Singing Tips Category: Vocal Pedagogy

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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Does INALARE LA VOCE improve your singing?

Inalare La Voce Sometimes the terms we use in singing can be confusing and a little misleading. One such term is Inalare La Voce. What is Inalare La Voce, and is it essential for contemporary singers to learn? Well, it’s an Italian term which translates as “Inhale the Voice.” And this is where the confusion…

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Are You Singing Too Loudly?

Acoustic Reflex How do you go with your singing output levels? Are you like me, needing to always manage and measure the tendency to over sing? The acoustic reflex might be to blame. Here on the Voice Essentials channel, I’m often asked, “Dr Dan, how can I learn to sing louder?” For some, that’s an…

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Three Day Vocal Recovery Plan

Vocal Recovery Dealing with cold and flu as a singer can be somewhat stressful. Singers are their instrument, and so when the body is sick, the instrument is sick. Fortunately, there are some tried and true things that every singer can do for vocal recovery to get the voice back up and running after it’s…

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Five Things You Should Never Say to a Singer

Things Said to Singers Over the years I’ve heard some doozy’s when it comes to things said to singers. More often than not people are trying to be nice, but even the best of intentions can be easily misinterpreted by the vulnerable singer who may be insecure about their singing voice. You may have heard…

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Five Common Singer Mistakes

Common Singer Mistakes I’ve been teaching voice for over twenty years now, and in that time, I’ve noticed a variety of common singer mistakes, especially when they’re just starting out. So, in this video, we’re going to look at five of the most common singer mistakes as the all-important keys to unlocking your full vocal…

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Singers: BE KIND TO YOURSELF!

Self-Care Many singers don’t self-care very well. It has been my observation over the past twenty years of teaching voice that singers can be really tough on themselves. And I understand why. We want to sound our best. But honestly, I don’t think we need to beat ourselves up in order to get the best out…

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Vocal Harmonics and Formants

Harmonics and Formants Harmonics and Formants drive your singing. Formants are the resulting resonances of the vocal tract between the glottis and the lips and nostrils. When we group the fundamental frequency together with its overtones we collectively call them a harmonic series. Essentially, there is an interaction between the source and the tube that…

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Steal Like an Artist: Top 5 Quotes

Steal Like an Artist I have a small inspirational book that sits on my shelves here in the studio called ‘Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.” This New York Times bestseller was written by Austin Kleon and is a short, sit and read in one sitting kind of book….

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