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Vocal freedom allows a singer to feel the thrill of their voice in motion. A free and easy voice is also likely to be a healthy voice, which will stand the test of time. At its best, singing takes us to agony and ecstasy, but only when there is freedom.
How To Achieve Vocal Freedom
Singing is a motor skill. This means that you can understand it with your mind long before you can do it well with your body. The only way to improve is to practice regularly, focusing your attention on specific goals and targets. Ease is the main goal, but there are other aspects to focus on as well, such as vocal registration.
It is important to get regular input from a professional on what you are doing, and how to proceed, as the mind doesn’t always have a clear idea of what the body is doing and how. The goal is ease, and a good teacher can help you coordinate and strengthen your instrument so that you can just sing.
It is true that some people sing with a lot of ease automatically. Their voices do what they want, and they don’t have to think about it. This is ideal. However, most people need guidance from a great teacher to achieve this freedom. Even many natural singers run into trouble at some point, and find they need help to get back on track. Unfortunately, certain styles of singing that are fine while the singer is young, or when there are no additional factors playing on the voice, but as the body ages, some techniques stop being effective.
For example, young Mariah Carey’s beautiful singing became far too heavy as she aged. I don’t know what happened along the way, but at some point she started pushing those power notes out much harder then her voice could handle. Unfortunately, this has led to a vocal imbalance, which pulls her notes out of tune. She is still incredibly musical, and I am sure she knows the notes she wants to hit, but even force doesn’t get her there anymore. With helpful training along the way, many professionals are able to get back on track from an imbalance, and of course many people learn early on to belt in a way that is free and easy.
How Long Does Vocal Freedom Take To Learn?
No quick fixes here. The process is life-long, and your voice is always changing. However, you can set targets and goals to achieve along the way. With practice and a great teacher, you will enjoy results. No matter what any teacher tells you, the work should make singing feel easier and more rewarding. Aiming for vocal ease – and seeking guidance when that ease is hard to find – are both wise goals for any singer, especially to build up a voice that will last for years to come.
© 2018 Joanna Chapman-Smith
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