The letters N and G together can help us find a relaxed tongue position. Spoiler alert, a relaxed tongue is not a flat tongue!
Learning to manage the exhale is a tricky concept. The solar plexus play a key role and the letter B can help us find them.
Learn how to recruit the muscles of the pelvic floor for greater support and power in your sound by using the letter L!
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!
Singing and the Chakras
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.
Consonants are Cool
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.
Got Tongue Tension?
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!
Move Your Hips!
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.
January 20th, 2020
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!
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?