In Campfire Canons Angie teaches you a set of Key Concepts that help you understand more about how the voice works and how to obtain a tension- free sound. Use these Key Concept videos to review each week’s main points.
These weekly Key Concepts are progressive. This means that we will add new material each week that builds on the previous week’s information.
You will learn more about the inner workings of your voice if you spend time absorbing and playing with the ideas introduced in one week before moving on to the next week’s set.
IMPORTANCE OF SELF MASSAGE
As vocalists we are musical athletes. We breathe (respiratory system) and use muscles in our throat (laryngeal system) and combine this physical exertion with artistry to sing. In the vocal system we have intrinsic and extrinsic muscles. Knowing the difference between the two types helps us control muscles correctly and keep tension from entering our vocal system.
INTRINSIC MUSCLES: muscles that begin and end within the structure and are used solely for that purpose
EXTRINSIC MUSCLES: muscles that take part in the structure but also have another function and therefore leave the structure and attach somewhere else in the body
Week 1 Key Concept Video Coming Soon!
It is important to know how to massage extrinsic muscles so that they are relaxed and ready to help but not tense and taking over for the intrinsic muscles. An example of this is the Scalene muscles that help lift the top two ribs, therefore helping us to breath.
If we do not breathe deeply (to our diaphragm) we run the risk of engaging the upper part of the chest to breathe and the scalene muscles will come along to “help” the respiratory system a little too much.
THE IMPORTANCE OF POSTURE
Posture! Posture! Posture! How many times have we had choir leaders tell us to sit tall. Do we really understand why they say this and how to do it correctly?
Strengthening the upper back muscles helps us lift the thoracic area and opens the chest to allow a deeper inhale. Keeping our chin parallel to the floor keeps the Vagus Nerve from turning on our fight or flight response which in turn affects our breathing. Having a sense of float at the back of our neck keeps the stylopharyngeus muscle supple and available to help us with our high notes. Who knew there was so much to know!
Week 2 Key Concept Video Coming Soon!
VOCAL FOLD RETRACTION
Did you know that you have two sets of vocal folds? The false vocal folds (FVF) sit above the true vocal folds (TVF) and are important to know about as retracting them helps us create a more open and relaxed tone.
When the FVF are constricted, your true vocal folds can’t vibrate freely. This can cause stress on the vocal system and result in more difficulty singing as we age.
When we ‘smile’ inside our throats we retract or open up our false vocal folds. When we add a nice inner smile in our face we lift the stylopharyngeus muscle which we now know helps with singing high notes.
Week 3 Key Concept Video Coming Soon!
The intercostal muscles are the intrinsic breathing muscles. There are lots of other muscles that help us breathe but these are the muscles in charge. Sitting in between the ribs and just under them it is important to be loose and stretch the obliques to make room for the intercostals to do their work.
The exterior intercostals are responsible for intake of air
The interior intercostals are responsible for exhale of air
The lungs are like a balloon and our job as singers is to control the collapse of the balloon rather than fill it up (which causes tension).
Week 4 Key Concept Video Coming Soon!
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