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Category: practice

Famous Singers Who All Took Vocal Lessons

Here are just a few of the world’s most recognizable singers who took vocal lessons. It’s easy to think that these famous singers were just born with it, but many of them worked diligently to become the vocalists they are today. Celine Dion – “I still have a coach.” Steven Tyler Jessie J Taylor Swift – “After I warm up it’s like ‘wow, that was never hard.” Lady Gaga Justin Timberlake Michael Jackson – “I love

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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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Here’s What Happens When Your Voice Cracks

Singing is deeply personal. It’s meant to communicate something that can’t be said with just spoken words alone. Most of us are masters of speaking – in that we know how to let certain bits of information out, while guarding others. But with singing, it’s not so easy to pick and choose what parts of ourselves are exposed, and what parts are guarded. The whole veil pretty much gets lifted as soon as we open

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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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