Good singing posture
- Feet are
shoulder width apart, with one foot slightly in front of
- Knees are
unlocked, with the weight on the balls of your
- Spine is
long and straight, from bottom to top.
- Head is
centered over shoulders; chin is parallel to the
are back but down and released.
- Arms are
hanging at your side.
Proper singing posture is important to
sing well. If all the parts for singing are lined up correctly,
you stand a really good chance of getting wonderful sounds to
come flying out of your body. Luckily good singing posture is
not rocket science.
Good singing posture is related to good
breathing techniques. The way you stand will enable
your lungs to fill with air entirely … or will constrict the
passages and prevent you from sending a free stream of air
flowing through your lips.
proper posture can be described as a shoulder-width stance,
with loose knees, tucked in pelvis, shoulders down and loose,
spine centered, and chin aligned naturally so that you’re
looking straight ahead. You should never need to drop your
jaw or lower your head to sing out those low notes, nor
should you crane your head high to sing the high notes. To
maintain good singing posture, always keep your head straight,
as though you’re talking to someone.
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Those are the
basics of good singing posture. Nevertheless, I’m going to
offer you an alternative notion of singing posture, that
you may not have heard before. You’re going to learn to be
grounded. In other words, you
will imagine yourself standing firmly connected to the ground,
with a solid basis from which you can take full breaths and
produce a full sound.
your feet approximately 1 foot apart (or shoulder width),
with one foot slightly in front of the other. Your
body should not be stiff, but rather firmly
weighted. Lean slightly on your back foot, as if you
were pulling a rope in a game of tug-of-war. Now sing
a scale on ‘dah’. It may even help at first to
actually pull on something or someone, and feel and listen
to the difference it makes in your voice.
You may find
that using this singing posture feels a bit silly, but you will
soon find that it produces a “larger” sound that comes across
as more urgent and intense.
practice grounding when you are learning to sing. However,
after you are familiar with how it feels and it adds to your
voice, you can return to a normal, relaxed standing posture,
while keeping the basics in your mind.
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