You may be saying, “But I am nervous about the upcoming performance? That is not a setting for me to relax! I have to be on my game….”
So here is our technique for you to release your mind, and free your singing in turn.
AWARENESS: Take stock in how you are feeling. Are you feeling tense or worried? Not sure about the key of the music? Couldn’t pay your rent this month? Not enough cash to pay your Singing Teacher? These things can affect your singing in a negative way. First be aware that we all have tensions and they will still be there AFTER your singing session. So for the time you are singing, try to go in your mind to a safe and calm place. (For me, that place would be right in my own studio, playing my drums.) Think about and feel what your body feels like when you go to that place. FEEL IT.
INTENTION: Try to consciously feel how your body will behave as you sing with this new released energy. Think about releasing your body into your song.
ACTIVATE: Sing and move naturally as you sing. TIP: Release your abdomen completely after every phrase of music. (Easier said than done).
Be prepared to hear this comment! “Look how free that singer seems!”
Steven Flam is the developer of the groundbreaking teaching technique called BreathingRx For Singers which includes diaphragm target training. For more information or to debate the content of this article please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at: www.breathingrx.com