I have an extensive background in cello, so when I decided to switch my primary instrument to voice the adjustment was weird, to say the least. I am a junior and I am still adjusting to it, which is fine as I had 9 years of cello education. Learning the proper technique for healthy singing has been a long journey and not a very simple one. I was used to physically playing an instrument, another being, but now I am that being.
There is an even greater inner connection you need to have with yourself. I have felt that it is easier to push myself harder when it came to singing, but that led to some unhealthy outcomes. Coming to campus, I very much felt left behind in my experience as a singer. I felt that I needed to keep up with everyone in the program. During this time I struggled to bridge the gap between cello and voice. I saw both of these instruments separate and isolated what I learned from each other.
My recent change of major also came with a change of perspective. I have learned a lot in 2.5 years, but now I am starting to realize how similar the voice and cello are. Both have essential aspects: vibration, tone, placement of notes. There is still a lot for me to discover and it’ll definitely be a long journey. It’s exciting to find the connection between the two instruments I strive to train in and have a passion for.