Ken Tamplin’s Tongue – Tongue Tension – Placement For Singing – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

Ken Tamplin’s Tongue – Tongue Tension – Placement For Singing – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy

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Hey guys, welcome back again to Ken Tamplin
Vocal Academy, where the proof is in the singing! Now, we’re going to talk about Ken Tamplin’s
tongue. Why? Well, I’ve got a lot of people emailing me, and posting on YouTube and Facebook
“Hey Dude, what’s up with the tongue?” You know? Often, even vocal coaches, saying
things like “Aw, that’s terrible, that shows the amount of tension that Ken Tamplin
uses in his tongue!” Well that’s actually patently false, and I’m going to explain
why in a minute. But, always ask yourself these two very important questions, and the
first one is, if it’s a vocal coach, ask yourself this big question: Does that vocal
coach sing, and sing well, so that they can prove out the method that they teach? And
do they have students that sing, and sing well, displaying and proving what it is that
they teach works, in a lot of different environments, not just for themselves, but for other students
as well? At Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy we have over 300 videos out on YouTube, with dozens of students demonstrating and proving what we teach. Very, very, very important. Not just something from a textbook, or some course that we bought somewhere and we are re-parroting information. It literally
is what works and what doesn’t. Einstein said it best when he said ”Example isn’t
“A” way to teach, it’s the ONLY way to teach!” So at Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy we believe The PROOF is in the SINGING! So I want to talk about Ken Tamplin’s tongue,
or tongue placement with good open throat technique. What we first, we want to do, is
we want to have the tongue flat to the base of the jaw. This is called the mandible or
the jaw, so if I refer to the mandible, you know what I mean. So we first want to, I want
to do a simple triad… Lah, ah, ah, AH, ah, ah, Ahhhhh… Ladies I’ll do it for you, in your register
also: Lah, ah, ah, AH, ah, ah, Ahhhh… Okay. Now, to maximize the amount of space
in the back of the throat, we actually want to pull, or allow the tongue to relax away
from the back of the throat, to create the most space in the throat as possible, for
good Open Throat technique, for Vowel Modifications. I don’t have time to go into vowel modifications.
I have a course out called How To Sing BetterThan Anyone Else. I cover over 40 hours of this very hard to come by information in my course, so if you’re interested, check it
out at Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy dot com. But right now, so the next step to a good
tongue placement is, it will be flat first, and then once you really train it, you might
want to even get a tongue suppressor like from the doctor’s office, and kind of train
it to stay down, or hold it down, and think of like him like looking at your tonsils:
AHHH! AHHHHH!!! AHHHH!!! And train your tongue in a lowered position. So,
Lah, ah, ah, AHHH, ah, ah, ahhhhh… See it kind of concave to my jaw? That’s because
I’m able to pull it way away from the back of the throat. I really trained this for 30
years to know how to do this stuff. Lah, ah, ah , AHHH, ah, ah, ahhhhh…. Lah,
ah, ah, AHHH, ah, ah, ahhhh… Do it with me, Lah, ah, ah , AHHH, ah, ah, ahhhhh…., Lah, ah, ah , AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, ah, ah, ahhhh… Okay, so now, now we’ve trained it to be
concave to the base of the jaw. But Ken, I see your tongue. It kind of looks like a lizard,
and sometimes it protrudes out of your mouth, and doesn’t that create tension in the tongue?
Actually, if you saw that my tongue is not in a tense state, it’s actually in a very
relaxed state, in fact it’s pulling even farther away, out of the back of the throat,
to create not only maximum space, but I use my tongue to do my different glottal stops,
and or consonant sounds… They’re not actually glottal stops, there more consonant sounds
themselves. And within those consonants, much like a ventriloquist uses his tongue, I use
my tongue so that I can maintain good open throat technique with what’s called contiguous
phrase singing, where I can sing through phrases, and not have to start and stop the process
of opening the back of the throat and maintaining that open throat, to sing beautiful contiguous
phrase singing. So anyway, if you like what you’ve heard,
please like and subscribe to my videos, and we have more coming your way from Ken Tamplin
Vocal Academy. Until next time… Peace. Out.

100 thoughts on “Ken Tamplin’s Tongue – Tongue Tension – Placement For Singing – Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy”

  1. I was told by a music teacher in grade school that I could not sing,and so far …I can't,very well,but your helping me prove her wrong. I'm 58 years old,thank you Mr Tamplin for the unpaid for tips! You'll have to ignore the trolls and DO WHAT WORKS!

  2. I am definetly ordering your. videos. Thank you for your spirit !!!!! You Rock.
    Im a blues singer that sang up her esphophogus. and then got Tmj after teeth pulled, then was thrown under a dash in a truck wreck , yep .. broken neck ,
    lairnex tention… Your breathing techniques have reall y made the difference . your herbal knowledge and coloidial silver has helped sinus infections and the oregano oil. your a blessing to so many. keep up the good way…

  3. Hi Ken! I studied opera/classical signing for many, many years and from both of my vocal instructors, they said that vibrato would come naturally if you are singing correctly. I have noticed that you use your mandible at times to create vibrato, is there a reason for this as again, my vocal coaches have always said not to do that? Very interested in your reasoning for this. Thanks so much! 🙂

  4. from how many years you singing i mean how old you was when you star to singing ?
    please subscribe for my channel <3
    lv Nelly 🙂

  5. I think a good way to talk about this would have been showing the difference between doing it and not doing it

  6. Thank you so much sir ken really help me ..I'm a singer but having difficulty singing high note..your video help me a lot..if you visit Thailand please come to my place..
    I really thank you for all your video…I'm singing at hilarry bar in sukhumvit soi 4 Bangkok…

  7. Ken… I have a very long tongue…. Your stuff is working perfect but I look like a reptilian while doing that :)).

  8. Ppl are so jealous cuz yer so Awesome, critics need to Shut the ¥π%€ up and get a life… ROCK ON BRO!!!!

  9. Ken, I LOVE your videos! I've been working intensely on my singing over the last year or so and taken at least 3 different courses online. I definitely think your videos are the best I've seen, and I'm finding them SUPER helpful. Thank you so much! I can't wait to take your full course!

  10. if God ask me question…peter what is your wish to become right now….my answer will be. open a way to learn at ken tamplin acadamy

  11. your videos is helping me crazy iwill be very happy to be your student and been teached by you personally but the far distance prevent that

  12. For how long Do i have to exercise untill i really see the strengh increasing in my shest voice?
    And for how much time Do,I need to rehearse on a daily basis?

  13. i agree" the proof is in the singing." and you are a great singer.been practicing ,but progress is slow ,but it is just the beginning.thanks for the video.

  14. Ken! I have a bad habit of forward jaw thrust. It kind of helps me get the sound to come out more resonant because I feel I have more space at the back of the mouth. But this does cause unnecessary tension when I sing for long periods of time. When I try keeping my jaw backward, the sound doesn't quite get that resonance. What do I do?

  15. Hey your buddy nick fainbarg was an engineer on an avenged sevenfold song. Forgive me if I spelled his name wrong.

  16. What does a female do to sing better , when I have a deep voice , deep enough that people on the phone says “ thank you sir?” and I have no nodes

  17. Everything I have learned from Ken has helped me alot, I am 36 and a life long drummer and never sang much. Probably cause I always sounded bad to myself. The past 2 years I started using a karaoke app and listening to myself and Ken's help. Also doing simple scaling exercises. My vocals have been more on pitch, stronger, able to hold longer notes, better range, and my tone is slowly improving though that is just part of who you are. This guy knows how to get the most out of any voice!!

  18. There are some great singers on YouTube, but some of them (especially ones with questionable haircuts) prefer to WASTE all of their creative energy trying to rip apart other teachers and their SUCCESSFUL techniques. Ken is the absolute real deal. He’s one of few on YouTube that can actually showcase his own talent while proving others can get the same results or better. His product, like Brett Manning’s, is worth our hard earned buck.

  19. I think you are awesome Ken, I want to be a better singer, I completely trust your teaching, I don't know you, but you prove yourself daily my friend. I've been a musician for 30 years, and never been taught anything, minus my dad. Just never trusted anybody, then got serving my ways, lol, untill God led me to you…. True story…. Thank you Ken.

  20. He's absolutely right.

    I laughed so hard at that loser who embarrassed himself by making a video criticizing Ken's lizard tongue, saying that it was wrong. Yet that guy himself doesn't even sing LOL.

  21. Ken, you are an awesome teacher. In just a couple of weaks I've reached notes I didn't imagine I would be able to reach without spending lots of money on singing coaches. Much love, keep it up!

  22. Thanks Ken. I used to listen to Roger Burnley. He never ever demonstrates his ability to sing. His warm up vocal workouts sounds like to me he isn't a very good singer.
    I want you to be my vocal coach. Where do I sign up

  23. everytime i open a ken's video i ask myself that 2 questions and yea the answer is "ken tamplin is the only real vocal coach here" <3

  24. Thanks man your videos helped me very much…my coach taught me exact same technique but you demonstrated to me very well in videos…thanks alot ??

  25. Hi Ken, i've purchased your singing course already and been practicing for 2 months. However when I do the vowel modification, the back of my tongue always raise up. Is it bad and how to stop it?

  26. hey ken, its me again. You genuinely seem like you wanna help people and I love that you reply. Thanks so much. What do you think of SInging Made Simple by Roger Burnley.? I find it so hard to understand his techniques and he is ridiculously expensive and unavailable in answering. I doubt him.

  27. I still do not quite understand why when you sing certain certain passages your tongue is visible as a pointy little lizard exactly in the middle of your mouth — that is compared to that I have never seen that before. I wonder if it has anything to do with the angle or lighting with which we tend to view other professional singers mouths. BTW, I am becoming addicted to your videos: I love that there are so many more covers to watch; it's kind of like a good series on netflix that you know you have a few more seasons left!

  28. Hi Ken! My wife and I have bachelors in Vocal music. I want to start by saying that I appreciate your philosophy of healthy singing and protecting the voice. We have been taught in the classical style to relax our throat and resonance comes from the singers mask and power from the diaphragm. Do you think that opera singers sing with this kind of tongue technique? Or is this more of a tone toward singing classic rock?

  29. I gotta say, you're right! I'm interesting on how you figure this out or who taught you that? In the east, where I'm. There are people teaching about this, and with lots of scientific proof. But it has declined after the doctor of the foundation passed away.

  30. It seems like this is the most powerful exercise ever haha It is always the same one haha anyway you're the best teacher on YouTube

  31. Dear Ken,me again,haha:D why do I feel tension(my jaw really hurts=_=)whenever I try to flat my tongue?HELP!(and sorry for asking too much quistion all the time=_=,Im not gonna stop it though.cause Ur the mannnn!)

  32. That tongue is certified weapon of mass destruction… I am only quoting someone else… ? Thanks for the invaluable lessons Ken, you're really are a gem

  33. If someone who desires to be their best at singing how will piercing the face and anything affecting the airways be affected? Can you still sing well with…say a bone through your nose?

  34. Hey check out Whitney Houston's tongue in this video 🙂

  35. With that hoarseness I have , my voice cracks – man I swear I wish I could meet you one on one lol you’d see what I mean bc I can’t get past the crack that happens ?

  36. I had vocal lesson with certified CVT coach and she confirmed Ken's tongue placement. He keeps it far from throat. It gives him more space! Great job!

  37. To be honest, i thought the same about how it looks. But i always thouhgt the same time wtf …it works.

  38. Actually I love to sing song but I don't know many things and I'm struggling I really didn't know that tongue placement is such a important thing then once I'm singing at home I can't sing exactly and I can't maintain my tongue position and because of wrong technique I think I damaged my vocal cords and after 1 month also I can't get my old voice so I'm using honey to cure it. But it's really tough to place the tongue ??

  39. Ken definitely off topic. Have you a video or a book suggestion for writing lyrics. Also I've been singing so long it seems you have validated the fact I've stumbled into by necessity or just dumb luck many of the tips you reveal in your videos on technique. Such as the high note starting low and slow and building intensity, the technique for practicing a song by carrying the tune then adding the vowels followed by rationing the consonants. I'm here to tell all who read this man is spot on, I've been unconsciously doing the same thing for decades. It's a definite landmark advantage to be able to give these things a term and to understand them so you can call upon them. Keeping them close in your vocalist little bag of tricks like an archer pulling an arrow from a quill. You astound. Anyway it's an art correct? Who could not stand improvement? The essence of art itself is the never ending pursuit of perfection. Congratulations what we have here is the quintessential perfectionist who also happens to be a world class premier authority on everything that even remotely concerns the human voice and its supporting systems. Oh boy this is so great.

  40. Ken, if someone was trying ages to sing, like years, and then saw a video on tongue relaxing, and suddenly on hearing their singing voice, if that person has cried for joy, don't be surprised.

  41. Omg….??? Just posted on another video-" Professional Warm-up". THANK YOU KEN! You just solved a major throat strain issue for me!! GOD I can only imagine how amazing your full course is!!???

  42. I have not trained my tongue to stay still, yet it almost stays absolutely still. I have only been watching your videos for a few days now and they are very helpful! Thank you!

  43. There is logic behind this.
    I just recall that when we go to doctor to check-up the throat we need to pul the tongue forward so it will open the throat widely.
    Thanks for explaining, that's really makes sense.

  44. Wow I was about to ask that when I noticed it long ago… But always forget to ask ,afraid that I will look crazy here to ask about it… 🙂 now learned new trick I'll try if it works for me..

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