Breaking the rules



We are all taught that music, and the instrument we play, has a set of rules that need to be adhered to.  However, sometimes those rules need to be broken.  For instance, In voice training, breath support is trained for the specific purpose of singing long phrases or holding notes for long lengths.  You would rarely hear a"trained" vocalist take a breath in the middle of a phrase.  Yet in pop music you often hear a vocalist not only take a breath in the middle of a phrase, but in the middle of a word with more than one syllable.

  The point here is that the rules of one genre or style may very well be to break the rules of another style.  In other words, if you want to sing like a pop singer, it is okay to take a breath in the middle of a word.  If you are going to break the rules however, it should be because you know the rules and are breaking them intentionally for a particular effect, instead of breaking them just because you don't know what they are.

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