November 25, 2018

Muscle vs Brain

"If your vocal cords are ready, the real warm-up is in your brain." —Margaret Harshaw 

That's what I heard. That's what I teach. 

When the singer understands experientially what vocal technique actually is and how it functions in the body, the real warm-up is in the mind; and the older I get, the more I experience the meaning of what Harshaw taught. 

Yes, it helps that I teach all day. 

Why? 

It's not only that my voice had better be coming out the right way for the student; when you do it enough times the right way you know where every muscle is and how it feels—especially across the genres. 

Yes, this means singing in different styles. 

It's not a big deal if you go the distance. But how many teachers do? How many know that there is a continuum of singing with cabaret at one end and Wagner at the other? And that they all come from the same place? 

Of course, it's a big deal to learn how to do this, taking more than ear even if ear is involved. 

It takes mind and mindfulness which happens in the brain rather than the voice box.

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