Outsmarting the Smart Student

The way to get to free, un-self-conscious, non-manufactured singing is to elicit spontaneous responses that move toward easier ability. In functional teaching, it is my goal to get a spontaneous vocal response through exercises, in teamwork with the singer. [Sidebar: “teamwork” is crucial. I’m not imposing “good singing” on a singer.] When something “works better” […]

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Empirical vs. Theoretical

Empirical: “1. originating in or based on observation or experience” and “2. relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory” – merriam-webster.com It is sometimes written that voice instruction before the advent of “voice science” in the mid 19th century was “empirical”. Based on surviving writings, it seems that […]

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Spontaneous Vocalism

In training we often get the spontaneity trained out of us. We end up with an over-cultured, manufactured, formed, packaged, and delivered vocal product. It might be an attractive sound, although usually it is not so good, but it isn’t free. Why not cultivate singing that is free, easy, joyous, and spontaneous? Spontaneous? How can […]

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