It just takes one note. One glimpse into what can be…
As a voice teacher it is my job to “unlock what you bestow within your larynx”… a pretty intense responsibility.
Sometimes being a voice teacher is like mining for gold. Some students come to me and their voices are out and obvious, they just need polishing, refining etc… And sometimes I have students who walk in with their voices literally all covered up by muscle tension and I have to peel back the layers of tension to get to their “real voice”.
I like to call these students my onions, (the whole peeling the layers back to get to the source thing ).
And just sometimes, I find a gem in that onion (larynx) that is incredible .
I am inspired to write this by a new student that I have been working with. We started off with her vocalizng with me and it did not go well, her sound was not coming out, it was so held, forced,and pushed.
Then she picked up her guitar and sang me a song…
I have my students do this for me, especially my new ones, because vocalizing can be so foreign and may not reflect their “true singing voice” at first since they don’t know how to connect to it.
So, she began to sing me a song, and boom this gorgeous, and I mean incredible sounding note came out of her. Most of the rest of the song was held and tight, but every once and a while she would release an incredible sound. I would say- 10% of the song showed off her talent.
But that is enough for me, one great note. If I can hear it once, it doesn’t matter what it took to get there, I know that I will have enought to build a whole voice off. By finding what worked on that note and recreating it over and over through proper vocal exercises and building it out like a wall one brick, (or note), at a time soon a full voice can be strewn together.
For me as a voice teacher it is a very exciting to find that one note in a student. It is like “Aha” the challange is upon you.
The single note is like a door to the voice. If you can find your way in though it, then you can find your way in again, and for a longer path each time.
Her second lesson all ready was a huge improvement because I knew just where to take her right from the beginning, and we began building and stretching upon that healthy resonate tone.
She was so thrilled to be able to have more control over recreating a great sound. Sometimes, it just takes one break through to change the whole voice.
It was a satisfying teaching experience that hour, needless to say. Mid-lesson I had to break a moment to take notes for this future blog- a bit “crazy mad- scientist ” of me I know, but you never know when the inspiration will come. Thank you Brandy for the inspiration, here’s to releasing all of your sound.
So, the good news is if you can find an incredible sound somewhere in your voice, that means you HAVE a voice in there worth spending the time and effort to develop.
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written by Ariella Vaccarino creator of Voice Lessons To Go(singing lessons on CD) and author of Vocalize!
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