Monday, December 29, 2014

Singing - The Seven Reasons Why it is Good For Your Health

1. Diaphragm breathing is beneficial to your body. In today's computer focused society, most of us just don't get the air that we need to be as energetic, as full of life, as is natural for maintaining a healthy body. We are a race of shallow breathers! And yet -- breath is life!

Most students find that after only one or two lessons, they are experiencing a greater sense of well-being. And that is even before getting to the singing, singing your music, which is the fun part!

2. It develops a keener focus. What is crucial here is finding yourself a good teacher and then really listening to what your teacher says. Then, after applying yourself totally, you will find yourself developing a keener and keener focus! And that's all genius is, after all -- "pure focus".

A keen focus is a most valuable asset, all the way from personal relationships to board meetings. And you will find that all highly successful people have a keen, very well developed sense of focus.

3. It challenges you. In midlife, we often become stagnant. We consider ourselves finished with learning, maybe comfortable, maybe secure, but deep inside somewhere we are wondering where the excitement is -- wondering where the spark has gone; where the fun is.

Challenges wake you up. They get your juices flowing. You will find that nothing quite matches the thrill of singing your music your way. You will also find that along the way, you have become more interested in life and have also become a more interesting individual.

4. It is crucial to self expression. Singing is an outlet for that all important self expression. Most often, in our jobs there is just no avenue to adequately express ourselves and so we are left feeling empty and frustrated.

Expressing ourselves in our own unique way is a vital need for each one of us. And besides, you may just find yourself pleasantly surprised with the voice that you uncover, when you learn to sing your music and you do it your way.

5. It is a confidence booster. Singing is an extremely personal thing. You yourself are the instrument. There is no hiding what you are feeling inside. As you learn to sing, you will find yourself stretching and growing in many wonderful ways.

So, once you have made it to a level of some skill and ease in your singing, you will find that you have developed a degree of confidence. If you are a shy person, boosting your confidence is a most wonderful gift to give yourself, enabling you to be a calmer, more relaxed individual.

6. It is a fantastic release. Singing is a great way to deal with all that stress that life has a habit of throwing at us. That is, after all, how and why the blues were born; and why they are still so popular today.

Expressing your music and venting your emotions, creates a release that is most beneficial to your body. You let go of all that harmful tension that can build up and do damage.

7. It improves your hearing. By developing your "listening skills" you may just discover that you are actually hearing better; hearing more than you used to, regardless of your age. Really using your ears is good for them and can improve their functioning.

Most students with pitch problems find that it's always the same old reason; not really listening. Once they learn to begin to develop their listening skills, they find everything starts turning around for them as they really begin singing.

So there you have it. Whether you are painfully shy or just oozing with confidence you will find that learning to sing your music and most importantly, singing it your way, will add quality to  your life. It's well worth the effort. Well worth the challenge. And in the end, you may just find that your music is something valuable to share.

Gail Karen (G.K.) Eckert is a vocalist, musician, songwriter and teacher. She founded Musikhaus Studio of Creativity in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and continues to guide students through the crucial steps of learning to sing. She believes that anyone can learn to sing, given the proper guidance and encouragement. She also believes that singing your music your way is not only a fun past time but is also crucial to self expression and well being. Visit her site and try her free "Improve your Breathing" course.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gifts for the Brain - Music, Art, Science

ABC Music expands its products for right-hand-side brain development for all ages. Puzzles, toys, electronic kits, and gifts based on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, MC Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. You won't find another store with this incredible selection.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The ABC Singers Present: "A Gleeful Christmas" Tomorrow Night!

Come join us for a fantastic holiday concert featuring music in the style of the hit television series, "Glee!"

8pm - Thursday, December 18th at Panama Coffee, Livermore

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tom Thum: The Orchestra in My Mouth

In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Music Lessons Benefit The Brain

Linda Ciampa reports on new research that shows a few years of music lessons as a child, benefit the brain for decades.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Parenting Tips - The Benefits of Exposing Children To Music

Fernando Pullman, MA Director of Performing Arts & Educational Specialist, shares advice for parents on how playing music can benefit children and help their self-esteem.