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Singing emotions and microexpressions

May 14, 2009

To better understand how microexpressions (which I claim the name doesn’t explain its causes well, as are many terms in the “subconscious” terminology) affect singing:

To sing an emotion, basically the vocal structure needs to be formed in a certain way…. whether it is sadness, anger, happiness.   This means that there are large muscle movements that cause a sad face, an angry face, an enthusiastic body, etc.  

Microexpressions are frequently subconscious reflexes, and my claim is that these are imbued within the tonicity of muscles and the myofascia tissues.   This is less of a nerves issue, but is instead a failure in the nervous system complete circuit.

What happens with the microexpressions is that they prevent the larger muscles from fully extending itself.   Hence, if one has suppressed sadness, the imbued sad tissue-tension counter the happiness gestures.   So, if one tries to sing happy, and is feeling sad unconsciously; yes it will work, but not nearly as well as if the microexpression sadness wasn’t there.

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FAQ–Mixed voice

April 15, 2009

The question is what is a mixed voice?

 

Form a standing wave with the vocal tract’s resonating tube-cavity.  The result is that most of the amplification is through resonance and standing wave.   If you form the standing and resonating wave correctly, it will automatically have the mixed or full sounds—because the entire vocal tract is resonating.

 

To “mix” this sound, it is more a matter of subtraction—put a barrier to muffle or absorb the head or chest voice.

 

The question now is—how does one form the standing wave resonating tube cavity to begin with?  Obviously, if your posture isn’t correct, it won’t form correctly.   And if you have back of mouth obstructions it may not form the highs correctly.   So, the first step is to get your posture correct and then your vocal structure correct, which is what is described extensively in Vocalposture.com.  

 

From a “ZenSinging” perspective, the question should be, why don’t you already have a mixed voice?  The Zen answer is that you lost it.  So, the focus should be on restoring what was lost, instead of getting the mixed voice.   The restoration techniques are different from standard singing training techniques.