Posture

  • 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