Good Singing Posture

Good singing posture checklist:

  • Feet are shoulder width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other.
  • Knees are unlocked, with the weight on the balls of your feet.
  • Spine is long and straight, from bottom to top.
  • Head is centered over shoulders; chin is parallel to the ground.
  • Shoulders are back but down and released.
  • Arms are hanging at your side.

Proper singing posture is important to sing well. If all the parts for singing are lined up correctly, you stand a really good chance of getting wonderful sounds to come flying out of your body. Luckily good singing posture is not rocket science.

Good singing posture is related to good breathing techniques. The way you stand will enable your lungs to fill with air entirely … or will constrict the passages and prevent you from sending a free stream of air flowing through your lips.

Usually, proper posture can be described as a shoulder-width stance, with loose knees, tucked in pelvis, shoulders down and loose, spine centered, and chin aligned naturally so that you’re looking straight ahead. You should never need to drop your jaw or lower your head to sing out those low notes, nor should you crane your head high to sing the high notes. To maintain good singing posture, always keep your head straight, as though you’re talking to someone.

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Those are the basics of good singing posture. Nevertheless, I’m going to offer you an alternative notion of singing posture, that you may not have heard before. You’re going to learn to be grounded.  In other words, you will imagine yourself standing firmly connected to the ground, with a solid basis from which you can take full breaths and produce a full sound.

“Ground” yourself. 

Stand with your feet approximately 1 foot apart (or shoulder width), with one foot slightly in front of the other. Your body should not be stiff, but rather firmly weighted. Lean slightly on your back foot, as if you were pulling a rope in a game of tug-of-war. Now sing a scale on ‘dah’. It may even help at first to actually pull on something or someone, and feel and listen to the difference it makes in your voice.

You may find that using this singing posture feels a bit silly, but you will soon find that it produces a “larger” sound that comes across as more urgent and intense. 

You should practice grounding when you are learning to sing. However, after you are familiar with how it feels and it adds to your voice, you can return to a normal, relaxed standing posture, while keeping the basics in your mind.

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