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  • Writer's picturePhil Diaz

What stands in the way of free and authentic vocal production?

What stands in the way of free and authentic vocal production? The limitations that exist in one’s voice usually transcends the physical. In our formative years, the subconscious blueprint of what our voice “should” sound like begins. Additionally, what we learn from our parents, family, and surrounding environments greatly impacts our perceptions of vocal production and expression. For example, growing up in a household where you had to be quiet can create a voice that is thin and brittle. On the other hand, an environment that was hostile can create a voice filled with tension and blockages in the throat chakra.

Amazingly, these internal programs play a huge role in vocal development. Even if we are phonating efficiently, supporting correctly, and singing with good technique, the subconscious blueprints can hinder our ability to freely express ourselves. How can we overcome these obstacles on our way to authentic expression?

We have a plethora of modalities that can guide us along the way. Various solutions include mindfulness meditation, energy work, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic bodywork. Regardless of the path we choose, intrinsic exploration of our vocal blueprint is essential! Imagine being able to finally sing after being told for years that you didn't have a voice?

Many adults that come to me for vocal instruction were told from a music teacher or director to not sing out, that they were tone deaf, and to not pursue singing. What gives a person any right to determine what we can or cannot do? Part of growth in any aspect is the ability to challenge our mind’s ability of what is possible. With good instruction, inner work, and removing limitations, free and authentic expression is available to anyone that seeks it


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