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What Singers Can Learn From Olympians

By Arden Kaywin | February 14, 2018

Using Mindfulness to Improve Your Singing Technique I’m a huge fan of the Olympics, so as you can guess, I’m in hog heaven right now tuning in each night to see the latest from the Winter Games in South Korea. As I watched legendary snowboard champion Shaun White pull off a come-back to get the gold, it got me thinking, as I often do, about parallels to singing. It occurrs to me that training more

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Two Breath Support Myths Dispelled with a Before & After Video

By Arden Kaywin | January 30, 2018

Dispelling myths about breath support is like taking a sledgehammer to a cracked foundation.  I think most architects would agree that when it comes to building a house, getting the foundation right is the most important part. Without it, the building will not stand (at least not for long!). In the very same way, our breath support is the foundation of our singing. It is from this support that our sound maintains stability. Yet it

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The Mind/Body Effect On Singing Technique – Before & After

By Arden Kaywin | January 19, 2018

Let’s be honest. . . . if there were a pill that could magically improve your singing, I’m pretty sure all of us would take it. Who wouldn’t want to skip the periods of self doubt and angst we go through as we struggle to improve our singing? But what if I told you that it doesn’t have to be such a struggle. The more time I spend working with the mind/body effect on singing technique,

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The New Years Resolution That Will Have A Significant Effect On Your Singing Technique

By Arden Kaywin | January 3, 2018

Have you ever felt like you intellectually understand the singing technique your teacher gives you, but your body has other ideas when it comes to implementing it correctly or consistently? Do you sometimes worry that maybe this is as good as you’re ever going to sing? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly every singer I know has been through this at one time or another. You’ve become so good at second-guessing, self-doubt and control that

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Breathing For Singing, A Tip: Don’t Ignore What’s Behind You!!

By Arden Kaywin | December 19, 2017

Do you ever feel like your breathing for singing doesn’t work the way you want it to? Do you ever feel like you understand how your breath support is supposed to happen, but then it fails you when you get into a phrase? It could be that you are ignoring one VERY important element of your singing technique that could make all the difference in the world: Your back! In today’s blog video I explain

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How Smiling Will Improve Your Singing

By Arden Kaywin | December 7, 2017

Have you ever noticed that really great singers always seem to be smiling when they sing? (From top Left: Beyonce, Joan Sutherland, Pavarotti, Sam Smith, Audra McDonald, Placido Domingo, Sutton Foster) Are they all just perpetually happy? Are they smiling because their singing technique is so damn great? Au contraire mon frère – their singing technique is so damn great because they’re smiling!! It doesn’t matter if it’s Beyonce or Joan Southerland, great singers across

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This Technique Boosting Habit Will Improve Your Singing

By Arden Kaywin | November 21, 2017

The importance of ‘gratitude’ is often discussed this time of year, and I’ve found a way of using gratitude that can be even more powerful when linked to our singing technique. This isn’t just a “woo woo” theory. I use this idea in my studio and in my own singing technique year round and I can attest to the results. You’ll learn exactly what this is all about, and the four steps to implementing it

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Eliminate The Fear | A Tool To Build Confidence In Your Singing Technique

By Arden Kaywin | November 9, 2017

Halloween this past week got me thinking about the relationship between fear and singing technique. Ghosts and zombies have nothing on the kind of fear that the opening of Gilda’s aria from Rigoletto used to elicit in me. Seriously. . . . there was a time I would rather walk through Haunted Harbor alone at 2am then to have to sing that passage one more time because it exposed every single insecurity I had about

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Why You Are Frustrated With Your Singing Technique (And How To Change That)

By Arden Kaywin | October 26, 2017

You are a dedicated singer who has spent years honing good singing technique to improve your voice, but you are frustrated because even with all that training, you are still not singing to your full potential. I’ve been there! There’s a really good reason you are frustrated and one really solid way to change that.  When I was younger, my parents’ bathroom was the site of all my Grammy award winning performances – specifically the

The #1 Thing Most Voice Teachers Don’t Tell Singers

By Arden Kaywin | October 11, 2017

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that the #1 thing most voice teachers don’t tell singers is the following: If you really want to improve your singing, the first thing you must do is to start paying attention to the ways you live in and use your body when you are not singing. Let me back up a bit. See, lately I’ve been noticing how things that have nothing to do

One Easy Tip To Improve Your Singing With A Simple Yoga Pose

By Arden Kaywin | September 27, 2017

Awareness plays a huge part in learning how to improve your singing. Before you say “Oh Arden, you’re jumping on the awareness bandwagon too??” let me admit to already being a full fledged rider of that bandwagon for many reasons, not the least of which is that awareness is the number one tool I use as a singer and teacher to inspire the biggest improvements in singing technique for myself and my students. In my

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A Tip To Improve Your Breathing For Singing

By Arden Kaywin | June 11, 2017

Breathing For Singing Is Way Easier When You Stop Taking A Breath!   What if I said that your singing will dramatically improve if you stop actively taking breaths? You would probably think I was nuts. But hear me out. . . . . I hate the phrase “take a breath”.  It implies a certain violence – a grabbing, a taking, a fast manipulation to pull as much air into the body as possible in the shortest

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Stop Trying to “Use Your Diaphragm”

By Arden Kaywin | April 13, 2017

A Tip On The Anatomy Of Breath Support How many of you have been told to “use your diaphragm!” by a voice professional? I want to let you in on a little secret . . .you can’t actually “use” your diaphragm. It’s a futile request. While the diaphragm is an essential muscle for breath support and for the production of sound, you can’t actually direct your diaphragm to do anything because it is an involuntary

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Help! I Can’t Sing High

By Arden Kaywin | March 14, 2017

One of the most common frustrations I hear from singers is that they have trouble singing high notes. Do you relate? If you are a singer who wants help expanding your range so you can learn to sing high notes with ease, read on. Range is a tricky thing. To some degree, our voices are physiologically built for a certain range. Longer, thicker vocal chords constitute a lower voice. The shorter and thinner your chords

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Video: Exercises To Maximize Breath

By Arden Kaywin | February 14, 2017

In this video I explain two techniques to help eliminate feeling tight and out of breath while singing. There’s nothing worse then worrying that you will run out of air before the end of the phrase. Understanding breath support is one of the main issues that confounds singers no matter how long you’ve been singing. The two elements I explain in this video will help you form a more consistent understanding and foundation for your