When you buy a new piano, your piano purchase does not come with instructions which tell you how to hook up and glue together the keys … or instructions regarding how to nail the box together so it will hold all the strings and hammers. Of course not. It comes complete with all the notes and instructions it is supposed to have. Your task is to learn to work with the instrument to make music, not to build the instrument itself.
Do you see where I’m heading with this? The singer is the only instrumentalist who has to literally “build” their instrument before they can play it. So, how do we do that? How do we “build” our voice – our singing instrument?
Since the sound of our voice is created by muscles, organs, membranes, etc., we have to strengthen our vocal cords through exercise and coordinate our voices through practice to teach the mind and muscles how to work together smoothly. Just as the dancer has to strengthen and coordinate many muscles, the singer has to learn to coordinate the diaphragm and lungs, rib muscles, belly muscles, lips, tongue, throat opening, vocal cords and many other parts of the body which were not put there to help us sing. Singing is our invention which uses many parts of the body to make it happen. Here are a couple ways to build a fine sounding singing instrument. First, listen, listen, listen and then imitate imitate imitate. Listen carefully to recordings, concerts, family members and friends who have good voices. Do not just hear their personality, emotion and attitude, but open yourself to how they breathe, how they hit the high notes without sounding strained, how they pronounce words.
Then, work with a good singing teacher. Remember, nobody is “born” with a beautiful singing voice. Like all other aspects of your journey through life, singing is learned. Yes, great opera singers must possess physical properties they are probably born with, but they are a very small group. You can “build” a beautiful voice, but first you need to understand that you can.
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