Vocal Training Tips- the All or Nothing Syndrome

In this blog, a part of the vocal training tips series, I will discuss the all or nothing syndrome, and why that can be so detrimental to vocal development.  I can’t count the number of times I have gotten a phone call, a week or a month before the local auditions for American Idol, The… Read more »

VOCAL TRAINING TIPS- YOUR VOCAL HEALTH

  In this vocal tips and training blog, I will be giving you some advice for how to protect your voice and keep it healthy.  Vocal health is an important topic, and all singers will benefit from an understanding of how to protect your voice. I am often asked by my students “How can I… Read more »

LEARN HOW TO SING BETTER- BRIDGES

In learning how to sing better, the concept of bridging is one of the most important vocal technique elements we learn Throughout the program you will hear terms like bridges, registration, head voice, middle voice, chest voice, mix, breaks, and so forth.  All of these terms refer to the coordinating of the voice as a… Read more »

LEARN HOW TO SING BETTER- SINGING IN TUNE

Learning to sing better includes singing consistently in tune.  This blog will discuss why singers sometimes fail to sing in tune, and remedies for this issue. Why do singers  sometimes sing out of tune? Singing out of tune means that you are not singing the pitch accurately- you are either “flat” (too low) or “sharp”… Read more »

LEARN HOW TO SING BETTER- BELTING

Singers who want to learn to sing better often wonder about belting in commercial music or musical theater, and often ask me”What exactly is belting?  Do I need to be able to belt to be successful in commercial music or theater?” Poorly trained singers often “yell”, particularly on the higher notes of a song, or… Read more »

LEARN HOW TO SING BETTER- ELIMINATING VOICE BREAKS

Eliminating voice breaks is a basic component of singing technique.  To learn to sing better, we need to learn to connect the lower register to the upper register of the voice, and to eliminate all voice breaks. Almost every untrained singer experiences voice breaks. Some singers deal with the break by forcing the chest voice… Read more »

VOCAL TRAINING TIPS- HOW YOUR VOICE WORKS

For those who would like to understand more about the mechanics of vocal functioning, the following is a fairly brief overview: The vocal cords (also called “folds”) are located inside the larynx (pronounced “lair-inks” NOT “lar nicks”).  The larynx is the small protuberance in the throat (much more pronounced in men than in women) that… Read more »

VOICE LESSONS IN GROUP CLASSES

Group classes can be a cost effective alternative to more expensive voice lessons. If you are wondering whether you can really learn to sing in a group class, the answer is: that depends on the voice class.  If you are doing choral mee-mah-moh-mooo’s and making spinning motions in front of your face, or other typical… Read more »

SINGING LESSONS AND TIPS- BREATHY SINGING

Often students come to me for singing lessons with a classical or choral background and as a result they have a problem with overly breathy singing. Traditional classical training emphasizes only the legitimate sound, which limits the singer to singing only classical music; the use of the chest voice is discouraged, so singers often cannot… Read more »