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Country Vocals Lessons: Body - Hidden Treasure

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I call this lesson the Hidden Treasure,
because it is about the fact
that your instrument
is unique in the scope
of musical instruments,
because it is literally
hidden inside your body.
As a singer, you can't touch or
hold or see your instrument.
You can only feel it from the inside out,
and that is
a huge world of unique things
that you have to think about and
pay attention to relative
to other musicians.
If you're a guitar player,
your instrument is valuable to you.
You go to great lengths to protect it,
and take care of it.
You buy a case for it to protect it.
You don't leave it out on the porch.
You take it into the air
conditioned theater, so
it can acclimate before you play it.
And you only use your guitar for
playing music.
You don't use it as a hammer
to put up a show poster, or
as a weapon,
unless you're beating off your rabid fans.
So you're very careful
with your instrument,
you use it only for the purpose of
making music, and you protect it.
You take care of it.
Singers, your instrument
is this mysterious thing
inside your body, and
you can't put it in a case.
You can't set it aside and
only use it for making music.
We use our voices all the time for
things that are not related
to making music at all.
We don't have the luxury of only using
our instrument for making music.
So, we use it to yell at our boyfriends,
and talk to our friends.
And all of these things
are putting wear and
tear on our instruments, and
that's just kind of how it is.
Then we have to go in to
a different mode to use our
instrument as a musical device.
So, it's so important that you
learn how to be in touch with and
be aware of this hidden treasure,
which is your musical instrument.
It is subject to changes in the weather.
It needs to acclimate just
like any other instrument.
When you go from the hot outdoors into
a freezing cold recording studio,
you need to let your instrument acclimate.
You need to warm it up before you put
it to use, because it's just made of
muscle and tissue, and
it has to be prepared to make music.
It depends on how healthy
you are as a human being.
If you're fighting a cold, or
you haven't had enough sleep,
how well your instrument is going to work.
Or you might be having
a flush of hormones,
or have not eaten the right food.
So your instrument is very fragile,
and it's very tender, and something
that you have to pay extra careful
attention to to keep it in good shape.
One of the most important things that
I want to make sure that you know in
the course of singing in the course
is that you never do anything that hurts.
If you are feeling pain or
discomfort anywhere in your body,
anywhere in your instrument, that's
a clear indicator that you should stop
singing, that you should relax,
and take a break, and
try a different approach,
maybe make sure that you're healthy.
You may need to just not sing for a while.
Your vocal chords might be inflamed.
You might need to rest,
give your body a chance to heal.
So just know, any time anything hurts,
stop, and take a break,
and we'll figure out what it is
that's causing that discomfort.
But singing should never hurt, and
we want to make sure that your
instrument stays healthy and happy,
and that you're doing everything
you can to take care of this hidden
treasure that is your instrument.