For many in the U.S., it is a short week. It is also more stressful…
I’m noticing a trend which I am attributing, in part, to how crazy the world has become. That is the tendency in even well-trained singers to detach from the physical sensation of singing.
This is most noticeable as the voice moves from one register to another. Sometimes in our pursuit of the path of least resistance we give up the choices that make sound interesting. We use air pressure to press through the hard spots rather than consider if that is our only choice. Or, bend to the mechanism that is easiest for us without consideration for the needs of the piece.
In a way, it is the natural progression of things. You practice things in the hope they become more automatic and delight when it all becomes easier. Still, there are artistic choices to be made and certainly more skill to be attained.
My invitation this week is this. Consider where the choices are as you work with your instrument. And, when you encounter them, approach those choices with curiosity.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.