THE DAZZLING STORY OF PRINCE RUMI or How the Universe Sometimes Conspires for Our Benefit This is not my usual Vocal Technique oriented blog, but I felt compelled to write it.   Hope you enjoy! About three years ago I got a call from a member of a choir I was then directing. Knowing I have… Read more »

What Should I Avoid as a Singer?

To avoid losing your voice or harming your vocal folds, you should consult the list below and take it seriously. It will take self-control, but in the end, like everything else, the hard work will pay off. Avoid drinking alcohol, even wine. These harmful drinks are dehydrating and may affect the mucosa of the vocal… Read more »

When to Start Your Child With Professional Voice Lessons

  With television shows such as Glee, American Idol, and The Voice rising in popularity, it’s no wonder why so many children would like to begin voice lessons. While a child’s voice may take years to develop, their love of music often develops early on.  When deciding to enroll your child in professional voice lessons… Read more »

Tips for Singers: How to Gain YouTube Success

With so many advances in technology and social media, it’s now possible for singers to get discovered online. In today’s music industry, it takes a certain level of branding to receive the attention needed to start a successful career. Many young singers have found YouTube to be a great platform for showcasing their talents and… Read more »

How to Sing: Dealing with Stage Fright

What is stage fright and how can it be avoided?  I believe that when a singer is at all insecure about whether or not their voice will work under pressure, they become anxious about exposing themselves to public scrutiny.  Without a solid foundation of vocal technique, stepping into the limelight and risking possible humiliation if… Read more »

Singing Lessons: Talent is Over-Rated

One of the most insidious and incorrect notions about singing talent is “Either you have it or you don’t”.  That psychologically damaging point of view prevents many people from even attempting to reach for their dream of becoming a good singer.  I recently had a student come to me whose mother constantly told her not… Read more »

Why Take Singing Lessons?

Do think that singing and voice lessons are only for opera singers?  Do you think that working with a voice teacher or vocal coach will change the unique quality of your voice?  Many Rock, Pop, Gospel and R & B singers who come to my Sing Like a Star vocal studios for lessons have these… Read more »

How to Breathe for Singing

Breathing correctly is one of the elements involved in good vocal production, but it is by no means the only important function.  I am always astounded when singers come to me from other teachers who have them do nothing but breathing exercises for weeks (or sometimes months).  These singers often become very good breathers but… Read more »

Singing Tips: How to Get More Edge in Your Sound

Frequently singers think they need more power in their sound, particularly in the Rock and Musical Theatre styles of singing.  Often singers who complain of a lack of power in the voice actually are not lacking in power, but in edge, or squillo.  Squillo can be developed in the voice by using the “voce di… Read more »