Happy New Year!! And since the champagne has been poured, the ball has dropped, and Times Square is carpeted with confetti, it’s that time again. No, not the time in which you lie groaning on the couch and hope that aspirin will fix the sledgehammer against your head (although it’s that time too) – it’s resolution time.
Just to make life a little easier, we here at the studio have made a list of three easy resolutions for 2010 that will help you, your voice, and your sanity in the coming year. So keep all or keep none, but at least give them a try – you’ll be glad you did.
1. BREATHE. Yes, it’s simple, and yes, you’re already doing it many times a minute anyway. But nothing can improve your singing, or your general well-being, like simply breathing stronger, deeper, and better. Learn to breathe from your stomach, with your diaphragm and using your core, in order to gain better control while you sing. Do the same even if you don’t sing, as breathing deeply activates countless supporting nerve and muscle systems and makes your body work better. Simply taking a few minutes a day to sit still and focus on your breathing will help you better manage stress and make life’s dragons seem far more slayable.
2. DRINK WATER. Another deceptively simple resolution, but its importance cannot be overstated, both for the vocal cords and for the body around them. It’s readily available out of a nearby tap (although a filtration system might be a good idea) – do yourself a favor and down a few glasses a day.
3. GO TO THE THEATER. This one is less for your system and more for your soul. If you live in a big city like New York, you are probably spoiled for choice in terms of types of theater and prices of tickets available, but no matter where you are, I guarantee there is some form of theater near you, ready to tell you a story and transport you for a moment to another time and/or place. Let them entertain you and support an incredibly valuable art form at the same time.