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Laryngeal Massage: or, “Why would I let anyone put their hands around my throat?”

   “Vocal Massage”/ “Manual Therapy for Laryngeal Muscle Tension”/ “Circumlaryngeal Massage”/ “Myofascial Release for Speech Pathologists”/ “Voice Massage”/ “Hands-on Voice Therapy”/ “Musicians’ and Vocalists’ Massage”/”Adjusting the Voice Box”/ “Manual Laryngeal Musculoskeletal Tension Reduction.” There are lots of names for this kind of voice work, and it’s getting a lot of buzz. All of these labels generally […]

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The Vocal Martial Art: Help for Extreme VO Performers

Everyone knows that video gaming is big business, and a sizeable proportion of games are categorized as “fighting,” “shooter,” or “action.” As the gaming industry grows—it’s already larger than movies and music and expanding faster than both—more and more actors are getting hired to voice characters who are engaged in some kind of combat or danger. […]

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Throat Tightness

Student question: I feel tightness, almost a pinching dry feeling in my throat, when I sing. What could that be and what can I do about that? There are several possible reasons, so you may need to try a few adjustments and see what helps. Sometimes feeling dry means that your throat IS dry! The […]

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Ranges of Normal

Student question: Why does my singing range seem different now that I’m in college? Every voice changes over time. Teenage boys, of course, experience the most dramatic change, but adolescent girls’ voices also gain strength and depth, and may lose a note or two from the very top end, compared to their childhood voice. In […]

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At Home In Your Range

Every voice teacher is asked, “Can you show me how to hit really high notes?” And the answer is, “Maybe, maybe not.” The pleas continue: “My rock band is getting some local buzz, but I need to sound like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, or else we’ll never get a record deal.” One singer I know […]

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Singer’s Basic Warmup

The singing voice is often considered to be the most sensitive and expressive instrument of music. It offers a wide dynamic range, a “fretless” flexibility of pitch, and a nearly infinite variety of tone colors. However, its sensitivity presents several challenges that must be addressed when warming up for a gig. First, the voice is […]

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Mic Technique

As the house lights go dark, I look up from the program to see the first performer of the evening, a solo singer/songwriter, stride onto the stage. The artist moves to the mic, strums her guitar, and tests her foot-pedal drum sounds. She starts her first number, and suddenly I’m frowning, puzzled. It’s not that […]

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Why Athletes Don’t Do Tech-Week

The heightened vocal demands of classic drama, choral singing, musical theater, and opera are sometimes referred to as “vocal athletics.” But if vocal performers were truly treated like athletes, final rehearsal schedules might turn upside down. Rather than accelerating to opening night, athletes in endurance sports typically rest more and workout less as the Big […]

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