Why bother?

Why study singing? Why create? Why perform? Why stand up for what you believe? Am I not just another tiny redundancy in a mob of billions of people? Here is the answer: This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much […]

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Shaking it up

Sometimes we need a change. Things we do repeatedly can start to go south, in the sense that we do them more and more automatically, less mindfully, and with less interest. This effect is good for many things, but lousy for staying inspired or enthused. Consider doing something new for mind or body this week. […]

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Exercises that morph

Sometimes a singer will start an exercise as instructed, and then change something in the middle. I wait until the end of the exercise, and decide then whether to correct them. Sometimes no correction is needed, and sometimes they come up with something equally as effective or better. If they simplify what I asked for, […]

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Your Guru and My Growth

It is wonderful to find an authority, someone from whom you feel that you have much to learn. Perhaps this mentor is the most knowledgeable, wise, and effective teacher you ever had. Maybe he has guided you to new levels of achievement that seemed impossible before. Of course you are grateful. Of course you will want to […]

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The Joy of Vocalizing

Consider making sound for sound’s sake. Remember fun and joy and silliness and curiosity? Has much time passed since you associated such words with vocalizing? Some ideas for how to enjoy your amazing voice: Imitation – of people, animals, singing, speaking, emoting, environmental sounds, instruments. Play with dynamic contrasts. Totally over-the-top, tasteless alternations of soft […]

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