Things you’ll never hear me say in a voice lesson: RAISE YOUR SOFT PALATE

This is my first in a series of myth-busting posts, in which I hope to dispel some common misconceptions about singing. When voice teachers advise singers […]

Teaching like. . .a colony of ants?

I’ve been reading Melanie Mitchell’s book about systems theory, Complexity, in which she describes how complexity arises in various systems out of the interactions of many individually simple […]

That’s what I get for trying to be provocative!

In my post from 2/7/10, I published a list of things that people do that may be damaging to their voices.  I’ll admit that I was […]

Voice training: a twisty path

Teaching voice challenges my creativity in a way that I find happily stimulating. Because coordinating a voice involves not machinery, but a human being, a teacher […]

10 great ways to ruin your voice

Shouting over loud music in a bar/restaurant Smoking/drugs/excessive drinking “Placement” Belly breathing  Pushing or any other kind of straining Believing that singing is like sustained speaking […]

The Alexander/voice link

I’m lucky to have a voice teacher (Donna Reid) who, like me, is also an Alexander Teacher.  In my lessons, Donna and I often explore ways to […]

The perfect vocal exercise

In a recent post, I defined what I mean by a register and described the qualities of both the falsetto register and the chest register. One […]

Singing: It ain’t natural!

You often hear singers talk of singing naturally, as though singing were an inherent bodily function like vision or walking or blood circulation. The Alexander Technique […]

Sizing up the Competition – The Genius of Miranda

Sometimes I view instructional videos from various voice teachers to see how their philosophies and teaching methods compare with mine.  I have so far encountered no […]