Archive for July, 2009

Gravity and the jaw

July 28, 2009

The jaw is a muscle that actually wants to drop automatically. And if one is relaxed, it would do so. This relaxation of the jaw should be used in singing. Let the jaw drop and pull it up. Most of the time, the jaw should not be pulled down strongly using the side of the throat muscles.

In singing, there are no pull-down muscles of the jaw.   When opening the jaw, it is a pull backward.  Gravity pulls down.

So, to sing well, must use gravity together with pulling backward, so as to maximize relaxation.   This is the same as Alan Greene’s concept of a backward jaw.


Overall posture

July 28, 2009

People’s original, and usually not-properly-aligned, postures are different, and there is no single corrective treatment method.   The following is my posture changes needed, which may apply to many others.

Feet to be properly balancing spine–orthotics if necessary.

Knees somewhat straight.  Excessive bent knees is a clue that the posture is leaning too much.

Hips pushed forward.

Abdomen tighten

Chest expanded and upper chest protruded.

Throat somewhat relaxed.

Upper chest protruded such that the throat and head balance.

Jaw ready to be dropped and not protruded forward.

Face and nostrils relaxed.

EV967 microphone

July 20, 2009

Compared to the EV767, the 967 is a muddier mic on the bass, meaning, that it is less precise between each tone emitted.   But, it does sound somewhat nearly as full, and because, in my opinion, the EV767 is frequently too bassy-full, the 937 is actually a better sound frequently for my voice.

The 937 has a roll-off switch, a big advantage.

Nasal and mask

July 20, 2009

The nose muscles must be relaxed and sound sent forward.  This improves head resonance.

singing highs

July 17, 2009

Pull jaws backwards. Decreases tension on throat.   Also send sounds to a more open throat and preferably up through the top of the head (back of the throat)–to increase resonance and thereby cause less stress.

My personal experience though is that deliberately tightening the throat and presumably the vocal cords can create a higher shrill high, but this is more tiring on the throat.   The above mentioned type of highs is more relaxing, but doesn’t sound as “tough”, although close.

Stretch principle and throat

July 13, 2009

The principle of stretching to straighten the posture also applies to the throat and mouth, except here now, it is not necessarily to straighten. It is to additionally expand and sometimes to lengthen.

In practicing singing here, constantly strive to open your back of the throat muscles wider and lengthen the back of the throat. Overtime, these muscles will regain their tone and the more capable sounds created will be available when you are singing.

These efforts also enable for new types of sounds.

Remember that the support structure for the throat and neck will affect these muscles, which will then facilitate for the inner throat muscles to lengthen and expand.

Many people have trouble with the support structure for the throat and neck, and these top of chest, shoulders, and upper back muscles and spinal alignment issues can be difficult to get rid of.

Additionally, these are locked in placed by the excessive tension in the throat.

advanced posture-effect concepts

July 11, 2009

Nose–less strain on nasal muscles (e.g. effort, strain, disgust).    In addition to singing better, this will make breathing easier.

Eyes–less intense around eye muscles. Result will be better 3D perception and more color intensity. Audience perceive singer as less strained and more relaxed. Also ties into nasal muscles

Principles here are the same–more relaxed the muscles, better physiological results and better singing.

The strained efforts seen frequently on singers can have emotional stage impact, but for better range still, more relaxed face and nose can create higher range sounds.

mic use

July 11, 2009

Even though he sways constantly, B. B. King creates a consistent circumference around the microphone, so as to generate a consistent volume sound.