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

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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

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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

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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

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3 Exercises To Reduce Tension While Singing

By Arden Kaywin | February 13, 2015

Tension is the enemy of the singer because it blocks the free flow of energy, breath and sound throughout the body. One very important concept for any singer to remember is that your body is your instrument, not your vocal chords. Anything that negatively impacts the open flow of energy and sound through your body will negatively effect the quality of your singing. . . . chief among these is physical tension. When a new

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Out Of Breath Too Soon? Here’s A Singing Tip

By Arden Kaywin | June 12, 2014

Singers – Are You Out Of Breath? Do you feel like you never seem to have enough breath when you sing? Are you constantly grabbing bigger and bigger breaths only to run out of air in the same place each time? If so, the problem may be that your breath quality is affecting your air quantity. Many singers unknowingly approach breathing for singing as a fast manipulation to pull as much air into the body