All About Vocal Fry

I’m cross-posting this excellent piece from a national speech therapy journal- jc Totally Fried What do you need to know about vocal fry? Speech-language pathologists and a linguist weigh in on where cultural influence ends and clinical intervention begins. Haley Blum The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 50-56.  doi:10.1044/leader.FTR2.21022016.50 Vocal fry: Maybe you hate […]

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Voice and music—some favorite quotes

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” —Daniel Webster “The best communications technology is the ear.”— Esther Dyson “A voice that is free, that feels its inherent right to speak, will have no fear of calling […]

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The Next “Voice Science”

[What public health, ethnology, and neuroscience have to do with it] In the mid-20th century, people started to understand how the vocal cords actually work. Nineteenth century singing teacher Manuel Garcia had famously arranged a mirror and candle to SEE his voice, but until technologies arrived to capture moving images of the cords as they […]

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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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Backstreet Boys: Voice Therapy onscreen!

Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys became my client in 2013, while a documentary crew was filming the band’s 20th anniversary journey. The movie “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” is now out, and includes a  short scene of our work together. This is a new level of visibility for voice therapy! I can’t […]

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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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The Grammy Garage

Adventures at the awards show.  I’m married to a gearhead. The Spouse of Voice spends most of his time in intricate journalistic relationships with digital entertainment tech. Two days before the Grammy Awards he joined a press posse backstage at the Staples Center to view the miles of audio cabling, multiple rear-projection screens, and other technological […]

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