Which Comes First:
the Voice or the Ear?
by Gary Powell
â€œWe were taught to sing before we were taught to listen.â€ – Gary Powell
â€œOh you have such a beautiful voiceâ€, says your Aunt Jessie and Uncle Max after your first home-produced talent show. Years later, you hear it from an anonymous blue-haired lady at church, then next, from your dentist whose daughter sings in choir with you and even sometimes in the same key.
Enraptured in our own vocal magnificence, it is difficult to go backward towards listening again. It is a step, however, that must not be skipped if a singer wants to progress as …an instrument. Itâ€™s an instrument capable of expressing the full experience of life like no other. Hereâ€™s where you start to appreciate its full breadth of expression.
Lecture Level and Requirements
Based on years of teaching, coaching and producing recording studio vocals. Vocal exercises for ensembles of all sizes. Asks for individual participation by soloists. Can be adapted for any level of singer secondary and above.
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