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Discovering head voice – an alternative look and feel

Here's an image from an anatomy book I just got. And here's what I wrote to a client who has been studying with me for a few months after a lifetime of rather limited singing - church on Sundays, but not too much else: "Notice the soft … [Read more...]

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You do not need perfect pitch to be a great singer

This post could be much longer than it will be, but I want to clear up a misconception I have encountered in adults who do not sing: You do not need to have perfect pitch to be a great singer. Perfect pitch, or "Absolute Pitch" refers to the … [Read more...]

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Here's a short, rough anatomy lesson on the voice. If you're new to singing, have been singing for years but have never thought about how your sound is actually produced, or if you have been telling yourself that you "can't" sing - I highly recommend … [Read more...]

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Excited to be performing in this production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" this weekend!   … [Read more...]

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Airy sounds, vocal folds that aren't closing fully, weak sounds, lack of stamina, lack of resonance.... I want to know...how is your breath? Are you drinking in breath, filling yourself with life? Have you grown accustomed to breathing only so … [Read more...]

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“Singing For Fun” Is Boring – What about DOING something with it?

When someone tells me they "just want to sing for fun" it's a clue to me that - more likely than not - they're experiencing unwanted stress and they view singing as a temporary relief outlet that's cheaper than therapy with some fringe benefits. Like … [Read more...]

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Falling Open to the Music

"Falling Angle" by ElenaKalis on DeviantArt

There's this place where we fall open to all-that-is, where in our singing we lose ourselves, we lose our minds from where they've been frantically turning over and over. We fall open to the creative life force that exists at all times. We fall open … [Read more...]

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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...]