Q&A: Help to Assess my Voice Teacher

I am studying under a vocal teacher, although I am in constant doubt, because what she teaches sometimes contradicts what you and David Jones teach. (Pure venting: for one thing, she is the “more breath” kind of teacher. For another thing, she often requests me to...

Why I Avoid Scientific Explanations

I often receive questions about vocal topics, and recently I was asked if I could give a description of my work in more scientific terms. They said that someone they wanted discuss this with is very rooted in voice science, and they felt they could make a better...

Exercise Habits for the Singer

What other habits have you integrated into your daily routine unrelated to the actual act of singing, especially regarding physical fitness. (I’ve already seen some general guidelines like drinking enough, being aware of surrounding noise, etc., so I’m...

Updates from VocalWisdom.com

Hello! There are some new things brewing here at VocalWisom.com and I just wanted to give you a little glimpse of what is coming. First, if you have visited the site recently you probably noticed that we are going through a renovation. Everything is still there, it...

Q&A: The Process of Breathing

I found your article about compression and breathing into the back very interesting. I’ve had a heck of a time trying to get my head around proper breathing – ‘working’ techniques seem to come and go with varying success, though vocal fatigue...

Q&A: What is your personal daily routine?

On the one hand, how do you personally warm up your voice, exercise it and warm it down. Especially helpful would be some guidelines on repetition count or time duration per exercise (if general guidelines can be formulated that would be even better), as I’m...

Singing with a Cold

One of the biggest challenges to the singer is the common cold. Generally a cold is not a particularly severe illness, and the average person tends to be able to perform their normal daily activities without much effect. It is basically not much more than a nuisance....

New Research Project:Top Vocal Questions

I’m starting a new research project that I hope to compile into a book. The basic premise is to collect as many questions about vocal issues as possible and try to figure out any recurring themes. From this collection of questions I’ll take the top ten and...

Re-Post: Remembering 9/11

It has been a while since I’ve put something new up on the blog. My time and energy has been devoted to singing projects. But I want to get started back posting information here more consistently. Since today is 9/11/13 I thought I would re-post my remembrance...

I’m Quitting!

I received this email the other day and I think he has made a valid argument. Your article on Jonas Kaufman was truly ridiculous. I’ve also a degree in voice, I’ve been studying singing 20 years, and have students. I think anyone who harps on about the...

My Biggest Vocal Mistake

Recently I subbed for my church choir. I had been the Tenor section leader/soloist for a few years but resigned two and a half years ago. I had a similar position in Greenwich, Connecticut when I lived in New York. Classical Singers will be familiar with these...

Martin Luther King, Jr

Today in the US we observe the life’s work of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is easily recognized as the most influential leader of the civil rights movement. But from high school, around the time the Government created the MLK holiday, I have had great respect for...

Celebrating 10 Years of VocalWisdom

Happy New Year to everyone! I recently realized that 2012 marked the 10 year anniversary of VocalWisdom.com. So better late than never, right? It is hard to believe that it has been over 10 years since I started writing about the voice. I started VocalWisdom.com not...

Remembering Zig Ziglar

I learned today of the passing of motivational speaker Zig Ziglar yesterday. I admit I am not an avid reader of his material, but I did read a couple of his books when I was in college. And when I have come across his quotes I have always found them helpful. In fact,...

My Biggest Professional Influence

I’ve been thinking a lot about who has had an influence on me and my professional development lately. The reason for this is because the person I think is the biggest reason I am where I am now as a singer and voice teacher passed away on Sept 19. I have talked...

The Importance of Fach

I know I’ve been out of touch for a while and some of you are noticing. I know this because you’ve told me. So I’m going to get back to business and share with you what is new with me. In late May I had a pretty exciting experience. My mentor, David...

Q&A – Freely Accessing Upper Register

There are some things about singing that I am not completely understanding. I studied voice for 4 years as a baritone. This past fall, I went to grad school and switched to tenor, as I knew that I was never really a baritone. What I am not exactly getting is how to...

College Singer Testimonial

I received this testimonial from a college singer that I have worked with 3 or 4 times. She has a regular teacher at school and wanted to see me to figure out a few things that just weren’t working for her. She told me about her experiences with some of the...

New Testimonial

This is a testimonial from a professional soprano in London. We have worked together for three 2+ hour sessions. We had a break and now are starting back up again. I promise she is real, but her Manager advised that she not have her name published. I am totally OK...

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