The Anne Rosing Method
The Anne Rosing Method is a vocal technique based on two fundamental concepts: 'The Grain of the Voice' and ''Singing Body''.This methodology takes its basis in the body as an instrument on an equal footing with the singing voice. The ''Singing Body'' is the foundation for the training of a centered and balanced voice called 'The Grain of the Voice'.'The Grain of the Voice' is the ideal base for musical freedom and technical opulence in all genres of singing. Once the 'The Grain of the Voice' is established, the singer's personal sound resonates clearly and the voice gets a noticeably wider vocal range and strength.
The human body comes in many different shapes and sizes, its balance created by the spine and its muscles.The spine is our balance axis and can, with its moveable section in the neck and lower back, be formed in many ways. A classical ballet dancer's or sumo wrestler's
body must, for example. be used for significantly different movements than a singer's body, and therefore look quite different.
The ''Singing Body'' has a stabile anchoring in the legs and pelvis.The spinal cord's moving parts, neck and lumbar curvature are straightened, the rib cage expands in width, height and depth. This expansion of the rib cage gives also more room to the lungs, obtaining thereby a greater lung capacity for the singer.
When the body begins to be shaped into a fully developed 'Singing Body', it must be well-trained and adaptable as a starting point. The singer, in other words, must have good stamina and muscle tone.
You can compare the training of the 'Singing Body' with the training and modeling of a ballet dancer's body.The work involved to balance the 'Singing Body' is very extensive, time consuming and - in the same way as the actual vocal work - very dependent on how physically conscious the individual singer is.
Very often, both the classical and pop/broadway singer can experience functional strains and damage to the voice, arisen as a result of a 'Singing Body' that has not been established or missing completely. "I can't do what I always used to be able to do and I don't understand why! I'm singing the same way I always have!" Many of these vocal problems cannot and will not be resolved through ordinary vocal training. In contrast, these problems are very often reduced dramatically ALONE by training the 'Singing Body', which forms a secure foundation for a free singing voice.
The Grain of the Voice and Compensatory Tensions
The concept of 'The Grain of the Voice' in the Anne Rosing Method is our authentic voice, the fully functioning voice that we all are born with. In the process of growing up from childhood, most people lose contact with this authentic voice. Work to restore 'The Grain of the Voice’ can be a crucial process for the professional singer.
Once a singer has established ‘The Grain of the Voice', singing is experienced from a central location in the voice the size of a pinhead, but with a security and stability as a rock. 'The Grain of the Voice' sings without air on the voice and swings completely freely.
When there is no contact to the 'The Grain of the Voice', the singer compensates unconsciously in an effort to achieve an aesthetically pleasing sound, thus creating tensions and strains that in the long term will be a burden for the voice. These tensions are called compensatory tensions.
Tensions arise on an ongoing basis for many singers, usually around the throat, neck, and jaw. Compensatory tensions 'help' the voice to function for a period, but, at some point, the tension becomes so entrenched that the voice stops doing what it could before. Compensatory tension manifests itself in many ways, such as problems with high tones, reduced volume, wear, hoarseness, increased mucus, vocal fatigue and pain in and around the throat.
Through manual therapy and throat massage, combined with a parallel training of the 'Singing Body', it is possible to remove these tensions on an ongoing basis.