Originally Posted by Zerbie
Daniel - In the context above I wasn't able to follow what was meant about effect and cause. But the rest of your note clicked - and cool! Hadn't thought about meditation in terms of balancing space and focus. Nor would I have thought the word "tone," altho I am, incidentally, listening to something.
Let's see if I can be more clear:
When the classical singer listens to his/her voice, it is percieved in two general ways. In the surrounding space and in one's own body/mind. One learns to listen in two places (if not more) at once. With time, one's internal feedback - the sensation of the sound- becomes the crucial element (this is what I meant by not mistaking the cause for the effect).
This is why many teachers talk about how, when the sound is percieved as really beautiful to the audience, it is 'heard' in the singers head as something altogether different. Perhaps even ugly. What they are talking about is the singers perception of the clustering of overtones- the formants- ie what makes the voice ring. Learning to percieve these sounds takes 'focus' - of the aural and mental sort, the same kind which one encounters in meditative practices. Many teach this as having something to do with the area around the eyes and nose.