Resonance in Singing and Speaking: Passage 7

by Lincoln Smith

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    00:01 We're going to get another linguistics passage now, but also with a little bit of music discussed.

    00:07 The title of this passage is Resonance in Singing and Speaking.

    00:12 Of note is that music is in the humanities, whereas linguistics, as we discussed, is in the social sciences.

    00:18 So, we're going to get a little bit of a hybrid approach between these two kind of sides of what a CARS passage can be.

    00:26 The first sentence states mental conception precedes execution.

    00:31 And then the paragraph concludes with but only through trained muscular action, can the mental action materialize in a finished performance.

    00:40 This theme actually isn't returned to a whole lot the practice of the muscular action, more the mental conception precedes execution is built upon.

    00:49 So it's worth noting that every argument that's presented in the first paragraph isn't necessarily going to thread into the main idea.

    00:58 The second paragraph states, so to the mind must anticipate the action of the vocal organs, but the organs themselves must be led to interpret the mental concept until such action becomes spontaneous.

    01:13 As we move forward, the author states to make a mental picture of tone before singing it - so just building up on the idea that the mental conception precedes execution.

    01:26 And then the author connects this additionally to the skill of hearing specifically hearing in music.

    01:34 For all of these types of skill acquisition, the other states, think therefore, have the effect desired, rather than of the process.

    01:42 He kind of waxes philosophical a little bit.

    01:45 Man is a unit, and acts as a unit, and then kind of comes back down into some specifics.

    01:53 The speaker in the next paragraph, who essays to give expression to his own thoughts must have his ideas sharply defined to end the flame in order to so other than that they will arouse his hearers to enthusiasm.

    02:08 So this is simply a sharpening of what's already been built upon.

    02:12 But it's just yet another theme that gets worked into the main idea that to be a speaker as well, we need to have the mental aspect before the execution aspect.

    02:24 The next paragraph, the author builds up kind of the connection of the voice to song and at the root of song being a singer, and at the root of a singer being personality, and at the root of personality being soul.

    02:40 Then he kind of gets the payout for this build up by stating, all genuine impulse to sing is from the soul in its need for expression.

    02:52 So this is a nice kind of outflow of the main idea of the passage, not the main idea itself.

    02:59 It's not a passage about the human soul, but it's a nice consequence, and application of what the author has been discussing.

    03:08 The final paragraph states, singing is far more than "wind and muscle," certainly in line with the idea of the human soul.

    03:16 And with that, I think we have enough to jump in to the question set.

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