Singing Tips for Beginners Ep.11

There are a couple of things beginner singers can do to instantly improve their tone.  

#1 - Exaggerate things that you may not do with your speaking voice like: 

  • Deepen the inhalation 
  • Open the mouth more
  • Use stronger diction

#2 - Never think UP

  • Direct your attention and energy DOWN and FORWARD

I give some examples in this little video : ) . . . . 

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Vocal Warm ups - Quick and Easy Ep.10

We all know about those times when you are getting ready to perform and life simply hasn't given you the circumstances to do a long, relaxing, luxurious warm up.

So here are 3 quick and easy vocal warm ups for those times. Get that voice opened up with some exercises to trigger your breath work and create space for a strong, rich, resonant tone.

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Tips for Professional Singers Ep.9

This post is dedicated to the professional singer. In this video I share my tips on:  #1 How softer singing may contribute to vocal strain  #2 Strategizing the placement of your more difficult repertoire throughout a gig  #3 What it means to ‘Act Like a Professional’ #4 The importance of a go to warm-up and  #5 Working the technical ‘choreography’ of challenging songs. . . . .

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Singing Tips - How to Make Progress Ep.8

Today’s singing tips are related to mindset.  For myself and my students, I’ve found that the attitude you choose to approach your singing progress is paramount.  First, think of your voice as an instrument. Then, let’s be mad scientists - curious, persistent, observant. We can use all of the feedback we get to make progress. Of course, we can’t forget to do things again and again and again . . .and again . . . that just increases our odds now doesn’t it?

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Singing and Life Lessons - Vocal Nodes to Vocal Strength Ep.7

I was asked to share more of my own journey with singing, so here we go!  Travels, trials, tribulations, break down and recovery.  Navigating different genres and our capacity for limitless growth and increased confidence with singing. . . .

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Singing Lessons - Focus and Aim for Comfort and Control Ep. 4

This singing technique is one that I love for giving the vocalist a sense of control and ease. When you can imagine notes connecting fluidly in a forward direction, it straightens out a lot of potential issues like voice cracking or strain.

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Singing Lessons - Hacking the Bridge Ep.6

In this episode I give a quick tip to deal with that less than comfortable place in the voice when you feel like something is changing and aren’t quite certain what to do. Some call it the bridge. Others the passagio. Some even call it a break because that’s what it feels like to some! 

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Singing Lessons - Ep.5 How to Sing High Notes

In this episode I share some quick tips to demystify the high notes.  We’ll use plenty of non-singing sounds to remind us of how familiar our body already is with making these higher sounds.  Ready to shout out to your favorite artist, imitate an owl or go on a roller coaster?  

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Singing Lessons - Vocal Resonance for a Rich, Full Tone Ep. 3

A slight adjustment in the amount of space you give for sound to resonate can tremendously affect your singing voice. It can take a 'meh' sound and change it into a rich, round tone. Of course you'll need that breath support underneath! 

In this video I talk about the 2nd element of great singing, creating space for resonance. Lots of practical, follow along and try it yourself nitty gritty. 

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Singing Lessons - Breath Support Ep. 2

Breath support is all the difference between normal speech and 'riding on air'. It fills, strengthens, and enriches your tone.  I wasn't a natural at this.  Some are. I needed to train my body to give stronger breath support while singing, and boy has it made it a difference.

In this video I try to demystify breath support for singing.  The muscular contractions in our core are ones that our bodies know very well. We use them while yawning, sighing . . . and yes - taking a poop.  We just need to connect that support with the creation of sound - rich, full sound.

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Singing Tips - The 3 Basic Elements of Great Singing Ep. 1

This video covers what I explain to students when they first enter the studio.  If you can familiarize yourself and embody these three fundamental elements of singing, you'll feel more comfortable in your voice, body, and particularly on stage.  They provide a great foundation for rich, warm, full tone.

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FAQs About Singing

I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick and dirty FAQs about singing post.  This one is definitively less philosophical than my other posts, but the people have spoken!  Let's start with four of the most common questions I've seen or been asked recently:

1. Can anyone learn to sing?

2. What's the secret to 'good singing' ?

3. How do you sing high notes?

4. What are head voice, chest voice, and the bridge?

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The Mystery and Demystification of the Voice

THE MYSTERY - why we are moved in a way we can’t explain when we hear a voice that resonates with our personal experience. What stirs those vibrations, sensations, emotions? Is it the tambre of that voice? The intangible expression of something we struggle to define? The sense of freedom expressed? The poignant suffering? An ethereal, pure aesthetic? Why does it feel so cathartic to sing? What causes that palpable sense of joy and release?  I don’t know and I love that I don’t know.

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