Water. Over 2/3's of the world is covered in it. Scientists tell us we slithered out of lives in the sea ourselves before we had legs some billions of years ago. Even today, our bodies are, yes, pretty much all water. The moon pulls the water in and out of our rivers several times a day, and if … Read more about Singers Hydration And Health
A wonderful master voice teacher who I've worked with in the past has recently turned me onto the devotional music of India. Upon the first hearing, and still even now, I am struck by the beautiful, passionate surrealism of the sound. The singing is nothing other than transcendent; in terms of … Read more about Lessons In Passionate Singing
For everyone with nothing better to do, I've created this, my blog. Now, you can know everything you don't really need to know about why I do the things I do - and how! These threads will discuss not only all things relating to creativity, innovation, music, poetry, spirituality, and singing, but … Read more about What Is Artful Effortlessness?
Brandon is now hosting myslsworld's exciting new podcast program featuring celebrity musicians, producers and music industry executives. So far, the program has featured former A&R Director for Capitol Records Loren Israel, Former Maverick artist John Mark, and YouTube singing sensation Marie Digby. … Read more about Brandon Hosts mySLSworld Podcasts
Perhaps the most important thingamajig unveiled at this years summer program was the new networking site for singers, songwriters and industry professionals fittingly titled: mySLSworld. The site is a useful resource for vocal training, and international news of the industry with an expanding array … Read more about Launch of mySLSworld!
h3. In this issue: * 3rd Voice Studio News * Reflecting on the 2007 Summer Vocal Program * SLS IMT Wendy Parr visits Toronto Sept 22-24 * SLS News * Student News * Other Stuff h3. 3rd Voice Studio News If you haven't already noticed by now, 3rd Voice finally unveiled it's new look! You can check … Read more about 3rd Voice Vocal Studio Newsletter Summer 2007
The Toronto Songwriter’s Festival, Oct 13-14, 2007. The Toronto Songwriters’ Festival is a two-day annual acoustic music festival featuring some of the best up-and-coming talent in the city and their original compositions. There’s also a silent auction (this year we’ve got handwoven silk scarves … Read more about The Toronto Songwriter’s Festival
(This article was written and published by Brandon Brophy on myslsworld.com) The SLS camp in Los Angeles was an overwhelming success again this year. The nightly open mic performances by the attending students were an inspiring example of the possibilities available to students of the SLS … Read more about Seth Riggs Summer Vocal Program Review 2007
For both boys and girls, basic musicianship should begin as soon as possible. A stringed instrument such as violin, viola or cello is good to learn. It gives the youngster a feeling of long, continuous, bowed lines, and a "vibratoed" quality of tone which is indeed similar to the singing voice. … Read more about How do you teach young voices, say under fifteen years of age?
Yes, especially when learning something new. In rehearsals, all wise singers save their voices - not in the sense that you only have just so much to give, but to keep your voice relaxed during a potentially stressful situation. Rehearsals by nature are very demanding on a voice. It's stop-and-go as … Read more about Should you sing differently in rehearsal than you do in performance?
You should practice as much as you perform, even more. They are not the same thing. Performance is the culmination of your vocal conditioning to meet the artistic demands you place on your voice for the purpose of communicating and projecting ideas and emotional experiences to your listener. Regular … Read more about How much should I practice?
Mezzo forte (medium loud) at the loudest. However, you must never forget why you practice exercises. You do so to set up the correct balance between your exhaled air and your vocal cords, allowing you to sing at a speech level, and to then have your neuromuscular system live with that balance. As … Read more about What is a good dynamic level to practice?
You should avoid any material that puts a great demand on your voice from a dynamics standpoint. Select songs that are more melodic, not those that need "punch" or require a "dramatic" dynamic level. As I've said already, singing songs is not vocal technique. Just because a teacher encourages you to … Read more about When a singer first begins to study vocal technique, what type of material should he sing?
Vocal technique! Just vocal technique! Teachers shouldn't substitute the peripheral aspects of style interpretation for basic vocal technique. It's a totally different thing. Most pop singing has one thing in common: it's on a conversational level. Opera and other forms of traditional styles are not … Read more about Then what should they teach, if they can’t teach those things?
One reason for the furrowed brows when mentioning popular music in some institutions is that many singers who record and make these songs popular have had no training at all. But that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the music. A lot of it is marvelous. It's not all good, though, just like … Read more about Why has the attitude toward popular music been so negative in school?
Yes, you should always use the same vocal technique, whether you sing solo or in a group. However, choral directors sometimes want you to modify your tone (change the way you sing) in order to blend with the other singers in the group. This may be okay for those singers who have developed a solid … Read more about Should your vocal technique be the same for choral (ensemble) singing as it is for solo singing?
First of all, you must be able to discern whether or not a teacher is primarily a voice technique teacher (one who shows you how to sing), or whether he/she is primarily a voice coach (one who shows you what to sing). Of the two types, the voice technique teacher is the most important, because … Read more about How does one select a voice teacher?
No! Most differences in singing styles are built into the music itself - the sequence of notes and certain conventions of singing that are popular during a particular place and time in history. When you adjust your voice to accomplish certain tonal "ideals," you run the risk of interfering with your … Read more about Do you have to change your tone production when you perform different moods and styles?
Electronic amplification and alteration of your voice have an important place in the communication and entertainment media, but they must not be thought to replace healthy and efficient vocal production. … Read more about Why should I bother so much about my tone quality if I’m going to be singing with a microphone?