My first article is up: my first step in attempting to understand more deeply what singing is and how best to improve it.
The first group of essays will look at how technique, in a particular sense, is supposed to work. I compare the assumptions of technique in this sense, with what is know about methods of human learning and development and see how the two line up.
This very first article then introduces a specific meaning of "technique" to prevent confusion over many possible meanings of the word. The second one will tease out what assumptions we must make about learning methods based on technique in this sense, and about the language used in learning works and what the causes and effects of good singing are.
This sets the platform for a detailed look at whether these assumptions, of what I call a "technophysical approach" ,are supported by the findings of current research.
The aim is to root out the necessary logical steps for "technique" to work and to see if they hold water.
If anything is not clear in the articles or you can't download them, please do get in touch via email.
Alex Ashworth is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He is also a highly active singer. His undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge was in Natural Sciences. In this blog and his essays he shares his enquiries into the nature of singing and of learning to sing. He would be delighted to hear from you if you have any thoughts or responses.