Sometime even the best of us get into bad habits!
Today I thought it be best if I write about the common mistakes advanced Singers tend to make. I had the great priviledge of joining the Luminous masterclass this week and it opened my eyes to 3 common mistakes we all could be making as advanced singers.
1 POSTURE POSTURE POSTURE
Recently I managed to click my neck out from sleeping badly and it has really affected the way I sing. I didn’t even realize that I was placing my neck slightly forward and the impact this has had on my voice.
Posture and body alignment is so important when it comes to singing. As singers, your body is your instrument, so if you have pulled a muscle or have overdone it at the gym, your muscles and joints can be effected which in turn affects your body which is your “instrument” which of course affects your voice. SO! Just by having good posture, makes your breathing better which results in better sound production. Who would have thought!
2 TONGUE TENSION
Shoo this is one that never gets old. The tongue is linked to the top of your vocal folds so if you have tension in your tongue, it has a drastic effect on your voice! Ask me, I have the t-shirt with this one! I lost feeling on the left side of my tongue when having my wisdom teeth out and let me tell you something, I thought my days as a singer were over. Getting the main nerve in my tongue to work again took 6 months. SIX MONTHS!!!!!! Wowzer it was a crazy time but tongue push-ups became my best friend!!! Yup you heard me right! Push-ups seem to come in all shapes & sizes !!You want to try keep your tongue behind your bottom teeth at all times. If your tongue pulls back or stiffens up it can block the back of your throat (aka pharyngeal space) this puts strain on your cords because your voice has to work that much harder because the space is closed and this definitely causes tension and strain. Hi My name is Mia & I have been victim to tongue tension!
3 VOCAL PLACEMENT & RESONANCE
Resonance should be your best friend as a singer! It’s important!!! It gives a rich fullness to the sound of your voice. It’s what makes you different to every one else & It is an art you learn over many years of practicing good placement. Placing the note in your different resonators creates space for the sounds to move. Your Resonators are
- Chest voice – this is the lowest part of your singing voice,
- Head voice – this is the highest sound in your singing voice,
- Mixed Voice – this is the middle of your register,
- Nasal Resonance – helps to carry your sounds forward which makes them sound a whole bunch happier.
The whole aim is to move through each resonating chamber with one continuous stream of sound. So in other words…Learn your Instrument. Learn your Body. Learn about what you can and can’t do. Listen to your body and most importantly…you’re never too good to practice!