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Category: performance

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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That Time I Auditioned for “The Voice”

There I was standing in front of a live studio audience of hundreds of people waiting to either be impressed with me or feel sorry for me. Tightly gripping the microphone in hopes of finding any kind of stability, I waited for the band (with whom I had limited prior practice) to begin my tune. Cameras rolling! The band started, I started, everyone was listening. As I sang, what came out was unfamiliar, I felt

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From Practice Room to STAGE

Many singers can give a flawless performance in the privacy of their own practice space, but as soon as they step on stage, certain parts of their range become strained and wobbly. Nervousness and other mental/emotional factors have a huge impact on the voice, which is why it’s always important to maintain a healthy perspective on your performance before you take the stage. A common mistake many singers make: Connecting the quality of their performance

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Singing Through Tears

One time, I performed a song for a small group of people, and it was a very personal song, so I was nervous to sing it well. As I took the stage, the tears welled, and by the second verse I couldn’t hold them back any longer. My voice wobbled and cracked, and I felt like the entire room suddenly had all the air sucked out of it. It was mortifying. Music is emotion in

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