muscles of the TA aren’t nearly as dominant. What’s really happening is that if you could look down the length of the vocal cord,

they blow apart and slapped together like this when they’re getting pulled, when they’re getting stretched, they actually start hitting this way at the top edge.

So that’s why it’s lighter. Here it’s heavier in the chest voice of low part of the voice. Ah,

full contact! Ahhh… not as much contact because they’re getting stretched out and they surrender, right? That’s all the vocal bridge is.

It’s also acoustic, though. We have two resonators or throat and our mouth that share resonance. Resonance is just what happens to a vibration after it’s created like an acoustic guitar.

You know, the body amplifies this out. The throat and the mouth, amplify the sound, modify the sound they resonate.

But down in the lower part of our voice, the throat is dominant. Ah, but up here the upper part of our voice the mouth is dominant and it shifts as we move up and down.

It’s weird. It makes us kind of lose our balance. You combine that with the muscles trying to work together,

and we’re not used to it. You get flips and cracks. That’s all the bridge is. So what do we do?

Well, there’s lots of ways to get used to getting through that bridge. In fact, you probably are able to do it already.

In your regular speech patterns. Try this. Say, Oh, what? Give me a break. Come on,

give me a break. I’m using all of those muscles. I’m using all of this and not thinking about it at all.

All I’m doing is saying something, right? Normal vocal patterns usually are using combinations of those muscles, and these resonators all the time.

You’re not conscious of it. You just have it made the conscious connection to singing because that’s all singing is too.

Ah, muscles working together. TA CT resonator is with you. Ah, that’s all it is. A vocal bridge is a bridge.

We can learn to walk across it or we can slam up against the wall. So at Total Vocal Method I have a module or a workout that helps you start learning how to get across that bridge.

It’s called “Free Your Voice”, especially if you’re kind of tight, huh. And have trouble getting into that upper part of your voice.

That workout lets you find a little more peace moving between the upper and the lower. If that’s already easy for you.

But maybe your breathy. Eah Aah! And you flip almost all the time. Maybe you should try the other workout,

which is called “Finding the Connection.” Where we learn how to connect between the upper and lower by getting the cord to come together.

Just a little bit better Ah nee nee nee nee nee nee nee nee nee nee nee So i encourage you to go to the TotalVocalMethod.com today and check out those workouts,

See what else is on there. There’s a lot of good stuff. Hope to see you there