Lamperti Lesson | The Breath is the Bow

Everyone knows that the breath is a very important piece of the vocal puzzle. But what many don’t recognize is the breath is only productive if it is feeding the vibration of the vocal cords. The breath is not helpful, in fact it is harmful, if it is just going...

The Role of the Mouth in Singing

Today I have a video for you about the role the mouth plays in singing. It might seem obvious that the mouth is a major part of the vocal instrument, but there can be confusion on just how it should be used. Traditional instructions like, “the pharynx is the...

Lamperti Lesson | On the Lips

G.B. Lamperti is a pedagogue that I have used as a reference since early in my vocal development. The book “Vocal Wisdom” is a compilation of his teaching from notes taken by his student William Earl Brown. There are so many valuable insights and concepts...

What is the Correct Speech Level for Singing?

You might be familiar with the popular voice school SLS, Speech-Level Singing. There is another popular off-shoot of SLS called Singing Success. These systems have a large number of followers and success stories. Over the years I have had quite a few questions about...

Video – Belly Breathing

Hello! It has been some time since I’ve had a post here on the blog. I’ve been focusing most of my attention on the VocalWisdom.com Private Community since the beginning of the year. There are lots of video lessons available on many topics that will help...

Singing Through a Straw

I was asked about a popular exercise for vocal rehab. Singing through a straw. I have since been told that it is supposed to be done with a stirring straw, which is smaller than a standard drinking straw that I used. But I think my observations are still valid. If you...

Video – Posture for Singing

Today I have a video talking about Posture for Singing. This is a pretty well recognized topic for singers. And I think most people would agree that it is important. But even though the general opinion agrees with the importance of the topic, I still think in practice...

Video – How to Open the Mouth for Singing

Last Thursday was Thanksgiving here in the US. It’s a day to relax with family and enjoy a nice meal together. And especially think about what we are thankful for. I hope you had a chance to spend time with those you care about. I know I haven’t been very active with...

Video – Head Voice or Falsetto

There are a lot of differing opinions about what Head Voice and Falsetto are. Some use the terms interchangeably while others consider them to be different things. I am one that thinks of them as different. For me Head Voice is a true voice that is generally...

Video – Jaw Tension

Here is a video discussing a common issue – Jaw Tension. When we experience Jaw Tension we naturally desire to get rid of it. Usually this involves attempts to relax the tension. We assume that if we eliminate the tension we will be OK. What we don’t...

Video – Open Throat

Today I have a video discussing the concept of an Open Throat. We certainly need an open throat when we sing in order for the larynx to be free and flexible. An open throat is also necessary for us to resonate appropriately. So see if you find anything new in these...

New Year

Here we are starting another new year. This is the time we traditionally make resolutions and set goals to improve our lives. Unfortunately, for many their resolutions don’t last beyond January. I’ve never been a big resolution person. I’ve always tried to just...

The Starting Point for Every Vocal Question

I recently asked the VocalWisdom.com community to share with me the two biggest questions they have about their voice, and the response was great. There were questions of all different kinds. There were general questions that most of us have had at some point. There...

Jussi Bjorling Presentation

First, I want to say thank you for the many responses to my request for your two biggest questions about the voice. These give me lots of ideas of what you want to learn and understand better. (And if you didn’t respond you are still welcome to do so. See the previous...

Announcement and a Favor

Hello, I’m working on a new class and I could use your help. If you could do me a favor, I’d really appreciate it if you could answer a question for me. What are your two top questions about your voice? Now, I know I’ve asked this before, but there are a lot of new...

Celebrating Success

A very important aspect of our life as a singer is to celebrate our successes. This is true in any endeavor. Whether sports, arts, business. We need to celebrate our successes, even small ones, to reinforce that we are moving in the right direction. There are several...

Q&A – Tenor Registration

Dear Michael, I discovered your website only a couple of days ago, and it’s already starting to become one of my favorites on vocal technique. Keep up the great work! One thing that has always puzzled me (and to some degree still does), is the subject of vocal...

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