Singing Posture

Good posture is one of the important elements in singing techniques. If a singer body posture is poor, he/she won't be able to breathe and project sound properly. If you are sitting slumped in a chair, or standing in a rigid way, then your diaphragm will be squashed or stretched, and you won't be able to breathe properly. A good posture is the foundation on which all other singing techniques stand.




Your breath travels from your lungs directly through your mouth.  Any blockage of that passage can greatly affect your singing. Make sure you are standing with your legs at shoulder width apart, chest lifted up to give your lungs plenty of room, and shoulders stretched back and relaxed.  You should notice a big difference in the amount of air flow you can produce when you are singing with the correct posture.

Any imbalance in body posture can adversely affect the way in which the larynx and vocal folds function to produce voice. This is because poor posture anywhere in the body can lead to excess tension and lack of flexibility in the muscles of breathing and voice. The following are some tips for achieving effective body alignment for voice production:

Do:
• Align the head with your spine (ears over shoulders)
• Keep posture symmetrical
• Balance your weight evenly when standing
• Keep arms relaxed
• Keep the shoulders level and relaxed and in a slightly forward-sloping position
• Keep knee joints loose and legs relaxed
• Keep the feet directed forward and approximately 20 cm apart where possible
• Keep the rib cage relaxed and lifted
• Keep the shoulders relaxed and lowered

Don’t:
• Thrust the chin forward or up
• Throw the head back
• Clench the teeth
• Push the tongue against the teeth
• Clench the hands or toes
• Round the shoulders
• Slump the spine
• Lean excessively forwards or side-wards
• Tilt the pelvis excessively
• Hold a rigid posture
• Try to keep the spine straight
• Lock the knees
• Keep thigh muscles braced
• Raise or hunch the shoulders
• Narrow the back
• Stand or sit with an asymmetrical posture

NOTE
Good posture for a singer is to:
Spine straight and centered for balance but not stiff.
Raise ribs as if at the peak of a normal breath.
Square shoulders but relaxed (not rounded).
Head up as though looking in the distance.
The chin should beat a normal angle to the neck, neither stretched up nor tucked down, to allow the vocal chords maximum flexibility and feet slightly apart.
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