Breathing 101- Breathing for Singing Made Simple and Practical
January 7, 2019
A singers development never ends!
I have been singing since I was a child and I have been working as a voice teacher for over 7 years now. I have been in the performing arena so to speak for over 25 years and have worked with and seen the development of many singers across the years.
In all of this time I have seen very different attitudes from singers towards their development. I have seen natural singers fade into oblivion as ones who are not as obviously talented worked harder ended up with the opportunities.
I constantly see amateur singers say things like “I am classically trained” as if the training they once did years ago is a button pressed and will not require anymore effort on their part to maintain or develop further. Interestingly, in many of these singers I see plenty of bad habits that would be avoidable if they continued their vocal awareness and development.
I am all for classical training, in fact what I teach is based on old school classical concepts but applied to contemporary singing but the development should be maintained and taken further.
In my opinion sometimes ego stops a singer from further developing. There is one story of a very famous rock singer, having his tell-all written. When the ghost writer asked “out of all the crazy goings on of touring etc are there any things you want left out of this book?”
He replied. “Don’t write how I took voice lessons!”
I am not mentioning any names but he was certainly a singer that you would know!
Athletes all have coaches and are invested in continual development yet for a singer the idea seems to imply lack of talent or ability in the singers mind!
I am not suggesting every singer needs a weekly voice lesson, but I am suggesting most singers could benefit from investing in their vocal development more often!
I work with several performing musicians (gigging singers in various bands paid to perform) and one of them used to experience voice loss on the days after his gigs. This meant if potential gigs came up on those days at all he may not have been able to do them.
More importantly that voice loss is a bad sign for longterm vocal health! He is young and can bounce back now but the voice does not bounce back as you get older so vocal health is so crucial!
So my suggestion is this: Take your vocal development seriously by
1. Having a teacher at least every now and then.
2. Practicing healthy technique often
3. Be open to learning! I have been in the music industry most of my life and I never stop learning!
Be sure to visit more of my articles for specifics on technique that you can apply to your singer for more vocal health and freedom!