Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vocal GPS… How useful can it be to arrive safely and promptly to your destination?



  •  Set your Destination!
  •  “Drive” to it.
  • Arrive and save your route in memory for future reference!
What do you mean by “Vocal GPS”, you, my reader, may ask?
What I mean is that, first and foremost, you have to establish a frame of reference of how to make your voice work upon design and inner-command. Recently, I received a singing client who happened to be very talented and even possesses absolute pitch, (perfect pitch).

Being a musician since an early age, playing a few different instruments, it was an absolute pleasure to start a Private Master Vocal Coaching Session with him.

However and evidently, his singing and, for that mater, speaking voice, does require a lot of work.
Being in his late 30’s, he adapted a lot of bad habits on his own and with “help” of his previous teachers. I told him that if I had compared his singing to a puzzle, then his puzzle would consist of a head of a cat, body of a snake and the tale of a dog (of course, figuratively speaking). It was very difficult to make heads or tales of his singing (no pun intended).

In other words, what he heard in his head and with his ears was completely incongruent with the sound he was producing.  Even in spite of having perfect pitch, he hit quite a few flat and sharp notes and his timing was definitely quite speedy. In other words, the whole voice thing was out of balance, so to speak.

So starting the first session, I had to show him how to set his “vocal GPS”, i.e., how to program it and how to properly map it using my wall-based diagrams, which portray the exact message about the physical sound and its movement and direction based on the law of physics and geometry.  Once the student understands it intellectually, the physical application of the sound is next. Now that the “vocal GPS” is on, I begin to play the role of a “driving instructor” and navigate my student, not only via “GPS”, but also verbally explaining to him, “along the road”, how not to “fall out of the road” and achieve an aimed delivery of his sound.

Finally, after a number of hours spent, we collectively and separately arrive to the destination preset by the “Vocal GPS”.

You would think that our journey is over which actually, granted, physically, it is.
But, little that you know that, if the “destination” is not set in memory, the “driver” will not be able to embark on the same road again without reprogramming the destination back to the GPS.
Sometimes, since the “driver” is new, he might have difficulties to recall the route back on his own, and again might need professional help to get back on the “driving seat”.

I hope you, my reader, is getting my drift and fully understanding my figurative and allegoric manner of speaking.

In other words, It takes approximately 30 hours of instruction to “seal the deal”.
That also, and furthermore, applies to the non-surgical voice repair cases when the 30 hours of instruction and natural herbal and homeopathic treatment is a must.
Let’s break it down…

  • The first 10 hours, it allows us to set the vocal GPS.
  • The Next 10 hours will take the “actual driving” to the set destination.
  • And finally, the last 10 hours, (which is now 30 hours in total), will take to confirm the destination and lock it in the human psyche, brain and every conceivable muscle of the body and the vocal box appropriate muscles, in particular.
So to conclude, the 30 hours is the protocol for success - singing, speaking or non-surgically repairing the voice.

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