Your Body is an Instrument. All of it.
Updated: Oct 18, 2018
No matter what type of singing you want to do, the point of having a vocal technique is to endeavor to train consciously the coordination of body and breath for optimal vocal fold closure (phonation). If you read any scientific journal, the pure function of creating sound from our voice is traditionally attributed only to the vocal folds, larynx, pharynx, lungs and diaphragm.
But when we look at the body as a whole, we see that these core areas are attached to others by a network of muscles and fascia connective tissue, which the Comprehensive Vocal Technique refers to as the the sub-body parts of singing; all of which are essential to physiologically healthy singing.
Did you know that your spine, the shoulders, the chest, the ribs, the stomach muscles, our butt muscles, facial muscles, stomach muscles, legs, neck, how you hang your arms and tense or grip your hands, or even how your place your feet may have a say in how you sing? As we go through this blog, you will find out how.
One thing to note: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are the sexual parts of the body involved in technical singing. Hey, I’ve seen it all. Really. And even had and seen quite a few “respected” teachers purporting in some way that we sing from our private parts (I know, I know! I should have pressed charges!). Okay, if the idea of it makes you feel like you sing better or give you some other singing persona, then that’s your personal placebo to take. But in terms of promoting consistent singing technique and improving your physical ability to perform simple singing tasks, I’d rather leave it to real science.