Singing with Your Whole Self: The Feldenkrais Method and Voice
Singing with Your Whole Self teaches performers to use the Feldenkrais Method to ameliorate problems of tension, muscle strain, and illness in order to obtain optimal vocal performance. It contains an important and unique feature: modularized Feldenkrais "Awareness through Movement" lessons. These are specifically designed for liberating function in all musicians and in singers in particular. Modularized lessons allow the user to choose between functionally useful short segments or entire lessons. The first part of the book presents the theory explaining why this approach works in an easily understood and concrete fashion. The remaining chapters explore our anatomy by area and explain usage, problems and how these relate to singing; lessons throughout revolve around improving performance. Includes an index both by lesson and by problem, referring performers to the lessons most effective for a specific problem.
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bend your head buttock carpal tunnel syndrome chair chest close your mouth difﬁcult effort END OF LESSON feet Feldenkrais Method ﬁngers ﬁrst ﬂoor forward and back Functional Integration Gently bend head left head to neutral heel inch kinesthetic larynx left and right left arm left foot left hand left lung lengthen the left lengthen the right logical place minute moderate breath module Move the weight Move your eyes move your head move your left move your right muscles neck o’clock open your mouth Pause and rest pelvic girdle place to stop Place your left Place your right position put your arm Put your right Repeat this movement Resume at step return the pelvis ribs right arm right foot right hand right knee forward right lung scoliosis sense singing slowly soft palate spine sternum strain student tension tongue Turn your head vestibular system vocal voice walk