21 May Voice
The Voice is an instrument that everyone is born with, but few learn to use their voice to it’s maximum potential. Everyone has the ability to sing. Those who say they “can’t sing” are usually just shy and/or have no idea how to use technique to improve their voice. Learning to sing well requires intense focus and understanding of one’s body as well as a healthy understanding of music theory and harmony.
Along with percussion, the human voice is the oldest known instrument. As long as humans have made noise with their vocal chords they have been “vocalists”. It is also a form of music that animals participate in. Many different animals and birds are able to “sing” and vocalize in a musical way. Humans starting becoming much more systematic in their approach to singing around the 13th century when they defined the “chest” and “head” voices and began using the voice like a classical instrument.
WHEN TO START
Obviously, young children sing all of the time. There are many skills required of a vocalist like good rhythm, counting and conducting that can be taught at a very early age. To make sure that pitches are correct in practice it is also typical to use a keyboard, and light note reading is something every vocalist needs to know. So it’s never too early to start and vocals are a great way to ease a young child into the world of music.
Everyone’s got one!
Inspiration for singing can be found everywhere in music. There are pop vocalists like Beyonce, Madonna, and Michael Buble, opera singers like Birgit Nilsson and Luciano Pavarotti, rappers like Jay-Z and Eminem, and hard-rockers like Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler.
For those who already sing and would like to try a different style there’s chorale and choir singing, solo singing, back-up vocals, opera, theater, improvisation, barbershop, rap, etc…