Hi, in this video, I will give you 3 good reasons to pay attention to your singing posture. Everyone knows that bad posture causes neck and back problems. But the following three reasons will make it clear that healthy singing without tension is not possible without optimal posture. Reason #3 will boggle your mind, literally so keep on watching.
Hi, my name is Katarina and I am the creator of How 2 Improve Singing and the founder of Breathing Academy for Singers.
Posture does not get enough attention that it deserves. Well, it’s not the most interesting topic, I get it. And there are some famous singers whose posture is poor. And yes, some well-meant advice can lead to rigidity and tension, the exact opposite of what we want to achieve. But let’s discuss the reasons why good posture and singing are closely interrelated.
The body functions best, when certain conditions exist.
Your skeleton provides support to your body so that the muscles can do their job without any tension or unnecessary effort. If your body is well-aligned, the muscles are free to move to do whatever they are supposed to do. On the other hand, if your body is misaligned, the muscles have to compensate for improper alignment to achieve the same result. Also, other muscle groups that are not required for a certain task have to get involved and help out. As a result, tension is created and the task requires more effort than necessary.
Let me give you two examples.
Example #1. If your head is jutted forward, the neck muscles need to compensate and work hard. Your neck muscles then get overworked and as a result tension is created that is transformed to your voice box, larynx. You feel fatigued and your endurance diminishes.
Example #2. If your chest is closed, your shoulders are curled forward, your ability to move air in and out freely will suffer. The lung capacity will be limited and the diaphragm will not have space to move up and down efficiently. You will exert more effort for breathing than needed, which will lead to shortness of breath, flat singing and other issues.
In summary, optimal posture allows your muscles to work at their optimal level.
The vocal instrument functions best, when certain conditions exist.
First of all, your vocal instrument is your whole body, not just your voice box, the larynx.
But speaking about the larynx, let’s look at this complex structure and its optimal function as it relates to posture.
The larynx is a complex structure composed of many working parts, such as cartilages and muscles. What is interesting about this structure that it is suspended from other structures by so called suspensory muscles. The larynx is suspended from the hyoid bone, which is a U-shaped bone attached to the base of the tongue. This hyoid bone is suspended from the base of the skull. Let’s compare this system to a hot-air balloon. The skull is the balloon. The hyoid bone is the circle frame that holds the burners of the balloon and the larynx is the basket. The basket is suspended from the frame and the frame is suspended from the balloon by suspension cables. In general, the suspensory muscles pull the larynx up when swallowing.
However, during singing, the suspensory muscles should be relatively inactive. If your body is misaligned, the suspensory laryngeal muscles will compensate for the misalignment, they will contract and move the larynx upward. The larynx will not be able to function optimally and because everything is related, your breathing will be affected too.
In summary, optimal posture allows your larynx to function efficiently.
My favourite reason to watch your posture: you are more confident when body is well-aligned.
You know that singing is a mind game and fears and worries affect the quality of your singing. Latest research shows that establishing and maintaining good posture brings confidence in people. Optimal posture gives singer the sense of poise and assurance. Also, optimal posture triggers a positive reaction in audience because a confident singers puts his audience at ease. Win-win on both sides.
Let me share the most common flaws related to posture that you want to avoid:
- Head jutted forward
- Head tilted to the side
- Chin too high or too low
- Raised shoulders
- Curled shoulders
- Collapsed chest or chest that is too high
- Protruding belly
- Spine that is too straight or too curved
- Locked knees
- Feet too close or too apart
Observe yourself in the mirror or make a recording when you sing and look for these signs. Become aware of your posture not only during singing but also throughout the day. Once you are aware, you can adjust and change your posture to allow your body and vocal instrument function at its best.
And that is all for today. Don’t forget to click the like button and share the video with your singing friends. If you want to continue talking about singing. Join our free Facebook group Breathing Room for singers. Click the link under the video and request access to this group.
Thank you for watching and see you in the next video.
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