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In finding your voice, it’s not about your voice

A desire to connect with your voice. A desire to share what's within. A desire to feel confident in what you have to share. Almost weekly, I meet someone who uses these words to describe their desire to let out what's within. What is … [Read more...]

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

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

  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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"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...]