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Improve Your Posture

The quality of a vocal performance depends on many factors, factors which in sum separate the good vocalists from the great. There's a lot of important things the vocalist can work on, for example breathing, diction and pitch. One of the more fundamental concepts though is posture, and coming with it is movement.

Singing in the seated position

Singing in the seated position

What is the correct posture and how to improve it?

Having a correct posture translates into good breathing and results in a better sound. To improve on posture one must be aware of the body and be reminded of the things to improve upon. Overall they say that one should stand naturally and relax his head, neck, and shoulders, but there's more to it.

Posture does not only depend on your choice, but also on your performance and environment. Playing an instrument or the setup of a provided stage might force you into a specific position or posture. Therefore we want to know how to improve posture for different body positions.

As a general advice you want to keep all the muscles, body parts, and anything anatomically needed for singing natural, relaxed and comfortable. It is important that nothing is hindering or blocking your breathing or the motion of the body elements responsible for your voice. If you feel discomfort or pain while singing you probably do something wrong. You should stop immediately, or adjust your singing in a way that none of these impacts occur.

When we observe different lead vocalists during their performances we will spot a few postures that commonly occur. Vocalists oftentimes stand, sit, go on their knees, crouch, bend, and some may even take the recumbent position for a while. It all depends on choice, if they play an instrument while singing, the stage setup, or maybe the intensity of a moment.

Tips for the seated posture

We've collected a first batch on tips and instructions on how to improve the seated position. Over time we will also add tips and exercises for all the other common postures on Lead Vocals.

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