Manning's Big Singing Lie #2
Big Lie #2 -
If you can sing classical style, you can
If you can sing classical, you may
still have LOTS of trouble making a "natural" sounding
In fact, most of the
classically-trained singers that end up coming to us,
arrive with great difficulties. They come with
dissatisfaction and grief AFTER spending a fortune on a
classical music degree! I am still amazed at how similar
their stories are.
They start out with a simple love for music. Then they get
into a choir at church or school. They are told that they have
great talent and they should not waste it. They are told, "You
need to go to college and... Major in music...probably vocal
performance." This seems like a great idea, because they don't
know a lot about singing--they just love to sing. So away they
go and enroll.
They are told at university,
"You have some talent, but you must be re-taught EVERYTHING!"
They find out that they have not been singing "properly" at
all! They may at first protest that they just want to be a good
singer, not go on to the opera stage.
faculty members adjust their glasses further down their noses
and say "If you can sing classical, you can sing anything."
But the singer finds out AFTER 4 or 5 years of grueling
study that they have been re-made into a kind of singer that
they don't even like!
OR, they learn to love classical singing, but find out that
the classical field is so tiny that their chances of making a
living at it are tinier than winning the state lottery! They
are left to fend for themselves in a world in which they do not
Most frustrating is that their range has usually stayed
within a few notes of where it was before they studied...about
2 octaves or less. The males sing up to a point and hit their
"break," a frustration which normally persists throughout their
The females, after years of study, have nothing but the
mushy "head" tone with which to express themselves. And this
includes all the females that started studying so they could
make their way in the world of popular styles (country,
r&b, pop, folk, etc.)
The tragedy--They don't sound
honest enough for most audiences. So what do they do? They quit
singing and start teaching! And what do they teach their
students? It normally starts out something like, "If you can
sing classical, you can..."
classical singing, by the way. It's just that most singers do
not start out wanting to be classical singers. It just happens
to be the most common type of teaching. It is entrenched in
most every University curriculum and it's a BIG money-maker for
So we've come up with a new thing to say to students: "If
you can get your voice
to shift between registers easily, building that "bridge," you
can sing classical and
anything else you like."
Is this really
Well, let me put it this way. Luciano Pavarotti was perhaps
the most famous classical singer in the world. He gained the
nickname "King of the High C's" because he could sing
beautifully up to the C above middle C (referred to as the
"male high C").
Most of our students, using very simple exercises, easily go
to D, E, F ABOVE high C within 3 or 4 lessons! It's not because
Brett Manning is a genius. It's because Brett was fortunate
enough to find a mentor that passed along an entirely new and
He learned a few exercises (and invented dozens more) that
"trick" the voice into shifting gears at the right moment up
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Manning's singing lie 1 - about how to sing properly
Manning's singing lie 2 - about classical singing
singing lie 3 - about vocal range
Manning's singing lie 4 - about breathing correctly for
singing lie 5 - about falsetto to sing high
Manning's singing lie 6 - about natural singing
Manning's singing lie 7 - about the muscles used for
Manning's singing lie 8 - about singing being pure
Manning's singing lie 9 - about singing power
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