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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How To Choose A Singing Teacher

What Is The One Thing To Look For When Choosing A Singing Teacher?    Choosing a singing teacher is one of your most important decisions.  The wrong choice can lead to wasted time and money, frustration and even vocal damage. Finding the right singing teacher can bring you fast results, vocal joy and even a successful…

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The 7 Steps To Becoming A Singing Star

Becoming A Singing Star – What You Need To Know   I am asked many times about how to become a singing star  There are many elements and levels that lead to the illusive recording contract and stardom. Managers, publicists, A&R and producers are just a few of the many people a singing star needs…

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Learning Songwriting – Part II

Learning Songwriting  – Chords There are three parts to any piece of music: melody, rhythm and harmony.  Most of us can sing along to a song, thus we are engaging in melody and rhythm.   Harmony is the tricky one. Harmony refers to the chords that underscore the melody.  It can go from very simple to…

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Learning Songwriting Part 1

Songwriting – The Song Is You There are a growing number of singers who have been finalists in singing competition shows, but very few of them go on to become successful.  Even fewer are able to do it on their terms.  One of the most important skills to becoming in control of your own career…

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The Basics of Vocal Registers

Vocal Registers – What Are They? Vocal registers are an important concept in singing.  They refer to different parts of the voice based on how high or low you are singing.  Lower notes will feel different to the singer than higher notes.  These different sensations will occur because the voice will resonate or vibrate more…

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How The Vocal Cords Work For Singing

Vocal Cords – What Singers Should Know   The vocal cords and how they function are often misunderstood by the singer (even some voice teachers are unsure of exactly what is happening).  I believe the more you know about your instrument, the better singer and teacher you can become. A basic understanding of the vocal…

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Singer’s Equipment For Live and Studio Singing

The Tools of the Trade Jim Marshall recently passed away at the age of 88.  You may not know who he was but you have certainly heard his creations.  The Marshall amplifiers he created were one of the primary tools of the rock and roll and were used by such musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Eddie…

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