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Why All Singers Should Learn Music Theory

Music Theory is not a sexy topic. And I know it’s not as fun as cranking up YouTube and singing with your favorite artists. But there are compelling reasons why all serious singers (including you!) should learn music theory. Does the concept scare you? Don’t let it! Quality Singing and Music Theory are Inseparable. I’m …

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Singing with your Diaphragm – What Does That mean?

What they say… “Sing with your Diaphragm.” If you’ve been in any kind of group singing environment, you’ve probably been given this advice. If you asked what that means, you likely got a response having to do with somehow pushing upward from your abdomen, or holding your abdomen tight, or even (as one person described it) pumping …

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The Hidden Signs of Performance Anxiety

Everyone experiences performance anxiety to some degree. We know it as it’s happening. You’re about to go on stage and your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, maybe your throat is clenching up and you feel nauseous. These are examples of symptoms that are obvious and recognizable. But are there signs of performance anxiety …

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Your Natural EQ and the Transition Between Head and Chest Voices

If any of you have ever worked with mixing boards or PA systems, you know that by tweaking the EQ, which effects the amount of low, mid, and high frequencies, you can greatly change the quality of sound coming from the speakers. Well, your body has a kind of EQ system of its own, and …

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Why Does My Voice Crack?

We vocal coaches get this question a lot. A lot. There’s a simple answer: Tension. But simple answers and easy solutions aren’t the same thing. Once you recognize that tension is the culprit, you have to figure out the source of the tension and then retrain yourself to sing without it. Since I can’t hear …

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Sound Gear and the Newbie Performer

I spend a lot of time posting singing tips, vocal exercises, and other advice regarding being a singer, but I haven’t talked much about gear. So, let’s do that now. This is for newbie (or wannabe) performers who have limited or no experience with stage gear. When I was young, I completely neglected the concept …

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Understand and Conquer Performance Anxiety

The subject of performance anxiety often appears in my posts and videos. That’s because I had a severe case myself when I was younger, and it became paramount that I figure out how to move beyond it. I know I’m not alone. Most of us experience this kind of anxiety, at least to some degree. …

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Signs You’re in a Toxic Band

  I’ve been in quite a few bands over the years. Right after college, I gigged as a solo original act in a cafe I worked in. Over the following decades, I sang and/or played keys in cover bands of all different sizes and makeups – from duos to a ten-piece wedding band with a …

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8 Steps Away From Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety isn’t just for performers. Well, I take that back. Performance anxiety IS for performers, but we are all performers. Asking your boss for a raise is a kind of performance. Dealing with a difficult family member is a kind of performance. Saying what you really think in a group of potential “disagreers” is …

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So You Want to Audition for the Voice…

  Many a career has been undeniably boosted by reality talent contests like America’s Got Talent, American Idol, and the Voice. The ensuing attention and record sales are attractive. What singer wouldn’t want a piece of that? With American Idol gone – although there is talk of its return – The Voice has become the …

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