Pain in neck muscle, and dropped jaw!
I have gotten problems with a neck muscle (just above the left collar bone).. Ive been resting from exercises for about week now (and probably going to a doctor this week),
I have sung a whole lot without it hurting at all so I tried exercising again today, but the pain came back fairly quickly
I feel great otherwise after exercising (voice wise) and my voice has devoloped like mad.. But this freaking pain is scary and really annoying!!
When I googled I stumbled across some stuff that Id like to ask about :
"Some singers and teachers believe that a tight jaw can be cured by dropping it or forcing it downward. However, allowing the jaw to drop too low (or the mouth to open too widely), which some singers do in an effort to make their voices ‘project’ better or to increase the strength of the first formant, creates tension and decreases jaw mobility. It should also be noted that lowering the jaw excessively does not create more resonating space within the vocal tract. On the contrary, it narrows pharyngeal space and forces the submandibular musculature to press downward on the larynx, so natural volume is hampered and tone is distorted and becomes imbalanced."
"Singers who lower their chins or their jaws excessively may find that pressure is placed on the larynx by the submandibular muscles.
In some pedagogic practices, singers are encouraged to consciously expand the submandibular musculature because it is mistakenly assumed to 'open the throat' or widen the pharynx. Conscious efforts to spread the pharyngeal wall by outward (or external) movement of the submandibular musculature fail to produce an open throat and lead to an unpleasant, ‘throaty’ or hollow timbre. They also create tensions among muscle groups located between the mandible (jaw) and the hyoid bone, including the mylohyoid, geniohyoid, stylohyoid, hyoglossus and digastric muscles (the ‘loop muscle’, which is attached to the hyoid bone), and cause strain in the tongue and the muscle systems lodging the larynx. Furthermore, consciously expanding this region places the pharyngeal constrictors in positions unrelated to freedom in singing."
I might have misunderstood but could the "open the mouth as wide as possible (toothpick in the back of the throat)" have cause this strain? Am I opening to wide perhaps? Im very cautious and im constantly montioring my self while practising, im not noticing any tension..
This is a nightmare to me as Id just like to continue the practising