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Tag: singing

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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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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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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Vocally Surviving the Winter

Here in Nashville, Music Row pretty much shuts down in the months of November/December. Many of us musicians go into creative hibernation and dive head-first into our part-time jobs. But here’s what I don’t want you to forget: “Training is what you are doing while your opponent is sleeping in.” “The difference between a good athlete and a top athlete is that the top athlete will do the mundane things when nobody’s looking.” When it

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