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Basic Singing Helps

This is just a short lesson on some very basic techniques for the beginning singer. 
O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Psalms 89:1
~Lesson 1~
 Proper Posture and Breathing
1.Your posture
How you hold yourself determines the first impression a person will have of you. A slouch gives an impression of carelessness, having no confidence, disrespect and depression, not to mention ill health. As Christian young people we do not want to appear in that way! A Christian young person who walks with their head up and with a straight but relaxed back shows that he/she is happy, content, and confident with the way God made him/her. That gives a strong testimony even before he/she even says a word. It is especially important when singing for church, as it subconsciously tells the listener and onlooker that you really do mean what you are singing.  A good, nicely lined up posture is also essential for correct singing technique.
A.  How do I correct my posture?
 How you carry your head determines a large degree of your total posture. When you allow your head to sag or droop, your shoulders hunch, you chest caves in, and your waistline expands.
 These excercies, part of the “Alexander Technique,” will help you get a better sense of how to position your head correctly so that does not happen.
1.Pretend that there is a pencil hanging from each earlobe. It should line up vertically with the centre of your shoulder bone.
2.Next, close your eyes and pretend that there is a string attached to the top of your head, gently pulling your entire body straight. Sense your feet, making sure that they are lying flat and planted sturdily on the floor. Above that your knees, hips, shoulders and head should feel in perfect alignment. I would encourage you to do this in front of a mirror.
3.Stand with your back against the wall. Walk away and keep the same position.
  Most importantly, do not hold yourself too stiffly to feel relaxed and comfortable. The chest and lungs “collapse”, when you are tense.
2. Breathing
 You may have heard people talking about ” breathing through the diaphram,” while singing. This, however, is incorrect. A more accurate way of putting it would be to, ” breathe through the stomach.”
It is simple, though at first it may take a little bit of discipline. You may do this excercise at home.
A. Lie flat on the floor. Place your hands about the area of your belly button and breathe. Instead of your chest rising, you will feel your stomach rise and fall with each breath. This is how it is supposed to feel when you are standing.
  B. While you are down there, you may like to try this breath control excercise. Placing your hands on the same area as they were for the last excercise, breathe in, counting to seven. Hold it, count to three and release. Hold it, count to three and breathe in, again counting to seven. Do this for about 5 times. You can also do it standing up or sitting down. The deep breathing slows down your blood, making you feel calm and very relaxed. It is a great way to cope with nervousness before a test or performance. Concentrating on the counting gets your mind away from the task at hand, and as I already mentioned, the deep breathing slows down your blood.
C. This excercise is known as the leaky tire excercise.
Breathe as I have already told you how. Let it out on sssssssss for as long as you can while not pushing yourself too hard. Point your focus on a picture or window across the room and try send it there, all the while keeping the sense of it being , “lifted”, and “floating.”
 With or without, “natural ability”, you can sing well if you have dedication and diligence.
                                               Questions to think about
1. Read 1 Cor. 10:31. According to this verse, how and why should we sing? What attitude should we have while singing in church?
2. Read Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. From these verses, what purpose should music have in the believer’s life?
3. Ezekiel 28:13 tells us that Satan was a beautiful and musical creature. “…every precious stone was thy covering,…the workmanship of thy taberets and of thy pipes were prepared for thee in the day thou wast created.” Understanding that music was created into his very nature, do you not think that he would use it to lead away and enslave? What Biblical screens should we place on the music that we listen to to be sure that it is all Christ honouring and leads to Godly influences?
Sing unto him a new song: play skillfully with a  loud noise. ~Psalms 33:3~

choir by fire
God Bless you,


October 8, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Music, Voice | , | Leave a comment