In my last post, I was very excited about lift. Still am. But I have found some dangers.
It is important to note, for example, that a new technique does not render invalid all old techniques. It’s not necessary to sing with the most ring all of the time. In fact, in some settings, singing with too much ring in the voice is the worst thing to do (in choral settings with tight harmonies, for example). Be flexible.
Bad habits will tend to become problematic while learning a new technique. You may think that you have mastered them, but then they come right back up when you add a new technique. For me, it’s my tongue and jaw. For my students, their breath collapses or their neck becomes a tight wad of veins and tension. It may be different for you. Be careful.
For some reason, when people find a way to be louder, they concentrate on the loudness rather than the pathway to doing it. Be careful while practicing “lift” that you don’t get decibel happy and push with all your might from your abdominals. Remember, the point with this technique to to not have to use excessive amounts of breath pressure. Ride the brightness, not the loudness. If you feel any discomfort, take a break and evaluate what you are doing or ask your teacher or a trusted friend for help.
I am still very excited about using lift to help create a better resonance space, but I must temper this with my brain that remembers taking techniques too far and tiring myself out.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried something like this? Do you have other images? Do you think this is all crazy?