Ep. 69 What’s the Best Way to Take a Breath?

In episode 69, Sara shows you the best mouth and jaw position to take a big, uninhibited breath with an open throat that’s free of tension.  Thanks to Kate Conklin and her Voice + Alexander Technique lessons for teaching me the best way to communicate this.  Http://kateconklin.com/

Ep. 68 Should I Breathe Through My Nose or Mouth?

In episode 68 Sara answers a user question regarding whether one should breathe through the nose or through the mouth for singing.  Check it out!

Ep. 65. Uncovering The Mystery Of The Diaphragm

In this episode, Sara gets ride of the mystery behind the diaphragm and how it works.  You’ll learn where the diaphragm is and how it functions for breathing.  Here’s a link to a great article to go along with the video.  There’s a LOT of technical jargon, but for those of you ho are studying seriously, I think you’ll love it: http://www.singwise.com/cgi-bin/main.pl?section=articles&doc=EffectiveAndProperBreathingForSinging

Ep. 64 That pop flip…A User Question!

In Episode 64, Sara answers a user question about a specific question on how to do a “flip” or “pop” sound that some singers do so well.

Ep. 63 Resonance, Part 1

In episode 63, Sara discusses resonance as it pertains to singing and the voice.  This episode covers understanding the mechanism.  Further episodes will covers applications.

Ep. 62 Lip Trill Warmup

In this episode, Sara answers a student’s question about lip trills/lip rolls, and shows you how you how to execute the exercise as a warmup. Sing along!

Ep. 59 Tension In The Jaw.

In this episode, Sara answers a user question on tension in the jaw. Apologies that the video is kind of dark.

Just an addendum to the video to avoid misundertanding, when I saw said “tension in the jaw”, I obviously don’t mean tension in the bone, or mandible, but in fact tension in the masseter muscle. This is the muscle that clenches the jaw, and when it is too tense, can cause TMJ or make it difficult to open and close the jaw freely.

Enjoy, and give some comment love to Otis!

Ep. 58 The Proper Standing Position For Singing.

In episode 58, Sara answers a user question on the proper position for singing. Make sure that you stand with your feet apart (about hip or shoulder width), knees unlocked, and your weight should be evenly distributed (don’t sit or lean against a wall). Lift your head slightly, as if you are hanging by a string. This will put your shoulders, chest, and lower back in the proper position. Enjoy, and practice!

Ep. 57 What creates vibrato?

In this episode, Sara answer’s a viewer’s question about how vibrato is created. For this episode, we’ve consulted Dr. James Burns, a Doctor of Otolaryngology and a laryngeal surgeon at Massachusetts General’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation in Boston, MA. For more information on Dr. Burns, visit http://www2.massgeneral.org/voicecenter/staff/burns.htm .

Ep. 56 Beginning Vocal Health; Not Straining…

In episode 56, Sara discusses beginning vocal health.  Very often today’s singers emulate what they hear on the radio, and this causes many young singers to try to sing high in their chest or lower register, without developing their higher, or head register.  Watch this episode to learn how NOT to strain your voice.