|Tunes & Travels|
by Jennifer Matthews
Taking a quick deep breath in, not raising the chest but sending the breath directly to the deep lower lung, you will feel an expansion and a pressure on the diaphragm. This is good, you want to feel that. Once you take the breath in don’t let it go right away, but contract the lower abdominal muscles to maintain and support the breath. That in turn controls the air flow that goes through the vocal chords and helps you to create a control and support over your voice to perform what you are singing with grace and ease.
You should never feel a tightness in the throat area,
and if you do, that means that you are straining. This kind of feeling
takes the joy out of singing and becomes quite a distraction which leads
to loss of confidence and focus. In reality what is happening is that
you are straining the muscles surrounding the voice box and they are screaming
at you to stop. Once you learn the correct way to sing with a solid technique,
that tightness in the throat will disappear, and you will have more freedom
to enjoy singing and using your voice with more power, skill and creativity.
Listen to your body as it always tells you what it