Do you get hoarse when you sing or speak? Does your jaw ache after you've been singing a long gig? Are your shoulders tense when you're
No matter what kind of singing you do, there should never be any
tension in your throat, jaw or body. Tension works against the natural, relaxed flow of sound you are creating when you're singing correctly.
Start to be aware of how you FEEL when you're singing! Does your throat get sore easily? Are your shoulders down and relaxed or hunched up.
Are you dropping your jaw or is it clenched up when you sing? All these things will begin to paint a picture of what you're doing with your body - and its parts - that have a direct effect on how effortlessly you're singing.
Clients always say 'how do I know if I'm singing the right way?' My best answer is simply - 'if it feels good, it's probably correct. If it feels bad, then you need to adjust whatever you're doing that feels bad.'
So if singing doesn't feel good to you, I'd guess that you're going to notice some vocal challenges come up for you. Singing should be easy, natural and effortless. One of the best ways to get started in that direction is to focus on your breathing. Conscious breathing is one of my 7 Steps for Singing Like A Pro, a simple system for freeing the voice from damaging tension and
Breathe. Relax. Release the voice. Simple! And it feels good, too!
From Beth Lawrence
If you're serious about singing then you've got to take care of your voice. Here are some healthy ways to do that!
Beth Lawrence, Award-winning singer, songwriter and author of "From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!"