When most students step into my teaching studio, they bring with them what I would describe as a co-dependent vocal system. What is a co-dependent vocal system and how can we work towards the higher ideal of a fully coordinated singing voice?
So, what is a co-dependent vocal system? Well, the answer lies in the word ‘co-dependent.’ “The co-dependent vocal system is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one part of the vocal mechanism (e.g. the tongue), supports or enables another part of the vocal mechanism (e.g. the larynx) in the production of sound.”
You see, for most of us mere mortals, our voices don’t naturally sing well. Our bodies often behave in a less than efficient manner, and it’s our job, as developing singers, to exercise the voice so that each individual part can perform as a well-positioned cog within a bigger complete vocal system.
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