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Relaxation Techniques For Singers

This applies to singing in several ways. Often we know we are too tense, but when we try to relax, it just gets worse. The major tension places for singers are:

• The jaw. Actually the two places where the jaw hooks to the skull at the ears.Tension in this area should be approached by saying to yourself “my jaw feels like rubber. It loose, hanging – like I had a shot at the dentist’s. Then your suggestion to yourself is a positive action. You’re not saying to “relax”, but rather to do something which will cause relaxation. Also, wiggling the jaw slightly during rests helps a lot.

• The neck and shoulders. Develop the habit of gently rolling your head occasionally when you feel tension coming on. The same for shoulders. Keep moving up there.

• The back. Tension in the back is often caused by poor posture. Get that spine straight. You don’t have to look like a tin soldier, but be aware that tension can collect there and hurt your singing.