It has been said that voice is the most difficult instrument to teach, and for some, to learn. There are no buttons or keys to press, no frets, no finger positions, and no obvious external gross movements to create the desired sound. We often need to rely on subtle and internal movements and sensations in the body in order to sing, or even speak, with ease and power. Coupled with that, every body has a different instrument, one that is utterly unique, which means that trying to imitate someone else’s sound might get in our way! Don’t let these challenges discourage you – the journey is well worth it! After learning the basics of healthy vocalization from an experienced instructor, the key to growth as a vocalist is to sense in your own body what is working for you and then to ask, how can this be easier? For many people, releasing judgment of their own sound and being very conscious with their physical sensations is a huge challenge. But with a talented teacher’s guidance and with your own commitment and courage, you can learn to let the breath lead you deeper into your body’s experience. Try asking yourself: how little effort can I make and still take this necessary action to produce a sound? How natural can this be? Can I be accepting of the sound as it is now, while I am working towards changing my body’s (and my mind’s) unconscious habits? Many beginning voice students remark with surprise, “I didn’t realize how physical this is!” My response is: “Of course it is physical! Your body is your instrument!” And as you learn to play your own unique instrument with greater ease, your voice will grow in strength and the world will benefit from your free expression.