Can you sing, or speak, while playing your instrument?
We string players have the freedom to use our voices, since we don't have to use them to blow into, say, a trumpet or flute. But whether we can is another issue entirely. Sometimes we concentrate so hard, we forget to breathe with our mouths and noses, much less sing or speak!
On Monday I attended a workshop on improvisation, given by Christian Howes (look for a full article in the near future) at Metzler Violin Shop in Glendale, Calif.. At one point during his improvisation, he started singing along with himself, sort of scat-style. Pretty cool!
Violinists who are in bands often sing vocals, sometimes while they are playing. Sometimes teachers speak while they are demonstrating. There are those who have mastered this kind of multi-tasking!
As for me, I'm not so great at it, I tend to either trip over the words or the notes!
Can you sing and play? Or speak and play? Both? Neither? Answer "yes" if this is a skill you are pretty good at, and if so, tell us how you learned to do it!
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