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.
Andy _________________ roots of bamboo wail lament from shakuhachi haunts for ancient wind
Posted: 2011-05-15, 12:59 Post subject: Shakuhachi effect on voice?
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. _________________ Mastery does not lay in the mastery of technique, but in penetrating the heart of the music. However, he who has not mastered the technique will not penetrate the heart of the music. ~ Hisamatsu Fûyô