Articles tagged "Vocal Exercises"

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11/13/2016

Why Pitch Matching Is Hard

There is a difference between simple and easy. Something simple can be explained in a few words; something easy can be executed with minimal effort. There are plenty of simple things that are not at all easy. Take running a marathon: you can explain the task in three words - run 26.2 miles - but the execution requires months or years of training.

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9/30/2016

What Are They Looking For?

I already know what you are thinking. The wheels are spinning and the corners of your mouth are creeping into a smile.

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8/26/2016

Efficiency in Singing

As singers we often set goals pertaining to our vocal technique. During the first lesson with a new student, I ask them what their technical goals are and receive certain answers regularly: “I want to increase my range”, “I want to be able to riff”, “I want to sing the high notes with more ease”, and “I want to learn how to belt”. All of these goals are noble and important to articulate as you set out on your vocal journey.

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8/10/2016

Forgetting Muscle Memory

Whether you’re working to improve your voice, learning how to play a new instrument, or striving to make the world’s greatest grilled-cheese sandwich, it’s going to take practice…and practice means repetition. The natural human instinct, however, is to move on once something’s been accomplished, and an artist can’t stand being stagnant or still. Yet, the fact remains: improvement requires the diligent and repetitive motions of practicing.

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6/24/2014

Damaged Goods: A Renewal Revival

When your voice begins to sound and feel irregular, your inner voices can be pretty disturbing. They take you down a dark and miserable emotional road of fear and self-doubt. Immediately, we go into..

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4/23/2014

Take My Breath Away

Riddle me this: When is using more breath detrimental to your vocal health? Answer: When it isn't. Every breath you take... Not surprisingly, there's a lot of hot air floating around the voice teaching community concerning the use of breath during singing. Do you try to flutter the tissue dangling a daunting ten feet away from your mouth while trying to execute your Beyoncé inspired riffs? Or do you try your best to keep your steamy exhale from fogging up the mirror you're holding claustrophobically close to your mouth? Both of these I have been asked to perform in voice lessons, and in both of these I have succeeded in achieving new heights of light headedness.

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3/5/2014

TLC for your R&B

The best part of my job as an instructor at New York Vocal Coaching is helping varied singers gain control over their voices.  In this article, I want to share a few thoughts on the R&B style and one of my...

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1/21/2014

Negotiating Styles: Classical To Pop

Even if you’re an amateur pop music aficionado, you recognize the absurdity of approaching every style with the same technique.  Imagine for a moment a world in which classical technique is applied to pop music, and pop technique is applied to...

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9/4/2013

Mixed Voice

The mixed voice is one of the most discussed, debated, and researched topics of vocal pedagogy.  Almost every singer is working on her or his ‘mix,’ or trying to ‘mix’ that high note, or wanting to...

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5/19/2013

The Opposite(s) Of Singing

Every singer has a goal.  For some, it’s being able to sing exciting, strong high notes. For others it’s singing the most difficult songs with ease; others long to sing lightning fast riffs. Clients come...

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4/15/2013

Singing With Pure EEase

It’s time we had a talk about EE. Though it takes second place in the accepted listing of vowels, we use the EE to form the diphthongs of fourteen letters of our alphabet, making it one of the most...