My first foray into sharing the joy I experience from the freedom and unknown of improvised singing went pretty well. A four week class focused on finding the fun in your mind, body, and voice when it is allowed to make the sounds it feels like making to music.
A lot of people think it must be terrifying to do improvised singing. And I’m not talking about scatting here, but making up songs on the spot, usually within a made up scene, sung by a made up character. But, for some reason, I always found it easier than improvising without songs. The music would just carry me to wherever the creativity was, and I’d open my mouth and wait to see what happened along with everyone else. I guess I just trust music.
And yes, it gets easier with practice, but there is a freedom and a joy to beginners that I was eager to find and capture and try to extend into a singing improv career for my students.
The class focuses on the three things that I have found free people:
1. being a beginner and not knowing anything you can do wrong, so you are unafraid and unedited
2. really focusing vividly on a moment in time you feel strongly about, letting the emotion of the moment write the song in your head and through your voice
3. aligning yourself stylistically with a song or singer’s style and letting that style you love sing through you
A great group of students helped me hone all the exercises we made up to eek wonderful songs out of some first time singers, and free some old hands to do great things.
I am looking forward to teaching SingProv again in September. The experiment in creation that is my reason for being here continues. If you are in Austin, Texas, hope you can join me.
LINK to SingProv class info and sign up
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Thanks for reading. Kind regards,
Susannah Raulino www.raulino.com