Singers produce sounds of a musical nature with their voices. Singers often accompany musical instruments – guitars, pianos, bands, or orchestras – and other singers to create harmonies. Singing without accompaniment is called “a cappella.”
Singing comes quite naturally to humans, and most people do sing. People who make a profession of singing, however, are usually trained to use their voices as musical instruments. Trained singers have learned to use their diaphragms, lungs, and muscles in unique ways to push air through the vocal chords while shaping words and altering the pitch of their voices.
Professional singers are considered to be vocally “gifted” with voices of exceptional quality, but professional singers also practice regularly to develop strength and range in their voices. Singers often continue taking voice or singing lessons throughout their careers to sustain and increase the capacities of their voices.
Through understanding the individual physical muscles and muscle groups of the neck, head, and torso, and through exercising and continued practice, singers learn different approaches to singing. Singers’ techniques include stretching and relaxing vocal chords to change pitch and increasing vocal range; creating “vibrato,” a controlled consistent wavering of a sustained note; using various voice registers (chest, head, falsetto, and whistle), that is, lowest to highest pitch production; as well as other practical techniques.
Singers learning the mastery of vocal techniques are developing heightened awareness, vitality, and articulation for the true artistry of expression. Singing is one method of communication, made easier through poetry and music. Singers have something to say, and singers, like most artists, wish to communicate feelings and emotions and to express beauty.
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