The Difference Between Range and Tessitura

Range vs Tessitura When searching to find new songs, singers will often look at the lowest and highest notes, to see if they fall into a range they are comfortable with. The “range” of a song refers to the tonal distance of notes from the lowest to the highest. However this “measurement” of a song can…

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Is Your Voice Teacher a Stalker?

Not a stalker in the boil-your-pet-rabbit-on-the-stove sense, but in pressuring you to study with them and only them. I’ve seen it before, voice teachers using the authority and trust given by a student to manipulate them stay with the teacher longer than necessary. Some teachers will use guilt, pressure and even suggestions of friendship to…

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A Common Singing Mistake

By now, most singers and voice teachers know that taking the lower register too high, or “pulling chest” is wrong.  It limits range and can cause a host of vocal issues. It was found that changing vowels from wide to more narrow stopped the chest pulling process and enabled a singer to get into their…

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One Secret of Vowel Modification

Of course, there are no secrets, just concepts not everyone is aware of – but the title got you here, didn’t it? Here’s my not really secret revelation: Vowels are different for everyone.  I shall explain, and I promise not to use any Italian phrases (though it does make us voice teachers sound smarter).  …

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Failure Can Be Your Best Friend

My Personal Flaming Train Wreck   The moment is etched in my memory like a scar from a childhood fall.  I had been studying singing for a number of months, so very excited about the progress I had made. At the time I was also making my living as a drummer, playing all kinds of…

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3 Tips To Help You Practice Correctly

Am I Doing This Right?   It’s a common problem for serious singers.  They take lessons with an experienced teacher, who guides them into vocal balance – only to find themselves frustrated when they try to reproduce this in the practice room. One of the key skills a voice teacher provides is the ability to…

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Three Reasons You Are Singing Out Of Tune

It Can Be Fixed     The ability to sing on pitch is obviously a critical one for singers.  All the style and artistry in the world is of little help if you can’t match pitch.  Sure there are famous singers who use the assistance of technology to sound good, but do you want to…

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The Singer’s Struggle, Part I

Running Up That Hill   We’ve all had those days, or at least I have.  You go for that note that has troubled you in the past and…….it’s perfect!  It’s amazing, glorious – you feel like a golden god of singing. You hit the note again…..it’s still there!  So easy, full and ringing.  “This is…

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Can You Pass The Bruno Mars Test?

Singers – The Bruno Challenge Awaits     Being a bit of an Anglophile, my current favorite chat show is The Graham Norton Show from the UK. Bruno Mars recently gave this performance on Graham’s show:     I have since watched this many times, constantly struck by how great it is. I also realized,…

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Formants and Harmonics For Beginners

A Bit of Vocal Science     So much of what we do as singers and voice teachers is about balancing and controlling resonance.  In fact, many of the problems people blame on the vocal cords or breathing are primarily resonance issues. Some will argue the best way to fix resonance is by using proper…

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