Posts Tagged ‘chest’

Expanded chest and ribs for singing

January 8, 2010

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.

Tan Tien, floating chest, thorax, and abdomen

January 7, 2010

Proper tan tien means proper hip and lower spine alignment.   This affects the entire posture.  3D dynamic movement, so not just 2D.  This part is critical, because it is a 3D dynamic and in several free motions.

After tan tien, the abdomen needs to be strengthened. 

Subsequently, it is the concept that I call “free floating chest”.   This is freer intracoastal (sp) muscles–expanding chest outward, and uplifting upper chest, and the entire chest being uplifted higher.

So, the entire chest is expanded.  Hence, this is also the basis for the Eastern meditation methods’  focus on breathing methods.