Included in my bucket list for this year is to enroll in Philippine Opera Company. I took voice lessons last July. See I told you, there is power in making a bucket list. I wanted to sing opera. Because I did not have much background in classical singing, I thought learning from an institution for opera would be a good idea. Here are some of little things I learn in voice lessons that have practical value.
It’s so difficult to breathe
Breathing is what we do most but it’s not an activity that all of us have mastered. When you are learning how to sing properly, that’s the only time you become conscious on how you breathe. It is difficult for me to learn how and when to breathe but it’s easy for me to learn how to stop breathing. I just look at the person I don’t like then I stop breathing (LoL)
Walking helps you relaxed while singing
If you are too tense in singing like me, you should walk, and do some movements to distract you from thinking too much on how to produce the right sound.
There is an inner ear
I knew I had an inner voice, inner self, inner goddess but that was the first time I heard I had an inner ear. Sometimes when you try to listen on how you sound, you think that it does not sound good enough but it can be your inner ear discouraging you. Hence, if you want to learn how you sound, you really have to have someone who can listen to your voice.
There are so many things that happen in your mouth and in your body when you sing.
Who says singing is easy? It is not as easy as it sounds.
Grunting is positive
It gives you support in singing
By pointing your fingers down while singing, it reminds you to use your entire body and to get some support.
Music knows no age.
Jackie Evancho and Charlotte Church makes me feel embarrassed because I am only learning how to sing opera in my adulthood. But according to my voice teacher, it’s not recommendable to let kids sing classical or make them sound like Sarah Brightman. It can destroy your voice later in life. Anyway, my teacher is three years younger than me. Sometimes you learn more from those who are younger than you (#truestory) It’s never too late to learn something new.
Your voice is unique.
We often think that imitating your favorite singer’s voice is a measurement of a great voice. While I was rehearsing some classical songs, I listened and watched performances in Youtube and I ended up frustrated. I just couldn’t sound like one of them. I had a thin voice and it was different from how my teacher sounded. She had a thick and rich voice while mine was small. But she said the thinness of my voice is a distinctive quality of my voice. I have to love my voice and accept all its flaws and learn its advantages. By imitating, my voice sounded unnatural. By being true to my voice, I felt lighter and at ease.
Note: All photos are taken in Philippine Opera Company