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
How fast can you scale your singing career from where it is now, to a place where everything is firing on all cylinders? Where your voice is powerful/consistent/reliable and feels amazing? (I’ll give you a hint. . . .it’s faster then you think!!) Maybe right now your singing career isn’t working how you’d like: You haven’t figured out how to get through this new normal You haven’t figured out how to stand out from all the competition Perhaps your sound is unreliable so you haven’t been putting yourself out there You aren’t getting the opportunities you want You’re not breaking through to that next level. How fast can you change that completely – where your singing is dialed in and you’re thriving? Where you’re bringing new opportunities in the door, you’re finally off the side-job hamster wheel and most importantly, you’re making the impact your voice was meant to make in the world? It’s an incredible feeling when you live your life that way! In my experience, that all starts with ONE specific shift: STOP BECOMING START BEING You don’t have to become something……you already ARE something! Yet most of us have so much “mind trash” that convinces us we
If you are a seasoned singer who is currently feeling frustrated with where your singing 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 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 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 to sing any better,
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.
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!
I’ve got a question for you. . . . How do you feel about singing in your head voice? Is it no biggie? Or do you cringe at the mere thought of it? Or somewhere in between? If you’re a classical singer: You probably luuuuuuuuuuv singing in your head voice. After all, it’s the warm fuzzy place you call home ninety percent of the time. It’s your happy place – UNTIL – someone asks you to sing a contemporary pop type song (think cousin Ida who will just die unless you sing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” at her wedding) and then you panic! You think: How do I sing those notes in a healthy way without shoving my chest voice up too high? If I use my head voice I’ll sound like an opera singer trying to sing pop which is the worst. (Sigh – maybe I’ll be mysteriously sick for the wedding) How do I sing in head voice for pop music? If you’re a pop singer: You probably have more of a love-hate relationship with singing in your head voice. Using head voice for pop music seems to bring up all kinds of anxiety and confusion. Maybe you’ve even gone so far
Ever wonder if there’s one thing you could do to always sing well? Kind of like a secret weapon that would give you power & reliability every single time. Well, I happen to believe there actually is such a concept to sing well. And once you know it, it globally changes what your body does to make sound when you sing. I know your curious. . . . I call it a secret weapon because of the dramatic effect it has on eliminating strain and creating stability and reliability in your voice. So no matter what genre you sing or what level singer you are, your chances of maximizing your technique to sing well go WAAAAAY up when you understand this key concept. So what is it???? Drum roll please. . . . . OPPOSITION Yup. . . . That might sound totally esoteric to you, but I’m goin’ SUPER fundamental with this one. The concept of Opposition is a game changer. TRUST ME. And you know me, I’m in this for the long haul with you. While I enjoy giving you tips and tricks to sound better singing in the short term – my ultimate goal is to set you
Introducing my Live Group Online Vocal Coaching Classes!! Here’s how I feel right now: I feel 12 cups of coffee, double rainbow, pile-of-puppies excited. And I hope you do too, because if you’ve been wanting to coach with me one-on-one but your budget has been a little tight, here’s a way we can work together: My Live Group Online Vocal Coaching Class You get to learn my secret sauce right from the source so you can avoid the mistakes and habits even smart singers make. Are you PUMPED?!?!?! I’ve been leveraging these techniques for a long time, but have never shared them in this kind of online group format. Which is crazy, I know!! But technology now makes it so easy for me to give you individualized attention in a group setting in this online vocal coaching class. You’ll leave each class with some clear, actionable tools for your vocal technique that will help move you closer to singing with your full potential. If you’ve already registered, you’re SO on it! I’ll see you in class. If you haven’t registered. . . .what are you waiting for??? I will be holding these classes regularly so join my free Virtual Voice Studio HERE to get notified about
My voice teacher in grad school would always say that unlike instrumentalists, singers are not able to objectively look at our instrument. So the development of our imagination is crucial to how we “play” it. If your goal is to play your instrument to it’s potential, then opening your imagination to conceive of your singing technique in new and different ways is essential. Today I’ve got a new image for you that will stabilize your breath support. If you are a singer who has ever struggled to get through a long phrase. . . . If you are a singer who has ever experienced tension and strain as pitch rises. . . . If you are a singer who has ever struggled with stamina. . . . This one’s for you!! You just need some better tools to stabilize your breath support. I bring you this image courtesy of two of the great vocalists of the last century. Thomas Hampson, one of the great baritone voices of the last 50yrs, and Richard Miller, a vocal pedagogy pioneer, voice teacher (at my alma mater) and author of the seminal book on singing technique “The Structure Of Singing”. Both Hampson and
A little bit of business first: TOMORROW (Thurs 1/31) I will be LIVE ON FACEBOOK at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT for the very first time! Click HERE to watch live or view the saved video later. Episode 1 Topic: The #1 thing that will up-level your understanding of breath support for singing. This is the MOST fundamental and FIRST thing I teach all of the singers who come to work with me privately, regardless if they’re an advanced singer or relatively new to technique. In my opinion, it’s the foundation that all other good singing technique is built on and I’ve got a whole new perspective on it for you LIVE TOMORROW. If you’ve been coasting along with the same understanding of support for a while, wondering if there’s another layer of ease and consistency in your singing, I hope you will watch. Now, enough business. Getting back to my subject for today. . . . . . My favorite mindfulness teacher posted something on his Instagram a few days ago that I really want to share with you. I always say that when you change your thinking, you change your singing – and this post really made me