At some point in the next 24 hours, VoiceTalk will have had 500,000 visitors. Not too shabby for an arcane blog about historical vocal pedagogy, right?
I started blogging in 2009 with the intent to share what I had discovered in my research—where my curiosity lead me—and have come to realize that it is a never-ending journey, one with its own internal markers along the way—numbers being the least of it.
You have to know something to know something! —Margaret Harshaw
What I know for certain: you can learn a great deal from a book if you have some practical experience and understanding of what you are trying to accomplish—and in this case we are talking about actual singing, not abstract baubles of thought. Like a gold miner, the seeker of vocal truth has to do quite a bit of sifting. (I will be bold and say there really are plain-as-day vocal truths to be discovered for those with open ears and eyes, and a developed sense of proprioception.) You have to know where to look and how to go about your search, and for VoiceTalk, this has meant a concentration on the teachings of two legendary schools of singing, that of Manuel García and Franceso Lamperti—together encompassing a great deal of scientific and empirical knowledge. There is also my own "take" on matters pedagogical.
What can you find on VoiceTalk in weeks and months to come? More teachings and information from a fellow seeker.
I hope you will continue with me on the journey.
Thank you for reading VoiceTalk!