Michael Mayer

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 blog post for details.)

The obvious reality is I probably won’t ever be able to answer each of these questions specifically and individually. But in my next blog post I will address what I consider to be the starting point to answering pretty much every vocal question/problem.

Now to the topic of this post. Last weekend I was in Salt Lake City for the Jussi Bjorling Society-USA International Conference. JBS-USA is an appreciation society for the historic Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling.

I have been a member for 15 years and on the Board of Directors for 5 years. This is the fourth conference I’ve been to since 2001, but the reason I’m telling you this is because this time I was a presenter.

The title of my presentation was “How’d He Do That!? – The Functional Aspects of Jussi Bjorling’s Singing.”

I feel there is a lot we can learn from observing and studying various singers. But for me Jussi Bjorling is the one singer above all that we can use as a model of optimal vocalism.

So if you are interested I am including the Video here so you can see what I had to say. I should say this was for an audience of non-singers, so I try not to get too technical. Which actually should be a good thing for everyone. Enjoy!

(One other thing, the gentleman that sits and stands in front of the camera a couple times is Jussi’s oldest son, Anders.)

Comments and questions are welcome as always.

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