I already know about that

Sometimes when I’m talking shop with colleagues they will tell me about a recent course, workshop, or book that they have learned from. Sometimes they may say, “You probably know all about that.” That is never true. If I have made the study of a topic my life’s work, my niche in the vocal world, […]

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Why people think ridiculous imagery works

How imagery-based instruction works, in two scenarios:

Scenario A

  • Teacher gives weird image-based concept, like “breathe through the soles of your feet” (real advice from a real voice teacher).
  • She sings the passage to demonstrate.
  • The student copies the demonstration.
  • Teacher thinks the imagery “worked”, when really it’s modeling better singing that actually worked, and the student found the same effect in her own voice. The teacher may as well have said “feel it in your knees” as long as the demonstration was adequate.

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Considering Resonance

What does “resonance” mean? You can look up different dictionary definitions as well as I can, but today let’s call it “maximum sound output per energy unit expended”. Let’s assume this includes a nice distribution of overtones that gives the voice a pleasing timbre. Generally, when we sing, we are hoping to make sounds that […]

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