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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →

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…

Continue Reading →