You wouldn't run a marathon on your first day back from a jogging hiatus. The same concept applies to singing. Head of faculty at Berkshire Choral Festival and director of choral activities at Lewis and Clark College, Kathy Fitzgibbon, offers her advice for coming back to singing after a summer off.
Warm up your voice with Melanie DeMore during this "Morning Sing" at Chorus America's 2011 Conference in San Francisco. Her exuberant energy and innovative technique for teaching the songs are at the core of these refreshing and uplifting clips.
The ancient practice of yoga can help you establish good singing posture, become aware of your body, and use your breath effectively.
Learn how tension in the tailbone can negatively affect your singing, and how to counteract it with a lunge exercise.
As singers, we all need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time. Try improving yours with this mindfulness exercise.
The bones in the body can move in internal or external rotation -- learn how to recognize the difference between these two motions and develop an awareness for how they can be used to reduce tension.
Instructor Justin Montigne explains how the practice of yoga or proprioceptive awareness can benefit singers.
Chakras are believed in Eastern traditions to be invisible energy "organs" of the body. Justin explains how singers can tap into expressive performances by becoming aware of the chakras.
Long seated rehearsal? Alleviate tiredness in the lower back with this simple twist.
Learn to find your "sitting bones" and develop a grounded posture for seated singing.
Justin shows us how to find "Tadasana," or Mountain Pose—very similar to good singing posture!
All of our "singing structures" are along the spine. If your spine is out of alignment or your body is in an uncomfortable position, you cannot support your sound easily. Voice teacher Shauna Fallihee shows how to sit or stand in a way that supports and frees the voice.