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
I’m gonna be brutally honest for a second. Right now, there are thousands of singers trying to make it in this business. They’re twisting themselves into pretzels to be, sound and look like what they think the industry wants. They’re obsessively focused on mastering technique. They’re going on TV reality shows like The Voice, Idol and AGT just to get noticed. They’re even paying to perform instead of getting paid to perform (pay-to-play gigs and YAPs). And despite all of that, most of them aren’t even close to getting paid to sing regularly, much less touring around the world to widespread acclaim. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that the strategies I mentioned above – people pleasing the industry, technique tunnel vision, reality shows and “pay-to play” gigs – are absolutely worthless, in my opinion. If you want a world class singing career, you’ll never get there in a million years if you do those things. There’s a much shorter path. But is that the REAL reason talented, professional singers are struggling? No. The real reason is that most of these singers lack vulnerability. VULNERABILITY. When they perform, they present a façade of who they think they need to
Have you seen yourself and other singers asking: “But what if it doesn’t work out?” “What if I’m never able to make a living as a singer?” “What if I’m rejected by the industry?” “What if I’m never able to break in?” “What if try it and fail?” “What if I can’t do it after all the training and effort?” This one question stunts most singers’ growth severely. It prevents you from taking a chance, from doing something differently, from having a shot at success. And in the meantime, most singers asking this question are wasting the MOST important non-renewable resource in their life: TIME. While this question continues to run on the treadmill in their heads – getting nowhere fast, preventing them from success – hours turn into days, weeks, months and years – AND NOTHING CHANGES. 3 years in – they’re still putting themselves out there and coming up short. 5 years in – they’re wondering if it’s time to let their artistic dream go and commit to a “real” job. 10 years in – they’re feeling bitter that all this hard work went into their singing and didn’t count for anything. So, I want to flip this question for
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.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I was in Florida (where I grew up) for the holiday visiting family and doing a whole lot of nothing which was BLISSFULLY perfect. Now I’m back in the swing of things, and it got me thinking about what words of motivation I have for you as you embark on this new year and new decade. And I was reminded of something my meditation wrote which I want to share with you. “trust your awareness. expand your vision. plant your intention and match your actions with it. cultivate discipline, dedication, and love for your artistic path.” I’ve learned that if you cultivate these things, you cannot go wrong. Lean into these things and your singing and artistry will bloom. Embody these things and your career will thrive. Let 2020 be the year you shift your relationship with your singing to bring you less frustration and more joy. If you need a proven strategy and expert guidance to help you, I would be honored to be your guide. Here’s to the start of an amazing year!
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!
I went to an elementary school talent show recently, and it was about as chaotic and hysterical as you would imagine. But one thing struck me as each kid got up to do their thing – how much JOY they had while performing. It didn’t matter how good or bad of a dancer/singer/magician/violinist they actually were. Those kids were just SO happy to be up there performing their little hearts out, sharing their excitement and energy with us. It got me thinking how far we stray from that as we get older. Remember how it felt to sing when you were younger? I used to dance around my bedroom in my jammies singing to Whitney Houston and George Michael (I’m a child of the 80’s, what can I say!). Remember how it felt before singing became this thing you had to conquer and perfect? The thing is, perfectionism leads us to over control. The more we try to control our sound, the less we trust our technique and the worse our performances become. Perfectionism is the thief of JOY. Yet so many of us are such control freaks and perfectionists around our singing! I should know because once upon a
I heard this the other day. . . . “Never fight with a pig. You get dirty, and the pig loves it!” It made me laugh. And then it made me think. We’ve all experienced haters at one time or another on our artistic journey. There are plenty of spiteful, competitive singers and snarky industry professionals out there who want to tear you down to feel better about themselves. They’re so insecure about their own abilities and terrified of failing at their dream that they’ll do whatever they can to feel like they have a leg up. When faced with a hater like this, your gut reaction is probably to want to get in there and defend yourself. Don’t. You want to tell them how wrong they are about you. Don’t. You might even want to give them a taste of their own medicine. Don’t. These kinds of people feed on the drama. When you engage, you’re walking into their pigpen. Your power as a singer – your ability to perform and succeed at the highest level -depends on how well you’re able to move energy in the form of sound and emotion through your body, unimpeded. How well is
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