Ep. 67 How To Keep Your Cords Healthy – A User Question

In Episode 67, Sara answers a user question on how to keep the vocal folds healthy.  Remember, the most important thing for the voice is hydration and plenty of sleep.  If you find yourself hoarse, the MOST important thing you can do is to rest your voice.

Ep. 66 Prelude to Ear Training

In episode 66, Sara talks about beginning ear training, by getting you acquainted with  a major scale and how to relate scale degrees to numbers.

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. 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. 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.

Ep. 55 Riffs/Runs/Melismas/Licks – An exercise.

Hey singers!

The idea for episode 55 came to me in the shower, actually. I don’t usually actually sing in the shower, which is funny, because I think it’s where I sang the most as a kid. But I was trying to brainstorm my students’ questions on how to get better at singing riffs/runs/melismas/licks. And it came to me. Why not just make up a lick and use it as an etude, or exercise? Perfect. Watch this video and sing not only this exercise, but you can make any lick you’re working on into an exercise of your own. Just remember to slow it down before you can speed it up.



Ep. 53 Riffs, runs, and melismas with guest Matt Cusson!

In Episode 53 Sara invites her friend, Spectra Jazz recording artist Matt Cusson to sing some songs and talk about riffs, runs and melismas in the R & B/gospel tradition. Matt is well known as a singer, songwriter, and keyboard player, and won the 2009 Maxell Song Of The Year John Lennon Songwriting Competition for his original song “One Of Those Nights”. Matt Cusson has a wealth of touring credits including Brian McKnight and Christina Aguilera.  Learn more about Matt’s music at http://www.mattcusson.com and buy Matt’s awesome music on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/matt-cusson/id388203148.

Ep. 41 How To Get Into Your High Range

Sometimes it’s very tough for beginning male singers to access their high range.  If you can’t do it on your own, this video offers beginning singing tips on how males can try to access their high range.  Enjoy!

Ep. 27 How To Find Your Range

In this episode, Sara explains how to find your range.  This will help in the future when you need to pick a key, transpose a song, write a lead sheet/chart…all sorts of things.