Singers have at least as much in common with athletes as we do instrumentalists. We must create a body capable of virtuosity and let our intentions take complete control.
Instrumentalists must be able to do everything that it is possible to do on their instrument with great skill. The same is true for singers. We can learn a great deal from the way instrumentalists conceive of and pursue mastery.
It is not enough to evaluate the quality of the sound a singer produces. We must also evaluate the quality of the instrument, the quality of a singer’s coordination, and the quality of the mind/body integration that enables them to simultaneously be both artist and instrument.
Perfecting your voice requires time, perseverance, and the right training. With the right tools and mindset, you can go the distance.
You can never really know where your dreams will lead or whether you’re on the right course. It may be that the only way to know whether you’re on the right course is to see how you respond when everything conspires to knock you off it.
A respected colleague responds to my recent Classical Singer column, leading me to reflect on the current state of our profession.
Common postural distortions can limit breathing, range, power and resonance but can be ameliorated through corrective exercise techniques. “The Voice of Posture,” a guest post for the NASM blog, is my first piece about voice written for the fitness community.
While art, imagination, and the transference of emotion through music are indeed mysterious, physical movement is not. Many of the things singers find mysterious about technique can be made more transparent and relatively easy to work with through an understanding of kinesiology.
When Idina Menzel sang “Let It Go” on New Year's Eve, Twitter critics didn’t care for her performance of the climactic high note. Was she just having an off-night, or should she be concerned? My thoughts on what makes for a healthy high belt and how she rates.
A strong, balanced core musculature provides exceptional support for your singing technique. While the development of chronic tension and holding in the abdominal muscles can indeed negatively impact your ability to inhale fully and mess up your breath management, this is only a concern if you engage in an exercise regimen that does not prioritize the sports-specific needs of singers.