How Posture Affects Vocalists’ Live Performance

 How Posture Affects Vocalists’ Live Performance


Posture sounds like a cold, technical word. But the posture a vocalist assumes makes a huge difference in vocal ability  effectiveness. Here are some guidelines for posture during live stage performance:



DON’T LEAN FORWARD toward the audience in such a way as to cause your ribcage to tighten in front — this will also cause trouble with support and control of breath. If you lean forward, do so from the hips so as to keep the ribs wide open.

DON’T TIGHTEN YOUR RIBCAGE by slouching over when you sing while playing guitar, keyboard, drums or other instrument.

DO —

Stand or sit TALL and FLEXIBLY.

Play your instrument with your CHEST OPEN! Move into the mic with your feet and body so you can lean back a bit — not forward!

Stand or sit so that your weight is BALANCED ON YOUR BUTT.

FEEL THE GROOVE — allow a dance-like motion in your feet, legs and spine. This will also transfer energy to the hips and butt, and will result in a more correct breath support (vocal power should come from the pelvic floor).

Move INTO the MIC STAND (causing you to lean back and open the chest) when using a boom stand while standing, singing and playing. This tip is HUGELY important. If you’re using a straight stand, be sure and get close enough that you don’t have to lean forward and close your ribs. Or take the stand in your hand and lean it towards YOU. Or better yet, take the mic out and use it to help balance you. Don’t lean your head in to follow the mic- bring the mic back to you!

Use CONFIDENT BODY LANGUAGE… This is not an arrogant stance. It’s a taking-care-of-business stance that tells your audience you’ve got something good to give them!



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