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The Pharyngeal Voice

The Pharyngeal Voice In order to begin to bridge the gap between the head and chest registers (often called the “mix”) the old Italian School used a device known as the Pharyngeal Voice. The old masters taught that this mechanism helps to engage only the very inner edges of the vocal folds. This middle Voice has been […]

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Spilling the Tea About Vocal Training

Spilling the Tea About Vocal Training– When learning to play a musical instrument, a student must work with a teacher in systematic, methodical and progressive manner, over time, in order to achieve proficiency on their chosen instrument. Unfortunately, in singing, there is a pernicious and erroneous idea that vocal training is not actually necessary. All too often […]

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Breathing for Singing

Breathing for Singing In general, I don’t teach too many breathing exercises to my students. In my opinion, all singing exercises are breathing exercises. I find that a great deal of singers who are trained to do an overabundance of breathing exercises in isolation tend to build a great deal of tension into their singing; however, insecurity […]

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Better Singing With Vocalises

Better Singing With Vocalises — Étude is a French word, meaning “study.” Most études are short musical compositions which present the musician with specific technical challenges, the mastery of which develop the particular skills for which the étude was composed. It is common for great instrumentalists to include playing études in their daily practice. In vocal music, an étude […]

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