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Singers’ Guide to Weight Training

Twice last week, I met new clients whose voice problems began when they had started serious weight-training. I’ve seen others who got sudden lesions, including a gnarly vocal hemorrhage, when they changed trainers or otherwise increased their workout intensity. Most voice problems have more than one cause, so I won’t argue for an exact correlation. […]

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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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Clearing Up Throat-Clearing

“Don’t clear your throat—it’s bad for your voice.” Every serious voice user hears this advice. But what can you do, when your throat tickles or drips or you’re nervous about a show? How can you resist? The urge to clear your throat can arise for several reasons, most of them false-alarms. Here are some tips […]

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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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