Ep. 104 Learning in absolutes. The problem with vocal techniques and guarantees.

In episode 104 Sara talks about learning in absolutes. Anything that says “You’ll learn this, guaranteed!” or gives you a certain amount of time to grow musically is promising an absolute. And that might be okay, but it might not.

Ep. 97 A Viewer Question on Voice Loss

Sara answers a viewer question on voice loss.

Ep. 96 A Basic R & B Lick to Practice – Riffs Runs and Melisma Series

Here sara sings and teaches you an oft-used short musical riff. It’ll build facility, muscle coordination, and up your chops. Sara will do a couple more episode building upon this riff in the future. ENJOY!

Ep. Ep. 93 Answering a breathing question from Jeff from Canada

In this episode Sara answers a user question about how to reduce noise when breathing.

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.

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. 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.