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Proper posture is a huge part of optimal singing. I know that sounds like such a pain, but time and time again I have found that correcting the posture of my students plays a key role in releasing their voices. We often have a misconception that proper posture means pulling ourselves up tall, and sort of carrying ourselves around with our shoulders. Just pause for a second and take note of your shoulders. How are you holding them? Are they up by your ears? Are they slumped forward, or even huched up and thrust forward? Are they held back and straight, yet very tense? Are your earlobes over your shoulders, or are they way in front of them because you have your chin thrust forward? Perhaps you have already mastered proper posture, which will get you down the road much more quickly. Even so, if you stop and scan your body, do you notice that you are holding tension somewhere between the top of your head and the bottom of your feet? Follow the video, and practice the posture tips, but also practice softening the tense areas in your body throughout your day. We are working to create new muscle memory that will work for you instead of against. Breathe into the tension, then exhale and release. Your singing will thank you!
Suzanne demonstrates how to achieve proper singing posture in this first in a series on how to align the body for singing, health, and longevity. This simple process will ensure that you can sing with power and freedom by supporting your voice the right way. Not only will you sing better, you will feel more energized and look better too! Practice this throughout the day each day, and before you know it, your great posture will be your new habit! Since great posture can make you a better singer, Suzanne gives you some great tips on proper alignment, and how to accomplish it during your work day, even when you have to be sitting down at your desk, driving your car, practicing your instruments, or whatever is on your plate today.
When you are properly aligned, you can achieve your best singing breath,which is also you life breath. We are born breathing properly and also with proper alignment. As we reach school age and the pressures of life start in on us, we begin to hold tension in our shoulders, and the chain reaction begins.
Practice the techniques Suzanne teaches in this video, and before you know it, you will be practicing proper posture that can make you a better singer!