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 […]

Five Steps to “Talk Down Your Chart”

Five Steps to “Talk Down Your Chart”

  Q: Why is the singer waiting out on the porch? A: Because (s)he can’t find her keys and (s)he doesn’t know when to come in! Don’t let this old joke apply to you! Master the five essentials of key, time, tempo, feel and form so that you can feel confident and in control on […]

Can you describe your music?

Can You Describe Your Music? If you want to get people excited about your music, you should be able to describe it! You want to do this in a few catchy phrases or sentences that both arouse people’s curiosity and make it clear what your style is to attract people in your niche market.  This […]

Your Online Press Kit

Your Online Press Kit

Once upon a time we used to make folders containing lots of paper with this information, and we’d pay a fortune to the Post Office to send them out with our CDs or cassettes.  Oh boy, now I’m really dating myself! Nowadays, there are many ways to do this online.  You can create your own […]

Yoga and Singing

Yoga and Singing

R.I.P B.K.S. Iyengar (12/14/1918 – 8/20/2014) I took my first yoga class at the Joy of Movement Center in Central Square, Cambridge, back in 1973 when I was 20.  I had had a rocky introduction to adulthood which included a certain amount of illegal substances and being involved with the wrong crowd.  I was in […]

Why Sing?

Why sing? Is it for the excitement of getting up on stage with a band in front of an audience? Of course that is a thrill, but there is so much more. I believe we should be aware of how powerful an impact our voices can have, so that we can consciously use them for […]