Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vocal Buffett; All You Can Sing? Maybe, But Very So Carefully…

To my knowledge, at least 90 percent of the population loves to sing.

Some of them are doing it for the recreational purposes; others say that they do it for recreational purposes, but secretly hope that one day, someday, they will become singing stars. And lastly, the other category simply consider themselves to be already professional singers, as they occasionally perform in different venues and sometimes, they even get some remuneration.

In this blog, I will refrain from talking about the real professionals with names and reputations, however, even they could stand some extra mentoring and instruction and not only vocal instruction per say.

However, out of 90% of song lovers, only 3 to 5% make it to the big stage.

Why is that, you may ask?

There is a bouquet of reasons, which pertain to that occurrence.

First of all, before reaching any heights at all, the majority of those wannabe singers end up with a variety of vocal problems.

Some of them are trying to become Opera singers, while having no prerequisite for it whatsoever.

Why only do we have a handful of Opera singers known to the world?

Because, in my opinion, you have to be born with more than an extra-large vocal box, long, thick and strong vocal cords, healthy larynx, highly arched upper pallet and a big mouth opening, to say the least.

It’s like a classical Ballerina requires to have their arms and legs at a certain length and very ‘good feet’ i.e. with a very high instep, so they could hold their weight on their toes.

Usually, in both fields, those components are given with birth, and then, combined with the proper training. That is how the star is born.

It is simply a combination of naturally given talent and excellent training. The lack of either of those prerequisites, especially the ladder, may finish one’s singing career, for example, before it takes off.

So, evidently, not everybody could become an Opera or Rock Star, and if they are trying to do so without the given components and with no training, the vocal injury will most likely take place.

Any given singer should have a check with reality before they start singing “escapades”. They need to assess their abilities and not to jump right away to the very hard tunes with the very high notes.

The size and proportions of one’s body, the size of the mouth opening (inside and out), the facial structure, the size of the lips – all have to do with the proper, full and nicely toned sound.

The voice is the muscle and it has to be trained correctly.

If the size of the vocal box is not adequate, the wannabe opera singer most likely cannot be trained to reach a highly professional level.

However, some pop styles and country styles could be achievable with a, not exactly, perfect vocal anatomy.

So know your limits and work on their expansion, but so very carefully and not without professional supervision.

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