Overhearing a conversation between a vocal student and one of our esteemed instructors, the instructor mentioned, “I still takes classes to keep up”. This instructor has her masters, has been singing her whole life, performed in countless musical theater productions all over the great states and having personally heard her singing voice, lets just say, she knows what she’s doing. This got me thinking about our students that have a difficult time staying on track when practicing the fundamentals. This can be particularly challenging for an adult student because as adults, we have a more clear vision of the progress we expect from ourselves. I wanted to take today’s blog and use it as a reminder that the we call the fundamentals, fundamentals for a reason.
It is possible that you are tired of the daily exercises that seem tedious or repetitive whether you are learning an instrument or flexing your vocal muscles. Fear not, this normal but at the same time vital. These basics are taught to you first because they are the most important bits of knowledge you will need to know on your path to musical success. The goal is to have these bits and exercises ingrained into your brain until it becomes second nature for you. In turn you will more easily attain new information and then progress on to new musical goals, not to mention impressing your friends and family.
“Why if it is ingrained in my brain do I have to keep doubling back?” you ask? The simple answer is science. The human is brain is not a machine without it’s imperfections. We forget things and often we take things for granted. So you got your masters you’ve learned everything you could possibly learn. You’re done, right? Not even close. In order to keep your musical brain in check you have got to apply the basics in every lesson, song and thought. For instance, an oil change in your car is about the most basic thing you can do keep the vehicle in good shape. You wouldn’t get a premium grade oil change and three years later expect it to operate at the high efficiency it did the day if the oil change.
You must keep changing your musical oil when it comes to vocal training! Odds are you take music lessons because you love music. You probably have a favorite who you idolize. Whether it’s beloved a song bird like Mariah Carey or the late great Johnny Cash, we know for certain they changed their musical oil on a daily basis. Keep this mind when you want to see more progress don’t skip steps. The more you use fundamentals the higher you will reach on the ladder to success.
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