As an actor or singer, your instrument lives within you, inside the container of your body; therefore how you align your body while performing will substantially affect how well your vocal instrument is able to function. For maximum power, stamina and support, adopt a posture called Singer’s Stance (or Actor’s Stance), which is based largely off of yoga and effective ready-position posture for most sports. If you are familiar with mountain pose in yoga, you’ll recognize a lot of the elements of this stance.Read More
While breathing for non-performers is a simple and involuntary process, singers and actors must take many variables into account while breathing in the context of a song or dialogue, including timing, length, and depth of breath. As musical and theatre artists explore more advanced breathing techniques, including sustaining air and breath planning, they are bound to run into a few challenges. This article explores a few of the most common breathing problems and what you can do to fix them.Read More
In a recent post we discussed breathing exercises for singers and actors that will help you breathe properly and powerfully to maximize your singing and speaking potential. As a follow up to learning how to breathe, it’s also important to know when to breathe during a song. If you’re breathing properly but at the wrong times, you still won’t see the results you’re hoping for in your performances.
Breath planning is the process of planning out and writing in all of the breaths you are going to take during your entire song. Although untrained singers are usually unaware of this practice....Read More
Breathing, for most people, is a completely involuntary process that doesn’t require thinking or action. However, as singers and actors we have to manipulate our breathing to fit around the structure of a song or dialogue. We have to take an uncontrolled process and learn to control it, while still allowing the mechanism to work fully and properly on its own. This is a tall order!
Below are a few exercises to help new performers get started with feeling, understanding and controlling their breathing.Read More
This article is a follow up to the recent post, "Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits." Here we will describe the technical reasons that vocal warm up exercises are so critical to any singer or actor’s routine. Between these two blog posts, you’ll gain a broader understanding of why you’re warming up, why instructors and directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process.Read More
The importance of vocal warm ups tends to be assumed and glossed over, as though we all know why these exercises are so critical to any singer or actor’s routine. This article breaks down the non-technical reasons for warming up, while the technical details can be found in a second article, “The Technical Benefits of Vocal Warm Ups.” Between these two blog posts, you’ll gain a broader understanding of why you’re warming up, why instructors an directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process.Read More
Being able to use an expansive range of notes is one of the most sought after qualities in a skilled singer. A large range allows you to use your best quality tone consistently on a wide range of pieces and genres, allows you to the flexibility to sing low or high voice parts as a member of ensembles, and allows you to be cast in many different types of productions within opera and musical theatre. Rather than stay comfortable within the mid-section of your range like many singers do, why not challenge yourself to keep your voice growing and make yourself more marketable as a musician? Here are 5 steps to get you started on expanding your vocal range:Read More
When musical and performing artist go to college, it's usually easy for them to declare a major - their passion easily drives their decision. However, they will often hear critics asking this question: "well, what are you going to do with as degree in MUSIC?" Well, cynical people, here's the blog post for you - a list of things that a music major is handy or necessary for. And it turns out the list is quite long:Read More