Founder, Prana Ensemble; NEA Fellow
OUR HIGHER VOICE & HARMONIC SINGING
The perfection of harmonic vibration relaxes the body, focus the mind, and opens the hear. This class introduces Natural Voice Harmonic Singing techniques and explores Our Higher Voice. When the mouth and throat are shaped into a resonant chamber for the voice, a second beautiful high whistling harmonic tone is produced. This is how Tibetan Buddhist monks and Mongolian throat singers both, with their low and gravely sustained tone, sing two or more pitches at once. These age-old sacred musical forms are the roots from which Natural Voice Harmonic Singing has grown. By applying the fundamental techniques of these ancient vocalizations it is possible to sing a regular pitch and add a mellifluous harmonic tone above it. Through playful exploration and singing meditations, students will be able to deepen their listening and develop their Harmonic Voice. Techniques include: Focusing harmonics through vowel production; Filtering harmonics by tongue shaping and placement; Sharpening your external and internal listening; Breath control and expansion; Understanding the Harmonic Series.