Vocal Teacher, Piano Teacher
Vocal Power and Piano Power Las Vegas
I just had the most distressing phone call… it was from someone who’s child is having distress over their voice. Now, I am going to be fairly vague as this is a very personal situation. But I just have to write about this and share it with you.
Having any kind of vocal distress is completely unnerving. If you have ever woken up and wondered how in the heck you are going to make it through your performance or speaking event or voice over, you know real despair. What an awful feeling that is! Of course, I’m not talking about when you are experiencing illness. What I’m talking about is real vocal affliction and pain and worse…not being able to make a connected sound.
One of the things that happened with this young person was the wrong teacher. People, I cannot stress this enough. YOU MUST BE EXCEEDINGLY CAREFUL WHEN CHOOSING A VOICE TEACHER OR VOCAL COACH. Yes, I’m (properly) yelling this at you. Listen! If you drop your musical instrument or if you overuse it or it breaks, you can go to the store and buy a new one. If you seriously injure or overuse or (cringe) use poor technique, there is no “voice store”. Your voice is a sacred part of your body! You must absolutely treat it with tender, loving care. You must absolutely warm up everyday. If you are a regularly working performer, you should be taking an entire day off, every week. You should understand how to breathe properly. Speaking properly is key. HYDRATION IS CRITICAL! OMG, sassy Karen is clearly in the house!
I’m so completely passionate about this because I know what it is like to be in vocal distress. It has happened to me and it is mortifying. I have a natural lightly raspy and deep voice. I have a slight deformity in one of my vocal cords and so I have a slightly breathy sound. Once I learned the proper way to warm up and truly care for my voice, my range and pitch and performance grew by leaps and bounds! I can teach for several days in a row and then perform on the weekends, without any worry about whether my voice will work or not. Now this isn’t easy! It requires effort and hard work…but this can happen for you as well!
There are many apps that I use to improve my musicality and to warm up my voice properly and easily. Yes, even though I play piano, I use apps when I’m not able to sit at the piano. Consistency is the key. Improvement doesn’t really happen at the lesson. Improvements happen in the practice in-between lessons. When you return to lesson, (which should be every week or every other week for professionals or aspiring professionals) the right teacher will support and guide and advise you on your progress. Check out this page where I talk about Ear Master. My current favorite warm up app is a no frills app called SF Singers Friend. You can choose your range, scale and speed. I love this thing! I simply turn it on and warm up right in my car or while I’m putting on make up! It’s fantastic!
Listen friends, we all have choices to make…how and what we spend our time and money when we are improving our artistry. Do your best to take the utmost care of your beloved instrument! I’m always here for you if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way! Here’s all the places you can find me!
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