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GUEST,Jim Carroll natural singing style (10) RE: natural singing style 12 Sep 07

Frankie Armstrong was a long time member of MacColl's Critics Group and the work she did later in voice workshops was based largely on the Group's work.
The idea basically was that the voice is affected by exterior circumstances, eg. people working in an office environment tend to pitch the volume of their voices down, while, say, others working in constant noise will raise the level of their voices to carry over the noise - etc. This affects not only the volume, but the tone, and weight of the voice, and it is those circumstances that determines everyday use of the voice.
The idea was that, through a series of exercises a persons 'natural' voice was found; once that was done that person could then develop their control over their voice to take it in any direction they needed to, as singers, actors, whatever. The aim was for singers to sound like themselves and not another singer. Should they then wish to sound like Dolores Keane, Christy Moore or whoever (for some strange reason) they had the technique to do so.
Bit more complicated than I have explained, but once the voice was mastered a singer could sing all the different types of song in the repertoire, ballads, lyrical love songs, shanties etc. without all the songs sounding the same
Jim Carroll

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