Shoulder Girdle Movements and Singing

The shoulder girdle movements and singing share an important relationship. Shoulders are complex entities that move in multiple different ways. Yet many of us habitually move our shoulders in only two or three ways, and that can lead to imbalances in muscular development and may cause vocal problems. Here’s an image of some of the […]

Tongue Position for Breathing

My dentist, the brilliant Dr. Erik Graham, told me two years ago that the place for the tongue when breathing at rest is on the roof of the mouth. It’s supposed to press up towards the heavens on the bone of the hard palate, NOT pressing forward on the upper teeth, mind you, unless you […]

The Devil On Your Shoulder

Judgment in Singing I used to criticize my voice all the time. When I was practicing, I could hardly make it through a phrase without finding fault with my diction, my intonation, my resonance, and (certainly not “or” in this case) my breath support. One of my favorite teachers told me to get the devil […]

Neck Strengthening Exercises

Many of our problems in singing come from muscular imbalance. The muscles in the neck and collarbones are often neglected, yet their ability to contract and relax in a coordinated fashion is directly related to producing a free vocal tone. Here are a series of exercises that, when executed properly, will ease tension in the […]

Balance in practicing voice

Sometimes our bodies are off balance as we sing. When right and left sides are not equally energized, muscular imbalances manifest in your sound. Then your voice is also off balance! What are the symptoms? Muscular imbalance can show up as squeezing, compression, tension, pain, numbness, or exhaustion in particular muscles. You may experience sensations […]