Power. Volume. Loudness. RAWR!
POWER! No singer wants to train their voice to become smaller, but we have to watch out that power and volume often are abused in singing. This may often come from faulty impressions given to young singers from recordings and how studio engineers ‘mix’ the sound. Voice training has a place for loudness, but when is that? What did some historical authors say about the value of loudness? Perhaps we should engender the size of our spirit instead of the size of the voice. Cornelius Reid’s “Bel Canto,” Charles Lunn’s “Philosophy of Voice,” David C. Taylor’s “The Psychology of Singing,” and W. Henri Zay’s “Practical Psychology of Voice and of Life” are mentioned.