Updated: Apr 21, 2021
Good bodily alignment is the beginning of efficient breathing and to more healthy singing. Poor posture and misuse of the body can cause an over-tensing of the entire muscular system which in turn effects the voice and breath .
As a singer we need balance and flow of energy. I am a big fan of Tai chi and Qi gong The emphasis in these exercises is on proper breathing and the involvement of the mind in the process of reducing stress, increasing energy and improving oxygen levels. The combination of the two qi is activated
Your voice resonates through a whole body and sometimes gets restricted by muscle tension. Our breath is the foundation of the voice, the fuel that powers our sound.
To make a sound we require breath pressure. It is the energy source for your voice. No breath, no voice. Simple put breath is life force.
As a singer we need balance and flow of energy When we can breathe freely and expansively we allow our emotions to find expression. Our bodies have an incredible knowledge and wisdom that can lead and heal us.
There are some singing teachers who believe that breath control is an unnecessary area of practice for the developing singer They think that your breath will take care of itself if you sing with good physical balance .
It is true that lack of vocal fold closure and resistance causes singers to run out of air. talk about the muscles involved . Many people believe that we sing from the diaphragm. This is a misconception it is actualy a combination of rib cage , back and thoracic abdominal muscles . It is large torso muscles impact the amount of air pressure that meets the vocal folds (e.g. "subglottic pressure"), the vocal folds manage the airflow (e.g. "glottal resistance"
Teachers have become more “scientifc” and intellectual in their approach to singing When teachers of singing understand that their thoughts can truly influence the singing and reactions of their students,
Resonance Breath Practice
1. Simply notice the breath. 2. Start to slow the inhales and elongate the exhales. 3. Choose the length of time that works best for you:
*Inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 6 *Inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds *Inhale for 6 seconds, exhale for 6 seconds (true resonance) *Inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds
Notice how you feel after just a few minutes. What is the state of your mind? Allow the calm to permeate your being. Your vagus nerve will reward you.