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Set free by the sea...set free by the sound...set free by the feeling in your body!

  Recorded 11.10.13 Cove Presbyterian Church Covesville, VA Heather Hightower, soprano - Linda Blondel, piano Recorded on my iPhone. I chose this image for this track because that's what it feels like when you get swept away in the … [Read more...]

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It's not that you can't sing...it's that you might not have learned yet how to feel your way through your voice in your different registers. Before you are quick to tell yourself you can't sing, give yourself the gift of a little guidance on how to … [Read more...]

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We Are Being Breathed – The Balance of Managing and Allowing Breath

Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in deeper, let it out slower...

There is a place where our bodies are breathed for us, no effort on our behalf needed. Our body does what it needs to do. It opens up, it relaxes, it supports our sound. We do not want to get in the way of this. As we connect with the mechanics of … [Read more...]

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First-time singers: 8-/           -->       >^_^< Thinky people: >:-/         -->        >^_^< Add your own....   … [Read more...]

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Rachmaninoff - Vocalise soprano - Heather Hightower, piano - Heber Morales Antigua, Guatemala December 18, 2012 … [Read more...]

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There is a difference between those who "put their hand up" for a solo and those who do not. I was reminded of this as I led my boys choir, a small group at the Field School of Charlottesville. We've been learning "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and for … [Read more...]

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New or (Kinda) Out of Shape Singers – Give Yourself 3 Months

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  I recently spoke with a woman who wanted to give her husband the gift of voice lessons. She asked me what is involved. I know that he's a percussionist, is in a band, has a strong speaking voice and a quiet singing voice. Without having met … [Read more...]

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Connection before perfection. Get the group connected to each other, to their breath, to their sound. Prioritize their willingness and openness to be present to each other. Practice starting and stopping together. And when chaos breaks out, find … [Read more...]

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"Song Crunches" - a term coined by a voice student just now. The exercise in application: ya - ha - ha - ha - ha - ha - ha - ha -ha - haa 1   -  3  -  5  -   8  - 8  -  8  -  8 -   5 -  3  -  1 As this singer ascended to C5 (the C above … [Read more...]

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Caring For Your Voice – Tips and Personal Practices

Hot water with lemon is my favorite, go-to beverage for caring for my voice.

We emerge from the season colds, dry skin, coughs and packed holiday schedules and head straight into allergy and flu season. With this constant shifting of our environments and our bodies (and our lives) it’s important for us to have an awareness of … [Read more...]