Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

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Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

Technically, singing occurs when a person produces musical notes using his voice. In this case, you can call him a vocalist or a singer. There are different types of singing. For example, you can sing as a soloist or as a group. You can sing with or without accompanying instruments. You can also sing as a hobby or as a religious devotion.

 

Moreover, there are different genres including opera, pop, country, and blues among others. In all these categories, you can sing different types of voices such as countertenor, bass, baritone, and tenor for men. Female voices include soprano, contralto, and mezzo-soprano. As you can now tell, singing is one of the most exciting and diverse ways of producing music.

 

Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

Interesting Facts about Singing

• In his book, The Singing Neanderthals, Steven Mithen claims that humans started singing during the Neanderthal stage of evolution.
• Eating an hour before singing can cause regurgitation. Avoiding carbonated drinks before and during performances is also an excellent idea because consuming them at such times might lead to stomach upsets.
• Normally, the sound you make as you sing travels at approximately 75 miles per hour.

 

Benefits of Singing

• Singing is responsible for producing a group of hormones known as endorphins, which make you happy instantly.
• Your body produces oxytocin when you sing. Oxytocin is a natural stress relief hormone. Therefore, singing helps you fight stress, depression, and anxiety.

 

Singing: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

Some of the Greatest Singers of All-time

 

Elvis Presley (1935 to 1977)

Dubbed as the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley is the highest-selling solo artist in history. More specifically, his records have surpassed sales of 600 million units. Elvis is a cultural icon and perhaps the most influential singer of the twentieth century.

 

Michael Jackson (1968 to 2009)

Dubbed as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson holds the record for the highest-selling album in history. This album, Thriller, sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. Other albums he produced have done well. For instance, his 1987 album, Bad, was the first album to have five songs appearing on the US Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.

 

Dolly Parton (Born on 19 January 1946)

She is famous for her work in country music. She has done several solos and duets and she stands unchallenged the best female country performer of all time.

 

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What Is Sound-To-Color Synesthesia?

What Is Sound-To-Color Synesthesia?

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What Is Sound-To-Color Synesthesia?

 

Synesthesia

 

Synesthesia occurs when the stimulation of one cognitive sense causes the involuntary simulation of another cognitive sense. For example, you might see patterns of color after hearing particular sounds. The technical name for this type of synesthesia is chromesthesia. In this case, your sense of sound triggers your sense of sight. Chromesthesia is rare, but it is a significant phenomenon. Here are some interesting facts about it.

 

Chromesthesia: Diagnostic Criteria

Richard Cytowic, a world-renowned neurologist, came up with diagnostic criteria for this phenomenon. These criteria are useful when it comes to determining whether you are exhibiting chromesthesia. Cytowic’s first criterion was that your synesthetic experience should be memorable. He also stated that it should be involuntary. More specifically, the act of seeing color after you hear a sound should be unintentional. Trying to see it is a sign that you are not experiencing chromesthesia. Moreover, this experience should be consistent over time. You do not have chromesthesia if it rarely happens.

 

Chromesthesia through the Eyes of Synesthetes

The scientific name for people who go through synesthesia is synesthetes. These individuals report their experiences as pleasant. Only a few of them term synesthesia as neutral or negative. Interestingly, synesthetes often think that such experiences are normal until they talk to someone about it. At this point, they realize that what they see after hearing music is unique. Finally, most synesthetes have a particular talent related to the kind of synesthesia they are experiencing.

 

Duke Ellington: The Synesthete Pianist

Born on 29 April 1899, Duke Ellington was an American pianist, composer, and bandleader. His career spanned over fifty years. Duke died on 24 May 1974, but he won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1999 for his contribution to jazz music. Many people do not know that Duke was a synesthete. In fact, Duke once stated that each note played by a member of his band appeared to him as one color. However, the same note would turn into a different color when played by a different member of his band.

 

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A Quick Summary of Renaissance Music

A Quick Summary of Renaissance Music

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A Quick Summary of Renaissance Music

 

Renaissance music consisted of secular and religious compositions. In fact, secular compositions were livelier than religious compositions were. It is important to note that the polyphonic style defined the Renaissance period. This style involved several independent melodies performed at the same time. A madrigal, which is a vocal music composition, is a classic example of Renaissance music.

 

Instruments Used In Renaissance Music

The Renaissance changed the perception of music forever. Previously, people had thought of instruments as accompaniments to aid vocalists as they sing. However, the Renaissance composers felt that instruments could be the focus of their compositions. The most common instrument among those who championed this type of music was the lute. Viols were also widely popular among these musicians. The most popular viol was the viola-da-gamba.

 

Eras Closely Associated With Renaissance Music

Music, art, and science flourished during the Renaissance period. It was also a time of social, cultural, and religious revolution. For example, the Church and the nobility had dominated music and its development throughout the Medieval Period. Societal changes during the Renaissance (1450 to 1600) encouraged deviations in how people composed music. Instrumental music became popular as did dance music. Secular music also started flourishing alongside religious music.

 

Prominent Renaissance Composers

Giovanni Palestrina (1525 – 1594)

Many people consider Palestrina as the greatest Renaissance composer. In fact, his fellow contemporaries bench-marked their music against his. Moreover, most of them followed his rules of composition strictly. It is important to note that Palestrina focused on sacred music. More specifically, he was influential in the development of music within the Roman Catholic Church.

 

William Byrd (1543 – 1623)

Unlike Palestrina, who was an Italian composer, Byrd was an Englishman. He is perhaps the most famous English composer of his time. Byrd wrote various kinds of music including consort, keyboard, and polyphony music. At first, he wrote sacred compositions for Anglican audiences. Then, he started writing sacred music for Catholics as soon as he converted to Catholicism.

 

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A Quick Summary of Renaissance Music

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Do You Let Your Performance Remain Mediocre?

Do You Let Your Performance Remain Mediocre?

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Do You Let Your Performance Remain Mediocre?

 

Do you get disappointed when you hear your singing? Anyone can sing after getting singing lessons, and if you do so too, you will be amazed to hear your singing. Some lucky people can sing beautifully almost since the day they are born, but most prominent singers have had to work on it for years. You too will be able to make gradual improvements in your singing, once you have found the right teacher to train under. A good teacher will give you the fundamentals, teaching you the best ways to use your voice for a variety of purposes.

Tonal Quality is All Important

You will learn exactly how to release sound with sweet tone quality, without straining or pulling. It will work in improving your singing voice and enable you to sing like a professional who hits high notes without straining even for a second. Music training presents singers who can use their voices the right way to produce any effect they wish, and for any style, they want to sing. It will teach you the kind of muscle coordination that you can use to hit high notes, with power, and easily.

When you sign up for the vocal lessons, it will take the guess work out of singing because the instructions are so clear. Also, you can listen to the way the professional singers handle their breath, volume, articulation, control, vocal habits, and resonance. These lessons will teach you how to balance your vocal resonance once again, through good vocal tonality exercises. The position of your voice box, the air support you give to your singing as well as the amount of muscle pressure applied to the vocal cords will influence your ability to sing with a thick, rich vocal tone.

 

 

Trust Your Instincts

The most beneficial are those lessons which are so well crafted that it allows you to learn at your speed and to upgrade to more comprehensive lessons later. These lessons will teach you how to ensure the kind of breath support which helps to prevent you from straining your throat, thus enabling you to produce a pleasant tone. However, if you experience any tension while singing or feel as though you are straining your voice, it will impact the quality of your singing negatively. We know when our singing feels wrong or sounds right. It’s learning to trust those feelings because singing is all about emotion and trusting our emotions

 

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Do You Let Your Performance Remain Mediocre?

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Overcoming Your Stage Fright

Overcoming Your Stage Fright

 

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Overcoming Your Stage Fright

 

Have you ever felt as if you are trapped in a situation where you can’t do anything to prevent it from occurring? Like, as if you are the center of what is happening, getting nervous and panicky? When you are about to sing, and you can not find your voice? Embarrassing situations that we wished the earth would swallow us whole and never come back to the real world to face another human being? That is what I feel when I am singing in front of other people. If this is also happening to you, well I guess, we shared a common problem. But that particular problem of mine is a thing in the past now.

 

I know in my heart that I can sing, but I don’t have the poise and self-confidence that is necessary to perform in front of other people. Posture is usually taught by our mothers since we were kids. Proper posture means standing up straight, chest out and chins up. It was the most typical instruction that we learn from them. And when we got older, the shape of our body changes to conform to aging. But the reality is, proper posture affects the way we sing. In achieving the correct posture that is required in singing is how to maintain your balance. One effective way of practicing your balance is doing it by putting books on top of your head, the old school way, easy and of use. By doing it, self-confidence is slowly attained.

 

Sometimes, our worst enemy that hinders us from being better singers is ourselves. We pressure ourselves too much or the other way around. Also, in the process, we became our worst critic.

 

 

When you are on stage or merely performing in a church or singing in karaoke sessions, you should learn to relax and get comfortable in your surroundings. Make sure you warm up. Humming is a good start. Master the breathing techniques, for that will surely help you deliver the song flawlessly. Memorizing the lyrics also helps a lot. Constant practice is also needed. Repetition of the songs in your head is also a great way in memorizing it.

 

Another predicament is emotions that one makes while singing. Showing the right emotion can be sometimes difficult to someone who is not yet keen on singing in front of others. This certain problem holds them back in expressing the right emotions. Heres, a tip, feel the song, let it sink into you.

 

It is acceptable and all right to feel nervous but controlling it would be required. Don’t let nervousness get in the way of your singing. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself while singing out there. Singing should be fun; pressuring yourself to perform at your best is all right, but still, don’t stress you too much

 

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Overcoming Your Stage Fright

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