Singers: A Lesson From Poker

What Poker Can Teach Us     Some people will argue the game poker is nothing more than gambling, while others say it is a game of skill.  I believe poker is, in fact, both and because of that it holds some important lessons for the singer. Much like life, poker is a game of…

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How Great Singers Tune Vowels

Two Virtuoso Singers On Vowel Tuning     Tuning vowels is the act of precisely adjusting for optimum resonance on every pitch.  While it can be painstaking to learn to do correctly, it is one of the cornerstones of great singing. In order to tune vowels you need to be keenly aware of your two…

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Three Questions Every Voice Teacher Should Ask

What You Should Be Asking     As a voice teacher I use three simple questions to help guide me in my quest to improve not only my students, but myself as well. WHAT?    WHY?    HOW?    These three questions, in that order, will help cut to the root of vocal problems and guide your search…

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Resonance Made Easy

Resonance: A Beginner’s Guide     Because the act of singing is so sensation based a number of confusing terms and instructions have arisen to describe what singers feel. Head voice, chest voice, middle voice, bridges, mixing, splitting, forward placement and even figure 8s are some of the many ways people will talk about and…

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What Is Split Resonance?

Split Resonance?   The human voice is a most unique instrument.  So much of what we physically need to control is just below our full physical awareness, causing us to often use resulting sensations as a guide. This would be the equivalent of knowing if you are playing an acoustic guitar correctly by how the…

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The Basics of Vowels

Understanding Vowels   The almighty vowel.  They are the first sounds of speech we mimic as babies and are the cornerstones of language.  They are also the most important part of singing. When we make a vowel sound what is really happening and how does it affect our singing?   Two Sounds = One What…

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7 Reasons Your Singing Is Not Improving

Why You’re Not Getting Better   You’ve got a shelf full of singing books, a popular singing CD course and you practice regularly.  You might even be taking private lessons, yet you are in a singing rut It may be time to reassess your singing path to make sure you are getting all that you…

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Should I Narrow My Vowels?

Narrow Vowels?   Vowels, vowels, vowels.  I talk about them so much I have earned the nickname “The Vowel Man.” Why are vowels so important?  Are they more important than breath support or other aspects of singing? My answer is that ultimately the vowels are the single most important part of singing and it is…

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Why Does My Recorded Voice Sound So Different?

The Differences With Your Recorded Voice   As a voice student it is often shocking to hear a recorded playback of your singing.  It often sounds dramatically different than how it sounded in your head.  This is because we hear our own voices very differently than the voices of others. When we listen to someone…

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Developing Vocal Riffs and Phrasing

Vocal Riffs and Phrasing – The Basics In order to develop your own unique vocal style first you should imitate.  Yes, imitate your favorite singers.  By borrowing from a collection of different singers you will arrive at something that is uniquely you. Don’t try and copy the specific sound of their voice, but rather listen…

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