“Singing fortifies health, widens culture, refines the intelligence, enriches the imagination, makes for happiness and endows life with an added zest” — American Academy of Teachers of Singing
If you sing in the shower or sing along with the radio, consider taking this raw vocal skill to new heights. Music – the “universal language” not only stirs our deepest emotions, but active participation can increase energy and vigor to see us through even the most stress-filled life commitments. Good vocal technique goes beyond the basics to include both physical and vocal warm-ups, proper nutrition, adequate rest and emotional commitment. An experienced vocal teacher will explore all aspects of posture, abdominal and chest development, tone production and breath control. What health club can promise these benefits?
Whether or not you become a world-class singer is not important. Sharing the joy of singing will enrich your life far beyond the notes and music. Add a healthy, new dimension to your life – try SINGING!
About the AuthorPatty Mills was an active member of the YankeeMaid Chorus for many years. Most recently she was very involved in marketing and public relations for the chorus. To that end, she wrote this article for publication in the Fairfield/New Haven Counties edition of “Music Notes.”
I thought I knew how to breathe. Since I've been able to keep myself alive for a few decades, breathing was one thing I thought I'd mastered! But, sometimes breathing isn't so simple.
I've been working on Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen for our Sweet! Harmony workshops. I run out of breath while singing the long passages, then take a loud, too-long breath that still leaves me feeling breathless for the next passage.
I think I just learned something that will help. At rehearsal on Thursday, we warmed up with this exercise Jamie learned from the wonderful Darlene Rogers. Breathing exercises are a great way to strengthen your singing muscles. More breath support will allow you to sing better and with more control.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth:
Each chorus member was challenged to do this exercise at least once a day (or more) before next rehearsal.
This is just an example of why I love our chorus. I learn something new each time we meet.
See you on the risers!
Note-Ably North Texas feels like we won the lottery this week! Richard Light has agreed to be our new music director. Richard was voted in enthusiastically & unanimously. We can't wait to have the benefit of Richard's vast expertise. Richard will officially start in June.
We welcome Melissa Purdin back to the risers!
See you on the risers,
PS. I love our rehearsal space at Blue House Too, Allen, TX! Beautiful and convenient in the Watters Creek mall.