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ShortCut
02-18-2009, 05:13 PM
Hey everyone, I've been singing more and more lately, but from some odd reason, everytime I sing, I just start yawning in the middle of a song, and I do it 2-3 times every song I sing, It's quite annoying, and I can't figure out what is making it happen.. I'm not tired or anything... any suggestions on how to fix this?

Mitch

Harold O.
02-18-2009, 05:34 PM
I had a similar problem, except mine was minor cough. Fixed it by being conscious of my breathing, taking deeper breaths, and keeping my posture more straight. I usually play while sitting, so slouching was easy to do. It comes back now and then to remind me of the details...

Ukulele JJ
02-18-2009, 06:01 PM
I'm no expert, but I'm inclined to agree with Harold.

Yawning (so I've heard) is sometimes due to a lack of oxygen. So it's probably a breathing thing.

JJ

therimidalv
02-18-2009, 07:13 PM
Yawning also is a mechanism designed to cool our brains actually too. Btw this happens to me also ALL the time! I know this might sound weird but it works for me: try not to open yur mouth AS wide. If you do, yur brain might think you already have yawned and you know how yawns are contagious? Same goes when you are alone.

lisaxy424
02-21-2009, 07:57 PM
Yawning also is a mechanism designed to cool our brains actually too. Btw this happens to me also ALL the time! I know this might sound weird but it works for me: try not to open yur mouth AS wide. If you do, yur brain might think you already have yawned and you know how yawns are contagious? Same goes when you are alone.

I actually just yawned seeing this thread! They ARE contagious! :)

ukantor
02-22-2009, 01:28 AM
I've read that yawning can be a response to adrenaline. Sportsmen often get it just before a race.

Ukantor.

hoosierhiver
02-22-2009, 03:10 PM
I think it can sometimes be anxiety related,maybe because of quicker shallow breathing.

Ukulele JJ
02-22-2009, 07:55 PM
It's also a sign of motion sickness. (A tip I picked up from one of my old flight instructors. When a student started yawning, he'd know it was time to crack open the air vent and call off stall practice. :p)

JJ

UkuleleHill
05-18-2009, 03:35 PM
From what I undersand yawning after or durring singing is a sign that you are signing correctly as your embouchure is "dropping" so to speak (losening up). Embouchure is essentially your mouth and jaw. If you are constantly yawning though.... Thats a lack of breath. But yeah several reasons your body yawns :)

woohoo41
05-30-2009, 01:20 PM
wow as soon as i clicked the thread and read your question, i yawned 0_o and i've already yawned about 3 times just now

yawning is also contagious over the internet. amazing 0_o

Uncle-Taco
05-30-2009, 03:11 PM
Interesting thread.
I have also read that yawning can be an indication that you need more oxygen, so I am inclined to agree with the deeper breaths/better posture suggestion.

(I lost track of how many times I yawned by suggestion through the reading of this thread...) ;)

psesinkclee
06-01-2009, 05:32 AM
Occassionally I'll yawn by accident in the middle of a song. Its most annoying when I'm filming for youtube when it happens hahaa :p

Gusman
06-02-2009, 03:52 AM
Hey. I actually had that exact same problem, and in my case it was definately my breathing. I countered it by taking deeper, more controlled breaths, especially after longer notes that I was holding for a while. So I guess the trick is being conscious of how you're actually breathing between notes, not just the notes themselves. :) Hope it helps you fix that little prob, I know how annoying it is!

Yopparai
06-02-2009, 05:10 AM
... And I think yawning, at least in the presence of others, was considered a display of weakness by the samurai.

But, in this case I think its simply your brain picking up on a decrease in oxygen levels and hitting the intake button to increase ventilation. Good deep breaths will help, as will continued practice so that your brain realizes that this is normal. I experience this more when trying to play shakuhachi or throat singing, because it is a breathing pattern that is different than I normally use.

Bratset
06-07-2009, 11:31 AM
I had a similar problem, except mine was minor cough. Fixed it by being conscious of my breathing, taking deeper breaths, and keeping my posture more straight. I usually play while sitting, so slouching was easy to do. It comes back now and then to remind me of the details...

Nice advice, I had the same problem :D but that helped :shaka:

ukulele2544
06-07-2009, 12:01 PM
That happens to me too!

jbenti
06-07-2009, 12:08 PM
nothing agianst this thread or anything
but i think its funny that as i read the posts
i yawned like six times

JT_Ukes
06-07-2009, 01:02 PM
Coffee!



;0

Spooner
06-07-2009, 07:48 PM
I actually just yawned seeing this thread! They ARE contagious! :)


:smileybounce::rotfl:

veep
06-08-2009, 08:26 PM
yawning is also contagious over the internet. amazing 0_o

franulele
09-10-2009, 03:07 PM
From what I undersand yawning after or durring singing is a sign that you are signing correctly as your embouchure is "dropping" so to speak (losening up). Embouchure is essentially your mouth and jaw. If you are constantly yawning though.... Thats a lack of breath. But yeah several reasons your body yawns :)

UH is right. Barring obvious reasons like lack of sleep, the occasional urge to yawn while singing means that you are raising the soft palate & keeping an open throat while singing. That's a good thing.Remember the feeling in the back of your throat & try singing some open vowel sounds in that position. You'll probably get a big sound.

lizaloo
10-18-2009, 02:37 PM
This is a complete stab in the dark as I have no professional experience with this, but proper (at least classical) singing, especially around high notes, involves opening your mouth and lifting your soft pallet to the extent that you're nearly yawning. And yawning once often makes you yawn again, right?

Perhaps you just have overly-good technique. ;)

camface
10-29-2009, 10:30 PM
I yawned when I read this topic. I guess it IS 3:30 in the morning.