Singing Tips Category: Vocal Pedagogy

Dr Dan Reacts to Vocal Coach Reaction Videos

Vocal Coach Reacts Most of you have seen the proliferation of the ‘Vocal Coach Reacts’ videos and you might be asking yourself, why hasn’t Dr Dan jumped on the bandwagon? To date, I have declined to do ‘Vocal Coach Reacts’ videos, but recently I’ve been reconsidering my stance on this…mostly because the requests are unrelenting…and…

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Vocal Registers FULLY Explained

Voice Registration The terms ‘Head Voice,’ ‘Chest Voice’ and ‘Mix’ are often used to describe the singing voice. But do these terms adequately describe the singing voice? If you’ve been confused by the concept of chest head and mix, you’re not alone. But after you watch this video, you won’t be confused anymore. In this…

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Breathing Methods for Singing

Appoggio For centuries, singers and singing teachers alike, have known how crucial good air flow was for good singing. One of the more prominent modern-day methods is known as ‘Appoggio.’ What is this age-old methodology, does it work for all singers, and perhaps more importantly, will it work for you? But not everyone believes that…

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Should You Sing While Sick?

Singing When Sick Singing when sick. To sing or not to sing. Knowing whether one should be singing when sick is a challenging question to answer, especially if you’re being paid to perform. So, today, I’m going to give you a bit more information about what’s happening to your vocal folds during times of sickness…

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Find your Voice Classification

What Voice Type Am I? Part of getting the most out of your singing voice is understanding your own voice type. When you have a better understanding of your own anatomy, you are more able to know what to expect from your voice, and perhaps more importantly what not to expect. Part of this understanding…

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Sing with an OPEN THROAT

Open Throat Singing The idea of open throat singing certainly sounds legitimate, and for me at least, conjures up imagery of an unhindered pathway that my sounds can travel along. But can you actually sing with an open throat? Well, yes and no. You see, as we’ve discussed many times here in previous videos, your…

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Will my DAMAGED voice ever fully recover?

Vocal Damage Unfortunately, vocal damage can occur for a whole number of reasons, with the level of injury varying from acute vocal strain through to chronic issues including vocal fold paralysis and laryngeal cancer. Regardless, singers who experience voice damage generally have one question: “Will my damaged voice ever fully recover?” Voices require rehabilitation whenever they…

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The Differences between Classical, Music Theatre and CCM Singing

CCM Singing Today we’re looking at the nine significant differences between Classical, Music Theatre and CCM Singing. Yes, NINE! If you think learning to sing is a one-size-fits-all discipline, then this video is for you. Now, if you’ve been watching my videos and following the Voice Essentials channel for any length of time, you will…

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Exercise Physiology Principles for Singers

Exercise Physiology Principles Three exercise physiology principles that will help you to maintain better vocal health: SAID, Overload and Reversibility. Or, in layman’s terms make sure your singing exercises are task-specific, requiring the voice to safely step beyond its comfort zones on a regular and consistent basis. I’m a great believer in prevention is better than…

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Are you singing with your REAL or FAKE voice?

Real or Fake Have you ever wondered whether you’re singing with a real or fake voice? Many people think that they have a speaking voice and then entirely separate to that is their singing voice. I think a lot of people arrive at that conclusion because, for the untrained voice at least, the sounds of…

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