Everyone Can Sing

The culture of the voice has come to be looked upon as a great and

serious undertaking, and of such magnitude that but few have time for

it, and those only should attempt it who have exceptionally fine voices.

This is a mistake. Nearly everyone can sing, and if all would attempt to

improve the voices they have by observing a few common-sense rules, it

would soon be apparent that there are many more good singers among the

> masses than it is supposed exist, and these singers will learn how much

can be done to add to their own comfort, by a little outlay of thought.

Culture of the voice has been made a mystery by charlatan teachers and

for a purpose. Think out how the conversational voice works and then

consider what difference there should be between that and the singing

voice. Nature planned the speaking voice and in doing it, gave us the

line of development to follow in bringing into use the singing voice.

The change from speaking to singing voice is where the quack enters with

his mystery. There is no mystery. Use the voice as in speaking but pitch

it at higher and lower points than are used in speaking. This is the

foundation of the singing voice. Only one caution is needed. Never

strain the throat. If, after a little practice, fatigue is felt or the

tone is husky, stop practice. Do not try to do it all at once. A little

each day added, will, in a few months, do all that is wanted. Do not

expect, however, that any amount of study by one's self will make an

artist. One can sing, by self-study, so as to get much pleasure, and so

as to give pleasure to friends; but something more serious and extended

is needed to make the artist.