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The Role of Posture for Singers

Sep 10, 2008
Singers need to have the proper posture if they want to sing. Remember your body is the channel through which your voice comes from. So while you sing, be conscious of the way you breathe, how you hold your self, and be aware of how you look to the public by trying to connect to the audience.

Posture is basic to the development of a singer's skills. It is vital to have a relaxed upper body with the feet planted firmly on the ground. Make sure the knees are not stiff, but relaxed with one foot slightly forward. A singer should always be thinking about whether the posture is correct with muscles relaxed, and spine lengthened while standing.

Students who are beginners are often told by their instructors that to have good posture while singing they must keep their back very straight so that they can inhale deeply and control the exhaling process. Chest must be held high with the shoulders held back, and the student should imagine their spine lengthening with their chins tucked under.

With bad posture, you can get back pain and muscle strain which will extend from the upper body to the back, which could result in back pain. As a result, the vocal cords will become stressed so your voice will not be completely full or at it's best when you perform. Vocal cords are sensitive, so remember that relaxation is the key to a fuller, more expressive voice.

The spine is key to good posture and helps the diaphragm work while you sing. It works hand in hand with your posture and can help you project better if you hold yourself the right way. Remember that the audience notices how a person presents themselves to them, and if they have confidence and eye contact.

While singing, you should be standing with each foot resolutely on the ground with no stiff knees. If you do stand with tight and tense knees, you may have an interruption of your breathing as you sing. Keep in mind that with a proper stance, the way you stand and hold yourself will help give you the confidence you need for your performance.

A lengthened spine with relaxed shoulders will give a performing singer a poised sense of self for the audience. If the knees continue to stiffen, practice looking in a mirror so that you are aware of the problem. It is important to correct this, as you do not want to spread muscle tightness and strain to your back.

Realize that when you sing, your voice is an expression of your body. Your body helps your voice if it is relaxed with no muscular tension and uninterrupted air flow while you breathe. So keep in mind that proper breathing and the way you hold your shoulders and spine operate in conjunction to help you become a good singer.
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