Magic Choral Trick #377 Working Those Intercostals

Although this takes consistent reminding and practice, the payoff is a much richer, fuller and more blended sound.

While placing the hands over the bottom of your ribcage on either side, take in a long, slow, deep breath and feel the expansion.

As you sing a note, press in slightly with the hands, and resist that pressure by holding the ribcage out – using your intercostal muscles to press outward. It’s not necessary to actually know anything about these muscles. The only thought that’s required is that you’re resisting the pressure from your hands.

Once you have a sense of this, drop the hands and just focus on leaving the ribs expanded outward, as long as possible, as you sing.

There’s also an additional bonus – and that is that when you begin a note with the ribcage expanded it’s much easier to start a vowel without a glottal bump.

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About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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