Alba wrote:I don't understand what you said about a limiting factor being 'right hand dominance', couldn't you try holding it in your left hand?
I'm talking about a tendency people have of keeping their right shoulder flexed, and the left shoulder in extension. It's the natural way our body twists in response to stress, where we garner torque for explosive and potentially life-saving right-handed reactions. If our stress is chronic, we store the tension as a holding pattern and it effects our movement and our voice, not to mention our emotions. The less stress we carry, the more our body is balanced between the brain hemispheres and the branches of the autonomic nervous system. This means balance in the personality and ability of the left side of the body to properly keep up with the right.
The more twist there is inside, the less effectively our vocal cords can press together evenly, compromising the tone and the seal between as we rise up through mix voice. A crooked shoulder girdle means clavicles in opposing rotations, which put asymmetrical tensions through the neck, particularly the deep neck flexors, like the scalenes, which are critical for breath control. So being too right handed means not having one's head on straight, to use the expression literally, and it impacts every area of our life.
Some people are more or less balanced, because they were exposed to little cortisol in the womb (most left-handers come from this group). The rest of us were born twisted in anticipation of a harsh world, and come with a punch already stored in our spine. The arts tend to celebrate bodies that are balanced, or are at least concerned with the transition. The quality of a voice reflects the symmetry and openness of the body that is singing, and ultimately how serotonergic (socially powerful through relaxtion in the face of stress) that person is. If we are not born with this disencumbrance, then we need to bio-hack in order to effect it, or keep hitting a low ceiling in performance, no matter how hard we try and much we practice.
The solution involves a large-scale reorganization of behaviour and thought applied over many years. Yes, it involves effecting left handedness, specifically introducing flexion to the left shoulder, as in grasping, and also extension to the right shoulder, sending our tension from the right to the left, working it through the shoulder blades, where it has to unwind the serratus muscles in zebra-stripes and ultimately untwist the face and jaw all the way down to the feet.
I came out of neuroscience before changing to music, and this is my attempt to use the former to the benefit of the latter. Understanding my internal balance has been crucial in my personal, physical and musical development, so I share it in case anyone else can benefit. After all, symmetry is beauty; and because beauty is health, it follows that symmetry is health.
CS70 wrote:There's amazing talent everywhere! Every single corner.
I do not doubt that there is lots of crazy talent. I know quite a few of them. They can deliver their talent on a platter. But I was thinking of something beyond, a kind of magic. Performers who heal their audiences. Maybe you guys see more of it than I do. In my city, out of 4 million or so people, there are maybe three performers who can do it, at least in my opinion, and they are the biggest names in the city. No shortage of work. Major bands deliver magic because they have been working at it so long and because they have a mythology built around them. I am sure there are relatively unknown performers can do it, but lots of them? Am I wrong in thinking that someone like Michael Jackson is still a rare commodity?
Jack Ruston wrote:Well nobody could ever accuse you of not having given this some serious thought!
Years of failing, learning and trying again lead to lots of ideas about success, but only time can tell whether they are the right ideas. Hopefully they are ones people haven't heard before, and they are found helpful. I usually get good responses to this stuff, so I don't hold back. It's a geek's obligation to share the fruits of his obsessions.