How Learning To Sing is like Building a House
Singing itself is a very simple process, just like a house is ultimately a simple structure – four walls and a roof. However, learning to sing is often a very difficult process, just like building a house can be a drawn out and expensive outing IF you’re not prepared and if you choose the wrong builder. I like to use building a house as an analogy for building a great voice because they have a number of surprising similarities that might not seem immediately obvious. Intrigued? Read on to find out how Learning to Sing is like Building a House!
Foundation is key
A strong foundation is an obvious part of any house, and singing is much the same. I often remind my own students that their singing voices are only going to be as strong as the foundation they build first. After all, what good are walls when you’ve got nothing to attach them to? Your singing voice is similar in that the foundation of breathing, posture and placement all allow you to build an extensive and powerful range with ease – but without them, your range will ‘fall over’ and you’ll no doubt strain your voice.
Many small nails make one solid structure
You can’t just prop a wall up without the aid of small screws and nails that ensure the strength and integrity of your structure. Singing is the same, if you focus on the ‘big’ techniques without fine tuning the small screws that hold your technique together, like vowel shaping, consonant grouping and register release, that powerful range you desire will only ever be a pipe dream. Start small and dream big for the best voice possible – don’t overlook the quality of the nails and screws you build your voice (or house) with!
Triangles are the strongest shape
You’re probably wondering how I can turn this into a ‘building’ analogy, right? It’s easy. Your chest voice is the base of the pyramid, and head voice is the very top point – everything in between should be at an angle travelling like a gradient towards either direction. A square can be pushed over or collapses, a triangle can not. If you pull up your chest voice, this ‘square’ approach to singing will result in a vocal break or flip, but if you treat your voice like a tonal pyramid, you will have the strongest structure known to man.
Don’t forget the plumbing!
That’s right, a house is just an empty box without running water and good plumbing, right? Your voice is the same – don’t forget about your breathing as you ascend in range, your breath support and air flow are figuratively the plumbing and watering system of your voice, if you lack pressure you might just end up with a dry, hoarse voice. Without proper breath support, your voice is going to get ‘backed up’ so to speak and you’re going to spring a leak somewhere along the way, with drastic consequences.
Building a house is an ongoing process – so is singing!
You can’t build a house overnight, and it’s the same with singing. You must take your time and make adjustments and measurements along the way. And don’t forget about ongoing maintenance! It’s important that you maintain your house, just like your voice and treat your voice like a new instrument each day that requires tuning, tightening and training.
Can you see how many similarities there are between learning how to sing and building a house? Your foundation is key to building a great singing voice and ongoing maintenance is key to a long and healthy life as a singer. A great place to start is the free foundations short courses available here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, and then when you’re ready to take your singing to the next level with professional voice coaching, you can book a Skype Session and we’ll get started building your dream home… I mean, voice!
If you have any questions about building a STRONG voice, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!