Singing – The Tools



These are the tools of a singer:

Lungs – source of air supply

Larynx – acts as a reed or vibrator against the chest

Chest – functions as the amplifier, like a tube in a wind instrument

Tongue, Palate, Teeth, and Lips – articulates and imposes consonants and vowels on the amplified sound.

Vocal Cords – the means to alter the pitch.

Diaphragm and an assortment of Muscles (that have long names) – used to inhale and exhale

The Singing Tools are also used by a painter…

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”

Pablo Picasso

18 thoughts on “Singing – The Tools

  1. I have paused to think about what it is like to be in the middle of a large chorus, with everyone singing their hearts out – rich harmonies and beautiful connections between every single mind and soul in the group. There is nothing like it – hair on the back of neck stuff. The deployment of simple tools to amazing effect. We don’t always need our modern day technology for the best results.


    • I know the feeling! At the Bach Choir concert, when choirs and audience joined together, there is a inexplicable feeling of wonder that came over me! Leo Tolstoy said it so much better: “Music is the shorthand of emotion.”


      • That’s a great way of putting it. I don’t usually think of Tolstoy and the short line as going together, but he nailed it there!


      • Go figure. I guess everyone has one liners… And speaking of music, we lost a great one – David Brubeck!


  2. Or by a patient. I read that line and had a flashback to my loud humming/singing noise during the initial stages of a tricky breast biopsy a few weeks back. Worked a treat for pain control but it was a completely spontaneous happening. We are made to sing. The results were absolutely fine, by the way.


    • How wonderful!!! That you so much for sharing this gem. I agree – we are made to sing. Fa la la la la, la la la la!!


    • Thank you! I forget how remarkable our physical bodies are – we can walk, dance, talk, sing, climb and rest! Now that is something to sing about….


    • Merci beaucoup pour se joindre à la conversation! Je suis d’accord – Noël est une période spéciale de l’année. “Car il est bon d’être parfois les enfants, et jamais mieux qu’à Noël, quand son fondateur puissant était un enfant lui-même.”
      – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


  3. When one is sad, disappointed, “down in the dumps”, anxious, nervous, perplexed, try singing. The best medicine ever and it costs nothing.


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