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. 84 Registers

I’ve heard a lot of confusion from SingingTV’s Youtube users regarding registers and what they mean.  Episode 84 should clear up and confusion.  Enjoy!

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. 79 Green Room Interview with Tracy Bonham

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to perform as a guest artist with the Blue Man Group at the Hollywood Bowl in two sold out shows for 18,000 people. Here’s a green room interview backstage at the Hollywood Bowl with my fellow guests artist, Tracy Bonham. You may know Tracy from her GRAMMY-nominated hit “Mother Mother” in 1997, or from her current performance and teaching work as a singer and violinist/fiddler and guest artist with the Blue Man Group.

Here’s our short green room interview backstage. Enjoy!

Ep. 78 Green Room Interview

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to perform as a guest artist with the Blue Man Group at the Hollywood Bowl in two sold out shows for 18,000 people.  Here’s a little green room interview backstage at the Hollywood Bowl with a few of my fellow guests artists, beatboxer and singer Butterscotch, singer and songwriter Emily Zuzik, and singer, songwriter, musical saw player Janeen Rae Heller.  Enjoy!

Ep. 76 Why is the Stomach Supposed to Move When I Breathe?

Hey singers!  This episode explains why the stomach moves when you breathe, a question that gets asked a lot.  Just remember, when I say “stomach”, I don’t mean the organ itself, but rather the front part of the belly that we colloquially refer to as the “stomach”.

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. 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.