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Offline prjacobs

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« on: April 23, 2007, 06:44:20 PM »
People have responded to my George Benson thread and mentioned George's propensity to play what he sang, so I wanted to put in my 2 cents about the benefits of singing for instrumentalists.
There is no better way to feel the dynamics of registers, intervals and phrasing than singing. It takes a much different amount of energy to sing, for example, a 6th in the high part of your voice than in a low or middle registers.  It also will sound a lot different.  In many cases an instrument will not respond as expressively as a voice, so bringing a physical, vocal memory into your playing will really make it come alive.
Hey, if you wanna grunt or sing while you play, people may think you're a heavy cat:)
You can also just do it when you practice....
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 07:45:09 PM »
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There is no better way to feel the dynamics of registers, intervals and phrasing than singing.


I believe that singing-even if (like me) you don't have a "pretty" voice- is a great way of opening up your creative/musical side.

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007, 07:50:41 PM »
Completely and totally agree. After learning to sing intervals and scales and sight sing decently it was much easier to look at a sheet of music and know what it sounded like. I can't even begin to describe its benefits.
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007, 08:38:50 PM »
I'd also like to add some more to this discussion. I also feel piano skills are incredibly important. While I certainly don't posses a great deal of piano skill the little that I do know is very helpful.
 

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Offline prjacobs

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2007, 10:32:53 PM »
Having played piano for, gulp!, 51 years.... yikes!, I agree that the piano is a great tool, especially since it's layed out so linearly.  But the piano is the perfect example of an instrument that plays with basically the same ease in all registers and that's why singing reveals nuances of tension and relationships that are sometimes lost.  I can play identically in different octaves but singing is another story.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2007, 06:00:49 AM »
Singing was a big part of my musical development, and learning the basics of four (and up to 8 or more) part harmony gave me a big jump on theory and ear training. It also taught me to memorize music with ease (stacks of it at a time, in different languages and styles).


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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2007, 03:27:31 PM »
Lawrence, You're right.  At Itzak Perlman's summer program for some of the most talented young classical musicians in the world, every musician is required to sing in the chorus.  Even Itzak and the other teachers participate.
 

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007, 11:38:20 AM »
I agree,It can help your practicing and playng too.

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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2007, 02:16:02 AM »
When I sing along with my solos I find that it makes me play less cliches. It seems to open up a different part of your brain/creativity. Most of the time i do it off mic though.



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