What do I sing?

What do I sing?

A common question for people starting out with the Sing 15 practice is “What do I sing?” This is a great question and points to how we are accustomed to singing something that is pre-existing. We sing songs that we know. Songs from sheet music. Musical scales. We sing vocal exercises from a teacher or a book.

Where do I sing?

Where do I sing?

Find a private space, or as private as you can. This practice is about unfolding the many facets of your voice, and for many of us, that can be a tender process. Most of us feel freer to explore if we aren’t conscious of others hearing us (especially those whom we are closest to).

What is this voice we are working on?

What is this voice we are working on?

The Sing 15 practice is about expanding the capacities of our voice. But what do we mean when we say voice? Here are some perspectives.

Why a daily practice?

Why a daily practice?

You’ve probably heard the saying that if you want to know a person’s true priorities, look at his or her check book. Another way is to look at how they are spending their time today.

This is a vocal practice right? So where are all the scales and breathing exercises?

This is a vocal practice right? So where are all the scales and breathing exercises?

Why do some musicians, with all of the technical training and knowledge in the world inside them, fail to really connect to the music, while others, who’ve never had a lesson in their life, seem to be a fountain for music?

Scan for doorways

Posted by on Aug 20, 2010 in Chapter 3: Try This Today | No Comments
Scan for doorways

A few years ago, a friend and I were walking along Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a long, lazy street lined on both sides with art galleries. We’d walk in front of a gallery and glance at each other for consensus on whether to enter or not. It was usually an instantaneous and […]

Singing is listening

Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Chapter 3: Try This Today | No Comments
Singing is listening

I have a couple of guitars at home and often pick one up as I’m walking by, strap it around my shoulders and strum a little as walk to the next room. Usually these drive-by music sessions last less than a minute and then I’m on to my next thing. At other times, I sit […]

Singing is breathing

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Chapter 3: Try This Today | No Comments
Singing is breathing

At the simplest level, singing is nothing but breath vibrating your vocal chords. No breath, no sound. To verify this, try closing your mouth, pinching your nostrils shut and then humming. After the lungs empty their air into your expanding cheeks, the sound is gone. You could say that the most masterful singers and vocalizers […]