Singing – The Tools

Wreath

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

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  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.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      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.”

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      1. 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!

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      2. Clanmother says:

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

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  2. Ist das ein Teil der Dekoration zu Weihnachten.
    LG. Wolfgang

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Ja, es ist! In den nächsten paar Wochen werde ich Fotos machen unseren Weihnachtsschmuck areound Vancouver. Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch – sie bedeuten mir so viel!

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      1. Vielen Dank.
        Wir freuen uns der kommenden Fotos non Dir.
        Einen schönen 2.Advent.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Vielen Dank, meine Freunde. Ihre Kommentare sind sehr willkommen und geschätzt.

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    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.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      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!!

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  4. cindy knoke says:

    Interesting post!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      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….

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  5. adinparadise says:

    Singing is a really good workout. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Especially when you reach for the high notes!!!!

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  6. Jolie composition pour cette image qui nous fait penser que Noël approche à grand pas.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      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

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  7. Ms Frances says:

    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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    1. Clanmother says:

      How right you are!!! Let us continue to sing!!!

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