My vocal journey
I am still in the process of discovering my voice. It may be a lifelong process. I was sadly told that my voice was not nice when I was a child and that I should stick to the piano. I believed what I was told and didn’t start singing until I was nineteen. This is a common experience and it often creates issues with singing confidence.
I learned to mask my confidence problems by doing vocal impressions. Manufacturing a voice that “sounds” impressive is often done using tension. This is a common issue for singers. It limits dynamic and tonal range to some degree and expressive range a great deal more and can lead to problems with vocal health…
A few years ago, I lost my singing voice for a while after singing too much whilst suffering from laryngitis. However, this became an opportunity for me to question my technical approach and find new techniques that work to release my authentic, healthy voice. I have applied those techniques – which I now use as a singing teacher – to release my voice technically.
My unique “voice” appeared on the piano long before I found it in my singing. But at last I have a sense of what my honest voice is, its hallmarks in terms of timbre and phrasing and how that fits well with the musical styles that I pursue as an artist.
Die Nacht – Strauss
A moment of rapture – Phil Best
The wings of butterflies – Phil Best