Usually, when people think free, they think no tension. You can't stand up without tension. If you had absolutely no tension, you'd be on the floor. Standing requires things to align, certain tensions to be met. Same with the voice! To go higher in pitch, you need to either stretch the vocal folds or send more air through. Either way, this creates more tension. The mere act of opening your mouth is a tension!
The sound I'm training for requires A LOT A LOT ALOT of effort! I got ever closer this week, but I'm still a ways away from my ideal sound!
I keep finding more and more in my voice. Found more today!
I listen to EVERYONE! A choir member was singing so free, so I tried out what he was doing but with my voice.
I can hear it in others, but I have the hardest time actually critiquing myself. Maybe I'm Loonte and narcissistic. I mean loony ;)
How do YOU know when YOUR voice is free? Or does it even matter? What does vocal freedom entail? Is it the same for every genre?
I'm not adequately knowledgeable in Estill methods. According to what I understand, there's flow phonation and compressed phonation. For classical singing, all we're taught is flow phonation. If it isn't flow, it isn't "healthy" or "free".
So when I said I found more freedom in my voice, I found more airflow! When I'm not singing classical music, I'm not in flow. That's easy cuz that's basically where I speak. I'm thinking of modifying my speaking voice closer to flow, so it can influence my classical singing for the better.
What's your interpretation of vocal freedom for your genre of music?
Here's mine: http://www.classicaltocontemporary.com/blog/free-singing-does-it-exist