This is an informative article from a teacher’s blog. Lots to think about. The art of singing involves so many inter-connected systems. One’s psychological and spiritual state is a huge part of the equation, and technology is giving us answers as to how the musical brain functions.
Mostly, singers are bat shit crazy.
4 thoughts on “The Singer’s Mind”
You are not THAT crazy. The graphic creates an optical illusion. Look at the text of center of the page, and the notes appear to be elevating. Cool.
Thanks for sharing this post. It caught my eye because two of our kids are classical vocalists, and their private teacher works very carefully with them on the mental aspects of performing. I know her coaching in this area has contributed significantly to their success.
Sounds like your kids are in good hands. I had a teacher once who had a sign in her studio, “Voice Lessons and Psychotherapy.” Aside from solid technique, two things seem to matter most. We are communicators of text and music. Our audience knows when we are authentically communicating on a subconscious level by feeling emotionally involved & included. Pretty singing is nice, but it’s limited unless we stop thinking about technique and commit to conveying the text. And we need to be emotionally vulnerable and open. That’s a huge challenge at times. You can feel like crap and play the piano. Not so with singing. As I tell my students, singing is really very weird. Many layers on the onion.
Depression is an occupational hazard? Or maybe it’s the creative mind with is predisposition to biological imbalances.
Thank you for your comments!
You’re so right about conveying the text. That’s another thing our teacher hits really hard on, and it’s made a huge difference to the kids’ performances – way above the maturity level of their peers.