Vocal Coaching Italiano

There is no clearer communication than that expressed by the body and face of a person.

Posture and balance

Posture or attitude?

Personally, I prefer to use the term postural balance or alignment, to avoid instinctively thinking about what is, in reality, defined only as "posture".

Attitude is the way you present yourself to others that reflects a particular state of mind or a kind of choice. To put an attitude into practice, we must coordinate and arrange all our members, but we still cannot talk about posture. Posture is something more internal, which has to do with balance and with the force of gravity.

Whatever this balance is, it must be natural: it cannot be sought as a "one-off", to give a speech or a performance, because the equilibrium itself is inevitably something dynamic, always on the move. In fact, it's enough stretching one arm because the rest of the body compensates the imbalance that is created, making it frivolous and every type of unnatural posture even more rigid.

Posture is adopted more or less unconsciously by a person, defined indirectly by their way of presenting themselves to others indirectly, that is part of the mask that has been built up to show to the world in order to protect themselves from their own fears. Unfortunately, we hardly ever tend to assume the best posture. In any case, it is true that virtually everyone, sooner or later develop problems from back pain.

Correcting this incorrect attitude should be the first step for those who want to regain your voice, if you want to be an actor, a singer, a voice over artist, a journalist, a teacher, a business leader and so on.

The proper alignment of the body, accompanied by a muscular balance and natural diaphragmatic breathing, is the basis of any teaching that deals with the body in its entirety, from sports activities to simply walking: so it will appear obvious to everyone that one part of vocal training cannot be overlooked or left to chance.

Balance and Relaxation

Each of us, when under physical stress (from pushing a broken down car to unscrewing a bottle cap) will notice that they "compromise" their vocal expressiveness. This is the same thing that happens in a less obvious way, every moment of our lives when we keep the body under constant "tension". Often the tension becomes so much a part of us that we cannot perceive it as such.

The tension in the body results in a lower perception of what surrounds us, breathing less efficiently, leading to a phonation under stress and an unclear vocal articulation.

Relaxation is a fundamental concept for the development of any human capacity. If you do not relax, you do not have full control of your own mind and body. This is even truer when it comes to your voice.

The instinct of stiffening it is natural, in fact it stiffens itself like a newborn, to protect themselves from any perceived danger. Once adults continue doing this unknowingly: the tension becomes part of us and no one is even aware of it being stretched! In fact, if you tighten just your fist, you will automatically let traction into the arm, shoulder, back and even the legs: everything happens instinctively to maintain the delicate postural balance in our body.
It is easily understandable to everyone that a tense body is always under muscle strain, then consumes precious energy that could be channelled into something more useful and less harmful to ourselves, such as vocal expressiveness.