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Shakuhachi effect on voice?

 
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Andy Blake
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PostPosted: 2011-05-15, 06:04    Post subject: Shakuhachi effect on voice? Reply with quote

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This seems like a far fetched notion, but is it possible that playing shakuhachi would change muscle control associated with vocal range? I've suddenly discovered that I can barely sing at higher registers. Not that I was ever a great singer, but I do enjoy singing and playing guitar. I haven't been doing very much of either in the past six months since I took up shakuhachi but this is a recent development.

It may be that not singing regularly and getting older (mid-50s now) is causing a loss of range, but it seems odd to have such a significant change occur. It's more likely there are other factors at work here, but I wondered if anyone on this forum had noticed a relationship between the control needed for sustained kan playing and the singing voice.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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PostPosted: 2011-05-15, 12:59    Post subject: Shakuhachi effect on voice? Reply with quote

Hi Andy,

I've been singing regularly for over 30 years and playing shakuhachi for 3 and am also in my mid 50s. In my case, playing the flute has not had an adverse effect on my singing, which I do in both the alto and baritone ranges. What can and usually does make it diffficult to maintain the high register is lack of regular practice. Happily, singing and playing should enhance one's breath control which is key to doing either activity well.

Best of luck.
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PostPosted: 2011-06-07, 22:23    Post subject: Shakuhachi effect on voice? Reply with quote

I would say that this is possible if you are using your throat to attempt to control breath.

I think that I remember my early playing effecting my voice, but have experienced hoarseness other instruments that naturally effect the throat more.
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