Persistence

Persistence

Something that I have observed with students over the years – that has been corroborated by other teachers – is that often it is not the most talented students who end up succeeding in music, but the ones who stick with it and persist. While we all hear stories of the occasional “overnight success,” most […]

How Does  Your Voice Make People Feel?

How Does Your Voice Make People Feel?

How does your voice make people feel? A recent NPR story explains how employers are starting to screen potential hires with new algorithms that rate people’s voices.  The article uses the actor Al Pacino as an example of someone with an engaging voice (who would theoretically pass the cut). What does your voice convey? Confidence, […]

Three Beantown Babes!

Celia will be performing with Kris Adams, Gaye Tolan Hatfield and a killer band at Ryles on May 28.  Read the Press Release!

Why get scoped?

Why get scoped?

Back in the late 19th century, a voice teacher named Manuel Garcia developed a simple instrument to get a view of the vocal folds, using mirrors.  Today’s modern laryngoscope screening – or scope – consists of an examination in which a qualified otolaryngologist  (throat doctor) inserts a tiny video camera into your throat to film […]

“Winter Throat”

“Winter Throat”

Yikes! Are we ever getting slammed here in Boston this winter! As a singer, you might be noticing a little extra challenge in keeping your voice clear and strong right now.  Seasonal colds and flu can definitely create havoc with our voices, due to congested lungs, stuffed-up noses, and irritated throats.  Additionally, many of the […]

So What is Voice Technique, Exactly?

So What is Voice Technique, Exactly?

I used to think technique was boring.  It was just something to get through so that I could sing a song, and perform, which is what I really loved.  It wasn’t until I started studying with Jeanie LoVetri and became certified in her method that I began to find it fascinating.  The reason? She explained […]

Keep Your Voice Moist!

Keep Your Voice Moist!

Here is a guest blog by my friend and colleague Voice and Performance Coach Laurece West. To receive The Artful Voice, a weekly e-zine with voice wisdom writings, videos and home practices to improve your singing and speaking sign up at www.laureceweststudios.com. Are you currently using a humidifier? All professional vocalists understand the importance of […]

Five Ways to Make a Song Your Own

Five Ways to Make a Song Your Own

You don’t have to be an amazing scat singer or have an unusual sound to develop a distinctive style and stand out from the crowd.  Of course, the most important thing is to sing authentically, expressing your own emotions through the lyrics and avoid imitating another artist’s interpretation.  (This subject will be covered in another […]

It Is Different!

It Is Different!

Three Ways CCM* singing is different than classical *CCM = Contemporary Commercial Music, ie: rock, pop, jazz, musical theater, folk, country, cabaret, R&B, etc. When Aretha Franklin sang “Nessum Dorma” at the 1998 Grammies, there was an outcry among the classical voice community.  Many felt she was not singing it in the proper style, with […]

Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Make It

Amy Cuddy is a Harvard researcher who has been researching the effect of “power poses.”  She has discovered that not only do we affect others when we adopt a more open posture and non-verbal communication, we affect ourselves.  I’ve been telling people for years to “fake it till you make it.” Quaking in your boots […]