|Author||Topic: Voice -Musical Instrument|
|posted: 7/17/2005 at 10:20:41 AM ET|
Hello Horn Supremacy,
If my mother was alive she would give you a big hug for writing that the voice is a musical instrument.
She was a contralto, Juilliard Scholarship student, and something that I had never thought about. What you write is very true -just think of the years of training. I'm am also sure that my father who was her accompainist would agree with you.
So many thanks.
|posted: 7/19/2005 at 9:26:24 AM ET|
My wife (lyric soprano) and I (tenor) are both vocalist; although she is the only one of the two of us who is a trained musician..... I'm actually a computer geek by trade!
Vocalists are every bit as much musicians as those that play an instrument. They study and practice just as much, and they should be given the same respect that any musician is given. Unfortunately, this rarely happens, and things like "American Idol" are somewhat to blame. Shows like that promote the idea that any bum off the street that can hold a tune can become a singer. Well, I have no doubt that natural talent has something to do with it, but there is more to being a musician than natural God-given talent. I consider "American Idol" hopefuls to be more "entertainers/performers" than "musicians" (that's not to say that some of them may well be musically trained). It gives kids the wrong impression that they don't need to study and practice to become professionals, they just need their "big break". Just my opinion, though. I'm probably just jealous because they're making so much more than I am!
|posted: 7/19/2005 at 10:12:30 AM ET|
You are so right. How can they call rappers and the performers who play and for lack of another word sing artists.
The music is just three or four notes that someone put on paper and a lot of racket, plus those who "sing" are so miked and for the most part have no real training - they are maybe entertainers but are not in any form of the word artist.
There are so many well trained and talented musicians who never make it - wonder why.
Betty Buckley, Barbara Cook, and a few others whose name escapes me are artists. You and your wife, my mother and father and there are many others are artists. Horn, you have said it so much better than I, the years of training etc. - and although I haven't watched American Idol - (I've seen clips) it does give the wrong impression.
The other dance show on ABC is a joke. The couple with real class and musicality came in second - the flashy couple won.
Have to add that learning to play the piano (started about 4 1/2 ago), has not only opened a new door for me but also an appreciation for music and the musicians who play in orchestras and Broadway musicals.
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