Building on the tips from the last 10 days, and the hopefully somewhat established importance of the head and neck relationship towards our overall functioning and singing, it's helpful to realize that where we nod our head "yes" occurs at the very top of your spine (the atlas vertebrae), but where we shake our head "no" occurs at the next vertebrae down your spine, the "axis" vertebrae. Try nodding your head very lightly "yes" and notice where you feel that, how high up in your spine? Now lightly shake your head "no" and what do you notice? Where do you feel that? Higher or lower? Go back and forth and see if you can notice the difference.Read More
ATsinging teacher Audrey Luna's daughter, Liliana Luna Nelson, a Neuroscience major and second year med student who has several years of experience with the Alexander Technique, discusses what the Alexander Technique is from a neuroscience standpoint, and why it is so important to any singer looking to change the way they sing for the better.Read More
Ann Rodiger discusses how singing is a full body activity.Read More
ATsinging teacher Matthew Morris discusses the habitual tensions around how we “startle”, and how if we can pause and inhibit our startle, we can stay open to our environment and receive support from it. This can help us to stay in a performance flow: receiving information from our colleagues on stage, the music itself, our bodies, and more, so that we can make music that feels easy, free, and connected to the present moment.Read More
Pick up an object that weighs somewhere around 10lbs. (A full water bottle, a small lamp, your laptop, a thick book, doesn’t matter). Hold it close to you. Notice how easy it is to hold it up. Now slowly extend your arms holding the object further and further away from you until your arms are fully extended. Pause here. How easy is it to hold up the object now?Read More
ATsinging teacher Ann Rodiger gives a quick tip for a more successful inhale, that will set you up for a more successful exhale, for a more successful beginning of phonation, and more successful singing!Read More
Further discussion on Inhibition and how it is the first step towards making change. Followed by an example of ATsinging teacher Audrey Luna implementing inhibition in a voice lesson (with student Elizabeth Ewigleben), where she guides Elizabeth towards freedom and release of her tongue and jaw with her hands, a major component of the Alexander Technique. (It takes a lifetime of study for Alexander Teachers to be able to guide students towards freedom and release in their own bodies by sharing the teacher's own sensation of freedom and release through their hands...it's not just random touching, and you'll have to try a lesson in person to experience the wonder the "touch" of an Alexander Teacher can give!)Read More
Your spine has curves!
You might be told to stand up straight, hear something about a singer’s posture or a noble posture, or maybe nothing about posture at all. Something to remember about your spine, is that it is not straight. If you try to “stand up straight” by straightening your spine, you’ll actually be pulling and tugging on yourself in all sorts of ways, that most definitely show up in your singing. There are two main types of curves in your spine: primary and secondary.Read More
ATsinging teacher Matthew Morris discusses how inhibition, or the ability to pause in a kind and calm way, to create space and time for you to remember what you’re trying to change, and to apply it, could be the secret to unlocking the potential of your singing practice. It’s like a super power.
If you’re interested in exploring this work in more depth, check out our two week summer nyc intensive, August 4-17. There is no fee to apply, and the application deadline is May 1st!Read More
The First Singing Tip of April
Going right for the singing jugular: tongue tension
No April Fools! Today is the first one minute tip on combining the Alexander Technique & Singing to find your most free, easy, and beautiful voice. We’ll be releasing a tip each day during the month of April, leading up to the application deadline on May 1st for our two week summer intensive in NYC August 4-17. Join us and apply today!
As a student of singing, have you ever been told to release your tongue? Keep the tip of your tongue at the bottom of your lower teeth? Keep the back of your tongue high and wide? Have an “NG” tongue? Don’t think about your tongue? Leave your tongue easy? Imagine your tongue is a wet dish rag?
Phew. It’s enough to leave you tongue tied. The tongue is so central to human communication, and especially singing, and there can be a lot of varying ideas on how to address it.
How the Alexander Technique can help…Read More