I am from Argentina and have a technical question, How can I achieve the “ng” position for the tongue? I don’t understand the position for the word hang or sing. Is it the position for the tongue in the “n” consonant? In the “n” consonant I can’t see the bottom of my throat. Is this OK? Thank you very much!
I take it the “ng” consonant is not natural for you maybe because of your language? It is like “n” except the back of the tongue is touching the roof of the mouth instead of the front of the tongue. I recommend experimenting to find a balanced pronunciation. It is important that the larynx does not rise when pronouncing this kind of “hum”. Is that what you mean when you say you can’t see the bottom of your throat on “n”? That is why “ng” is generally preferred over “n”. The “n” tends to cause the larynx to rise, which is undesirable for singing.
Some also have difficulty finding the proper position of the tongue against the roof of the mouth. What I suggest is to observe yourself swallowing several times. As you do this you will notice the back of the tongue rises against the soft palate as the larynx squeezes up and then resets down. If you leave the tongue up against the soft palate while allowing the larynx to completely reset down you will have an ideal position of the tongue for pronouncing the “ng” hum.
The benefit of the “ng” hum is it naturally encourages the sensation of resonance in the naso-pharynx above the soft palate behind the nose. This post-nasal resonator tends to be overlooked by many singers and teachers. The inclusion of this resonator frees the voice to function in the weightless manner we are searching for. It is also the main resonator responsible for amplifying the higher pitches of the voice. Neglecting to use this upper resonator is the reason for difficulty in the high range for all voices. The main roadblock to this resonance is the back of the tongue, so the use of the “ng” position helps to train the tongue to allow the tone to resonate completely.
I hope this gives you a clearer idea of how to incorporate the benefit of the “ng” hum into your singing. Thanks.