This is a quick trick that makes you sound better instantly. Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the E and the U – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down 2 inches (or even better – use a plastic bottle cap or a cork (wine) to prop your jaw open). And speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better). Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U.
Science? Yuk. I’m a singer! I don’t need to know about the science bit, I just want to sing.
Yep. That’s how I felt too! I’ve been singing all my life and it’s always been a huge passion of mine; a therapy; a friend. I know where you’re at right now. You want to forget the science and love the art right?
The next time you watch a professional singer, observe the posture. Posture plays a large part in how well you sing. If you hunch over, your lungs can’t inflate fully; and if you fidget, you distract your audience — and yourself. Use the following list to correctly position yourself for singing:
Feet are hip-width apart with feet parallel.
Knees are unlocked with the weight evenly distributed on the three points of the feet — the tripod.
Spine is long and straight, from bottom to top.
Head is centered over shoulders; chin is parallel with the ground.
Shoulders are back but down and released.
Arms are hanging at your side.