Singing being a practical business, I would probably relegate the mechanics of singing to teachers to decipher, understand and use as part of their weaponry whence passing on this knowledge to you as a pupil. Maybe the last thing you want is to crowd your brain with all of the technicalities of learning to sing. If it gets too heavy for you, I fear you may well give up on the idea of learning to sing all together. And I wouldn’t want that for anyone. So let me reassure you that, if some of this information is a wee bit too much for you, you don’t have to cram it all in. Absorb what you can, and let the voice do the rest of the work for you.
Typically, we tend to forget that nobody ever really showed us how to use our voice at birth. The first thing a baby does when they’re born is scream, is it not? So we have it in us already. You don’t have to know HOW your vocal chords function; nor HOW exactly speech level posture works FOR you when you use your voice to sing. If you do specific vocal exercises to develop your range and pitch accuracy, for example, the voice WILL find its path AND take care of itself without any additional input from you. So in essence, do the training and just allow for the rest to happen. It’s that simple. I wouldn’t dare insist that you also know the technical details. In fact, the less you dwell on it, the better off you are and the quicker you’ll grow as a singer. In my next article, I want to address the importance of loosening up a little to help you tie it all in.