Vowels get a lot of attention in singing (and rightly so), but consonants don't always have to get in the way, they can actually help us and teach us A LOT. Learn how to add a little warmth to your sound by singing on the letter V!
Struggles in our singing are not always physical. Stored emotions, thought patterns, beliefs, and life experiences can all manifest themselves as unwanted tension and imbalance in the body. Watch this video and learn how you can use the philosophy surrounding the Chakras in combination with yoga poses and vocal exercises to balance and tune the physical instrument.
Vowels get a lot of attention in singing, but consonants can be a big help if we use them right. Learn how to resist the exhale with the letter S.
The pesky tongue can get in the way when we're singing. Try any five note scale on "ya-la ya-la" to release the back and front of the tongue and find more freedom in your singing!
As singers, our whole body is the instrument. And as with any physical instrument, the first thing we have to do is learn how to hold it.
Proper skeletal alignment is KEY to playing the voice. But tight hip flexors could be throwing the whole thing off. Try a lunge to lengthen your hip flexors, bring the pelvis into neutral, and the whole spine back into alignment.
Curious about other ways to stretch your hips and find better alignment? Check out Yoga for Singers ONLINE.
Much as we hate to admit it, you can't check your ego at the door. You will always have it with you. So you may as well get to know it.
An ego that's in check frees us to be true artists and servants.
Forward folds quite literally help us to get over ourselves. We take our top half and we fold it over our bottom half. We open the softer yin side of the back body, and pacify the ego which lives on the front body.
Get over yourself this week with a simple forward fold.
Words are hard! Certain letters (especially vowels) on certain pitches can make a pitch that is usually well within your range feel difficult.
Straining on a high note? Try changing the vowel to "uh" as in FUN (because singing is fun)! Imagine the vowel vibrating all the way down to your belly.
Is it easier?
When we say breathe what I really think we mean is exhale. When we hold the breath, it’s almost always after the inhale.
Guess what? When we sing it happens on the exhale. In this season of excess, remember to breathe out and let go.
For more practice breathing, find me in the voice studio or on the mat this week! •
Stand like a superhero!
The flight or flight response is a primitive reaction to stress. The body does not differentiate between the adrenaline charge that comes with imminent danger or standing on a stage in front of a group of people. It harbors the same reaction to both stressors....protect the vital organs.
This response shows up in the body as constriction in the throat and compression or restriction through the entire front body where the vital organs are most exposed.
Make note of your posture the next time you feel performance anxiety coming on. Intentionally standing upright and deliberately opening the front body sends a message to the brain that everything is safe.
We'll be exploring the Warrior/Superhero postures in all of my yoga classes this week. Come find me on the mat to pull out your inner superhero!
You already know how to breathe. It's not something that needs to be learned. So why do we spend so much time talking about and even teaching breathing?
Because we need to unlearn the patterns that have blocked the free and natural movement of breath in the body.
Lying on the ground changes our relationship with gravity and offers the body an opportunity reorganize itself. This simple shift from upright to lying down can help relax the muscles and remind the bones where they belong. As the skeletal system realigns, the breath moves more easily.
Can you sense your body being breathed?