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The Diaphragm Rip-off

So many singers tell me in their lessons “I know I’m not breathing/singing with my diaphragm.” It’s weird… there’s so much confusion around this topic, and yet every trained singer (and many untrained) recites this phrase almost religiously. Vocal degree or not, it’s rare that someone can actually explain how the diaphragm works accurately. And if you don’t understand it, it will weigh you down when all you want it is to sing effortlessly. So

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3 Things That Happen When You Warmup Before Singing

In one of my lessons last week, a regular client of mine came in and did something amazing. For the very first time she blew through her warm ups effortlessly. Not a single hiccup in seven minutes. I asked her what she had done differently throughout her day. Did she get more sleep than normal? Was she drinking more water? Eating more greens? No! She said the only difference was that she arrived a tad

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How to Sing With (Real) Control

The majority of the work I do with my clients is centered around releasing tightness in their upper body when they sing. What’s interesting to me is that none of my clients have been taught to tighten their throat, but they all have to be taught how to relax. I’ve often asked myself, why is vocal tightness such an instinct? I believe the answer lies in our desire for control. We know what we want

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2 Ways to Enhance Any Song

I meet so many singers who are searching for effective singing techniques that are… un-complicated. One time I almost threw away a song for good because it felt so uncomfortable for me. I thought “this is going to need a miracle.” Finally, I sat down and experimented with baby steps. Then my limitations changed into revelations. You’ve probably had that sinking feeling as well, BUT before you discard a song completely, try these adjustments. Sometimes the simplest tweaks

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Making Sense of Different Methods

You might be confused about the validity of the million different singing methods out there, ranging from the classically-based opera rulebook, to the mystical “imagine your voice as its own person” kind of thing. (I’ll take this opportunity to correct a popular rumor: no, the larynx does not tilt or swing forward and back inside the neck. But it does slide up and down.) So how do you know if a technique DOES work? Here’s

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