- Posture is a foundation on which other techniques stand; correct posture is essential whether you're singing or speaking.
- It allows you to breathe comfortably and correctly.
- Being aware of your posture, and counteracting bad posture is something to be aware of throughout your vocal work.
Importance of Good Posture
Control of your voice does not require a military stance, but nor should you be slumped forward with your shoulders rolled. Benefits of good posture include:
- Better control of tone, pitch and projection
- Reduced risk of vocal damage
- A more professional image
- Maximum chest expansion for incoming breath
For a Good Stance
- Place your feet slightly apart
- Bend your knees slightly (just out of lock)
- Place the weight of your body evenly on both feet (don't favour one leg when singing)
- Hold your head erect: your chin should be at 90° to your neck, which allows the vocal cords maximum flexibility
- Keep your spine straight and centred for balance but not stiff: the best way to achieve this is to roll your shoulders up to your ears and then drop them evenly; your back should feel well supported and comfortable and your ribs slightly raised.
Consequences of poor posture
Consequences of poor posture can include:
- Sore chest, neck or back
- Lack of stamina
- Loss of vocal range
- Sore throat from straining