Popular Online Singing Program Draws Parallel to Olympic Training

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The Singing Zone, known as world’s the most popular online voice training program, utilizes methods based in kinesthetic awareness and peak performance, drawing a parallel to training and preparation used by Olympic athletes. http://www.TheSingingZone.com

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Los Angeles based vocal coach Per Bristow, who is the creator of The Bristow Voice Method, The Sing with Freedom and The Singing Zone home study program draws upon his experience as a top athlete in shaping his training for singers. It may be hard to see how traditional modes of singing training, such as singing scales, has anything to do with how Olympic athletes train. This, is precisely the point Bristow makes. The methods within The Sing with Freedom program are based on developing both a deep kinesthetic awareness as well as the mental capacity for peak performance, and goes beyond the more traditional modes of singing training.

Creator Per Bristow remarks, “Singing is very much a physical activity and often that is not recognized. There are so many muscles involved beyond the vocal cords. Singers perform with their whole body, their minds, their spirit, as do Olympic athletes. If we do not develop a deep awareness of the state of each of these, and how to isolate and develop each aspect it becomes very hard to perform at the highest level.”

High performing athletes know they must train specific muscles to help them in their specific sport. They must relieve tension in order to increase their functionality. They must fuel their bodies and muscles appropriately. The vocal techniques within the Sing with Freedom program, help you to create this same level of awareness. You learn precisely where your muscles may be holding tension, how to isolate those muscles in order to both release tension and develop functionality. Athletes know that training on top of tension creates injury and that has to be nipped in the bud. Bristow argues that singers need to learn exactly the same.

“Singing scales, and many of the more traditional portions of singing advice such as ‘stand-up straight,’ or ‘sing through your mask,’ do little to actually address and relieve muscle tension,” says Bristow, “Athletes would not engage in activity that did not progress their abilities. My program really helps singers on this level and shows how they can improve dramatically from having an athlete’s mindset.”

If you are watching the 2012 London Olympics, or any from the past, you can see the level of calm and concentration and joy present while performing and competing. Just watch the female gymnasts right before they take a pass across the balance beam. Developing the mental aspects, the confidence and concentration, the joy and passion, needs to be an equal part of the training. Singers can absolutely benefit from learning how to be at their best mentally while under the most pressure in this way. Professional singers know they must train themselves mentally to deal with the nerves and complications of singing in front of large audiences. Bristow’s Sing with Freedom online singing training, in addition to developing a singer’s range and resonance, helps to draw out this inner confidence and power in its students. It clearly adds something vital to a singer’s training. Hopefully singers can watch this year’s London Olympics and be inspired to improve themselves in much the same way.

Per Bristow is a vocal and performance coach based in Los Angeles, California. He is the creator of The Singing with Freedom program and The Bristow Voice Method - the method that for more than 15 years, has empowered thousands of singers and speakers from over 100 nations to repair, build and free their voices. “The Bristow Voice Method is designed to bring the individual to significantly greater levels of well-being, self-confidence, creativity and health, in addition to dramatically and rapidly improve communication, presentation and performance skills.” For more information on any of these programs, please visit http://www.TheSingingZone.com or http://www.PerBristow.com.

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