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Mouth Mechanics

Alright, alright! All you guys snickering in the back of the classroom knock it off! It’s not what you’re thinking. This article is about singing so you can go back to sleep and wait for the bell to ring. For the rest of you, pay attention and you will learn a few things about the Continue reading →

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Recording a Great Vocal Track

Building an effective vocal track is essential to any recording whether it is a writing demo, a demo intended to showcase an artist, or a finished master. Re-reading the last sentence I realize I’ve stated the painfully obvious, but the truth is that the painfully obvious can become the painfully impossible to accomplish when putting Continue reading →

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The Mozarteum, Getting in the Back Door

It was the summer of 1968. My parents, having seen “The Sound of Music,” had saved for the better part of a year in order to alleviate their homesickness and make the journey back to Salzburg to visit my grandparents for the summer. It was a summer of milestones for all of us. My father Continue reading →

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A Not-So Secret Weapon…The Shure SM7

During the years that I was associated with Shangri La Studio, the studio owner very wisely invested in vintage microphones. Working with engineers like Jim Nipar, Chuck Ainlay, Ethan Johns, John Porter and John Hanlon, among others, was my education in the subtle nuances intrinsic to the various makes and models of vintage microphones available Continue reading →

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Healing Your Hearing…WHAT?

One of the first questions I ask a voice student is, “What is the first thing you do in order to sing a note?” The answers range from, “Breathe from my diaphragm” to “Stand up straight” and open my mouth.” But I think that I’ve heard the right answer only once. The first thing a Continue reading →

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Vocal Fatigue…Part 3

First things first. Before jumping into a series of vocal exercises that could easily harm more than help a singer experiencing fatigue, it is important to root out the cause of the problem. Again, keep in mind that every singer is different, with a unique instrument, and with a unique set of demands to be Continue reading →

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