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Ep. 73「歌うには歳を取り過ぎ?」【VLTTW翻訳】

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Ep. 73 "Am I Too Old To Sing?" - Voice Lessons To The World

Ep. 73「歌うには歳を取り過ぎ?」






Hi everybody! My name is Justin Stoney and I'm the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City.
Welcome to episode 73 of Voice Lessons To The World, the show where we want to help you guys as singers by answering your questions from all over the world.


And I'll give you a chance to ask questions later. But our question for this week comes from Randy J. in Seattle Washington.
And Randy writes, "Dear Justin, I'm 57 years old and I've always wanted to sing. Am I too old to sing?"
Randy, thank you so much for that great, great question. Because I hear this question from singers actually of all ages all the time. Justin, am I too old to sing? And the short answer is no! [hits piano] No you are most certainly not too old to sing. [hits piano] Sorry... Now that's my short answer. No.
My long answer is... here we go...
詳しく答えると… 行きましょうか。

1. 歌うには歳を取り過ぎ?

We'll start by looking at this question - am I too old to sing? And while that's a question that we can really relate to, we can all really understand and appreciate, we have to question the question.
Singing? That's something that's a part of our human spirit. A part of our human experience. That's why we have it at weddings, celebrations, parties, funerals, graduations. It's integrated into our human life. It's something that we really need to do.
And so if we're asking the question - am I too old to be a pop super star legend? Well, maybe lots of us are. But... Am I too old to make a joyful noise? Well, that's a different question altogether.
「伝説的なポップのスーパースターになるには歳を取り過ぎ?」という問いであれば、まあ、私たちの多くはそうかもしれませんね。ですが… 「メイク・ア・ジョイフル・ノイズ* をするには歳を取り過ぎ?」という問いは全くの別物です。
Now sometimes people say, Justin, I don't know if I need to sing. Maybe that's good for other people. But I personally don't really have singing as a part of my life at all. Well, to those who say that... I'm onto you.
ところで、こんなことを言う人もいるでしょう。「ジャスティンさん、自分には歌うことが必要かどうかわからないです。他の人にとってはいいことかもしれないけど、個人的には歌うことが人生の一部だとは思えません」そういうことを言う人にはこう伝えます… あなたの気持ちには気付いていますよ。

2. 気持ちには気付いていますよ

So I'm out late one night for a tall, cold, frosty glass of warm milk. And I like to stay out really late in New York City. And I like to sit in the corner with my books, and I like to look at pictures of cricothyroid muscles and epithelial layers and all kinds of vocal nerdery. [hits piano]
So I go up to the bartender and I order another tall, cold, frosty glass of warm milk. And the bartender says to me- what are you doing? Sitting in the corner with all of those books?
And I said, well I'm a voice teacher and I like to take my game to the next level. He said, ah, a voice teacher, vocal coach, cool. I said, are you a singer? He said, oh no no no, no I'm not a singer. No, I never sing, I don't care for singing. I said, okay that's great. So I take my tall, cold, frosty glass of warm milk and I get back to my studies.
A couple hours later, the bar starts to clear out. There's nobody left in the bar except for me, my tall, cold, frosty glass of warm milk, and my studies.
There's a song playing on the radio. And sure enough across the bar I see the bartender. He's singing along to the song. I said sir, what are you doing? He said, well I guess I'm singing.
And that's my point. People who say, oh I don't need to sing, I can't sing, please don't make me sing, a lot of time have a private vocal life. Because singing is a part of our human experience.
言いたかったのはこれです。「歌う必要はないよね、歌えないし、歌わせないでよ」 と言う人は、実際にはプライベートなヴォーカル生活を送っていることが多いのです。歌うことは人間の経験の一部ですからね。

3. いくつになったら歳を取り過ぎ?

So next let's look at- how old is too old? Here's a fun fact for you, in my teaching career I've worked with thousands of singers. But I've never had a singer over the age of 12 who didn't say- I feel so old. [hits piano]
And it's funny you meet, like, a 10 year old and they say- I'm a kid! 11- I'm a kid! 12- I'm a kid! 13- I feel so old. [hits piano] 15- I feel so old. [hits piano] 17- I feel so old. [hits piano] 20- old. [hits piano] 25- old. [hits piano] 30- old. [hits piano] 35, 40, 45, 50-
Actually, by the time you get to be about 50 people start saying I feel younger than
I ever have before.
おかしなことですが、10歳から12歳の子に会うと「子供だよ!」と言うのに、13歳からはこう言うのです。「すごく歳を取った気がする」15歳「すごく歳を取った気がする」17歳「すごく歳を取った気がする」20歳「すごく歳を取った気がする」25歳「すごく歳を取った気がする」30歳「すごく歳を取った気がする」35、40、45、50歳まで… 実際のところ、50歳くらいになる頃には「今までで一番若く感じるよ」と言い始めるのですが笑
But the point is if everybody gets to say I feel so old, then nobody is old. If 13 year old and a 40 year old can both say I feel so old, age doesn't matter. Age is very relative, it's all in the mind. And you can overcome age as a singer.
Here's some more facts for you. My original mentor as a singer was a metropolitan opera singer. He didn't even start singing until he was 27. That's way, way later than most opera singers start. And he made it to the highest opera in the world.
Another fact for you, my oldest voice student is 88. And I'm so proud of the work that she's done. Making discoveries, making growth at 88 years old.
I also know a voice teacher here in New York City who's 95. And her soprano top sounds crystal clear, bell-like, silvery, beautiful. She's 95!
Age does not need to be a limitation for us. Especially if we can stop saying I feel so old.

4. 声は筋肉

 So why? Why can we overcome age? Really the truth is because the voice is muscular.
This is actually the very reason why we can train our voice to begin with, that it's muscular. Why we don't have to believe that myth that you have to be born with singing ability. No, we train these muscles.
And the good news as we age, is they're not like bench press muscles or run a marathon kind of muscles. No, they're coordination muscles. Almost like hitting a pool shot instead of throwing a shot put. So these little coordination muscles can really be trained at just about any age.
Now that's good news! Because you might say... I don't have a six-pack but you ought to see my lateral cricoarytenoids. Or you might say... These love handles ain't pretty but you ought to see what they do for my breath support. Or you might say... Stuff may be sagging a little bit but my pitch ain't sagging because of my cricothyroid. ♫ Thank you!
これは朗報ですよね!「腹筋は割れていないけど、外側輪状披裂筋* を見てみてよ」だとか「贅肉がついていてきれいなお腹ではないけど、息の支えのためにこのお腹がどう使われているのか見てみてよ」だとか「お肌は少したるんでるかもしれないけど、輪状甲状筋* のおかげでピッチはたるんでないよ」だとか、言えるかもしれないのですから!ありがとうございます。

5. 加齢によって実際に起こること

So now come on Justin get serious here. I mean, aren't there actually negative things
that happen to the voice over time? Well, yes there are. There are of course some deleterious affects for the voice as we age.
Our physical strength does diminish and that's gonna lead to a little less vocal strength. Same thing with our flexibility. We have less flexibility as we age. And so our vocal flexibility will be no different.
The larynx does descend over time which can sometimes lead to a huskier sound. Sometimes people push too much and it causes a vocal wobble in the vibrato.
Also your cardiovascular system and your lung capacity will decrease. This can lead to less stamina and less breath support overall.
So those are some things that you can watch out for as you age. However does that mean to not sing? No way! In fact, it means just the opposite. It means we need to focus more on our vocal technique overtime.
How does that 95 year old voice teacher that I know sing so great? She's been a woman of vocal technique for decades. So her great vocal technique has helped her
to keep most of what she's had for her entire life.
So that's always the solution. Is really focusing on the stuff that we talk about
in these lessons, great vocal technique.

6. 良い歳の取り方とは?

So now, how do you know if you're aging well? If you'd like to know if you're aging well, here are some signs...
Your eyes sparkle. Your curiosity for learning is getting greater and greater. You've realized that even though your body's getting older, your spirit is getting younger.
You find yourself laughing more and more. Sometimes for no reason at all. Your gratitude levels are through the roof high. You've become so forgetful that sometimes
you forget to even have an ego.
And finally, my favorite... You're singing. Because I can promise you, if you're singing you're going to age very, very well.
And, sometimes all we need in life is a yes. And so if age has become yet another no in your life, don't let it be. Today I am saying, yes!
And so Randy and all, singers of all ages, do me a favor... Make a joyful noise.
I hope that's been helpful for you guys today as singers. If you've got questions that you'd like to see us answer on the show you can send an email to Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.
今回の内容がシンガーのみなさんのお役に立てば幸いです。このショーで答えてほしい質問があれば、 Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にメールしてくださいね。
And I just encourage you don't lose that joy, don't lose that passion, don't let people tell you that you're too old to sing because now we really know that's just not true.
Get with a great voice teacher in your area. Or if you guys are in the New York City area or you'd like to Skype with one of our staff, you can visit us at www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com.
あなたの住む地域で素晴らしいヴォイスティーチャーに就きましょう。ニューヨークにいるか、NYVCのスタッフとスカイプ(でレッスン)をしたければ、 www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com にアクセスしてみてください。
I also encourage you to download our free app for iPad, iPhone, and hopefully more in the future. A lot of great resources, tips, articles, videos, things to help you to grow as singers at really any age. Or you can visit www.VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.
無料のアプリもダウンロードするようにお勧めしています。iPhoneiPad専用ですが、もっと増やせていけたらと思います。優れた教材や、歌のコツ、記事、動画など、盛り沢山の内容で、いくつの方であってもシンガーとして成長できるように応援しています。あるいは www.VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にアクセスすることもできますよ。
I'm Justin Stoney. Until next time, keep making a joyful noise.








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