Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Singing: Resonance between the Soul and the Body on the Unity of Different Music Styles and Singing States

Academic journal article Canadian Social Science

Singing: Resonance between the Soul and the Body on the Unity of Different Music Styles and Singing States

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This paper explores how a singer can arrive at the best singing state and how the singing state can best serve the expression of music styles through a discussion of the four elements of the singing state, namely physiological, psychological, cultural and technical elements. From an academic prospective, it gives a synthetic analysis on how a singer's soul and skills can form a perfect unity with the expression of songs.

Key words: Singing; Singing state; Music style; Singing skill


There have been numerous eminent singers in human history. Some are well-known while others are only influential in some regions. Among them, those who can be categorized as great singers share one thing in common, for whom singing is not a profession, but the whole life. What they sing is resonance of the soul and the body, such as Michael Joseph Jackson, Teresa Teng and Madonna.

There are countless research papers and books on singing skills of different music systems, which are mostly summarizations of different singing experience, providing multiple approaches to various singing skills. Meanwhile, people find that knowing much about singing does not mean we can sing. Particularly for those who are determined to learn singing and those students of singing, the more they know about singing skills, the more reserved they become while they sing and thus the more puzzled they are about theories. For many teachers who have been teaching singing all their lifetime and have summarized their singing experience, they find it not easy to arrive at the best singing state and capability, which are regrettable and hard to interpret with common sense. On the contrary, some amateur singers, old and young, have been singing all the lifetime in a good state and giving their best in performance. This phenomenon is worth pondering over by professional music educators.

This paper does not talk about specific singing skills or music styles, but explores what the most ideal singing is composed of, and how singers and singing educators acquire singing competence and develop a good singing n on the whole. It IS a synthetic analysis of how to achieve a perfect unity between the singer's soul and skills


Human singing whatsoever is decided by the singer's physiological state, psychological state, cultural state and technical state. These four elements decide on the singing level of a singer,

1-1 Physiological State

Physiological state consists of two aspects: one is the biological state of the singer's body, such as conditions of voice or vocal cord, oral cavity, posture, stamina and others. For instance, a person's vocal cord structure determines the tone and range of the voice, which forms the objective standards. The physiological conditions are objective and innate. Though they can be utilized effectively, the objective attributes cannot be changed. For instance, we can never make our vocal chords thinner, wider or longer. However, some physiological conditions can be modified, such as stamina. A thin and weak person can become stronger, which is good to one's singing endurance and explosive force. The other aspect is the physical state of the singer while singing, which refers to the physiological condition of the singer, such as whether or not he or she feels fatigued, hungry or fed up, whether a woman singer is in her periods or has some kind of illness. In a word, the physiological state is objective and innate, which seems to be easy to understand. However, everyone has different physiological conditions which are innate. For instance, people are different in their physiques. The weight, the shape of teeth and mouths as well as the thickness or thinness of lips are all innate. What's more, living habits formed in different environment will develop different physiological responses which can be displayed while singing. For example, people living in the highland of northwest where the wind is strong and the weather is frigid must talk in a louder tone in order to make their voices heard. …

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