Written by Diana Yampolsky
I've been teaching, consulting and recording
vocalists for close to four decades. I've
also been conducting group
vocal interactive workshops
and seminars for the longest time. It is
extremely interesting to watch and
experience the changes with each generation.
What was happening before is the history. What is happening today is the reality. And today's reality is very confusing and at times, disheartening.
On one hand, the people are much more advanced now than they've ever been. In what sense you may ask? Definitely technologically. Also quite definitely, intellectually, as the technology gives them access to much wider venues than they could ever dream of before. Yet, physically, it's another story.
The Vocal Science(TM) method, which I advocate for quite a few years, requires an integration and synergy between metal, physical, emotional and vocal state. Unless all of those components are working in compliance with each other, the mechanism required for the voice to work in its fullest capacity possible, cannot be launched. In the majority of cases, the physical component is just not present.
How could it be so, you, the reader, might be wondering? The fact of the matter is that the people are not physical anymore. They spend too much time at their innovative electronic gadgets and not enough time embarking on any physical activities. Purely and simply, they cannot "walk and chew the gum at the same time" and thus, I should say, they cannot "carry a tune in a bucket". The balance and coordination are just not present. Therefore, the physicality of the sound cannot be enforced or can be, but with great difficulty. In other words, the people's physical body is at least five levels below their intellectual capacities.
It is sad, but it is the reality today. Every day it is harder and harder to make people physically apply the vocal techniques they're taught. Their untuned physical bodies are simply not allowing them to prosper.
Where are we all going with the advanced technology, I don't profess to know. But my wild guess is that we're not going to the new heights with our health and overall prosperity and definitely not vocally.