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.
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).
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]