Health

In order to sing well you must be well. No one should dream of the career of a singer who is not naturally robust. Given, at the outset, good health, it must be your aim to keep fit. That can only be done by taking regular exercise. Walking is good, but walking does not fulfil all requirements. Your exercises must be regulated, and should take the form of physical exercises carried out under the direction of a good teacher. They must be practised daily, for, as in all the arts and practices of life, regularity is the thing that counts.

Dame Nellie Melba – Melba Method

Don’t kid yourself. If you are outside of your BMI (too thin or too fat), or, if you are within your BMI but eat poorly and puff to climb a few stairs, then you need to take control of your health and wellbeing.

I attended an audition and saw myself on the big screen. I was way too fat! I took control the right way. I lost 22 kgs. That was nearly two decades ago. I am still a healthy weight and still fit.

I followed a scientifically proven diet (CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet) and used the scientifically proven Les Mills Body System. I still use Les Mills today. It was really hard work but it was life changing.

If I can lose weight, become fit, and, remain fit, then you can do it too.

Do it for yourself. Do it for your singing.

Those who have not strong chests will derive benefit from light gymnastic work or good regular calisthenic exercises. Neither, however, must be practised before singing or to such an extent as to induce severe bodily fatigue.

Herman Klein, Hidden in Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method based upon the famous school of Manuel Garcia, Introduction by Daniel James Shigo.

If singers…would exercise the general muscles of their bodies more and their voices less they would do better.

Calve quoted in the article ”How They Sing: Three Great Singers and Their Methods—Melba, Calvé, Arnoldson,” The Los Angeles Times, February 25, 1894, page 17, contained in Daniel Shigo’s post “Three Great Singers and Their Methods, Daniel Shigo — April 4, 2020”.

My favourite basic stretch

The following basic and gentle stretch is a great 5 minute routine if I have no time for a Les Mills Body Balance Class.

A great everyday basic stretch.
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