BANNED From Reddit /r/Singing - How I've Changed & What I've Learned About Honesty

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Banned From /r/singing??

You heard me right! I was banned from /r/singing (don't worry I'll be back.) I'm not surprised. I was a member of the community for 4 days; dedicating most of my time everyday to writing aggressively styled content and helping people with their singing.

Majoring in voice pedagogy in college, I have put countless hours of research into my ideas. I have read, front to back, just about every significant voice pedagogy text ever written! This doesn't mean I'm the best or the world's most knowledgeable person on every aspect of voice pedagogy, but it does mean that I have a incredibly high degree of confidence in my ideas about contemporary singing technique.

Let's put aside my attention-seeking persona for a moment. Let me be real with you! There are a lot of questions voice pedagogy hasn't answered; but that many people BELIEVE have been answered. If there's one thing any master singer or intellectual knows.. it's that the closer you get to the truth the further away it becomes. Like grasping sand!

Nothing is 100% true when it comes to anything in life! Absolutely NOTHING! We discover the atom, conclude that the world is made of indivisible atomic mass. Problem solved right? Nope! Then we discover subatomic particles; then we realize that matter is actually energy and that the more specific we get about what matter "is" the less certain we become about everything we've ever believed and that TIME ISN'T ACTUALLY FIXED AND THAT TIME IS MERELY A RESULT OF OUR INDIVIDUAL PERCEPTION OF REALITY AS OPPOSED TO A NEWTONIAN CONCRETE IDEAOLO--

*catches breath*

So then why are so many singers so dogmatic about their own ideas about technique??? In short, it's because they're stupid.My technique centers around the idea that while I may have a set of "rules" about singing.. that those rules are meant to be broken!!

Sometimes the rules don't work consistently and the rules that work for me won't necessarily work for you. Singing (and life) is a subjective experience and not an objective experience. It's only important to learn rigid ideas only so that you completely forget them!!

Just like stupid self-help advice: how many times have you followed self-help advice to the letter only to fall flat on your face?? We WANT rules but rules will NEVER produce the end result we're searching for. We find the answers we're seeking only in those moments where we forget that we're seeking answers at all!

I remember struggling with a particular high note for months once. I just couldn't get it and had just about given up. I decided  to take a break from my otherwise reserved, studious life to hang out with some friends and have a beer or two! At one point someone said something that cracked me up; I gently yelled "now THAT's funny!!!" at a fairly high pitch. Confused, I excused myself to the bathroom and used a keyboard app on my phone to find the pitch of what I had just said... it was higher than the note I had been TRYING so hard to "sing."

What I've learned is, that, most people don't want to hear the truth; though they'll be drawn to it like flies on a pile of dog shit! They might argue endlessly & authoritatively that their rules are correct. However, the reality is that their world view is secretly crumbling before their eyes; they're not sure how to process that. It's difficult to say "you know, I've never thought of it like that." It's easy to say "YOURE STUPID IM RIGHT YOURE WRONG BLA BLA BLA BLA."

Just look at some of my more helpful, kind posts! For even SUGGESTING to someone that "Hey, I know everyone says to do X but myself, my students, and many successful singers have found great success with Y. Y is a bit unconventional, but it might work for you! Heres why I think it works...." People get worked up into a FRENZY!!! Down voting the comment into the ground as to dispel any novel ideas that might cause them to ACTUALLY THINK!!!

 Fortunately, those of you who are here are a different breed of human. You're willing to let your reality fall apart before your eyes; and pick up the pieces as you lament the destruction of your ego. And that's why I love you!!

Upcoming articles:

1. "My Review of The Broadway Tour of Wicked: It Sucks." (You won't want to miss this one!!!)
2. "The World's Biggest Singing Myth - Breath Support"
3. My thoughts on testosterone and it's role in the production of a "full, deep, manly voice" (hint: testosterone is bullshit)
4. A quick, no non-sense guide to singing high notes
5. YouTube content

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Imitating Other Singers is NOT Dangerous or Unhealthy

A lot of people going around on this subreddit discouraging singers from imitating claiming that it is inherently unhealthy and inherently dangerous. Here are some simple guidelines

  1. Don't sing higher than you are capable.
  2. If it hurts or strains, don't do it
  3. If it sounds "fake" then it isn't right.

That's it. Imitation isn't inherently unhealthy. Imitating a healthy sound without straining is called singing well. No one will ever know you learned by "imitating" because at that point you are simply singing the style properly.

Every genre requires imitation. Even classical. If it didn't, then classical singers wouldn't sound similar to one another. To demonize something so essential makes absolutely no sense to me.

The purpose of taking lessons from a teacher who knows how to sing is so they can demonstrate the sound so that, alongside some degree of technical training, you can imitate it. If teachers are expecting you to mindlessly wander and "align" and "resonate" your singing voice into existence from scratch - that's not really teaching. That's psuedoscience.

Why Classical Training is a Complete Waste of Time

Just on a practical level... Pavarotti could not sing like Justin Bieber. Pavarotti was just generally not very good at singing contemporary music. Great opera singer? Yes!!!! One of the greatest!!

The skill of 'singing' just on a real world, common sense level does not translate. Otherwise you would be seeing hundreds and hundreds of professional cross over artists. But you don't. You see either a singer who is a master at doing ONE thing or you see a singer who is good at doing many.

They're different skillsets and depending on your goal, you might want many different skill sets. You might make a career out of doing both; that's what makes you unique and sets you apart. But I just don't hear the operatic tenor performing at the MET every night who, the following night, is singing pop music at a sold out venue. It just doesn't happen.

Now if you want to get specific and ask about the physiological differences, there are a plethora! From supglottic pressure, to vocal fold closure, to formant tuning strategies, breathing strategies, lung volume differences, vibratory mechanism differences, etc. Plus the way our body responds in terms of muscle development and muscle memory. The list goes on so long that you could write books on the differences and still we wouldn't be able to completely grasp the complexity of it.

Long distance running and sprinting are basically the same sport. Whoever can run to the finish line the fastest wins. But the way the body of a distance runner responds to distance running is massively different from the way the body responds to sprinting. They recruit different sets of muscle fibers. The stress on the body is also radically different as is it's hormonal response. Not to even mention requiring mastery of two completely different sets of techniques.

Just because you are a good distance runner does not mean you will be a good sprinter How many Olympic level athletes are doing both?

Is Usain Bolt spending his time working on his distance running thinking it will improve his sprinting? Or is he sprinting to improve his sprinting? Does Usain Bolt have the mindset of a sprinter or a guy who dabbles in some of everything?

The only reason people study classical is because they have this impression that classical singers are somehow superior to contemporary singers. That if you learn to sing opera it will help you sing Taylor Swift because opera is an elite form of singing and Taylor Swift is not. And, you know what, go for it! If you believe that then go for it.

Me, personally, I'm not interested in being that guy who is a decent sprinter and a decent distance runner. I want to be really really good at sprinting and say fuck distance running. I want to emulate what successful sprinters are doing, not re-write the book on sprinting to include distance running. That's not my thing.

If other people want to train both, great! No worries! So long as you're doing it out of choice not because someone told you to.