Here's an article I wrote many years ago on the benefits of singing, and it is especially timely all these years later.
Singing is a natural remedy on many levels!
In these times when we may be cooped up in our homes - belting out a tune may be one of the best things we can do for our health and peace of mind!
Enjoy the article! Cheers, Beth Lawrence
10 Ways Singing Can Change Your Life!
©2006 Beth Lawrence
If you love to sing, then you're already aware that singing is fun, energizing and a great stress reducer. But if you’re one of millions who claim " I can’t sing!" then I suggest that you consider singing as an absolutely free, non-prescription, safe and effective life-enhancing tool.
In my "Joyful Singing" workshop, I remind shy singers, "You were born singing! It's as easy and natural as speaking!" If you're facing physical, emotional or mental challenges, or if you just want more peace and happiness, here are 10 ways singing can change your life.
1. Promotes deep breathing!
As you begin to use "full body breathing" with a relaxed, soft belly, you allow the diaphragm to drop down, giving the lungs the freedom to expand more fully. Relaxed abdominals are essential for proper breath support while singing. I like to think of "filling up like a balloon" when I sing. This gives firm, active breath support and allows for deep, full breathing. Singing promotes slow, deep, healthy breathing, and exercises the lungs.
Singing is a great way to stay healthy.
When you're singing you:
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And of course.....keep singing!
Each time that I offer my 'Conquer Stage Fear Forever!' workshop I'm always amused at the responses I get. Usually folks will say 'I'd love to come, but I'm just too terrified to sing in front of people.' Or a musician who registered for the class emailed me, very concerned saying 'Will I make a fool of myself in front of everyone?
These responses are so common, but this is exactly why I offer this workshop! For those very reasons, so that everyone can GET RID OF THEIR FEARS, and take the stage without all those blocks and baggage keeping them from something they love!
There are three ways we avoid our fears: 1) by discounting - saying 'oh, it doesn't matter if I ever sing again…it's silly anyway."
2) by disliking - saying "Oh, I hate to sing, I'm a terrible singer."
3) by being in denial - by putting it out of our mind without thought or comment
And all three ways of avoiding our fear keeps us from living our fullest, best life.
If you were given the opportunity to get rid of a lifelong fear, why wouldn't you? When you keep your fear locked up in a closet, you may think 'it doesn't matter', or 'you don't like it', or you refuse to think about it. But your subconscious mind thinks about it all the time; it KNOWS what's behind that closet door. And continued avoidance only causes disappointment, stress and disease. Wouldn't it be easier to just get over your fear and do that thing that you've always wanted to do?
I've been a singer for 40 years and I've had my own case of stage fear early on. But I got over it, and now that I have years of experience, I'm able to create a system for getting rid of fear on the physical, emotional and mental levels so that you are finally clear of its burden.
If there's something you want to do in life, don't trivialize it; don't ignore it; find a way to have the courage to transcend your fear and live that dream. If not you will forever regret that you didn't face the monster in the closet, that in reality is nothing more than a product of faulty logic created when you were too young to create your own truth. If you'll open the door and face your fear, you'll be surprised to see that it's nothing more than dust and cobwebs that can no longer hurt you.
What's the monster that's holding YOU back?
Cheers, Beth Lawrence
Copyright ©2019, All rights reserved, Beth Lawrence
Music Improves Reading Skills
Do you know anyone who has Dyslexia? If so, music can help some of the skills associated with reading and comprehension! Fascinating! This is an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times.
Reading: Research suggests that people with dyslexia, or difficulty reading, also fare poorly on tests of auditory processing. Their timing is also poor. They have difficulty filtering out unwanted background noise and "tuning in" to sounds — such as a teacher's instruction — that they want to hear. Intensive music instruction has been found to improve those skills, and with them, some skills related to reading.
Speakers! If you've got a breathy voice, then you have no vocal power!
Singers! If you've got a breathy voice, you could damage your voice by pushing too hard!
Here's a quick fix for speakers and singers who have a breathy voice.
And remember - a breathy voice is an annoying voice!! So get rid of that breathy voice now!
Yup. You start to talk, and people's eyebrows squeeze together. You sing, and your audience scatters. You're giving a training and your trainees can't make eye contact or they'll bust out laughing. Sound familiar? If so, you may be speaking or singing with a horribly annoying NASAL voice! Nothing is worse than trying to listen to someone who has a tight, nasal sound.
Watch my short video below and you'll discover an incredibly EASY trick to getting rid of that nasal voice QUICKLY!
It's all about OPENING THE THROAT. Yes, that's it! And in this video I'll show you HOW to lift the soft palate and lower the back of the tongue - which you're not doing and that's why you have a NASAL VOICE!
So give your audience a break. Develop a pleasing voice. Have your message heard and not rejected! Watch the video and GET RID OF THAT NASAL VOICE!
Please comment and tell me how great you sound after you've watched the video! Cheers, Beth Lawrence
I recently got a question from a student who was taking my '3 Step Prep System for Voice' online course.
She asked: "When I engage (the diaphragm) I feel like my belly is poking out. Is this what I should feel?"
My answer was this:
"Rather than the feeling of 'poking out', I like to think of the feeling of EXPANSION. Your belly should be relaxed, the diaphragm area firm, and as the diaphragm engages, it EXPANDS slightly down and out. If you feel that you are 'pushing' your belly or diaphragm area out, then back off a bit because you don't want to create any tension in your body. Think of the simple act of 'filling up with air' as a natural and dynamic basis for proper breathing." Cheers, Beth Lawrence
Group online singing gathering!
If you're a shower singer - if you are a car singer - if you're a choir singer who wants to be a soloist -- whatever kind of singer you are, it's time you got confident and started......
SINGING LIKE A BIRD!
The Canary Club is for singers just like YOU who want to sing out with a big, healthy, beautiful voice!
So make yourself happy.
Step out of the Shower....
Open your car window....
Step to the microphone....
Learn more about The Canary Club, an online, live, Group singing class that you can join no matter where you live! Enjoy singing in the comfort of your own home while singing in a group, online!
In our deepest heart of hearts, everyone loves to sing. It's how we've always expressed ourselves through the ages. Then someone told you that you weren't very good at it, and you believed them. No more singing for you! No more embarrassing moments in choir! You quit. You never sang again, at least when you thought someone might hear you!
But wouldn't it feel wonderful to finally get over it, and learn the truth, that no matter what anyone told you - singing is natural, fun, and you can do it without any self-judgement!
Does Bob Dylan have a good voice - not in my opinion, but that hasn't stopped him from having a smashingly successful career! So buck up, breathe, and belt out a tune because what you sound like is totally subjective to your listener. Become immune to the opinion of others and sing for the JOY of it.
As they say....sing like nobody's listening!
I've got new Community Classes starting next month in Midway, Utah! They're designed specifically to give you confidence in your voice, and in front of your audience.
JOYFUL SINGING! - That's right, make it FUN
CLAIM YOUR STAGE - Be Brilliant in front of any audience
On my YOUTUBE channel I have a Playlist Series I call 'If I Were Your Vocal Coach....'. I do 'mock' coaching sessions of celebrities, showing by way of demonstration, how their technique affects their performance in positive and sometimes negative ways. I then apply the concepts of my Lawrence Vocal System to their singing to show how they might sing differently to get a different result.
I recently posted an 'If I Were Your Vocal Coach....Josh Groban' session, and got this comment, from a Josh Groban fan who was defending him. My response is below.
If you'd like to see the Josh Groban mock session filmed from a LIVE @Periscope TV broadcast, SEE IT HERE.
I talk about using 'body placement' and 'aiming back' not into the mask.
Here's my reply to a Josh Groban fan:
+Amy Collins - Thanks for your question. In the video, you'll hear me say that I love @Josh Groban's voice. He sounds great and I even say 'there's nothing wrong with his voice'. In this video I'm simply demonstrating through Josh Groban's technique - how a different placement in the body, and 'aiming back', not forward as he does - can create a different sound, and ultimately make singing easier and more secure. No criticism, just a demonstration and suggestion that there are different ways to produce your sound when singing. Cheers, Beth Lawrence, http://allaboutvoice.com
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!"