What is 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 […]
In this video I discuss how your whole body is your voice. It’s important to mind your posture when building your voice. I discuss why we need to get our entire bodies involved in the singing process, and most of all, how you can start to do it.
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Success in Singing Do you want to be the greatest singer you can be? Do you really? If that’s truly your goal, then make your behavior reflect your desire; if you truly want what you say you want, then make everything that would lead you to your goal a priority; and then begin to eliminate everything that is […]
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. Musicians train gradually, over time to achieve proficiency on their chosen instrument. Vocal training has the same requirements for discipline than any other instrument. The erroneous ideas Unfortunately, in […]
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. Many singers who are trained with a lot of breathing exercises often to build tension into their singing; however, insecurity around breathing creates mental and emotional uncertainty in a student’s overall ability to […]
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 […]
“Guy, please tell my child to practice!” Taking a voice lesson each week is essential to training your voice. It is through these weekly lessons that you are guided by your teacher to coordinate, strengthen and balance the various muscle groups in the singing mechanism. Without proper guidance, it can be difficult at best to […]
Great Performances: Victoria de los Angeles Sings Mozart Considered one of, if not the finest of all of Mozart’s concert arias. De los Angeles arguably exhibited one of the most balanced voices of her generation, but it was her musical artistry that kept everyone coming back to listen.