February 10, 2020

True or False: Singer's should sing with TENSION. Before you answer - consider what Tension is. Tension is the state of being stretched to tautness. It's the stress from elongation of an elastic band. It's the amount of energy needed to create potential. Sound familiar? As we sing, we stretch and tense our vocal folds in opposition to the flow of breath. So, it's TRUE! We need Tension to sing! Without Tension we couldn't even breathe! Anytime your lower abdominal muscles contract to expel air, you're creating helpful Tension in the body. Of course we want to avoid unhelpful Tensions in the neck, larynx, and jaw. But, being a relaxed singer doesn't mean being a FLACCID singer. Seek after a flexible, buoyant, energetic, and dynamic vocal TENSION!

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