Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Voice is Your Spirit in a Manner of Speaking and You are the Only Owner of it!
Fly me to the Moon...

The voice is your spirit.

It's also an expression of who you are and it also identifies the state of your being.

That said, it is as unique as you are.

The fingerprints and your DNA identify your being.

The voice does the same.

Some people have naturally unique sounding voices, sometimes just speaking or just singing, sometimes both.

Sometimes, at the glance, some people are not sounding any different than anybody else, speaking and/or singing.

Is it possible, though, to create their identity by making their voices identify with their beings?

Can we directly connect, especially the singing voice, to the one's identity?

The answer from where I sit, is a BIG YES.

How so, you may ask?

To answer your question, many years ago, I developed my own unique approach to voice mechanics, which I named the Vocal Science Technique and Method.

While instilling the wholesome vocal mechanism into one's psyche, anatomy and physiology, I engage very deeply and also connect with them, so to speak, by the "umbilical cord".

That connection between me as a master, and them as an artist or artist to be, is absolutely necessary and without which, I cannot engage with them and thus, to deliver my message, and then to pull out of them, the desirable outcome.

Once I do, though, their voice and its tone in some cases, will dramatically change, and needless to say, for the best.

But most importantly, they begin to connect with their voice and now, nevertheless, have their individual identity, as the voice has been unlocked from their, so to speak, "vocal prison" (especially being pronounced in the cases of vocal repair).

The unique combination of that lock has been found and the key has been handed to the recipient.

They left their "vocal prison cell" and now they are free...

They could make their unique voice fly to whichever destination and direction of their choice.

Their flight will have an identity and will be recognized, registered and directed by the so to speak, "vocal tower".

The flight will be aimed and safe.

The chosen destination will be reached.

Isn't that the name of the successful "vocal game"?

Major Vocal Intervention...? Must Be Done!

I've been religiously watching all of the available American and Canadian reality shows concerning vocalists.

And now, finally, I stumbled upon a show for children and teenagers right "in my own backyard" in Canada.

I've been occasionally watching auditions, which are pretty much cloning the auditions for American and, used to be, Canadian Idols.

However, I have to admit that to my pleasant surprise, the judges were very sweet and positive with all of the kids - the good ones and not so good ones.

On the other hand, though, that superficial sweetness, in my opinion, cause them to make some misjudgements with respect of some kids talents.

I found that those who they chose - the top six so far - were not necessarily the best ones I've seen auditioning.

However, the worst was yet to come.

Now, they were showing the "true reality" on topics of vocal coaching, choreography, makeup and fashion.

It all began with vocal coaching.

What was shown are the regular, in my opinion, non-sensical exercises, which are definitely not leading to any, technically speaking, vocal development.

After that, the young participant had to rehearse the song under the guidance of the vocal coach.

What I derived from listening was a demand (sing louder, you can do it, come out of your shell, and something else along the same lines), which also sounded as a criticism, as the young singer was not able to achieve the demand of the vocal coach.

One of the little girls said, "I would love to do that, but nobody ever showed me how to."

Isn't that the truth that just came out of the "babe's mouth"...?

In conventional vocal coaching (and this one was not any different) nobody ever said, or advised, how to achieve their demands and the demands of the standards of the so called professional field.

Everybody is forever criticizing, scolding and demanding.

In my opinion, they are trying to cover their own incompetency and thus, projecting it all on their innocent proteges.

Very often, it leads not only to discouraging and shattering the dreams of the artist to be, but also to mild or even severe vocal problems, which are always associating and going hand in hand with the psychological problems.

The artist, young or older, lose their confidence and zest to pursue their singing career any further.

In this case, they become vocally impaired and being afraid to continue their "vocal drive".

It takes the integration and synergy between mental, physical, emotional and vocal components to achieve the performance of the wholesome mechanism, which should be in place to "drive" the voice to its absolute performance - firstly technically and then, nevertheless, artistically.

That said, now, and needless to say, before, the approach to the person and the voice, which identifies the person and reflects the person's state of being, should be totally holistic.

Conventional vocal coaching, so to speak, works on the voice and in the majority of times, that voice becomes damaged, due to vigorous and dangerous vocal exercises, which are doing nothing but producing the pain and strain on one's vocal anatomy.

In my opinion, the major vocal intervention must be done, or else we will produce more and more "vocal invalids" whose mental state, then, might become also in question.