I’ve been at this blog since 2010. Hundreds of posts, many ideas explored and revisited, both successes and flops. You can’t predict people’s reactions. When I post about general principles, philosophy, and the mindset of the voice teacher, I tend to get generally positive reactions. When I post a more nuts-and-bolts “how to” type of […]
Is “creating space” something you need? If so, how and how much? Let’s say you think you do need more “space”. The Holy Grail for years has been “lowered larynx”, but that is only one way to play with “space”. Two ways of lowering the larynx:
The following paragraph is how I answer “What’s your approach to voice teaching?” today. My goals as a teacher and as a singer are to do what works, and to keep things as practical as possible. I believe that the voice can be trained to respond with the most ease and efficient use of effort […]
The online forums are perfect cages for the exhibition of mental imbalance. There is so much meanness, pettiness, insult, and defensiveness. How did so many teachers and singers become so nasty? There is so much pain and fear evident in these places.
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.