Category Archives: Vocal Development and Mechanics

Oh, Blow It Out Your Sing-Hole….

Cornell MacNeil: “Let us take a word commonly used by singers – support. What does it mean? To some people it means absolute rigidity, which will destroy them!” Jerome Hines: “Support is usually equated with you Italian word appoggio.” C. … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Style – Basses Need Not Apply….

Following on the train of thought from my last posting (The Cricothyroid Rosary), I have been reflecting on the issue of style-appropriate sound. This is a common theme in pedagogical circles these days, and even in the voice sciences where … Continue reading

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Funny You Should Ask….. I Have No Idea

Over the last year I have had a handful of conversations with colleagues on the subject of “technical” content in vocal instruction. Some are strong proponents of in-depth technical instruction. Many find great success with their students teaching largely through … Continue reading

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A Crackin’ Good Time!

A little unintentional yodeling around the holidays, anyone? A few days back, my student load was mostly beginners. Throughout the day, this particular crop were shuddering any time their voices wiggled or cracked. Encouraging them to be bold in spite … Continue reading

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Speak up, yes…. but speak.

The following thoughts are a sort of addendum to a previous post (Loud-louder-loudest!) I was recently watching the video below and was astonished at how quietly, yet audibly, Ms. Bartoli sang through some of the latter portion of her aria. … Continue reading

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When Technique Lacks Technique….

Over the years I have found myself using the term “technique” less and less. When I was a younger man and starting out to learn about how singing was done, I was obsessed with “technique”. Often, as a result I … Continue reading

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Take This Chin And Shove It!

I have a demonstration of which I am fond, which regularly makes an appearance in my studio. I tuck my chin down and sustain a pitch. Sounding very baritonal indeed, I then lift my head, nose slightly above the horizon. … Continue reading

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