Category Archive: Getting to Know Your Voice

Discussions surrounding the anatomy and physiology of vocal production

Nobody “Nose” The Trouble I’ve Seen

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Nobody “Nose” The Trouble I’ve Seen Are your breathing habits making it harder for you to sing?             No matter what kind of singing you do, you know how important exhalation is as a source of power for your voice. Diaphragmatic and abdominal muscle coordination determine how much and how …

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Sustainable Sound (Part 2)

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Sustainable Sound (Part 2) Some “notes” on endurance through breath support           Breath support: a topic that is possibly even more inadequately explained than the action of the diaphragm for singers.           We have already spoken of the importance of core stability in sustaining a note or …

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Sustainable Sound (Part 1)

Sustainable Sound (Part 1) Some “notes” on endurance through core stability     The more I listen to choirs perform from within and from an audience perspective, the more I realize that endurance is an underrated quality as a choral singer: from the world’s longest fermata at every cadence to the challenges of standing and singing …

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Choral Distortions in Pursuit of Blend: Part 1

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Choral Distortions in Pursuit of Blend: Part 1 “Cover the Sound”           When we sing in a choir, the ultimate goal is to sound and move as a single unit; to make music in sync with other people using the most uniform sound possible. I think most of us know this …

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“Float the Sound!”

choirs come in all shapes, sizes, and sounds! Every conductor will ask for something different... so how do we adapt?

“Float the Sound!” Singing jargon and the quest for vocal health           Those of you who have met me and been unfortunate enough to get me ranting about arbitrary images as a limited tool for explaining to singers what you want them to do, know that I whole-heartedly reject this practice. …

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Breathe Deep(er)

Explanation of a basic kegal exercise for men and women.

Breathe Deep(er) The controversial and untapped breath-control power of the pelvic floor            I think I have heard more than a dozen voice teachers talk about “supporting your air from down there”. One of my old teachers told me that her voice teacher once recommended that she sing from her vagina. …

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The Unsung Hero

Layers of abdominal muscles: rectus abdominis (left) and internal oblique (right). a-xiphoid process; b-sternum

The Unsung Hero The important but oft misunderstood role of the abdomen in respiration           Although often a source of obsessive vanity in today’s society, the abdomen is the “unsung hero” of respiration.  Not only does it allow us to control our exhalation, but it has important implications in regulating inhalation …

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The Inspirational King

The Inspirational King The truth about the mysterious and misunderstood diaphragm muscle           The diaphragm is my favourite muscle in the human body, and perhaps the most misunderstood (especially in the singing world). The diaphragm is responsible for an ability to maximize inhalation and therefore has earned the title (in my …

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Whose Air is it Anyway?

A schematic diagram of what happens during inhalation (left) and exhalation (right). During exhalation notice how the rib cage is squeezing the lungs as they exhale and they are getting smaller to push the air out.

Whose Air is it Anyway? The anatomical role of the lungs in breathing             The lungs are often the first structures anyone thinks about when they are considering breathing, and rightfully so. They are the reason we are able to take oxygen from the air and deliver it to our …

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Help! I Can’t Breathe!

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Help! I Can’t Breathe! Exploring the “Art of Breathing” and its implications for healthy vocal production   There is no skill more critical to healthy vocal use than that of proper breathing.             When a student walks into my studio for the first time, whether they are a beginner or …

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