Jeannie touches on the affect that the stomach can have on sining in this lesson. She says that if there is any tension in the stomach during a performance, that tension will follow up in to the vocal folds and it will be harder to sing than it would be if the stomach was relaxed.
- Anybody ever tell you that when you sing, you need to push your stomach in or like, pull it in in a controlled motion. Any directions you've ever received regarding your belly? Breathing, etc. Many have. So what about it? What about the stomach? Early on in my teaching, I noticed more and more of the singers that I was working with would be applying many of the fundamentals but I still heard a certain kind of tension in their voice and I wasn't really sure, cause I was still formulating a lot of things.
I wasn't really sure what it was coming from. And one day, I remember looking at someone in front of me and I realized, their belly, they were pulling their belly in. And I thought, hmm. Well, I know enough about anatomy of singing, and I know what that could be doing. What you're about to learn yourself. So, the thing about pulling the stomach in or having any kind of belly tension is, muscles coordinate, so when this area is tight, it immediately reflects here.
It's incredible and it will always happen. Tension here, tension here. Release here, it may feel weird at first if you're accustomed to singing that way, but, you know, step by step you get accustomed to a new sensation, which leads toward much greater freedom of singing, much easier singing and often, a much bigger voice, in terms of, I don't know, just having more sound to it.
So, if you've been told to use your stomach when you're singing, now's your chance, let it go.
Note: The course is part 2 of the Vocal Lessons with Jeannie Deva series, recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Improving breath management
- Relaxing your stomach
- Practicing rib cage exercises
- Using songs as warm-ups
- Strengthening your voice with lip trills and nose buzz
- Improving pitch and resonance
- Nailing song phrasing, timing, and dynamics
- Moving from practice to performance