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