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 Finding the soft palate
With your tongue, feel the roof of your mouth. The hard part near the front is called the hard palate. Further back there is an area of soft muscle tissue called the soft palate. If you yawn, you can feel the soft palate rising, creating a space at the back of your mouth. Singing with the soft palate raised allows the sound to resonate more fully. One way to raise your soft palate without yawning is to imagine your back molar teeth lifting up into your head. Practise this and remember how it feels.
 Experimenting with the soft palate
Sing a note in the middle of your range with an ‘n’ sound and with your lips slightly apart. Use your hands to feel the sound resonating in your throat, mouth, neck and chest. Focus the resonance in your nose and head and feel it buzzing there.
Take a breath, sing the note again with the ‘n’ sound, and now raise the soft palate. Then open your mouth and sing ‘ee’. Can you hear how much brighter and stronger the sound has become?
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When you speak or sing, the sound you produce comes from your larynx. Inside your larynx are your vocal folds. As they vibrate, sound is produced.
You can feel these vibrations when you use your voice, and may be able to feel your larynx move upwards as you swallow.
   The vibrations made by your vocal folds are amplified by other parts of your body. This is called resonating. The vibrations of your vocal folds resonate through your body, especially the hollow parts of your head and upper body.
  Hum a note in the middle of your range. At the same time, touch different areas of your face, neck and throat. Which parts can you feel vibrating and resonating? List them on the right.
Can you feel the sound as it resonates in other parts of your body too? List these as well.
    Producing a resonant sound
Sound resonates in hollow spaces, so one way to produce a resonant sound is to create as much space inside your mouth as possible. Opening your mouth wide as you sing helps. But there is another way of creating space in your mouth. At the back of your mouth is an area of soft tissue called the soft palate. If you raise this while you sing, it will help you produce a more resonant sound.
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