Back to Basics: The Poll
by Christie Connolley
It seems as though I am constantly revisiting the basics, thumbing through my worn copy of Richard Miller’s Structure of Singing, especially the section on breathing. Is it just me or does anyone else notice that new ‘theories’ or ‘techniques’ appear as often as Anne Hathaway in a romantic comedy ?
You know what I mean? ‘Oh, I don’t breathe through my mouth anymore, I am strictly a nose breather now’, or ‘I am now into circular breathing….. If a bassoonist can do it, why can’t I?’, or ‘I am one with the air around me, so I actually have the ability to breathe from any orifice.’ Well, that one really could be true, because it sounds like you’re talking out of one right now.
So which technical fundamental of singing do you find yourself revisiting on a regular basis?