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Can you be TOO aware?

I have written ad nauseum about awareness. Whether it’s in the context of Alexander Technique, setting intentions, or being mindful, awareness has become a trope of mindset work. And it’s not just me. Everyone is talking about it. While we don’t want to do things on auto-pilot, sometimes being too aware can really mess youContinue reading “Can you be TOO aware?”

Shmigrate

Sometimes I like to make up words. Occasionally on purpose. A few that have come to mind are: phlegmacious: having a surplus of phlegm (also called “phlegmular,” by former student Jennifer Leevan, who, when I said, “that sounds like it’s granular,” responded with, “Well, sometimes it is”) boobular: wearing an extremely low-cut or very tightContinue reading “Shmigrate”

Revisiting the Why of Golden Age Musicals

In preparation for the upcoming “Finding the Emotional Truth in Golden Age Theater Songs” masterclass with James Valcq on September 2, I thought it was a good time to revisit this blogpost from two years ago. (New additions in brackets] I hear this way too often from people: “Why should I sing golden age music?Continue reading “Revisiting the Why of Golden Age Musicals”

B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp

Twenty years ago, I wrote a song parody about vocal technique, using the tune of a well-known song from a musical we all know. In 2017, I wrote a blogpost about it, which you can find here. When I decided to put together Back to … Whatever, I thought that the first thing we neededContinue reading “B2W: My Favorite “Sings” Vocal Technique Bootcamp”

Session Singing – Being One Voice

A few weeks ago, I put together a few people to sing on a virtual choir video for World Voice Day. The day before WVD, I released a sneak peek of the video but didn’t really talk about it that much. (I had a few other things on my mind.) Putting the video together wasContinue reading “Session Singing – Being One Voice”

I’m BA-ACK

Well, that was fun. Both my vacation and World Voice Weekend. Honestly, I could not have asked for either to have gone better. In the case of the latter, there were no internet outages no-shows inappropriate behavior (not even from me – mostly) boring clinicians trainwrecks of any kind The only thing that went wrong was that thereContinue reading “I’m BA-ACK”

Join the Resistance (at least singing-wise)

No, this is not a political statement. Unless you want it to be. That’s up to you. But with all that’s going on right now, I was thinking about the term “resistance” and how it can be interpreted: Negatively, as Seth Godin says in The Practice, referring to Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. He specifies theContinue reading “Join the Resistance (at least singing-wise)”

Technique takes work so it can SEEM natural

Technique is the unnatural approach to a problem that, with practice, becomes second-nature. Technique is the non-obvious solution that amateurs and hard-working beginners rarely stumble upon on their own. — Seth Godin I have had students who came in with so much natural ability and innate talent that I thought for sure that this wouldContinue reading “Technique takes work so it can SEEM natural”

Structuring Your Practice Time

Last week, I addressed my five points of vocal technique that I use for starting out beginners in my studio, which is reduced to the handy-dandy acronym, BRAAP™. Students who work with me receive vocalise sheets that they can draw from to set up their practice time. This is just to get them started, becauseContinue reading “Structuring Your Practice Time”

Another Way to look at BRAAP™

If you have studied with me or read anything I’ve written over the past 10+ years, you probably know that I have created an acronym for my approach to basic vocal technique. This acronym is B – Breath R – Resonance A – Alignment A – Articulation P – Phonation Or – BRAAP™, which myContinue reading “Another Way to look at BRAAP™”