Hello and welcome to Magick Month! For the entire month of October The Guitar Witch will be posting a new tip or challenge to help your creativity flourish and pulse with all the energy and life it deserves! You can find previous days here. Today I encourage you to connect to your voice.
The power of voice
The voice was the first instrument, vital and primal. Speech and music originate from this deep source, where mind and emotion become physicality. We are drawn to it universally. It represents our most authentic connection to music.
If you can talk, you can sing
Do you sing regularly? With others or only alone?
So many of us are deeply insecure about our voices.
There is something about being an instrumentalist that helps us to hide. There is this translator, this intermediary between our emotions and our creative output. A translator.
When we sing, we have no translator. We are the musician and the instrument. This can be extremely vulnerable. And when we are feeling scared, that will come through in our performances, again because there is no separation between ourselves and our instrument.
Fear is the voice killer
How would our guitars sound if they were scared? Can you imagine a timid piano?
Fear and sadness can make your voice crack and strain. Dig deeply to purge and express and resolve these feelings to the best of your ability. Shadow work might be helpful.
We can practice and prepare and make ourselves the best possible instrument we can be, but at the end of the day, we must surrender. To the vulnerability, to the openness. But there are things that we can do to help this process along.
Connect to your voice
Here are some suggestions to help you become more in tune with your voice.
Chant: A simple ‘OM’ will suffice. Or any vowel sound or word. Try to make your whole body vibrate. Imagine the whole room vibrating, and then the whole universe. If you have a daily meditation practice, work this into it.
Say what you need to: Stifling the truth or not speaking about things that upset you clog you up, physically and psychologically. The throat and chest will literally constrict. Saying things that might hurt others or disrupt some dysfunctional equilibrium you may have in your life can be extremely difficult – but expressing these feelings may be helpful rather than catastrophic. You may be surprised. If this is not safe to do, recording yourself doing a journal-style entry may suffice. You can always delete it. But try to get that stuff out of your body. If it lives in your mind, it lives in your body too.
Sing a riff and then try to play it, and vice versa: If you are an instrumentalist, play a few notes and try to replicate them vocally. And then the opposite, singing a few notes and then finding them on the instrument. This will help you to connect the skills and be better able to express your thoughts in either medium.
Accept your voice as it is: Record yourself singing, just around the house. A cappella. And actually listen back. Learn to accept the cringe if it is there. Let it wash over you and tolerate it. Once you get over that original revulsion and find a sense of objectivity, you may realize it’s not as bad as you originally thought.
For specific exercises to improve your voice and vocal hygiene tips, check out my article: Singers: Preventing a Sore Throat
Getting connected to your voice means more than just becoming a more proficient singer. It means connecting on a deeper level to where music flows through – your mind and your body.
I talk a lot about harmonizing or tuning the body so we can better resonate with and express musical inspiration. We are whole beings, body mind and spirit, and the voice is the perfect crux of those aspects of us. Our voice is us.
So take great care with this instrument, alright?
If you have any questions do not hesitate to comment below.
Thanks for reading!
~ Blessed Be and Happy Creating ~