I will be returning to the National Opera Center to teach on Saturday, September 9. A couple of afternoon times remain as of this writing. 330 7th Ave New York, NY 10001 October’s lessons with be during the day on Wednesday, October 11. Manhattan location to be determined.
In a post from 2013, I wrote about occlusive exercises. I am still not a heavy user of them, but they can help a singer (and once in a while me) to calm the heck down when overdoing. I do not like the ubiquitous straw. I have seen huge discussion threads about lengths, diameters, materials, […]
I have recently read Herbert Witherspoon’s fascinating and well-written Singing: A Treatise for Singers and Students (1925). His Chapter 13 is titled “Phonetics”, which begins as follows: The phonetics, or sounds used for the persuasion of certain local actions with the purpose of inducing perfect coordination, are the following:
In the online forums I’m seeing many discussions about voice science – Explanations of “open throat”. Descriptions of sound profiles of ideal (so they claim) vocal attributes. Assumptions about desirable vocal timbre. Incessant chatter about formants. Research papers and books and websites and buzz, buzz, buzz about all the visuals and measurables. The author of […]
Want a fresh perspective on your singing? Would you like to learn what “sane singing” is all about? I still have a few slots left for Saturday, August 12 at The National Opera Center in Manhattan! Please contact me to inquire about a lesson time. I will return to New York on Saturday, September 9.
People frequently say that when they hear their voice on a recording it is a little shocking. Singers have to learn to make peace with this. Listening to a recording of yourself can help you fix some things, but it also can confuse you if you’re not careful.
In the forums, people are blaming Adele for ignoring healthy technique and ruining her voice. Folks, this is so not cool. People are acting as if she has a vocal death wish. Look, it’s not our business whether she was singing like a bad girl or whether the exhausting tour schedule got to her, or […]
Nobody sounds exactly the same at 75 as they did at 25. This is not bad, it just is. I heard Leontyne Price in a recital around 1982 where she sounded quite rough. I heard her again in 1987, and it was wonderful. Retiring from opera in the early 1980s was the right step for […]
What is the purpose of vocal exercises in general? What is the purpose of a specific exercise, given at a specific time? Why this particular one, right now? If you are giving the same set of exercises for most lessons for all of your students, then it would seem you are not answering these questions. […]
Do you enjoy singing? It may seem like a stupid question to people who are not professional singers or conservatory students. However, I have met people “in the biz” who seem to have forgotten that singing can/should be enjoyable. When every singing event is high stakes and serious and judged and “important”, it can feel […]
Voice teachers, please get over yourselves. The people who get certified in Method A say that Method B is bad while those devoted to Method C laugh at both of them. The devotees of Madame X scoff at anyone who is certified in a method. Some teachers are meek while others fight for attention like […]