Listening is an essential aspect of singing, and of music in general, but it is also an important aspect of communicating with others. By listening to others around us, we gain a better understanding of the complete picture, and the diverse perspectives of others.
#2. Understanding Text:
The ability to analyze text in a piece is an important part of singing. The words add an important layer to the music, as discussed in greater detail here. Singers become very adept at understanding exactly what they are singing, and in communicating that effectively with their audience.
Often, the text of music is set to poetry, which can not always be taken in a literal sense. Poetry uses literary devices to beautifully convey sentiment, and it requires singers to not only understand the literal sense of the words, but to deduce the metaphorical meaning as well. This subtext is essential to communicating the true spirit of a piece, and interpreting the meaning musically.
Singers always seek clarity in their performances. Because of the nuance involved in vocal pieces, singers are conscious of always trying to communicate the piece clearly. Enunciation, breath management, and careful consideration of which words to highlight, are all ways in which singers can clarify the meaning of a piece. These are essential communication skills; allowing singers to effectively evoke the character and meaning of whatever they are singing!
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