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The “Sh, Let It Go” Breath Support Exercise

how to warm up Apr 20, 2017

We’re back with another “How To Warm Up” video, and today we’re covering breath support!

In the last video on Body we covered one of my favorite new things – abdominal massage. Massaging your guts is super beneficial for helping your belly release so you can allow in an easy, expansive inhalation.
When we’re producing sound, the exhalation isn’t just released… rather it...

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Use a neti pot for World Voice Day!

vocal health tips Apr 16, 2017

Happy World Voice Day!

I wanted to do something special in honor of this relatively new annual celebration, so today I’m sharing a very special video. It’s allergy season, and I’ve frequently been recommending neti pots. But when I tell people to use them, I often get incredulous cross-eyes and hear “that’s the thing where I pour water through my nose right?!? I don’t think I could do that!”

I’ll admit neti pots are...

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A belly massage for your voice!

how to warm up Apr 06, 2017

Okay guys today is GOOD, because this exercise that is my latest obsession.

We’re on to the Body stage in the “How To Warm Up” sequence, and today I’m sharing a technique for abdominal self-massage. It was actually my Ayurvedic wellness coach who taught me how to massage my belly in order to aid digestion. But in the last few months I’ve been applying it to my own vocal practice and sharing it with my students, and the results have been astounding.


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Interview with Line Hilton: Getting the medical care you need as a performer

vocal health tips Mar 23, 2017

It’s vocal health time! I recently interviewed my incredibly knowledgeable colleague Line Hilton. Line is a voice coach, performing arts medicine specialist, and founder of the online magazine iSing. In this special bonus video for my online course How Your Voice Works, Line and I talk about what performers need from their medical care, and how doctors and other clinicians can support artists.

Check out our interview here:

And if you have any questions, comment to let us know!


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Midterm Check-in

how to warm up Mar 15, 2017

We’ve made it through a full loop of the How To Warm Up Series, and you’ve now got one video each pertaining to Impulse, Body, Breath, Sound, Resonance, Articulation, and Language! So at this juncture I’d like to take a moment to have a midterm check in….

Before you go running away at the sound of the word midterm, don’t worry it’s not a test! 

What it is is a check up to make sure you’re incorporating all the exercises with awareness of what...

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The “Peter Piper” Language Exercise

how to warm up Mar 07, 2017

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’re moving into Language! I’ll take you through a beloved tongue twister you may know: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers! This text has tons of plosive sounds in it, so you’ll have a chance to build on your work with clear and sharp explosive consonants which we worked on in last week’s Articulation video. Ready? Let’s do this!

Check out the Peter Piper exercise here:

Once you get good, try it in lots...

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The “Topeka Bodega” Articulation Exercise

how to warm up Mar 01, 2017

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’ve made it to Articulation! This time around we’re focusing on plosive sounds… the ‘explosive’ consonants that are super important to pronounce accurately for clear enunciation. This exercise is silly and fun, and if you practice I bet you’ll get good at doing it fast enough to impress all your friends

Check out the Topeka Bodega exercise here:

If you get really good at this, please record yourself and...

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Understanding vocal registers: an interview with Chris & Steve of the Naked Vocalist

from the old blog Feb 23, 2017

Vocal registers… kinda make no sense. I mean they do! But everyone talks about them differently. And the deeper you dive, the more confusing things can get. In my online class, lots of students have had questions about the vocal register rabbit hole… so I decided to call on my awesome friends Chris and Steve of The Naked Vocalist podcast to help me dive in. Check it out!

Want more where this came from? Learn more about my online class “How Your Voice...

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The Mask Resonance Exercise

how to warm up Feb 15, 2017

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’re tackling that elusive idea of mask resonance. What is it anyway, and how the heck to we get that effortless, ping-y sound? This is a great way to find it, so you can belt like Elphaba!

Check out the Mask Resonance exercise here:

Does this work for you?? Let me know, and ask me any questions in the comments!


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The Humming Exercise

how to warm up Feb 09, 2017

Did you know that humming up and down in pitch is a great little “stretch” for your vocal cords? It’s so valuable that I’m willing to create a gif where I look like a total goof.

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, you’ll learn how a gentle humming exercise can make sure that your air is flowing and your vocal folds are functioning optimally. I recommend this exercise both as a quick assessment to see how your voice is feeling when you’ve been sick...

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