In singing, does the conscious brain have room to know two facts simultaneously? When is this helpful and when is this dangerous?
Some examples to consider-
1. I perceive that I have "put" my sound up in my cheekbones when I create a strong tone.
I know that sound radiates everywhere and I cannot control where it is put. The sensation is most likely coming from the bones in my upper face vibrating sympathetically.
2. I perceive that I am "making" the sound out in front of my face.
I know that the source of the sound happens in the larynx and is filtered throughout the vocal tract. The sensation of where I hear and feel the sound is an aftermath of where the sound wave is actually created.
3. I perceive that I am singing from my diaphragm.
I know that the diaphragm is an involuntary muscle that I cannot directly feel. The muscle engagement I feel is most likely in the abdomen.
Continuing the Discussion
In which of these examples do you think it's possible to feel the perception and know the facts simultaneously?
In which of these examples is the perception more helpful than the facts?
In which of these examples is the perception destructive to how the singer maps their body and produces their sound?
When do we owe it to people to correct their perceptions and when is it helpful to let perceptions be the guiding force?