I created this blog to provide singers with support and resources for vocal technique, artistry and career development. Over the past several months I’ve been enjoying some wonderful opportunities to carry out this mission in the broader vocal community – online, in print, and in person. It’s consumed a great deal of my time, so now that I am ready to resume blogging I thought I’d start by catching you up on what I have been doing lately.
Join me in NYC on March 24th to learn how to optimize your alignment, breathing and stamina for singing.
How do you actually feel about performing? About the sound of your voice? Your artistry and accomplishments? Your overall technical facility? Singers “must develop the personal depth and vulnerability to channel the extremes of human emotion through their voices at will.” This is arguably the most significant of the many skills a singer needs. The most satisfying and effective performances occur when you are deeply emotionally invested. But how do you develop this skill?
There is a vital distinction between evaluating your actual singing – the beauty of your sound, consistency of your vocal production, etc. – and assessing the functionality of the individual components of your technique and the skill with which you are able to integrate them into a coordinated process. While it’s important to have clear goals, the path to achieving them must be based on a comprehensive assessment of both your physiology and your current skill set in order to evaluate strengths, weaknesses and imbalances in all areas.
… and this weird trick was discovered by a Mom!
It is within your power to completely transform everything about your own physiology that has an impact on your voice. Advances in fields such as exercise science, psychology, and bodywork offer tools and technologies to advance what State of the Art means for singers.
Most everything is more effective and expedient with a vibrator. Also a lot more fun.
Don't build your technique around an armored instrument.
Professor David Ley discusses his methods employing vibrators to enhance vocal production.
While a good ear remains the most powerful tool a voice teacher can possess, our advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, motor learning and psychology can and should promote great advances in vocal pedagogy.