Singing terminology confusion – should we really care, and does the singer have to know about it anyway?

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Singing Sense

A couple of weeks ago, I read an interesting article on the Voice Council Magazine blog, written by vocal coach Kim Chandler. In case you haven’t read it, please have a look here.

In short: Should we really try to formalise the language we, as singers and teachers, use? Do we need to mean the same thing when we use the same word, or should certain terms even be dropped in favour of others?

At first glance, many of us might say: “Yes, stop that confusion, I’m never sure what a person means when they say “head voice”, unless I have a lengthy discussion about it.” As a teacher, I sometimes also catch myself thinking: “What a pleasant dream.” However, then another thought immediately springs to mind:

Should singers really endlessly TALK about singing? Shouldn’t they SING?

I agree with Jennifer Hamady, who (very gently) criticises the not…

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