Singing Tips Category: Vocal Pedagogy

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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How Does the Singing Voice Work?

Singing Voice How do vocal cords work? How do human beings create sound? Have you ever wondered how the singing voice works? We’ve all got one, but because it’s located inside your neck, it’s difficult to get to, making it virtually impossible to directly see and feel. When singing teachers and vocal coaches work with…

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Teaching and Learning Singing – Part 2

Singing Student In this short two-part video, we’ll be taking a closer look at the roles and responsibilities of the teacher and the singing student. In part one we discussed the responsibilities of the singing teacher, and now, in this video, we’ll be considering the responsibilities of the student and how they can get the…

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Teaching and Learning Singing – Part 1

Singing Teacher In this short two-part video, we’ll be taking a closer look at the roles and responsibilities of the singing teacher and the student. If you want to learn to sing, then I know that this video will be super helpful when choosing the right singing teacher for you. I’ve split this video into…

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Eight Signs of a FREE Voice

Free Voice Many of us are in search of a free and agile voice that is both healthy and stylistically appropriate to our chosen genre. But how do we know when we’ve achieved the high and lofty goal of a Free Voice? Well, there are eight critical aspects that every voice needs to cover: Body, Breath…

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The Singer’s Ten Steps to Wellness: by Karen Wicklund

Singer’s Ten Steps to Wellness How many of these Singer’s Ten Steps to Wellness are you already observing? And more importantly, which of the ten steps to vocal health do you need to work on. Today, we’ll be looking at ‘The Singer’s Ten Steps to Wellness;’ an article by Dr Karen Wicklund, found in the…

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