For many in the U.S., it is a short week. It is also more stressful…
This week there was a good amount of over-singing in the studio — Just a lot of “efforting.” In all cases, we traced it back to listening for a particular sound. Also in all cases, the singer had stopped paying attention to sensory data that the body was so kindly providing.
There are many reasons this can happen, even to experienced singers, but I think there is another culprit at work. I think that singing in smaller rooms, over video (even with excellent low-latency sound) is starting to fray even good technique.
The invitation today is to find another space. Borrow a church or other empty space (safely please, there is a pandemic on), sing out into a forest or a mountain valley, fill a different container. And while you do this, feel it. Feel for your voice and how it moves through you. Remember that sensation is more valuable than what you think you hear as you are singing.
ps: You can always use recordings to fill your need to know how it sounds later.
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.