Singers Must Learn Correct Posture

by Thomas.L. Smythe

What is excellent posture and why is it important for a singer? First of all your voice comes from you and your body, which becomes the instrument. When you sing you have to be aware of your breathing, your posture, and how you present yourself to your audience by maintaining some eye contact.

To become a good singer, you must have good posture. When a vocalist starts to sing, the stance and the location of the feet with the way the knees are placed is very important for proper sound production. Also, if the posture of the chest and shoulders are correct this will enhance the voice while singing.

Posture and breathing support are dependent on each other, so voice students should be made aware of the significance. Voice instructors tell their students to stand up straight so that they stretch out their spine and lower the chin as if to tuck it in. By doing this they will make room for air to flow through their lungs more readily as they inhale and exhale.

With bad posture, you can get back pain and muscle strain which will extend from the upper body to the back, which could result in back pain. As a result, the vocal cords will become stressed so your voice will not be completely full or at it’s best when you perform. Vocal cords are sensitive, so remember that relaxation is the key to a fuller, more expressive voice.

What about the role of the spine when you are ready to sing? If the spine is stretched out correctly with the singer leaning forward, it will help the diaphragm support the voice. With good posture, singers look more self-assured and give the audience the impression that they are good.

Stand securely with the feet on the ground. Balance should be satisfactory for the singer with no locking of the knees while standing. With one foot somewhat in front of the other and the shoulders relaxed, the voice should project into the audience.

When someone is standing with an upright spine with shoulders held back, they look as if they are in charge and very confident. If the singer locks the knees it could create some problems with muscle tension and even breath control. It might help a beginning singer to look into the mirror occasionally to check on the correct stance when preparing to sing.

Remember that the voice is an extension of the body as you use it to express how you feel and think. And when you perform, it is doubly important because how you hold yourself and your spine will help you look like you really are a performer. Posture and breath support do work together, and will help you sound like a singer if you practice regularly.

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