NOT How to Sing Opera

I came across this on YouTube while looking at different vocal instruction videos. I’m just sampling what is out there because I’m working on launching a video instruction service. I saw the headline “How To Sing Opera – Lesson 1 – The...

Q&A – Voice Placement

I have been having contradictions about “voice placement“, some encouraging forward placement during singing, while others even stating that there is nothing like placement, either forward or ‘backward‘. Plus, I have been trying to train my soprano and tenor singers...

Remembering 9/11

Today is the tenth anniversary of the day the world changed. At least that is what many are calling it. And I guess it is an accurate description. It certainly changed my world. You can never really know what things would be like if your life took a different path,...

Q&A – Vocal Fry

Had a conversation with another teacher today and she said the following: “When the folds ‘fry’, they rattle against each other – this is why it is also called glottal scrape – and there is a lack of periodicity in their vibratory...

Happy Fourth of July!

Here in the States we are celebrating the birth of our country. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe celebration with friends and family. I am now back to my normal schedule after being away much of the last two weeks. So if you have been waiting for a...

Testimonial

I was humbled but excited to receive this Testimonial from a client yesterday. ——————————————————————— I am a singer in the Los...

Q&A – Singing in a Rock Band

I recently started performing with a group here in Georgia and although the band is very loud, how do I sing without damaging my voice so that people in the audience can hear me as the lead vocalist? Thank you, sir....

Q&A – Belly Breathing

While we are still on the discussion of “normal breathing” versus “breathing for the purpose of singing,” I should bring up something that has puzzled me for a while now. One popular method of breathing and supporting nowadays seems to be “belly breathing,” where the...

Q&A – Projecting the Voice

Throughout my vocal training I have had a hard time projecting my voice. My difficulty with this has cost me a few positions in smaller vocal ensembles. My main vocal focus is Jazz and secondary Musical Theatre. I want to make singing a career and would like to know...

Q&A – Josh Groban

Hi Michael, As we both know, the Swedish/Italian school is based off of the premise of singing naturally and freely, and employs Old World principles of singing without forcing and making an artificial sound with the voice, principles which are preached in modern...

Q&A – Correct Posture of the Chest/Sternum

First of all I would like to thank you for the effort and consideration you have given toward answering my questions. It seems that correct breathing is a function of correct posture. More specifically, through careful studying of my own torso in front of body-length...

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