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Suppression on pain and thoughts

April 13, 2014

This is a natural part of the mind.    In case of CMP, pain can be suppressed a long time.  Tingling and other body signals are ignored.

If excessive pain builds up, then the suppression is overwhelmed.

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Lower back and pelvis as fulcrum

July 26, 2013

Source of prana and location of tan tien.

Is the base support for most of upper body and is the fulcrum point between upper and lower.

This must be in correct position and move correctly.  Otherwise, there will always be lots of tight tissues.

Also, this is the foundation for freely moving spine, which should be freely moving with the music and rhythm.

This part is also needed to coordinate between legs and upper body.

Making changes and philosophy

July 15, 2013

Making changes involve lots of factors.   The body and mind works in a certain way and a number of steps in its control can affect how changes are done.

VocalPosture deals with a slight sliver in all this.   Vocal tensions that are caused by structural and reinforced by emotional tension.

In solving a challenge, one has to understand the cause of the problem.   We’re just dealing with a small portion of the many possible problems.

We are claiming though that this problem is very common, and such claim is supported by several ancient texts.

Exercises and aging

July 6, 2013

Good example, frontman for Asleep at the Wheel.   Though in his sixties, still working as singer.

Important to upkeep your body’s fitness.

Voice changes after waking

March 25, 2013

http://themodernvocalist.punbb-hosting.com/viewtopic.php?id=6597

 

My two cents worth.

Your vocal tract is relaxed when you wake up. It tenses throughout the day, due to a number of possible reasons, including, emotional tension, body cycles, bad posture, feelings and mood, type of food ingested, playing guitar, difficult tasks, etc., and gravity.

The vocal tract is attached to all other parts of one’s body, so tension arising from elsewhere can affect the vocal tract, reshaping your sound production methods.

Food, playing guitar, difficult tasks are easy to test, and emotional tension is easy to spot.   The others require more awareness–ergonomics, posture, feelings and moods.   These latter three can be fixed by ergonomics furniture and posture alignment (this is difficult to do though).  The feelings and moods are fixed via posture alignment, as described in meditation principles.

The question is less regarding why you’re tensioning when playing guitar, and instead, why your body doesn’t “detense” after playing the guitar and does so during your sleep.   In general, this is probably due to one’s posture alignment isn’t right, because if the posture is correct, then the counteracting muscles will pull and detense the tensed muscles when posture is straight.

 

>>>Hello, i have a problem with my voice. When i wake up my whole vocal system is very relaxed and i can hit from C2 to G6 and all the notes in between without any strain. My vocal fry is edgy and tone is clear, in short everything is perfect and i am really happy:D.

The bad news are that this quality and range (i dont care much about my whistle though its fun to have) is lost throughout the day and even within 1-2 hours without doing anything vocally… i mean not vocalizing at all. Vocal fry goes “bye bye” and i have to push to get the very high notes and i am limited from an F2 to a pushed G5 at best or ~G2 – ~D5 “solid” range. Also the quality degrades with little bit air, edge is greatly reduced. Only good thing is my highs E4-C5 become somewhat more powerful and easy to hit with fuller voice.

I think i am tensioning myself. Many times i find out i am tensioning especially when i play guitar or piano difficult exercises i am straining my jaw and probably my neck. This also happens without any activities, i mean doing nothing at all… :/

Any thoughts / advices?

Exercising, Yin and Yang

February 24, 2013

Think of exercising and stretching and yin and yang.  What one wants to achieve is harmony, like the ancient yin-yang symbol.

 

In yoga, this is expressed as stretch and counter stretch.

The reason your exercise affects singing negatively is because of excessive of one (yin or stretch).  What you need to do is to find the counterbalance– (yang or counter stretch), so that your voice attains harmony.

 

throat massage and myofascia

February 24, 2013

 

Anyone know more about these myofascia massage on throat methods?

Standing meditations

October 10, 2012

Focus deeply, not just a standing meditation, but continued deep reaching in of the tensions.

Self, thoughts.   Both thoughts and self can cause body actions.   Want the self, because thoughts are too many.

In my case, walking based on thoughts is such a body action.

My contrarian view

July 30, 2012

http://themodernvocalist.punbb-hosting.com/viewtopic.php?id=4670&p=1

Well, here’s my typical contrarian view.   Though I agree that Felipe has defined the problem accurately–that tension is the source of many difficulties, I believe the answers lie slightly different from what he said– strength building and coordination.

The answer I believe, lie in balance and posture, which results in muscle tonality and vocal pathway straightening and enhanced resonance.

Let’s first look at the logic.   1. Tension is not only the muscle fiber, but also their enwrapping myofascia tissue, and also tension of glandular tissues.   2. The body usually has diametrically opposed muscles– that is, weakness in one suggests tightness in its opposite.    These diametrically opposed muscles are what keeps one’s support structure and arms and head upright.

Also, let’s ask some questions:   1. Why doesn’t the body naturally strengthen its diametrically opposed muscles (rather than have to strengthen some particular muscle, as suggested above)?    2. What is coordination, other than the proper functionality of the diametrically opposed muscles?  3. What kinds of tension are we referring to?

But, to get to the point.   Strength building of a weakened muscle can help in restoring the Balance of diametrically opposed muscles, but there are many sources of weakened, taut diametrically opposed muscle set, including emotional, injury, myofascia, more…, and strength building only helps with one.

The elimination of these tensions, to restore the Balance of diametrically opposed muscle, is a resulting natural, innate human trait of in tone, balanced muscles.  These are what is meant by to restore one’s childness and perhaps even part of the Yin-Yang, in Eastern religions and philosophies.

And the starting point for all these– posture alignment– utilizing yoga exercises (by these, I mean more Eastern yoga), and then alignment of the spine to then practice meditation.

In summary, Balance through spinal alignment to get rid of tensions, instead of immediate strength building.

 

 

The wide variety of singing methods

December 5, 2011

From:  http://themodernvocalist.punbb-hosting.com/viewtopic.php?id=3164

By Nathan…

“So I know we all have our preference when it comes to singing methodology. Some use SLS, CVT, TVS, RYV etc. The problem is that all of these 3 lettered abbreviations we swear by have very differents methods and opinions on, often, the same area. Rarely do you find that they all unanimously agree on any particular thing. I’ve been encountering this problem all over the place whilst at music school. Different teachers, following different methods, will teach different things to the same students, which leaves us all dazed and confused….”

Instead of trying to figure out what the right technique is, start with determining the message you’re trying to deliver to the audience. Ask the question, what’s your singing worth without the audience’s hearing?  It is well known that people hear emotional messaging surprisingly well.

So, instead of trying to create specific tones, start with actualizing your emotional message.   Then, set the emotional in rhythm with the music.  Then make the message melodic (and a little poetic)    These are easier steps, and are difficult as is.   But, actually, you will probably do well, because you’ve had a lifetime of practicing this, as you’ve already expressed emotionally simply growing up, and your vocal apparatus know how to do these.

So, the first step, in my opinion, is to get to know yourself (as above).  (Isn’t it interesting how ancient philosophical ideas are so true?)

The next step, is to get rid of tension, and I believe this is accomplished by straightening body posture.  Tension makes it very difficult to sing properly.  Again, this is a view of “Know Thyself”– that is know by ridding what shouldn’t be with you.

The above two steps may take some time, maybe even a few years– to know yourself isn’t so easy.

After learning these two, it then may be appropriate to learn some methods to enhance.  But ask the question again, if know thyself is true, shouldn’t you be able to know your own produced sounds?   And also, know how these sounds are produced?   That is, If you can hear properly, you’ll be able to adjust your singing accordingly.   (Simple things can be very difficult).

Focus on the simple things first– know thyself, hearing thyself, straighten posture  — singing will naturally follow (isn’t this what Buddhists also says, in a way?)

In summary, sing to the audience an emotional message they’ll understand first, then learn what’s stopping your emotional message from being tonal.