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Getting Started with Singing

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Singing: How to Stretch Your Sides for Better Breathing

One way singers can maximize the air in their lungs is to "open" the sides of the body for better inhalation. For now, think of your ribs and your sides as separate. The sides are the love handle area [more…]

Locating the Notes on the Musical Staff

Voice types are easier to figure out if you know where to find the notes on a musical staff. The names of the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Those notes repeat across the piano. [more…]

Factors that Determine Your Singing Voice Type

Think of a voice type as a series of ingredients mixed together to create a unique-tasting dessert. For singing, the ingredients combine to create a unique-sounding voice. The four common voice types are [more…]

Vocal Type Subdivisions in Singing

In classical music or the opera world, voice types can be further divided into categories based on the size and agility of the voice. The first four terms are in order like the soda sizes at the fast-food [more…]

Singing: Identifying the Primary Voice Types

The four primary voice types are soprano, mezzo, tenor,and bass. Even though these names sound like characters in a mob movie, they’re nothing to be afraid of. Each voice type has specific traits: the [more…]

Highest Range of the Dames: Soprano

The soprano has the highest range of the female voice types, in fact the highest range of all the voice types. The following aspects are characteristic of her voice type: [more…]

How Low Can She Go: Mezzo-Soprano

The difference between the mezzo-soprano (or just mezzo) voice type  and the soprano is often tessitura. (Tessitura refers to where most of the notes lie in a song — the notes that a voice feels most comfortable [more…]

Highest Range of the Dudes: Tenor

Thanks to the Three Tenors, the Irish Tenors, and even Three Mo’ Tenors, you probably have a good idea of what the tenor voice type sounds like. [more…]

He Is So Low: The Bass Singing Range

Singing bass, the lowest range of the voice types, is a deep matter. The bass is the person who sings all the cool low notes in the barbershop quartet. [more…]

Evaluating Your Singing Posture

Your singing posture can mean a full, open voice or a tight and strained sound. Which singing sound do you produce? Evaluate your posture in front of a full-length mirror. Notice the way you hold your [more…]

Creating Correct Singing Posture

Creating correct posture means finding out what correct posture looks like and feels like so that you can quickly make whatever changes you need. By changing your posture, you control what kind of impression [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Balance

The root of good singing posture is the position of your feet and the balance of weight on your feet. Seems like the feet are a long way from the singing process, but equal distribution of weight on the [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Feet Position

Regardless of the width of your shoulders, for good singing posture you want to align your feet under your hips. A lot of people tend to put their feet at shoulder width, which may or may not work for [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Flexed Ankles

Your best singing posture requires that you have your ankles open and flexible when you’re standing. Sitting in a chair or standing on one leg, move your foot around to feel the flexibility in your ankle [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Engaged Legs

For singing, you want to engage the entire body in making sound. The legs are your support system, and you want them to hold you up without tightening. Try the following suggestion to discover how to engage [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Released Hips

One way singers can improve posture and enable easy breathing is to release their hips to open the muscles. Open muscles means less tension and better singing. [more…]

Components of Good Singing Posture: Head and Shoulder Balance

Part of a singer's excellent posture is a head that is well-balanced on the shoulders. Use the idea that you can lengthen the spine through the neck up into the head so that the head balances on top of [more…]

How Singers Release Tension in the Upper Body

Savvy singers release tension in the upper body to allow for a more open sound and easier breathing. To release any tension in your arms and hands while singing, you also want to check in with the areas [more…]

How Singers Release Tension in the Face and Head

Believe it or not, tension in the head and face is pretty common in singers. You can see tension in the face when the eyebrows lift or the brow furrows. The facial muscles may also hold tension, even though [more…]

Components of Good Posture: Walking with Ease

Maintaining your posture while walking makes a big difference in your appearance and your ability to sing while walking or moving. You may actually have to sing while walking around the stage. Church choirs [more…]

Singing: Projecting Confidence through Posture

Projecting confidence while singing involves finding your correct posture and maintaining it throughout a performance. If you maintain that posture and a calm expression even if you forget the words to [more…]

Basics of Breathing for Singing

When you sing, you need to know how to breathe properly as you sing the phrases of a song. As you sing, you inhale quickly and exhale slowly to gain the breath control you need to sing efficiently. Controlled [more…]

Singing Posture: Brace Yourself for Good Breathing

Breathing efficiently when you sing is a combination of great posture and skillful inhaling and exhaling. Remember the importance of good singing posture: It allows you to get a deep, full breath. If you [more…]

Phrases Used during Singing Lessons

If you’ve had some singing lessons, you may be confused by all the phrases and terms singers use to describe breathing. Your voice teacher or choir director may have said, “Support that note” or “Sing [more…]

Singing: How to Move Your Back for Better Breathing

Opening your back while singing helps your breathing — after all, your back (or spine) is connected to your ribs. So how does this help singers? Quickly opening your back helps air to fall into your lungs [more…]

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