Singing in a Choir

Singing in a Choir

Singing in a choir is a wholely unique and thrilling experience. Being part of the wall of sound and texture of harmonies is a special feeling that brings many singers great satisfaction. Sometimes, however, choral singers face vocal challenges that are unique to this group setting. So, what should a choral singer know about their voice, how it functions, and whether voice lessons may a good investment? Blending In. If you’ve ever sung in a group setting, you probably already know how important the ability to ‘blend’ is for a choral singer. The entire goal of choral singing is to...

Can Anyone Learn to Sing?

Can Anyone Learn to Sing?

Can’t carry a tune in a bucket? Terrified at the idea of letting your voice be heard by anyone else? Always felt left out watching seemingly natural singers perform? Good news: Anyone who can speak can sing. Although it’s 100% true that some people exhibit a more innate tendency toward musicality than others, it’s also true that all voices can improve (and most ears, too– TRUE tone deafness is very uncommon). Singing is nothing more than sustained speech. The ‘sustained’ part is one element that makes it tricky (maybe you’re heard of ‘breath control’ or ‘breath support’), and the fact...

Musicianship for Singers

Musicianship for Singers

Singers, let’s face some ugly truths. Within the music industry, singers get a bad rap. Too many beautiful voices are running amok and not realizing the musical errors they’re making (and thereby how hard they are to work with). Singers that get ahead are often those who make their bandmates’ jobs easier by being easy to communicate– yes, in terms of how friendly and professional they are, but also that they’re on the same page musically. When you keep in mind that singers are often called on to be the band leader, this is doubly important! So, what do you...

What Can You Expect from Voice Lessons?

What Can You Expect from Voice Lessons?

A knowledgeable resource to answer all your singing questions. Personalized technical exercises to address your weaknesses, expand your range, and create a more expressive vocal palette to draw from. Explanations tailored to your learning style and based in Fact-based Voice Science. Song coaching to amplify your strengths. Feedback to bring out your most compelling performances. Audition prep and stage fright counseling. Even Vocal Anatomy and Music Theory, per your interests, and the list goes on! Voice Lessons can be the holy grail you’ve been looking for. Receiving instruction on how to apply the more technical ideas you’ve read about, and...

Lessons and Coaching

Lessons and Coaching

As a singer, you’re probably already aware of how many facets there are to learning how to give an effective performance. You’ve got to have reliable vocal technique to trust that your voice will always do what you intend, even under pressure. You’ve got to work on your stage presence and performance skills. You’ve got to use stylistic effects appropriate to the genre (or have good language diction skills, in the case of classical singing). You’ve got to be able to communicate with other musicians, and/or have some degree of musical literacy and vocabulary. You’ve got to have great rhythm...

Common Vocal Problems

Common Vocal Problems

Whether you’re coming to Singing Lessons for fun and self-expression or to fix something about your voice that bothers you, the process will be similar. With the support and encouragement of your knowledgeable teacher, you will gain the ability to self-assess and make small adjustments that promote better vocal efficiency. New singers are often surprised how quickly they start to notice minor details that are out of balance once their eyes are opened; sometimes this new and greater awareness can even make it feel like you get worse before you get better! But, rest assured, it’s all part of the...

Freedom of Movement

Freedom of Movement

As a singer, you likely know how important being in touch with your body awareness is. Perhaps you’ve noticed the effects of jaw or tongue tension on your sound, or know that you have a habit of slumping and impeding your ability to take in a full, comfortable breath. Maybe you’ve thought about your posture, or better yet, your alignment throughout your body. The further you get into your study of singing, the more likely you are to come across references to some wonderful bodywork disciplines, each of which can genuinely benefit not only singers, but anyone who relies on...

Who to Trust with Your Voice

Who to Trust with Your Voice

Choosing a teacher or studio to work with can be a big, important, and very personal decision for a vocalist. In a world where the study of singing has been around for generations, but where actual scientific study of the voice has only emerged in the last 20 years or so, there are many schools of thought on singing, often covering many extremes. So, who can you trust to help you get results and also provide an enjoyable experience? Let’s break down some important elements to consider when seeking out vocal learning: Musical Styles: Of all the teachers and music...

Lifelong Singing

Lifelong Singing

Singing is a great joy to carry through your entire life. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind at all stages of life– from early childhood singing straight through the aging voice– in order to maintain vocal health, comfort, and flexibility. Children’s Voices If your little one loves to sing, encourage it! A love for music is a wonderful thing and we never want an eager child to stray away from making music or develop anxieties around it. However, listen carefully for straining or shouting which can be very damaging to immature vocal mechanisms. In fact, vocal...

Alignment

Alignment

If you’re struggling with the difficulty of singing something you’ve always wanted to master, we’ve got good news! Singing well is not about trying harder. Instead, singing well is 100% about working smarter and finding ease and freedom. After seeing high level performers give it their emotional all on stage, amateur singers often misjudge the emotional expression as physical effort. The truth of the matter is that singing well feels EFFORTLESS. Finding an ease, open sound should FEEL easy and open– never forceful or strained (unless applying a special vocal effect, used sparingly and with control). The key to success...