Teach Yourself to Fly

These simple directions below written by Pauline Oliveros can be seen as a composition, as an exercise, a song, or as a suggested way of living.  They contain the most succint and powerful voice lesson I’ve ever known.


by Pauline Oliveros

Dedicated to Amelia Earheart

Any number of persons sit in a circle facing the center.  Illuminate the space with dim blue light. Begin by simply observing your own breathing. Always be an observer. Gradually allow your breathing to become audible. Then gradually introduce your voice. Allow your vocal cords to vibrate in any mode which occurs naturally. Allow the intensity of the vibrations to increase very slowly. Continue as long as possible, naturally, and until all others are quiet, always observing your own breath cycle.




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