Having a clear mental conception

Let’s perform a thought experiment.  Imagine carrying out the following pair of instructions: 1) Emit a stream of air through your larynx while opening and closing […]

Sing greener

In an unspoiled natural ecosystem (surely there are some left in remoter parts of our planet) species coexist in a finely tuned balance.  Change happens—species may […]

Conscious control vs reflex response

In working on a short article for submission to Classical Singer magazine,  I’ve reached an impasse in my thinking.  Before I can continue writing my article, I […]

Taking part in your own learning process

In the kind of healing work I do (including Voice-Enhancing Bodywork), one of my core challenges is discovering where in the client’s body to concentrate my […]

The advantage of self-discovery

My student J. L., perhaps more than anyone else I’ve even known, is a master of meta-thinking.  That is, he thinks very cleverly about his thinking. […]

Trusting your teacher

I taught a lesson yesterday to an accomplished classical soprano with over six decades of singing experience.  Despite her high level of expertise and her longtime […]

Stretching: the truth (part 1)

Stretching can be as formalized and challenging as a yoga pose: Or as simple and mindless as what you do to accompany your first yawn of […]

Another benefit of the Alexander Technique

In re-reading my last posting, I realized that I had identified another benefit for studying the Alexander Technique—one that I have not seen expressed before or […]

Why warm up?

Do you warm up before singing?  Before exercising? Do you have a specific intention behind your warm-ups?  If so, how well does your warm-up regimen fulfill […]