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

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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 […]

Laugh Your Way In

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Laugh Your Way In

Laughing is a natural human behavior, like yawning, crying, wailing, etc. As such, the body knows how to do it and do it efficiently.

Tour de Vowel, Part 2

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Tour de Vowel, Part 2

Some of the juiciest moments in singing are the “border regions” or transitions between notes, words, and movements.

Tour de Vowel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Chapter 3: Try This Today | No Comments
Tour de Vowel

The most striking thing about her, though, was that she seemed to be enchanted with what was around her, especially compared to others in view.

Enjoy the Subtle World

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Enjoy the Subtle World

When we do this practice, we are opening up our senses, not just our hearing, but all of them, to the subtlety of things, the taste in our mouths, the feeling of the air on our skin, the sound of the heater in the room.

Knock on the Door

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Chapter 3: Try This Today | No Comments
Knock on the Door

Rhythm speaks to the center of our bodies and establishes the foundation for, and the territory in which the other instruments and vocals can play.