Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why singing is hard

Well I haven't seen anything good on this forum for a while, so let's see if I can make a contribution of some sort. Not that there's anything wrong with this forum being kinda dead for a while, it's the nature of life. There are high tides and low tides, right?

Anyway, I'm just writing a few lines on why "singing is hard."

Here it goes...

This may not be what you were expecting to hear but the reason singing is so hard is actually because it is SO EASY. That may not make sense to you, but here it goes...

Since singing is so easy and takes so little effort (in comparison to what we may think) it is very easy to screw it up. It's like a very gentle flower that has to be handled with care, any roughness and you mess the flower up. Well that's kind of what singing is like. Singing is literally as easy as talking - with the obvious exception that vowels are sustained at certain pitches and at a certain volume. When we erroneously think that it is a lot more difficult that speech we dial in way too much effort and strain to try and make it happen. So keep this in mind. If singing isn't feeling easy you are TRYING TOO HARD. I guess this is what I've been trying to say every time I write "Let it happen, don't force it." Just let singing be as easy as sustained pitches. If you do anymore it becomes really hard. So stay close to home, close to neutral instead of trying to be in a different gear. Just stay there and you'll see how EASY it REALLY is. You will be so shocked. I can never get over how EASY singing actually is. And that's precisely the thing, it's SO EASY that any trying any harder than necessary and any believing that it's hard will quickly leave us all tensed up and chasing our own tails. So as paradoxical as it sounds, as contradicting as it sounds singing is "hard" because it is incredibly EASY!

Keep this in mind next time you vocalize or you sing.

Hope this helps you singers! Much, much, much love to everyone out there!

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