Tag Archive: understanding 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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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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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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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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