“how to sing”

2018-04-14

What to do instead of “placing” your voice

As I explained in my previous post, I don’t like the term “placement” because it implies that we are to carefully put our voice in some […]
2012-04-01

Beware the “method”!

My teacher Cornelius Reid used to warn budding teachers, “There are as many singing methods as there are singers.” He meant, I believe, that 1) people […]
2010-05-14

Smiles, everyone, smiles!

Toni asked me recently to explain the concept of bocca ridente, Italian for “smiling mouth.”  This is an old term, first used by singing teachers in […]
2010-05-13

Bridging the gap

Toni has requested that I blog about the passaggio and about bocca ridente.  I’ll cover the former in today’s post. The passaggio (Italian for “bridge”) is […]
2010-05-10

Different Singing Styles

This post is a response to the following query that came emailed to me from Toni in Washington State: “Michael,  I don’t want to sing opera […]
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 […]
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 […]
2010-04-02

How to bowl a perfect game. . .or sing a perfect tone

Have you ever released a bowling ball down the lane towards the pins and “coached” it as it rolled, begging it to go a little farther […]
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