In order to learn how to sing it is important to get to know our body, particularly our respiratory and voice production systems. Just as instrumentalists know the their instrument’s parts and their functions and how to take care of them to prevent damage, singers should also have a good understanding of their instrument, which is our own bodies, in order to use it correctly and keep it functioning in an efficient and healthy manner. Contrary to instrumentalists who, if their instrument gets damaged, can just exchange it for another one, singers do not have that luxury. Using our instrument incorrectly can lead to short-term and long-term damage and some of it might be irreparable. In this series of posts I will talk about the parts that make up the respiratory and voice production systems as well as their functions and how they integrate together to produce sound. I will also touch on the subject of the proper use of the voice and the problems that might arise if one doesn’t sing...
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Hearing Your Own Voice
Why does my voice sound different on a recording than in my own head?
When you speak or sing, you are hearing most of your voice via the vibrations travelling through your head, not sound travelling to your ears from outside. The sound waves that make up the sounds of your voice are travelling through a lot of bone, muscle and other tissues before they make it to the ear drum. Hence, it changes a bit, that's why every voice has a unique version that only its owner can hear.
How does this effect learning how to sing?
Sometimes you will make a sound that in your own head sounds full and rich and resonant, but if you hear a recording of yourself, you realize that you sound different. With your practice at home, the only way that you can be sure that you’re reproducing a helpful sound that you had done in a lesson is to try to reproduce that sound while recording yourself, then play it back, then compare it to the sound in your lesson recording. If...
A voice lesson is not a performance. It is a lab where you conduct fun experiments.
The performer presents ‘the known’ (i.e. the memorized music within yourself, using the habits you’ve practiced) in the context of the ‘unknown’ (the setting, the audience, the building, etc.). You don’t experiment with your technique in a performance, you don’t really try new stuff, but instead you present what you’ve already learned.
We present what we know in a new space, in front of new people.
In a voice lesson the student is in the context of familiarity (the ‘known’) and moves into the ‘unknown’ (new ways of approaching your high range, new ways of beginning a tone, etc.) within himself. So we move from the known (your habits) to the unknown (new habits you may not have thought of) in a familiar, safe space, with someone you know and trust.This is where you experiment, in the lesson and then especially in your practice.
We try something we don’t know how to do already, within a familiar...