100 days. 100 hints on singing. No. 26. With apologies to brother Whitman, I sing the body pneumatic. Singers and teachers of singing fall into two camps as far as the action of the abdomen in breathing is concerned. About half believe that the abdomen moves out during singing, the other half believes that it moves in. I agree with both. In must be balanced by out, out must be balanced by in— a genial contest—each winning, losing and regrouping in a streaming succession of nows, the body electric and pneumatic, quickened, buoyant, enlivened, and open. It is a balance each man or woman must find for his or her self. It cannot be taught. There is no more vital or health giving activity than singing. Get some.
This post was written by Alan Bowers