Why do we love to sing?
It is an incredible feeling to sing well. Singing affects you wholly, in your body, in your mind, in your emotions, in your sprit. Singing is a form of communication, of expression. It is a way for people to touch and move one another. People have probably been singing since before recorded time, maybe even before complex languages developed. A child sings in play, a mother sings to soothe, a person in strife sings to ease the pain. Singing inspires. It enlightens. It touches deep parts of us that words alone cannot describe, even though we sing lyrics.
How can you learn to sing so well that you feel really good about your voice? I get this question a lot. “I play guitar and write songs, but my voice is horrible! Is there any chance for me?”, “I want to learn how to sing jazz, but everything I do sounds like my classical training. How can I learn it? Jazz is overwhelming!” This eBook series tackles these topics and much more. Learn to sing in a healthy way that can last for years. This series contains downloads for musical exercises that you can practice at home to improve your style and technique. In this series I share with you my expertise in vocal technique and performing skills, having taught thousands of successful singers.
Often used successfully as a healing modality to speed up recovery and to reduce stress, singing has the power to be extremely cathartic. Anyone who has sat with a guitar or at a keyboard and sung a song with no one around, to express a strong emotion or to go into “the zone,” knows exactly what this is like. One reason singing is so incredibly popular is because creating it and listening to music transports us away from our day-to-day thoughts and the trappings of our busy lives.
Whether or not music is cathartic, or aggressive, or celebratory, or suggestive, or moving, or numbing, depends a great deal on the artist’s intention and vision when recording or performing a song. The artist decides how to channel her creativity into her music. If the artist’s aim is to create a positive experience in concert, she must first take care of herself. Her state of wellness, of intention, is reflected in her work. In the competitive environment of commercial music, not to mention in our fast-paced, instant-food, instant-gratification culture, taking good care of oneself can be a challenge. It is, however, essential.