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A problem that is common with many singers is that of excessive muscular activity during singing. There are muscles which are involved with things like chewing, swallowing and yawning which are commonly recruited by singers who try to manipulate their singing voice in order to achieve the sound they desire. We call these “outer” or […]

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Singing and Breath Support

I have heard erroneous comments that IVA doesn’t teach breath support. This is an understandable misconception since the concept of support is not as frequently addressed directly as are the concepts of bridging and singing with a neutral larynx. The idea is not that we want to sing with our breath unsupported, but rather that […]

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Singing: Technique vs. Style

I know people don’t like to hear it when I say it, but the truth is that inherent talent and facility have a lot to do with a singer’s success or failure within a particular style. Voice lessons can teach technical skill, but they can’t create vocal talent. Yet every voice can find a style […]

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Breathing and Singing (For Beginners)

Very often I hear beginning singers tell me that they heard some voice teacher tell them that singing is 90% breathing, and that if you can master your breathing you can master your voice. Yet, if it were all about breathing, then we would be able to recruit the best singers from the swim team […]

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Vibrato

Vibrato is necessary in order to sustain a tone at a comfortable speech-level with a balance of cord tension and air flow. We must remember that there are two types of compression which occur in the vocal folds during phonation. One pressure comes from the closure (adduction) of the vocal folds themselves as they are […]

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Singing Legato

Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but I had some time off for Spring Break and my birthday, and just haven’t gotten to it! The ability to sing a legato line is something that seems to be slowly falling by the wayside for many singers today. A legato line is a smooth vocal line […]

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Finding the Mix

As discussed in a previous post, there are points in the vocal range when the muscular mechanism which operates the vocal cords changes while the resonance sensations in the body shift. This is where most people experience a break, or a sudden shift in vocal quality. The biggest and most prominent break point for most […]

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Vocal Power

Singing with more power is a goal of many new students in my studio. Commonly, students will come for lessons because they are trying to sing in “full voice” up in the higher ranges of their singing voice. The mistake that is usually made is that they try to drag their chest voices up past […]

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Application of Technique to Repertoire

The development of Speech-Level-Singing technique involves the use of specialized exercises which, under the direction of a well trained instructor, assist the student in finding and maintaining a balance of airflow and vocal cord adduction while maintaining a relaxed speech-level posture in the larynx. Most students discover that once they have found this posture in […]

Read More

Vocal Freedom

A problem that is common with many singers is that of excessive muscular activity during singing. There are muscles which are involved with things like chewing, swallowing and yawning which are commonly recruited by singers who try to manipulate their singing voice in order to achieve the sound they desire. We call these “outer” or […]

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Singing and Breath Support

I have heard erroneous comments that IVA doesn’t teach breath support. This is an understandable misconception since the concept of support is not as frequently addressed directly as are the concepts of bridging and singing with a neutral larynx. The idea is not that we want to sing with our breath unsupported, but rather that […]

Continue Reading 0

Singing: Technique vs. Style

I know people don’t like to hear it when I say it, but the truth is that inherent talent and facility have a lot to do with a singer’s success or failure within a particular style. Voice lessons can teach technical skill, but they can’t create vocal talent. Yet every voice can find a style […]

Continue Reading 1

Breathing and Singing (For Beginners)

Very often I hear beginning singers tell me that they heard some voice teacher tell them that singing is 90% breathing, and that if you can master your breathing you can master your voice. Yet, if it were all about breathing, then we would be able to recruit the best singers from the swim team […]

Continue Reading 2

Vibrato

Vibrato is necessary in order to sustain a tone at a comfortable speech-level with a balance of cord tension and air flow. We must remember that there are two types of compression which occur in the vocal folds during phonation. One pressure comes from the closure (adduction) of the vocal folds themselves as they are […]

Continue Reading 1

Singing Legato

Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but I had some time off for Spring Break and my birthday, and just haven’t gotten to it! The ability to sing a legato line is something that seems to be slowly falling by the wayside for many singers today. A legato line is a smooth vocal line […]

Continue Reading 0

Finding the Mix

As discussed in a previous post, there are points in the vocal range when the muscular mechanism which operates the vocal cords changes while the resonance sensations in the body shift. This is where most people experience a break, or a sudden shift in vocal quality. The biggest and most prominent break point for most […]

Continue Reading 0

Vocal Power

Singing with more power is a goal of many new students in my studio. Commonly, students will come for lessons because they are trying to sing in “full voice” up in the higher ranges of their singing voice. The mistake that is usually made is that they try to drag their chest voices up past […]

Continue Reading 0

Application of Technique to Repertoire

The development of Speech-Level-Singing technique involves the use of specialized exercises which, under the direction of a well trained instructor, assist the student in finding and maintaining a balance of airflow and vocal cord adduction while maintaining a relaxed speech-level posture in the larynx. Most students discover that once they have found this posture in […]

Continue Reading 0