By now you’ve probably heard about Straw Singing – all these YouTube voice teachers and IG singing influencers posting videos about how it will save your voice. Some are even selling $75 “special” singing straws!! (don’t get me started). Now, working with straw exercises can be helpful to alleviate tension and vocal fatigue. . . .BUT. . . .the reason why I think it’s complete BS and why I’m not hopping on the Straw Singing bandwagon is because it’s a BANDAID on a MOSQUITO BITE. Why, you ask? Because it doesn’t address the real problem!! There’s so much bad information – and “fad” information – out there and I don’t want you to be misled. So this Thursday I went LIVE in my FB Group (The Pro Singer Success Collective) to give you some real information about Straw Singing. We talked about: What Straw Singing is, why people use it and why it’s useless for singers who care about the health and longevity of their voice and their careers. AND what you should be doing instead. If you weren’t able to tune in for the live broadcast on FB, you can watch right here! If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to
It’s September. . . . .can you believe it?!?!? We’re heading into the last part of the year – and what a crazy year it’s been. I’ve been talking a lot lately with the singers in my programs about doing a little check-in as we go into Fall, and I want to invite you to do that too. Have you made the strides with your voice and your career that you set out to at the beginning of the year? Are you happy with where things are? Are you stalled or feeling stuck? Instead of just riding out 2020 and hoping 2021 will be better, I want to invite you to finish out 2020 strong. This doesn’t have to be the year of Covid, it can be the year you finally stepped into the voice that will allow you to get off that day-job hamster wheel, design the life that you want and make a real impact with your talent. I did some training on this today in my Facebook Group (The Pro Singer Success Collective) and I’m sharing it with you here because I think it’s SO very important. The topic today was “Do You Have What It Takes?” Talent is a
This one’s for you if you get frustrated with breath support. Trust me, you’re not alone if you: Struggle to make it to the end of long phrases Have an airy sound Deal with tension or strain (yup….that’s a support issue) Feel like you never get enough air on your inhale Have trouble transitioning between registers (yup….also a support issue) I want to let you in on something. . . . .there are three simple changes you can make that will improve your support right away so that you’re not frustrated with breath support anymore. Here’s what I want you to know: Your ability to improve your breath support involves the synthesis of a few essential things. You’ve probably heard me say before that singing is not just an artistic endeavor, it’s an athletic endeavor. And not only that, singing is also a cerebral endeavor. It’s body AND mind. One thing matters more than anything else when it comes to how the mind & body communicate. . . . drum roll please. . . . Words! The words we choose to direct ourselves around our singing really affect how we embody our technique, for better or for worse. Changing
Let’s talk about RESULTS for a second……there are so many online voice teachers and singing workshops these days, but do they actually deliver lasting results in your singing, and if so, how long does it actually take to SEE results? Most singers have been conditioned by voice teachers to believe that singing at the level they want is a looooooong and gradual process. And they’re right in the sense that if you do it their way – the old, traditional way – it IS a long and gradual process. But what if there were another way to get results MUCH more quickly? What if there was something different then the online voice teachers and singing workshops you’ve been doing that have disappointed you because you’re STILL dealing with the same old issues in your singing and your career? Today I want to introduce you to the fabulous blues/folk singer-songwriter Grace Theisen. Grace is a blues/folk singer-songwriter who went from being sidelined by the effects of nerves, tension and vocal fatigue to blazing a new trail in her career with rock solid confidence in her voice, zero vocal fatigue AND a brand new record. . . . .in EIGHT WEEKS. If
Do you know what the #1 thing is that sabotages good singing and kills singing careers? (drumroll please) Tension. I did a poll recently on what the proverbial “Holy Grail” is for singers, and the overwhelming answer chosen was: “To sing without strain and tension throughout the expanse of my range with a free, powerful, resonant and vulnerable sound.” That’s not a tall order or anything! (Can you feel me rolling my eyes right now? You probably are too. I feel you.) I mean, if singing like that were simple, you’d be doing it by now. You’d never strain going for high notes. You’d never tense up on the breath or at the end of a long phrase. You’d never feel anxious about what sound was going to come out – it’d be amazing! The thing is, there’s a really good reason you’re frustrated, and guess what? It’s not your fault. You just don’t know what you don’t know! Click below to check out this training I did for Backstage Magazine recently: THE SECRET TO SINGING FREELY (aka how to NEVER deal with tension and strain again). You NEED to know this! If you are a singer who has had a ton of training
Here’s a little hope and help for performers during Covid-19. The pandemic is obviously top of mind for everyone right now, and it’s affecting each of us in different ways. Today I wanted to bring you some of the training I do with the singers in my Intensive Program because the same ideas can be really helpful to center yourself amid Coronavirus and everything associated with it. There are some great tools and reframes in here to help you find some sanity and grace amid all that we are experiencing right now. You can access it by clicking below to watch. SINGERS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: How to stay sane while everything is going a little nuts. I want to support you in the ways that I can to give you some hope right now and this video training is just one small gesture. The performing community is dealing with a lot of fear and uncertainty right now given the effects of COVID-19 on our industry. The ideas in this video are aimed at guiding you to create a new emotional home for yourself around the challenges we are all facing. In doing so, I hope you will
I’m sitting here trying to figure out the best way to open up this GIANT can of worms. And I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really no way to sugar coat it, so I’m just gonna be blunt. The way singers are currently trained in this country DOES NOT WORK. It gets me SO riled up because you guys are being totally fleeced by a broken system and it’s costing you the fulfillment of your talent (not to mention your career). And it’s not your fault!! Odds are that you’ve been a casualty of this flawed system and you didn’t even know it. Before you take one more voice lesson, watch today’s video to learn more.
Are you doing everything you can for your singing? I bet you’re not. And I say that with zero judgement whatsoever cause I’ve been where you are. If it feels like you’re close, like you’re one step from getting the sound you want whenever you want, you’re one performance away from feeling like you “own” it, like you’re one step away from that big break…. Listen up. Your singing is a reflection of you. There’s something you’re doing that’s holding you back. It happens to everyone. But the real problem is, it can cost you years of your life and waste thousands of dollars if you don’t figure it out. If you want to know which ‘blind spots’ are holding you back, so you can get past them once and for all and make a big impact with your voice… Don’t miss this training I did earlier this week: “Three Blindspots Preventing Growth in Your Singing”. Watch HERE 👇
If you are a singer who is currently feeling stuck and unhappy with where your singing and your career is… And you’re ready to bust through the blocks, build a foundation and sing in a way that yields much bigger results… And not just any results, but the kind that you’re actually excited about… Then you won’t want to miss what I have to share with you today. Since 1999, I’ve sang with major opera companies around the country, made two pop records, sang opera on movie soundtracks, sang pop in national commercials for major brands and had my voice and my songs licensed by tv shows on every major network…. my voice is even in a singing Barbie doll! One could say that I’ve got that whole “singing” thing down. But what looks like a whole lot of success on the outside, was really just my own limiting beliefs run riot on the inside. See, what you don’t know is: I ran from genre to genre, from one city to another (NY to LA), from one goal to another, achieving a modest amount of success in one place before I’d reach a wall that I couldn’t figure out how to get past
When it comes to vocal technique, I think the thing singers struggle with the most is (drumroll please). . . . breath support! Would you agree?? That’s why regardless of if you’re a pro who’s been at this for a while or you’re a new singer just starting out, you can never have too many tools in your arsenal for good breath support. And of all the things you can do to improve your breath support, there’s one global idea you need to know to make all the other tools work. Watch this video to find out what it is and learn how to implement it!