“I’m currently in Hadestown on Broadway and can’t tell you how much I needed to read your piece on vocal health. It was so empathetic and kind and wise and wow… normally you get either or. I read it and immediately felt less pressure to be ‘perfect’. So thank you. THANK YOU for putting together your professional experience to write such a compelling and compassionate post. I can’t express in words how truly thankful I am for finding it. I’m going to print it out and put it on my dressing room mirror!”
–Eva Noblezada, GRAMMY Award-Winner (Best Musical Theater Album) and two-time TONY Nominee (Miss Saigon, Hadestown)
Understanding the voice and the psychology of singing is fascinating. But it is the joy, rather than the knowledge, that leads me on. It’s the mystery of this wild, wonderful gift that brings tears to my eyes and makes me remember what the journey, of singing and of living, is all about.
Since writing my article on vocal polyps, hemorrhages, nodules, and reflux, I’ve received many great emails, particularly about acid reflux. Here are my answers to your questions, as well as seven tips to help you deal with and heal this all too common problem: For...
Performance anxiety is an elephant-in-the-room sized issue for everyone who spends time on any kind of a stage. Managing it is the subject of a thousand books, workshops, and programs that teach how to deal with its effects... how to ride the wave rather than have it...
We singers don’t need to push and strain our voices any more than we need to walk on our tippy toes to be sexy. We can be raw and real. We can speak our truth. We can whisper instead of shout. We can do whatever we damn well please.
Terrific singing demands that we toss out the overthinking entity that stands between us and our instruments, and to trust and listen to Our True Voice.
Other people may have incredible amounts of knowledge to offer you. But it doesn’t become wisdom until you try it on, take it in, and make it your own.
Sight reading is not as common of a skill as it used to be. While classical and theater singers still rely heavily on sheet music, commercial vocalists often learn songs by example and imitation. Jazz, pop and R&B instrumentalists work with chord and number charts...
Healing a vocal injury takes time and patience. As well as the personal and practical tools to come back stronger than ever.
How do we learn best? And how does pressure, from ourselves and others, affect the way we process information?
Pitch is a tricky issue for singers. but it doesn’t have to be.
Recently, I was asked some great questions by a voice teacher and vocalist in China. After our session, I thought about the relevance of her young student’s issues for singers the world over and asked if she wouldn’t mind my sharing my ideas and exercise suggestions...
Your songs come from the heart, and that’s where they should also be initially expressed, learned, and recorded. Stay connected and committed to your emotional conviction at all times, and the soul of your songs will always come through.
For about a year now, I’ve been working with a songwriter, producer, and rapper– we’ll call him K– who came to me wanting to be able to sing on his own tracks. So much so, that on our first day together, he told me about his commitment to release an album of vocal...
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