Overcoming Stage Fright

Dealing With Stage Fright A bit of pre-show jitters can be a good thing – it gets the adrenaline going and amps up your performance.  Stage fright is another matter, it can be completely debilitating for some singers. There are a number of ways singers deal with stage fright.  Here are a few suggestions I…

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The Secrets To Singing In Tune

Singing in Tune: What’s the Secret?   Singing in tune is often so difficult for the beginning singer that they might believe they will never be able to sing at all.  This is rarely the truth.  Singing in tune is a developed skill and there are a few secrets to developing it quickly. I was…

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What Is Pulled Chest Voice?

Pulled Chest Voice – The Big Vocal Problem   We often hear about the dangers of singing with a pulled chest voice, but there is often confusion about what it is and how to eliminate it. Pulled chest voice is a condition where the singer tries to maintain the resonance of the lower register when…

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A Singing Lesson From Ricky Gervais

Ricky The Singer? Most of us know Ricky Gervais as the creator and star of The Office and Extras, as well as the Golden Globe’s most dangerous host.  However, very few know that back in the 80’s he had a record deal.   The reason you probably haven’t heard of his recording career is that it…

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How Do I Cure My Morning Voice?

Morning voice is a very common problem for singers and is one of the worst times of day for your voice.  We all experience croaky morning voice, but have you done everything you can to help your voice through this?   Morning Voice – The Night Before   Sleep:  did you get as much sleep…

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Singing Goals and Your Career – How To Choose

    I often get very talented students who learn to sing with great technical ability, yet have no specific singing goals, no clear vision of what to do with these skills. The world of singing is vast and how you wish to partake of this world will dictate the extra skills you will need…

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The One Secret To Increasing Vocal Power

Vocal power  is often an elusive skill for singers. They can sing lightly all through their range but they moment they go for power everything jams up. Some think the key to vocal power is adding more “support” or air pressure, others insist on going for more cord closure, or a combination of both. Although…

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What If My Voice Teacher Can’t Play Piano?!

The level of musicianship, and piano skills required of a voice teacher is a debatable topic. Although vocal coaches generally need high piano skills to work material with the student, the voice technique teacher will sometimes attempt to get by with just a handful of scales. Your Voice Teacher and Singing Scales Sometimes a few…

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New Article In Backstage Magazine

My new article is in Backstage magazine.  Three simple ways to vocal health.  You can read it here: http://www.backstage.com/bso/advice-the-craft/to-protect-and-sing-1007657162.story

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My Top Tips To Improve Your Singing

Keep a consistent practice schedule:  Just like exercise consistency is king.  It is better to do 20 minutes a day for six days a week than to do 2 hours for just one day.  Coming to the voice fresh each day helps you stay focused. Balance your practice:  Only working songs or just running scales…

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