Suggested Reading for singers and singing educators
Body flexibility and elasticity are central to singing in your God given voice. The Rolfing® method is very helpful to in achieving this level of freedom. See the Rolf Institute website for further information.
Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
See this Youtube video of Len Cariou, famous broadway actor-singer. This is an example of someone singing with relaxation, in his own natural voice, without ever forcing it. Watch his posture; notice that he never gasps for breath between phrases. This is what happens when you are speaking naturally, singing naturally.
Here is a Youtube video of Barbara Walsh, well known broadway actor(we both studied with Margaret Ribbleberger in New York) in the 2006 Broadway revival of “Company” by Stephen Sondheim. Notice how relaxed she is and how clear the words are; she too, sings like she speaks. She doesn’t begin to do something different when she is singing than when she is speaking like so many singers. She knows how to use her body elasticity to support her singing (even though you might not notice it).
David Delaney, MA, CAR, Psychotherapist, Body-Singing Voice Trainer, Certified Advanced Rolfer®
Singing Voice Training