Ep. 91 How To a Properly Rest One’s Voice.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to rest their voices. The vocal cords, like other muscles, may need rest due to simply being tired from lots of use or overuse. They may need rest due to a pathology, like vocal nodules, a hemorrhage, polyps, or other problems you hopefully don’t have.

The problem is, most people don’t know how to properly rest their voices. They’ll talk, whisper, or listen along to music, which can use both the cords themselves, along with the other laryngeal muscles.

Watch this video to learn how to rest your voice efficiently.

Ep. 89 Note Stems and Direction

In Episode 89, Sara answers a user question having to do more with music notation.  Question:  “What’ the difference between the notes facing up and the notes facing down?”

Ep. 88 Answering Some Viewer Questions

Got an email from my friend and fellow educator Rosse from her students in Guatemala, so I’m answering them in this episode.

Ep. 87 Riffs, Runs, and Melismata–Making Up and Practicing Your Own Blues Scale Licks

In this episode Sara takes information covered in previous episodes and shows you how to turns a well-practiced blues scale into different licks.

Ep. 86 A Discussion On Range and the “Best Singers In The World” Articles

You maybe be familiar with recent articles listing the “Greatest Singers of All Time”. I have noticed several FB friends have posted one of the following two articles recently:

http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/05/axl-rose-is-the-greatest-singer-of-all-time-or-so-says-this-chart/

http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/05/turns-out-mike-patton-and-not-axl-rose-is-the-greatest-singer-of-all-time/

In Episode 86, Sara discusses the range of the human singing voice and the inherent problems with the claims being made in the articles referenced above.

Ep. 86 A Little Sunday Quick Tip – Don’t Badmouth Other Musicians

It seems obvious, right?  There’s that Golden Rule- “Treat others as you wish to be treated”.  And yet with the kind of world we live in–internet lurking, anonymous posts, and seemingly meaningless and endless internet comments make it much easier for us to badmouth other artists, teachers, contemporaries, musicians.  Episode 86 talks about why that’s a bad idea, both personally, and for your music business.

Ep. 85 How Wide Should My Range Be?

This episode could alternatively be called, “Why Don’t I Have a 5 Octave Range”?  In this episode, Sara explains that a normal voice range should extend about 2 1/2 octaves, and gives viewers generalized pitch parameters for bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo soprano, and soprano singers.

Pitch problems are generally related to a few things, and often in combination. Not enough use of breath support/control, lack of ear training, and often also a resistance to use the pharynx and resonator tube and mouth to change the shape of the instrument for vowels at varying pitches.

In episode 83 Sara shows you how to deal with pitch problems related primarily to breathing/support and ear training.

Ep. 82 What IS Muscle Memory?

In Episode 82, Sara clears up the meaning behind the frequently used term “muscle memory”, and shows you the best way to build coordination between your laryngeal muscles and your brain.

Ep. 81 Bridging Registers/Better Mix Tone/Less Air

In Episode 81, Sara takes you through an exercise she calls the “Ngya Ngyas” (but her college students call the “Roommate killer”), to help bring your sound in mix register “forward”, or more “in the mask” creating a stronger, more resonant, less breathy sound.