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The Importance of Gear

When I was a new aspiring singer, I was completely clueless about gear. I started a band with other musicians who, fortunately, had a PA. But I showed up for my early gigs with some no-name junky mic that someone had gifted me when I was still a teenager. And I hadn’t developed my singing …

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7 Questions for the Creatively Blocked

(Originally posted July of 2013) Are you feeling stuck and unexcited in a creative area or project that used to bring you joy? – Maybe in your life in general? It happens to the best of us and no, it isn’t caused by a lack of ability or worthiness. What is the cause? Well, that …

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Singing: A Journey, Not A Destination

(Originally posted in April of 2016) “How long does it take to get through the book?” an adult student of mine once asked. She was referring to the “textbook” and accompanying exercise CD’s that I used at that time with my voice students. I had only been vocal coaching for a couple of years and had …

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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 not talking about …

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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 your …

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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 that …

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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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