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Questions and answers about vocals

At what age can I learn to sing?

You can get involved in singing at any age. It is desirable – in the young, even … in the womb (scientists have shown that the fetus responds to music by changing the rhythm of its heart!). Let the child “sleep at the piano” when parents play music. The future singer, even before the “adult” classes, it is desirable to form musically. This will accelerate future vocal-technical development. Children’s impressions are strong and create the foundation for the upcoming profession. Many prominent singers began to sing in the children’s choir, observing a moderate voice load. If after a mutation (in boys, in the process of maturation, the voice can become lower) a professional voice is formed, then singing in childhood will be a significant contribution to the formation of a vocalist.

What is the fundamental stage of voice development?

The initial period! Without laying the foundation, do not expect success. Speaking aphoristically, teaching in youth is stone carving, in old age, drawing in the sand. The first vocal steps outline and reinforce neuromuscular coordination. If the initial coordination is vicious, then with further rectification, these connections do not disappear, but only are covered by new skills and in adverse conditions recur. Initial impressions often create shock associations, develop persistent conditioned reflexes at the subconscious level. Chaotic reflexes will cause voice problems even in the distant future.

What are the main qualities of the voices?

Main qualities: timbre, range and volume. The most important is the timbre. With a moderate range and low power, a voice can be of interest if the timbre is beautiful. But with a bad timbre (even with a wide range and high volume), classical singing is devoid of appeal. The pitch depends on the frequency of oscillation of the vocal folds, the strength on the intensity of exhalation and the amplitude of the vibration of the folds, the timbre on the composition of the overtones.

How fast can you learn to sing?

It all depends on your voice natural data. Usually, vocals take 2-5 years. But in fact, the improvement of voice continues throughout life if regular classes and trainings are conducted.

What are the characteristics of singing voices?

The type of singing voice is determined by timbre, range, transitional sounds, ability to comfortably withstand a certain tessitura. The nature of the vocal folds matters. The type of voice is determined by the sound quality of the registers. Sopranos are often more free to play high sounds. The bass has the center and bottoms, the mezzo-soprano has the middle register.

Why is the type of voice sometimes determined erroneously?

Errors in determining the type of voice often occur, and the consequences are negative. The beginner’s voice is not developed, it cannot be fully expressed. In addition, imitating someone, a novice singer “drives” the voice to some standard. Assessment of the type of voice should be clarified during the development of the singer. A lot of “intermediate” votes. For example, neither bass, nor baritone, but bass baritone. Sometimes they try to lead such a singer as bass or baritone, partially distorting nature. Exaggeration of one of the registers helps to simulate lower or higher; type of voice. But thickening, for example, of a chest timbre leads to difficulty of “tops”. In all individual shades, determining the type of voice is very important. When years are sung in a voice other than his own, it is destructive for him. To the detriment of the vocal apparatus, it is able to adapt and imitate the sound that you want to match.

Is it easy to master the basics of vocal technique?

If the voice is “delivered” by nature, then it is easy. But this is very rare. There are lucky people in whom the larynx is anatomically successfully built and organized for singing. They do not need special devices for the transition from speech to singing. For most, such a transition is associated with the search for laryngeal devices. Usually they take possession of the voice for a long time, partly blindly. And sometimes, bad sound is corrected by a small frequency. For example, the performer forced a voice, but changed his type or realized the usefulness of an aspiratory attack for him – and the tone became soft, melodious. Voice needs to be “respectfully” corrected in relation to its nature.

Why study singing for a long time?

Not always long, although in most cases. It usually takes a long time to achieve and consolidate a culture of vocal sound. The vocalist does not see his own “keys”, and in the search for technical development, he is often mistaken; he is blindly corrected for a long time. The vocal technique is capricious, but this is only a means. The singer must be a competent musician, expressive artist. They also study for a long time.

Can I learn to sing from books?

Practice teaches singing. Learning to sing from books – learning to swim on the beach. But literate books convey experience, help to understand voice problems, contribute to the independent work of the singer, and reduce training time. If a student does not know how to work independently, or even a trained vocalist is not aware of his technique, then, when they encounter new singing difficulties, they easily lose their vocal form.

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