Tag Archive: Getting to know your voice

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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“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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Vocalprints and Retinal Scans

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Vocalprints and Retinal Scans Considering the voice as a part of our identity          They say that no two people are created equal. Anatomically and physiologically this is especially true: our bodies are unique to us. This fact has even inspired the creation of technologies such as optical/fingerprint/vocal recognition security software.   …

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What’s Stress Got to Do… Got to Do With It?

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What’s Stress Got to Do… Got to Do With It? Understanding the stress response and its affect on the body           As I am currently in the process of moving, I have been thinking a lot about stress. We are all familiar in some way or another with the emotional state …

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The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 2)

This may not be a perfect squat, but as a performer you may be required to sing in these types of positions. Using IAAs can help with this!

The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 2) Answering some questions…           I purposely left the last post with a lot of unanswered questions in hopes that people would start to really consider the implications of proper breathing during exercise and how it related to singing. I also acknowledge that another few …

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The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1)

The importance of the abdomen in breathing demonstration at TEDxGuelphU 2012

The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1) Using isolated abdominal activations (IAAs) to improve breathing continuity during exercise           A couple of years ago I was giving a lecture to a group of kinesiology students on the anatomy of breathing. I demonstrated the importance of the abdomen in breathing using my …

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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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