Feeling hoarse after singing.
Lack of legato line.
Wobble in the voice.
Inability to sing long phrases
Excessive pressure moving through the vocal cords as a result of:
1) Locking at the sternum and intercostal muscles
2) Swayed back or lack of pelvic tilt
3) Lack of lower lumbar engagement
The short answer to this problem is this:
Align the body.
Intake of air is "organic" and not taken to an extreme.
Displace the air pressure from the under the vocal cords to the lower body.
Sing with a small breath stream.
This exercise is the best way to warm up the body before performing. It calms the cerebral mind and the energizes the physical mind, balancing the intelligences.
1) Sit on the floor with the legs crossed. Adjust the buttocks so that the tailbone is centered directly on the floor.
2) Shoulders should be down and there will be a feeling of length throughout the spine and up through the crown of the head.
4) With the hands resting comfortably on the knees begin by
- closing the mouth
- exhaling air through the nose
- engaging the "moaning muscles"
- relaxing the abdomen so the air can flow immediately into the lungs
Here is a traditional yogic Breath of Fire tutorial for more information on the subject.
My next post will address how to displace air pressure from under the vocal cords to the lower body
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