2010-05-06

Open throat, take two — with a more positive attitude

My friend Nanette (who, in 11th grade, introduced me to the magical world of THEATER) recently commented on this blog that my continuing emphasis on the […]
2010-05-03

How do I open my throat?

My friend Toni sent me an email with this eloquently expressed plea for understanding: “I still don’t anatomically understand why as you go up the register […]
2010-04-29

One step back, Two steps forward

New York City — and it seems my neighborhood of Chelsea in particular — is in a perpetual state of renewal.  To exercise my dogs, I […]
2010-04-28

Aren’t lessons supposed to make me BETTER?

If you tracked any process of self-improvement over a long period of time (your progress in the gym, say) you would probably not observe a smooth […]
2010-04-26

My lessons are going so well — why can’t I sing that well in my songs?

Singing even a simple song is a act of incredible complexity.  You have to produce a well-coordinated tone on pitches that change frequently, often jumping around […]
2010-04-25

When teachers misbehave

Last Friday, the voice lesson of one of my students—let’s call him “George”—ended on a sour note. . .and I’m not referring to any of the […]
2010-04-20

The 5 stupidest things I ever heard from voice teachers

1. To hit high notes, pretend there’s a marble between your butt cheeks and squeeze it.  (From my high school chorus teacher.  After my 10th grade […]
2010-04-18

What I learned from my parents

The title of this post does not refer to those life-lessons we all (at least us lucky ones) learn from our parents during our formative years. […]
2010-04-12

The Everything Whisperer

I think I’m going to have to add a fourth “main influence” to the Art & Science of Singing: Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.” Originally, I […]
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