Updated: Jul 18, 2020
Here, at The UK Voice Studio we believe that singing is an emotional reaction that should be cherished and developed and that everyone should have the chance to explore their inner communicator. Singing is proven to help with mental health and the so often overwhelming everyday life. In our first post we would like to draw your attention to why and how we make noises, to why we actually sing and why it feels so good to do it!
So, how and why exactly do we sing? Researches argue that before we even began to develop anything similar to a language we used noises and primal sounds (Janice Chapman 'Holistic approach to singing') in order to communicate with other humans, share moments of joy, fun or sadness and alarm others of danger. These sounds are deep within us and, surprise surprise, we still use them nowadays. Imagine yourself in your favourite pub celebrating someone's success - how many times did you raise your voice (this was potentially accompanied by a glass of good quality champagne or a pint of beer in hand), exclaimed their name and laughed?! These we would call 'primal sounds' that our predecessors developed and used to communicate, bond, celebrate and support each other. Now, let's observe how our bodies react and prepare to make this noise: we are about to exclaim John's name because he just got his first job and he is going to do so well in it! We take a breath in, we stretch our upper body and tense all of our lower abdominal area (ABS and obliques) in order to exclaim his name to heaves! It feel so ridiculously easy to exclaim his name, doesn't it?
Let's take another situation: you are waiting for a bus, you spot a baby crawling towards an approaching bus - what do you do? Your instinct and primal reaction is making a noise to alarm the parent of the child of the looming danger. If you take a moment to observe this situation and you ask yourself: how did you actually manage to make this loud cry and what happens to your body and mind in this situation? In this sort of situation the reaction of our bodies and minds are so primal, yet complex, that we don't even think about them in the moment. What actually happens is: we see the baby, the brain sends the message to our entire body (our eyes, mouth, heart, lungs, ABS and obliques, back muscles and our entire nerve system and all other body parts) in order to employ every cell of our flesh to help us sound the alarm. We suddenly find ourselves making this huge sound that: alarms the parents and saves the baby - thank goodness!
So, why is it so easy to make all of those noises, yet when we sing our voices are quiet, scratchy, maybe even unpleasant and no one can hear us? If we take some of the elements of the situations above we there have an amazing projection, fully supported and natural voice that we all want in our singing - we do, however, need to rediscover those primal sounds, accept them, invite them and involve them in our singing. We also have to exclude some of the elements such as tension in your neck, chest or throat - something the tutors at The UK Voice Studio can help you with! The answer to why we sing is a simple one: we sing because we always wanted to communicate love, appreciation, anger, sadness, heartbreak, you name it, with other humans in a way that involves every inch of our body. The answer to how we do it is: we do it by employing our inner and most primal resources: muscles, nerves, which are driven by our emotionalism and the need for expression the things we, perhaps, can't put into words? Why does it feel so good: because in singing we express more than a thousand words, we employ our brain, mind and body to deliver a sound that we produce and when we do it right it makes us feel so god damn good!
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J. Chapman, Holistic Approach to Singing
D. L. Jones, www.thevoiceteacher.com
Written by Kamil Bien.