The benefits of singing

It’s a very special and interesting subject I would like to discuss with you: positive influence of singing on us as human beings. Many of you realised that after singing we feel differently, more uplifted, more focused, vibrant and energised.. the article which I found recently on popular website DailyOM discusses the subject of singing from a very interesting angle and perspective and I found it quite unique.. I am grateful to DailyOM for giving me a kind permission to share it with the visitors of my website. Thank you!

This fantastic article has been written by Madisyn Taylor . Madisyn is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational website and daily email, DailyOM and is responsible for all of its content. A recognized leader in self-help and new thought spirituality, Madisyn has more than 25 years experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies. She has contributed to national publications and is a popular guest on many radio shows.

So here is the article. Enjoy it.

The benefits of the singing

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

The act of singing is one of the easiest ways to raise the vibration of your body as you harmonize with the universe.

Singing is an act of vibration. It takes music from the realm of the unformed — whether that is in your mind or from that magical space of inspiration — and moves it from within to without. From the first breath singing moves the energy in a circular way inside your body. As the breath fills your lungs, it brushes against the second and third chakras — the centers of creation and honoring self and others. Instead of merely exhaling, pushing the air past the fourth and fifth chakras where heart chakra and the center of will and intention reside, singing engages both the heart and mind. Sound vibrations from vocal cords resonate in the sinus cavities, filling the head with motion and sound while the brain lights up with the processing of the mathematics of music. This marriage of activities brings the third eye into play and opens the door for inspiration from the crown chakra before sending the sound out into the world.

Once the vibration begins, it is sustained with each note, moving throughout your body and the space around you. This can help you to harmonize your frequency with the world and with the divine. The use of the voice can bring about catharsis, a cleansing from the expression of emotion, which is why we feel better after singing certain types of songs. All of this occurs even if we are not conscious of what we are singing, but when we really connect with an intention, the power of the voice and music together are powerful tools in creation.

Even if you are not a singer by nature or talent, you are not left out. If you have a voice, it is your birthright to celebrate life with song. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel you have a nice voice. Chanting or humming, singing solo or with others, your voice is yours to enjoy. Whether you sing along to the radio or use vocalization as part of your meditation time, singing and harmonizing are healing activities that bring your body’s vibrations into alignment with the universe

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Singing lessons/ vocal coach

Abbey Road Studios

With amazing singer, great person and pupil of mine Nirvanah Rose. Recently, I had a pleasure to work together whilst preparing her voice for Abbey Road studios recording. We have spent a fantastic time in studios!

Singing lessons/ vocal coach

Recording album with my pupil in Abbey Road studios, with the same sound engineer who was working on song Skyfall ( film Skyfall with Daniel Craig). Fantastic experience!

My interview to HUFFPOST UK Positive impact of singing on our life.

Huffington-Post

Huffingtonpost.co.uk ( HUFFPOST ) has recently interviewed me regarding the positive impact of singing lessons in terms of coping with low mood, with mild and moderate depression and moreover, how singing can help women recover more quickly from postnatal depression. Singing lessons will definitely boost your nervous and immune system and give you the “feel good ” factor and raise the level of endorphins in the brain. One doesn’t need to have “the voice” or “talent” to sing – one needs the passion, one needs the wish to be happy, one needs to exteriorise the inner emotions,” to let go”, to allow the free movement of the diaphragm, as much as allowing the movement of free thoughts and emotions. This is all incorporated in my singing lessons. “Healing”, “happiness” and the ability to express is what you get through singing sessions.

Thank you Amy Packham and HUFFPOST for exploring such an important subject.

“Whether it’s a banker who is seeking a form of mental relaxation, a teenager who feels uncertain about himself or a mum tired of daily obligations – after the first session, 99% of my pupils break all the psychological barriers and feel happy about themselves, uplifted, energised and focused,” he told HuffPost UK.

“In my opinion, during the postnatal period, even humming without any words with a closed mouth will uplift your energy. You can simply vocalise some easy scales or try to sing together with your favourite singer. Do not go for technically difficult songs.

“Good choices for new parents would be ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Mis. Many of Elton John’s songs are great to sing as well. If you like jazz, songs from Billie Holiday’s repertoire will also be great.

“The main idea behind is that you focus on the text and the melody. I assure you the magic of singing will bring the most joyful result.”

Here is the link to the full article on huffingtonpost.co.uk :

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/singing-boosts-postnatal-depression_uk_5a535b83e4b01e1a4b176558?9wi

Advice regarding freedom in singing

My advice regarding freedom in your singing:

In the very beginning of trying to explore our vocal potential, it is essential to completely exclude the movement of shoulders whilst we are breathing. The majority of vocal teachers of the past emphasised the importance of involving the lower part of the lungs in the process of breathing for singers. From the point of view of human physiology it can be easily explained – lungs become wider at the bottom. If we do not breath “low”, firstly we will use only 50% of our potential in terms of oxygen. Secondly, it is simply impossible to then support our lungs and breath properly with the diaphragm (the muscles just under the lungs).

It is important to mention that after passing this stage you will face another obstacle – to find the right resonance for your voice. Release tension in your tongue, which is quite a strong muscle. Tension can affect your voice.

It takes time to find your own voice. You need to be true to yourself. It is so important not to give your voice extra weight or to have it too light. You will need to find the balance – ” chiaro scuro” , as Italian masters say ( light and dark). A sound that has a balance of overtones will fly, and will also allow singers built up a good vocal range.

Useful ideas on good singing.

There are thousands of articles and advices related to good vocal teaching which you can find nowadays on Google. I decided to put together the very important ideas and thoughts on vocal technique from reputable and extremely well equipped with their vocal technique artists.

Here you can listen what Luciano Pavarotti thinks about diaphragmatic support, which is so important for any type of singing.

Here, Luciano Pavarotti speaks about Concentration, Diaphragm, Throat and Resonance.