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Can * ANYONE * Learn How to Sing?

Can anyone learn how to sing?  Or is the ability to sing well just something you’re either born with or not?

As a professional singer and vocal educator for over fifteen years and counting, this has got to be the question I hear more often than any other. Especially when I meet brand new people at parties and social events; the moment they find out I’m a voice teacher, dollars to donuts, the above question is inevitably the first to pop out of their mouths. […]

By |January 8th, 2014|Beginners, Concepts & Mindsets, Intermediate|0 Comments

VOCAL HYGIENE – PART 4: Dietary “Don’t-s” – What foods & drinks are *NOT* good for the voice

We’ve already spoken at length about what foods and drinks can be healthy and beneficial for the voice. Now, let’s spend some time on what to avoid; what foods and drinks can be inhibitive, and potentially detrimental, for the voice.

We’ll start with the obvious culprit: DAIRY.


VOCAL HYGIENE – PART 3: Dietary “Do-s” – What foods & drinks are good for the voice

In our last article on Vocal Hygiene, Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Why hydration is important to singing , we discussed how extremely important it is to the health of our voices to make sure our bodies consistently maintain a generous level of fluid intake, to ensure substantial hydration at all times, which keeps the vocal folds moisturized, limber, protected, and ready for action. […]

What Are the VOCAL FOLDS? How Do They Work?

As we begin our journey towards using proper vocal technique to help us become the singers we want to be, it’s important that we start by becoming properly acquainted with the physical pieces that make up our voices, and how they work. […]

By |December 22nd, 2013|Anatomy & Physiology, Concepts & Mindsets|0 Comments

VOCAL HYGIENE – Part 1: What is “Vocal Hygiene”?

We’ve spoken at length about many of the concepts and philosophies associated with developing correct voice technique, we’ve discussed some of the emotional elements that are integrally associated with the act and art of singing, and we’ve begun to get into some specific applicable methods and exercises to help you develop into the singer you want to be.  So, let us now take a few moments to address a subject that is often neglected by most singers: VOCAL HYGIENE. […]

Singing is “Melodic Speaking”

We talk every day of our lives.  Whether engaging in an elaborate and time consuming debate, or simply ordering a cup of coffee at the local deli, we speak without thought or trepidation.  The basic act of verbalizing our thoughts, in and of itself, places upon us no anxiety. And why should it?  Speaking is as simple as walking, reading, or breathing. […]

Mechanics First, THEN Results

The biggest mistake prospective singers make is that they try to manipulate their voices into sounding a certain way right out of the gate.  They hear a performer to whom they relate, to whom they strongly respond, and they try to twist their voices into resembling that performer when they sing. […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Concepts & Mindsets, Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright|0 Comments

Singing is an Athletic Activity, Plain and Simple.

What is an athlete, exactly, anyway?  An athlete is someone who can perform a feat of physical excellence by using developed musculature, and coordination of that musculature.  An Olympic runner isn’t only fast because he or she was born that way; they are fast because they’ve been taught how to conserve their motion while running, how to alleviate tension in their bodies, how to breathe a certain way that will help their success, and not hinder it, etc.  Behind every great runner, you’ll find the person or persons who taught them the skills and techniques they needed to enhance their latent abilities […]

By |November 13th, 2013|Concepts & Mindsets|0 Comments

An Introduction to Voice Technique

For many people, both singers and non-singers alike, the act of vocalizing is something of a mystical phenomenon.
The mouth opens, the sound comes out, and it either sounds good, or it doesn’t.  It’s something that “comes from inside of us”; either you’re “born with it”, or you’re not.
Non-singers look at people who can sing well with a sort of reverence, and often times, people who already sing well look with a similar reverence to those who seem to have more natural talent than they do.
“How the hell does he hit that high note and make it look so easy?”
“How is she able to hold that note without running out of air?”
“Why can they project like that, get such a powerful sound? They must have been born with a really strong voice…”

The fact of the matter is, like ANY ability, some people are born with more of a natural and untrained knack for it than others.  But that doesn’t mean that those without that initial capacity can’t develop it.

I, personally, was a lousy athlete all through grade and middle schools.  I couldn’t hit a baseball or throw a football to save my life.  But some of the other kids were great at it!  So, I thought that sports and athleticism were simply beyond my reach of attainable capabilities.


By |November 3rd, 2013|Advanced, Beginners, Concepts & Mindsets, Intermediate|0 Comments

A Greeting to New Readers

Welcome to the Vocal Brilliance blog on singing, voice training, and vocal instruction!

Here are a few notes on the way I’ve organized this blog, and recommendations on how you can get the most out of it, or how to efficiently find the information you’re looking for:

1.     The content in this blog is organized like chapters […]

By |October 24th, 2013|Concepts & Mindsets|0 Comments