Posts Tagged ‘emotions’

Singing emotions and microexpressions

May 14, 2009

To better understand how microexpressions (which I claim the name doesn’t explain its causes well, as are many terms in the “subconscious” terminology) affect singing:

To sing an emotion, basically the vocal structure needs to be formed in a certain way…. whether it is sadness, anger, happiness.   This means that there are large muscle movements that cause a sad face, an angry face, an enthusiastic body, etc.  

Microexpressions are frequently subconscious reflexes, and my claim is that these are imbued within the tonicity of muscles and the myofascia tissues.   This is less of a nerves issue, but is instead a failure in the nervous system complete circuit.

What happens with the microexpressions is that they prevent the larger muscles from fully extending itself.   Hence, if one has suppressed sadness, the imbued sad tissue-tension counter the happiness gestures.   So, if one tries to sing happy, and is feeling sad unconsciously; yes it will work, but not nearly as well as if the microexpression sadness wasn’t there.

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Emotions, posture, and microexpressions

May 13, 2009

I agree, Judy, posture and emotions are interrelated. This is why in meditation there is such an emphasis on a straight spine–because a straight spine gently pulls all the tensed and loose muscles into alignment. This is also why yoga has pose and counterpose. The objectives of both of these practices are to reach a spiritual level where the “soul” isn’t affected by the emotions. In modern terms, we can think of this as “detensing” the muscles to achieve mental and emotional flexibility and stability.

There was a U. of Chicago scientist Eugene Gindlin (sp?) who wrote a book titled “Focusing”, which described a term now known as “microexpressions”? These are subconscious emotions, usually not visible to outsiders, that express true emotions. This gives a clue as to how emotions work–they are bound up with the muscles.

Thus, I’m suggesting, unless suppressed microexpression emotions are gotten rid of, it is very difficult to sing the songs that the feel is counter to the emotions. It is possible though to sing songs that the feel is consistent with these emotions–this can also be a form of sublimation.

Microexpression emotions cannot be gotten rid of by forcibly getting one into good posture–it takes a long time to get rid of these emotional muscular miniscule tensions.

Anyhow, these ideas are being blogged in my VocalPosture.com website.