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.08 Why you can’t relax when you sing.
:26 Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice.
:27 How to stay relaxed when singing
:49 Kinesiology – the study of the mechanics of the body.
:55 When any muscle is moving in one direction you have another set of muscles that moves in the opposite direction. That’s called an antagonistic muscle reaction.
2:49 the tricep begins to put the brakes on.
3:02 But as I go faster, it’s reaction is stronger.
3:13 An pretty much, your whole body works like that.
4:07 “Well, what does this have to do with singing?”
4:12 Anytime you do any kind of quick movements in singing, you will trigger that antagonistic muscle reaction..
4:31 Hard onset
4:47 And do you know where that reaction is?
4:49 Right in your vocal folds.
5:14 That’s why the study of onsets is very important.
5:17 And so is this basic understanding of how the body works.
5:20 So that’s why this antagonistic muscle reaction is very important for a singer to understand.
5:36 Lot of singers don’t know that they’re doing it and they still sound pretty good
5:41 Because that antagonistic muscle reaction can give you some power, and clarity.
5:47 But, nevertheless, the traumatized vocal folds is not a good idea.
5:56 You can actually trigger this antagonistic reaction anywhere.
6:00 If it’s something…”ah AH!”
6:03 Something like that. Very quickly.
6:05 “Ah AH!”
6:07 You will feel that antagonistic reaction.
6:09 And if you have a well-trained stomach,
6:11 you will feel that antagonistic reaction
6:13 in the stomach.
6:15 as well as the vocal folds.
6:17 So, you should never jerk
6:19 anything while you’re singing.
6:22 Demonstration of stress free scale
6:41 From soft to loud, you can’t go faster than a certain rate because you’re going to trigger a strong antagonistic muscle reaction.
6:50 The other place that you don’t want to trigger an antagonistic reaction
6:54 is when you breathe.
6:57 It can be triggered three ways.
6:59 Number one:
7:01 if you take in too much air.
7:15 Number two:
7:17 They take in their air too quickly.
7:24 The “catch breath”.
7:36 And the third one is the air goes into the wrong place in the body.
7:40 When you breathe with the upper chest,
7:48 Now, what is wrong with these three reactions?
7:51 You’re going to have to deal with that muscular tension in your body.
7:55 What is that tension going to do?
7:57 It’s going to make the air come out faster.
7:59 It’s going to make it harder for you to control the air while you’re singing.
8:16 So then, how should you breathe?
8:22 Please see my video how to breathe.
8:24 It’s shows you just the parts of the body that’s supposed to be move
8:38 Learn how fast you can inhale without triggering a tense reaction in your body.
8:45 Sometimes there is no time to breathe.” Is it okay then to breathe faster then?
8:52 No, it’s not.
8:56 You have to know how fast you can inhale.
9:09 Exercise to feel stomach tension during inhalation.
9:37 So it’s very important that you breathe comfortably.
9:41 I call it “recovery”.
9:45 If you check my how to sing with your diaphragm video part one, it will show you how you’re supposed to feel on the recovery.
9:59 So know your speed limit of inhalation.
10:07 The diaphragm is very large, the lower part of your lungs are very large.
10:36.3 How do you apply this to singing?
10:49.7 Demonstration of stress free scale with “ah” vs triggering a bad reaction.
11:19.5 Does everything have to be softly, gently?
11:30.8 Demonstration of rock sound without triggering a bad reaction.
11:43.2 Parts of the body that you can feel triggered tension
11:47.5 The face
12:23 The “dopey face”
12:43 Practice in front of a mirror to watch for tension especially in your face
12:48.9 Is it ever okay to trigger an antagonistic muscle reaction?
13:04 Demonstration of rock sound without stress.
13:14 The “dangling jaw”
13:32.7 Demonstration of rock sound with a loose jaw (non-triggered tension).
13:43.4 The key area is the stomach.
14:04.1 Demonstration of classical sound.
14:13.2 Demonstration of pop-rock sound.
14.13.2 Demonstration of something in between classical and pop.
14:30 Summary and conclusion.