WebAndNet.com Posted July 5, 2010 Share Posted July 5, 2010 On a side note on boxing, I note that theres no way you can learn boxing without an instructor. I was picking up books and watching exercises on the internet, much as we all do with singing, and friends were telling me not to, that you have to have an instructor watching you in real time, and it turns out they were correct. When I went down to the gym, I'd picked up all sorts of bad habits and tensions from not having an instructor watching me. I wonder how much that applies to singing too? My opinion-- this depends on the type of training. Scientific boxing, traditional Eastern martial arts, and â€œscientificâ€ martial arts can be vastly different in their training methods. A great short book on this is â€œZen in the Art of Archeryâ€, written by a German professor visiting Japan after WW2. He learned with Zen archery priests for nearly a year, couldnâ€™t understand why they were teaching him things having little to do with shooting arrows accurately, implemented accuracy methods, and promptly got kicked out of the temple. Begged his way back in, studied another two years not focusing on accuracy, had to leave Japan, and asked the Zen master what his goal was. The Zen master took him to a pitch black room, took two shots, hit the bulleye and split the arrow. Zen is concerned with the power of the subconscious, and is not a â€œscientificâ€ boxing method training. Sumo wrestlingâ€“ thereâ€™s method of course, but its essence has to do with releasing the kundalini energy power in a short burst to knock oneâ€™s opponent out of the ring. Great singing, in my opinion, has a lot to do with releasing oneâ€™s own natural voice (kundalini energy, Zen spiritual force, etc.), and the problem with â€œtrainingâ€ is that there are entire civilizationsâ€™ ideologies that basically say that scientific Western bodywork training is not optimal for the talented. Furthermore, in the restorative-health arts (how is one to sing great without first restoring?), e.g. yoga, Tai Chi, accupressure, it is obvious that there are entirely different therapeutic modalities than scientific ones. So, the questions in training should be, in my opinion: 1. Is the focus restoration of the voice? 2. Is it disciplined scientific exercising of the voice? 3. Is it subconscious power of the voice? Training methods, wehether in boxing or singing, here are completely different, and my opinion is that different individuals need entirely different training methods. So, my answer is-- it depends on match among the student, the trainer, and training style; not whether training is needed, as it likely is inappropriate training. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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