Judy Rodman - All Things Vocal Blog

Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vocal Control Problems? Check Your Upper Back

Whenever I am working with someone having slight vocal control problems, I check what is happening in their upper back as they sing. It is almost always quite rigid, even if they are bending at the waist.

Why do I look at the upper back? Well...
  • The back is connected to the ribcage, 
  • which is connected to the shoulders, 
  • which are connected to the jaw, 
  • which affects the base of the tongue,
  • the larynx 
  • and the soft palate.
Therefore, what happens in the back will affect all those other areas! This means it will affect breath support/control and openness of the throat channel.

What do I recommend?

Slightly flex there. You don't have to move much at all... just a slight "lava lamp" type undulation is all it takes.
You can also try swaying in your hips and allowing that flexibility to transfer all the way up to your cervical vertibrae.

Better breath and open throat will lead to freer communication... another illustration of the three-stranded approach of Power, Path and Performance training.

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