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.
The picture to the left shows the correct and incorrect way to stand when singing. The pelvis is tucked slightly so that the the hips, shoulders and neck are in line with one another. Additionally, the shoulders must be comfortably down so that the muscles in the back of the neck, which are essential for singing, are not shortened but rather lengthened. The last piece to alignment is an awareness of the energy point at the very center of the arch in both feet for balance and ease of movement.
EXERCISE: Breath of Fire
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.
3) Maintaining the lengthened posture, moan like you mean it! What do you feel? Now, moan again even stronger this time and immediately relax the abdomen keeping the mouth shut Feel how the air automatically flows into the lungs through the nose? This is the coordination for the Breath of Fire.
4) With the hands resting comfortably on the knees begin by
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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