Everything starts with theory
Anyone who wants to teach must know at least the theory of the general principles related to the voice and everything related to it. More and more often, I meet people who have been following some type of vocal teaching and cannot even explain the reason for the single exercises that they practice.
All of us have learned instinctively to use our voices, but none of us is able to correlate the various problems facing communication in everyday life with a bad use of vocal expressiveness. From questioning at school to a romantic encounter, from a job interview to a vigorous altercation: we often find ourselves noticing that some of the treatment we receive isn't fair, blaming everything on others, without stopping a moment to realize that perhaps we were communicating something different from our intentions.
I have not included descriptions of the anatomical parts of the body deliberately on this site: they are already available to anyone interested in medical manuals or the internet. This does not mean that I ignore all these aspects, but it is only necessary to know and understand them before all the others aspects. For the purpose of this site, it is important for you to understand at least this single passage: in any training program, it is never necessary to stop to look and investigate the individual details if you do not already have the entire vision perfectly clear.
This is the error, more or less involuntary, of many teachers who consider all students as if they were identical. In fact, from the point of view of every single detail, every one of us is identical to the other, but the complexity of our personality is in reality unique and one in a million.
It is as if a primary teacher were to pretend that his whole class learned by heart the concept "1 +1 = 2". Instead, a good teacher should explain to their students what is the method of calculation that supports the correct answer, otherwise when the student has to calculate "2 + 1" they will not know how to find the correct answer.
In reality, everyday details are not important for two reasons: they are always available to consult in books (who know all the dictionary by heart?) and each of us knows perfectly well what puts it into practice on a daily basis.
For me, it is important to have a clear path to follow, so as not to leave out the overall vision together and get the most from my vocals daily.
A solid foundation is always needed
All learning can only begin with some foundation on which to build everything else. You all know the parable of the house built on sand that falls at the first gust of wind because it has no solid foundation: those who build they voice on sand, without some foundation, only has the illusion of getting to the finish line quickly. All the expressive possibilities of their natural voice is prevented because they have ruined the basic raw material: their vocal chords. Those who build their vocals on solid foundations will find they will get indestructible vocals like granite.
In the modern world, many traumas related to setting up your vocals incorrectly are related to poor training, consciously or unconsciously: our brain is able to take in vocal teaching in a few moments, good or bad. Immediately and unconsciously, it becomes part of us.
Other times the problem is related to childhood, when silence was continuously imposed by adults. It seems rather strange that parents pass the first few years to try to get us talking and the rest of his life to keep us silent. Some of us have such a strong imprint of "do not scream" left by adults, that when we speak in full voice, we tend to automatically assume to be screaming.
Other times the trauma is born from puberty, when you do not want to grow or do not want to accept a sentimental rejection.
Any work done on the voice is, by definition, a long-term project, because each learning process, good or bad, will be forever and will be with us for the rest of our lives. We should not even think for a second that any vocal lessons remain confined to the lesson: it will become part of your life whether you like it or not.
The new generations spend more and more time alone or in silence and have little chance to experience the vocal abilities for which they are naturally gifted. They actually believe that having a good voice is a precious gift, reserved for a select few.
In reality there is no difference between those who can speak well and who can sing well: both use the expressiveness of the human voice. If you stop to listen to a good speaker you will find that their words are, in fact, music. If at any time in life happen to you fall asleep during a speech, if only interesting, it is because whoever was holding the speech was using a boring phonation sounding the same as, in fact, a sing-song or a lullaby.
The problem of the ever-growing written "Digital" communication is clear to all: often you write a sentence that is considered self-evident and can be totally misunderstood on the other hand. Other times you pose three questions, and you get the answer to just the first. This is this the normal functioning of our brain that evolved for socio-relational interaction: which doesn't provide for the absence of emotions in written form, each reader will interpret the most appropriate message according to their expectations.