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

Arden Kaywin, voice teacher in los angeles, singing techniques, breathing for singing, breath support,

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

Anatomical diagram of diaphragm for breathing used by Arden Kaywin, voice teacher los angeles in voice lessons los angeles to explain breath support for singing, how to use diaphragm in singing,

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

Arden Kaywin, Voice Lessons Los Angeles, Man Struggling to Sing High Notes,

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

voice teacher los angeles, arden kaywin, singing teacher los angeles, vocal coach los angeles, singing exercises, breath support exercises for singing

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

Before & After video: “Chest Voice and Finding Supported Legato”

By Arden Kaywin | January 15, 2017

Watch how the idea of “talking on pitch” in her song to helps Crystal to stabilize her support and maximize her resonance in her chest voice. When we talk, most of us innately do many things which maximize our resonance and support our sound, but somehow these things go out the window when we sing, much to the detriment of our sound. So using the tool of “talking on pitch” can help shed some of

Best Kept Secret Of Good Technique

By Arden Kaywin | January 6, 2017

I always say “Your body is your instrument, not your voice”. And in my opinion, the single most important part of your body involved in good singing technique is the one part of the body that most singers are the least familiar with: the pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor is an area of muscular and membranous tissue that extends between your legs from your pubic bone in front through to your tailbone in back. Both

Before & After Video: “Ooooo that’s better!!”

By Arden Kaywin | November 25, 2016

 I recently gave a masterclass at USC for singers in Mu Sigma Epsilon (a music fraternity within USC’s Thornton School Of Music). Here is a clip of Sloane singing a phrase from a Pink song and the “before” and “after” working with her on finding a more open, supported and less pinched resonance. 

Arden Kaywin, Voice Teacher Los Angeles, Eliminate Vocal Fatigue

Top 10 Causes of Vocal Fatigue

By Arden Kaywin | September 2, 2016

If you experience vocal fatigue from singing, there are several very common reasons why. When singers experience vocal fatigue from singing it is usually the result of improper and/or inefficient breath support. If a singer does not have stable and consistent support for their sound, then the body will adapt by using other less efficient and often damaging ways of getting the sound out. If you are singing correctly the voice should not tire with

4 Simple Exercises To Prepare The Body To Sing

By Arden Kaywin | July 6, 2016

One of the very first things I remind singers when they begin to study with me is that their whole body is their instrument, not just their voice. The way a singer uses and treats their entire body has a great effect on the sound that comes out when they sing. To that end, I often recommend that singers do a few simple body warm up exercises before they start doing their vocal warm up

What is Vibrato?

By Arden Kaywin | May 8, 2016

I am often asked what vibrato is and how a singer can develop it. The term vibrato comes from the Italian word “vibrare” which means to vibrate. Vibrato is a small variation of pitch occurring spontaneously that results from the free oscillation of the vocal cords. A singer achieves a healthy vibrato by allowing for an open pharynx (open throat) while their vocal cords come together seamlessly without unnecessary holding/tension. It is the result of

voice teacher los angeles, vocal coach los angeles, how to sing when you are sick, should you sing when you are sick, sick singer, sing with a cold,

Should You Sing When You’re Sick?

By Arden Kaywin | March 17, 2016

What to do when you’re sick and you have to sing a big show that night? We have all been there. Do you call in the understudy, do you go on and sing? It’s never an easy decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself before making the call. 1) Are my vocal chords sick? By this I mean, do you have laryngitis, strep throat, or some other illness residing in your throat that directly effects the

Arden Kaywin, voice teacher los angeles, offers a checklist to get rid of tension while singing

A Simple Physical Awareness Checklist To Improve Your Singing

By Arden Kaywin | July 12, 2015

The ways in which we use our bodies in our day-to-day lives effects how we sound when we sing. What do I mean exactly? When your body is your instrument, the way you use it when you are not singing influences how it behaves when you are. An example I like to give is of a tenor I worked with who was extremely tall (nearly NBA tall, well over six feet). He had always been

Arden Kaywin, voice teacher los angeles, shows best position for mental practice to improve singing

Mental Practice – A Singing Technique So Easily Overlooked

By Arden Kaywin | June 14, 2015

Sometimes the most efficient form of practicing singing doesn’t involve singing at all. Singing is an athletic endeavor, don’t let anyone tell you any different. We are asking our body to do the same thing over and over again for a desired outcome. Just like a major league pitcher or an Olympic sprinter, a singer’s body is our instrument. And no matter how good your technique or how healthfully you sing, there comes a point where