“Vocal Advantage: Favorite Mantra” by Dina Else
Date: December 16, 2013
VOCAL ADVANTAGE: FAVORITE MANTRA, by Dina Else
I have a few things I say on a very regular basis every day, in almost every lesson that I teach. One of them is “Singing is Sensation!”
James McKinney has taught us that, “only a patient can describe their sensations.” It’s not a stretch to say that only a singer can describe their sensations and ‘singing IS sensation’. Sensations are the one constant that you can rely on no matter the acoustics of the space you’re singing in or the situation singers finds themselves in.
As my singers make improvements and begin to figure things out, I’m a huge fan of asking “what did that feel like?” If a student can pinpoint the sensations, they are more likely to replicate the experience correctly away from the studio.
I’m also a big fan of ‘do it the old way, do it the new way’. What did the ‘old’ way feel like, what does the new way feel like? Describe the differences in physical sensations.