Any accomplished singer knows that the practice of using correct posture, along with proper breath control, when singing is of utmost importance. Correct posture and breath control should be very important to you as an aspiring singer, also. When you use correct singing posture, you will find that it is much easier for you to breathe properly, which in turn will help you to hold onto those long notes for an extended period of time as well as hitting and maintaining the proper pitch each time that you sing.
The following list explains several basic exercises that you can perform on a regular basis in order to make sure that your singing posture and your breathing is always correct:
1.) Stand Up Against A Wall – Try standing up straight with your back against a wall and your pelvis tucked in. Keep your shoulders held back, but don’t allow them to rise up. Be careful not to let your shoulders bow out or in during this exercise. Also, be sure to keep your shoulders down and level. Your head should be back against the wall, too, with your chin held parallel to the floor. Make sure that you don't lock your knees in the process, otherwise you will restrict your blood flow and have difficulty with your overall balance as a result. Keep your feet spaced slightly apart at about shoulder width. Then rise up onto your toes just barely allowing the heels of both of your feet to leave the floor. Allow one foot to move slightly in front of the other foot, then lower your heels back down to the floor. Inhale deeply and feel how much more air you are able to breathe into your lungs. You should feel not just your abdomen moving, but you should be able to feel your back move against the wall a little bit, too. If you do this exercise each time before you practice your breathing, along with your singing, you will notice it becoming practically second nature within a relatively short amount of time.
2.) Lie Flat On Your Back – Another way to make sure that your singing posture is correctly aligned is to lie flat on your back down on the floor. Try to press your lower back into the floor in an effort to straighten out your spine, then breathe in and expand your rib cage as far as you can without experiencing any discomfort. Another good idea is to try doing this exercise with a hard-cover book. Place the book in a flat position on top of your abdomen. Then slowly breathe in and watch the book rise up. Slowly breathe out and watch the book as it goes back down to its original position. You should be able to feel that you are taking more air into your lungs than you were when you were previously standing in an upright position with your back against the wall.
3.) Balance a Book On Your Head – You can also practice balancing a book on your head ( I recommend a hard-cover book for this exercise) to help you achieve a correct singing posture. You will soon discover that It is impossible for you to balance the book on top of your head if you stand in a slouched position or humped over with a poor posture. Start out by simply standing up straight. Place the book on top of your head and comfortably adjust your stance to enable you to keep the book from falling off. Keep your feet slightly apart and one foot spaced just a little bit in front of the other foot. This particular exercise, performed regularly, will enable you to stand for longer intervals of time without becoming too tired, stiff or sore. It will also help to increase your overall balance, which you will definitely need if you are going to try balancing anything. Practice this exercise by taking controlled, deep breaths, while balancing the book on your head, on a regular basis. Remember to use your abdomen and not your chest during this exercise. Once you have mastered this technique without any problems, try walking around slowly with the book balanced on top of your head, also.
Perform these exercises on a regular basis, and before you realize it, it won't be very long before you will have adopted a correct singing posture along with proper breath control, enabling you to hold those long notes for extended periods of time and sing on pitch with the extra air that you are able to inhale as a result. Correct singing posture is vital to becoming a good singer. By constantly applying correct posture and proper breath control, you will find it much easier to inhale and breathe enough air into your lungs in order to maintain the necessary consistency in your voice and pitch, along with the additional benefit of increased power and flexibility that this contributes to your overall singing as a whole.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
The videos listed below are of famous opera stars (that I performed with extensively all throughout my earlier musical career) especially during the 1950's and 60's.
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