February 10, 2019

Finding Lamperti

Do you use the search box here on VOICETALK? Hello, I use it to keep track of what I've written since, more than once, I have found myself thinking of posting an article and then found I'd done it already.

(eye roll) 

Today, I wanted to find all the Throne of the Pharynx posts that had been written to send to a student. So I entered the key words and all five posts appeared on the page. Nice, huh?

Remember when you had a hard time finding stuff? When your computer could not execute a word search? When Google didn't exist, libraries had card catalogues, and we all had to remember a lot more stuff than we do now? (I wonder if we're actually getting more stupid because we don't have to work to remember things.)

Back to the Throne of the Pharynx posts I was looking for earlier. They give the reader key teachings from the studio of Franceso Lamperti, who I call The Last Great Empiricist. 

For the modern vocal pedagogue who only has a passing interest in historical vocal pedagogy, Lamperti's teachings will seem strange, odd, and rather peculiar. That's their gift, since they are meant to enable the student and teacher to both listen and feel—two sensory pathways that find their origin in the inner workings of the ear, the cochlea and vestibular system having everything to do with creating the audio-vocal loop we call singing.

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