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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Imitation is useful in teaching

Below is an excerpt from one of the old Italian books on singing. It contains a teaching tip that is useful for any voice teacher in any genre. Practical Reflections on the Figurative Art of Singing (1776) by Giambattista Mancini (trans. Pietro Buzzi), p. 97: The easiest way, and the one by which I have […]

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Spectrograms and Learning to Sing

Some classical singers are using audio spectrogram programs to see if they are producing the “singer’s formant”, which is a band of harmonics in roughly the 3000 Hz range. In acquiring these overtones, it is essential to cross-check against function. It can be easy to bring these overtones in with some pretty nasty interfering tensions. […]

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Mimicry and Singing

Many people try to imitate their favorite singers. This provides a great learning opportunity in the voice studio. Teachers can help students to clarify the differences between themselves and the artist they are emulating. Which differences are due to technique? Which are due to each singer’s individual timbre? What causes individual timbre? Which differences are […]

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