Expanded chest and ribs for singing

The question is asked whether the rib should be expanded. 

 http://www.punbb-hosting.com/forums/themodernvocalist/viewtopic.php?id=586

 The question, in my opinion, should not be whether to keep the ribs deliberately expanded, but, instead, how to have the rib relaxed and in tone, which, in my opinion, is usually is a far more expanded state.  Your singing state should be its ribs in muscular tone state and adjusted for the emotional effect your singing is trying to achieve.

The reason the ribs are usually not in a relaxed and in-muscular-tone state is because of posture problems and emotional tension.  These are difficult to fix, but if fixed, the result will be an expanded chest, similar to what is described frequently in professional dance classes.   It is also possible to attain an expanded rib similar to that in a military stance, but this often produces lesser varieties of emotional sounds.

 Interesting how the words musical tone and muscular tone are related—this is what http://www.vocalposture.com is stating.

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3 Responses to “Expanded chest and ribs for singing”

  1. Sandra Says:

    Hi, I arrived at your blog from the comment you leave on amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/New-Voice-Sing-Speak-Properly/dp/0881881414/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268061389&sr=8-1

    I’ve red The new voice by Alan Greene and started the exercises last week.
    I simply wish to contact someone who used this method (possibly succesful).

    Do you wish to help me?

    Bye Sandra

  2. webandnet Says:

    Hi Sandra,

    I apologize that I was unaware of your posting until now.

    My method, partially described in this blog, is complimentary to Greene’s. Greene is concerned with “detensing” the vocal apparatus through releasing tension in the upper vocal tract. My approach is that the upper vocal tract tension is partially caused and mostly reinforced by posture; thereby, once the posture is changed, Greene’s tension areas are mostly also gone.

  3. webandnet Says:

    What I’ve personally found is that most, if not all, of what Greene says is correct. My difference is that the causal sources are not explored effectively by Greene.

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