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New Warm Ups for Baritones and Sopranos and a new Series!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Warm Up videos on youtube seem to be really on demand. I easily get more requests for these than almost any other vocal instruction request. A listener requested that I do my ‘Daily Warm Up for Male Voices’ video for Baritone, and I figured I might as well include female vocal range as well. So this week those two were released, you can find them below. Additionally, I wanted to start a new series of video that was closer to actual singing, with the complexities that words and phrases bring to it. That gave rise to ‘How to Sing a Lyric Phrase Number 1′ within which I made up a silly word combination and discuss the vowel consonant attributes. A good start to what I believe is going to be a useful service. Enjoy!







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New Singing Lesson Live on Youtube

Monday, January 6th, 2014

New singing lesson online specifically dealing with glottal attacks and how to work towards preventing them from happening in your singing without intent. I’ve recently been doing videos that were more practice oriented in that there wasn’t a terrible amount of talking and instruction, just a lot of singing. In this video I talk about what a glottal attack is, demonstrate it, and then give you some exercises you can work on. Most male singers should be able to use the video directly, but female vocalists may need to transcribe the exercises in order to be in a comfortable range of their voices. As always, if you would like me to do the exercises in a key that is easier for you, just let me know!

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Sick!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I talk about this frequently in my lessons, however I rarely get the chance to put it into practice, which is the idea that singing when you have a cold isn’t entirely bad, it just requires a bit more care and rest during your practice sessions.

The cold and flu season this year doesn’t seem to be any worse than others in recent memory, the only difference to me being that I got sick this time! I normally avoid colds somehow, usually by hitting my body with Zicam at the first sign of any illness. My general rule of thumb there is that you have to spend thirty dollars on any combination of products and use them all simultaneously. It’s worked well for me in the past, but somehow I let it slip by me this time.

So I got sick, and today I’m returning to singing. First and foremost, I’ll check myself out before I start any vocal pyrotechnics. How does my body feel? Any irritation in the throat or vocal fold area? Can I vocalize above my break? So long as all of that checks out, I’ll be fine to sing, with certain restrictions:

First and foremost, fluids, fluids, fluids. I find that echinacea tea with small (really small) amounts of honey keeps me well lubricated. I drink it when it’s not too hot, and am certain to drink more room temperature water than anything else.

More rest between exercises or songs. Body fatigue and a disinclination to use your core muscles to support will contribute to vocal fatigue more now than when one is not tired from being sick. I’ll need to monitor my body energy more carefully, and make sure that I am consciously using my support muscles.

Don’t overdo it. With some care and moderation having a few days off from a cold can amount to vocal rest. Unfortunately, I could only somewhat moderate the coughing that accompanied this one, so there is a little bit of irritation that will need to go away before I’m back fully, however, I can help this along by being careful, staying extremely well hydrated, and returning to singing slowly and with a conscious effort towards rejuvenating my voice.

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