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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Relax and Sing?

Relax and Sing?

83 Relax and Sing?
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the importance of relaxation in singing. With the surge of interest in physical exercise for body conditioning, strenuous physical warm-up exercises for the singing voice moved into prominence. When yoga began to take on popular cultural appeal, some voice teachers were quick to find correlations between breath management for singing and yoga exercises. Stress and its resulting physical tension are currently a favorite topic of the popular psychology, so it is not at all surprising that there is currently an increasing interest in techniques of relaxation as they may relate to the singing voice. The singer, it is reasoned, must learn to relax in order to overcome whatever tension may be present. However, false assumptions about relaxing while singing often have unfortunate effects on communication during performance.

Keywords:   relaxation, singing, singing voice, stress, tension, singer, communication, performance

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