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This Is Not To Be Skipped...
Written by Karen Barrow on Jan. 15th 2021

Singers... You'll often hear people talk about the importance of mastering your breathing for awesome singing but in my opinion, it's just as important to master excellent posture/body alignment when you're singing.

In short, if your body isn’t aligned properly your singing will suffer...

...When your skeleton is out of alignment, muscles normally required for movement are required to support & stabilise the skeletal system. This in turn can cause tension where we don’t want tension & can restrict our lung capacity.  

You need to have your weight evenly distributed over these 5 Key points in the body to achieve correct body alignment:

📌 Head - For optimal singing, you want to tilt your head down slightly like you’re reading a book this will help free the infrastructure of your larynx.

📌 Shoulders - Check in with your shoulders give them a roll, don’t pull them back too far (this will curve your spine) & don’t allow them to roll forward in a slouch.

📌 Pelvis - We want a straight back with our pelvis aligned underneath our hips (don’t stick your bum out or forward). Roll your pelvis back & forward to find neutral. This will enable our abdominal & back muscles to move freely when we inhale. Stand against a wall & try tipping your pelvis forward so that there are no gaps between your back & the wall.
Don’t allow your rib cage to expand & collapse as you breathe in & out.  

📌 Knees - You want loose knees, they don't have to be bent, just not locked back.

📌 Feet - Your feet want to be about shoulder width apart, wiggle your toes, take your weight forward & back then come to the middle & ground yourself by imagining roots growing from your feet deep into the Earth.

To Be Or Not To Be...
Written by Karen Barrow on Dec. 29th 2020

'Let's talk about it'...

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, 'You need to learn to walk before you can learn to run' well I'm gonna say, you need to learn to speak your songs before you sing them.

...Speaking your songs is a great way of developing your dynamics, expression, energy changes, breath management & emotional connection. 

Start by reading through your lyrics & answer these questions:

📌What's the story?

📌What's the emotion of the song? Happy, sad, angry etc...

📌How do the lyrics make you feel?

📌Who is the character singing the song?

📌Who are you singing it to?

📌Where do you see you character singing it? Face to face, writing a letter, across the room etc?

📌Are you pleading with someone, sobbing, shouting, seducing them etc?
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Two-time Billboard Chart-topping singer-songwriter and musician Scarlette has twice been BBC Radio 2 Playlisted and has toured some of the best venues across the UK and USA, including The Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Arena, Hammersmith Apollo, Hard Rock Café Hollywood, The Viper Room and the iconic Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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