How do I work consistently on keeping my voice strong?

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How do I work consistently on keeping my voice strong? Finding time to do vocal and physical warm ups is often a challenge. A week can go by and you may realize you didn’t achieve your goal of working in some focused way with strengthening your vocal instrument. I admit setting weekly goals and sticking […]

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Prepare for allergy season!

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As we approach, or better yet, are in the middle of allergy season, do pay close attention to the early signs of vocal or breathing distress: more post nasal drip than usual, tightening of the chest, sinus congestion, headaches, and fatigue. I tend to suffer from all of these problems at least once a year […]

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How to scream without hurting the voice or throat

The age-old question-how to scream and not hurt your throat or lose your voice?  The quick answer I give to my students is always to breathe through it.  This isn’t so easy to do and certainly difficult when in a heightened state.  One doesn’t want to be thinking of our technical work when performing.  We must use our core breathing muscles to support the scream with breath, not our throat. The answer is to learn how to do it in the classroom or from a coach and practice it like crazy.  Use your breath and core muscles, not the throat!

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Lowering Breath

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Today proved a challenging one. I had 12 hours of teaching to accomplish, not an easy feat by any means! The goal was to be as fresh for my last class as I was for my first. I aimed at practicing what I preach – lower and use my breath fully throughout the day. Lowering my breath worked. Not only did I make it through 12 hours of teaching without feeling exhausted, but I knew the information was still specific and energized at the end-whew!

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