Posts tagged as 'ribs'

The Whispered “Ah” and Controlled Exhalation

The Whispered “Ah” and Controlled Exhalation

The most basic element of the whispered “ah” is the controlled exhalation, which as we read earlier is the true foundation for breath support. A simple way of understanding the controlled exhalation is to think of it in terms of not holding the breath. If you lift a heavy object or prepare to speak, you’ll notice that the initial response is to stiffen and hold the breath. If, at the moment you begin to hold the breath, you stop and let the breath out slowly through your lips or teeth, you are performing a controlled exhalation. Controlling the exhalation in this way allows us to shift our attention away from holding or taking breath (which is the universal tendency), and instead to focus on letting the breath out…

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The Anatomy of Directing: the Arms & Shoulder

The Anatomy of Directing: the Arms & Shoulder

The shoulder girdle acts as a kind of cross-piece for supporting the arms, which are levers for moving the hand. Because the chest is rather wide, we might assume that the rib cage is wide at the shoulders as well, and that the shoulders somehow hang from the rib cage. Surprisingly, the upper rib cage is very narrow, and it is the shoulder girdle itself, and all the muscles attaching to the shoulder girdle and upper arm, that give breadth to the upper torso…

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