Welcome to the Speak With Your Whole Self blog! In my weekly writing, I share tips and mindset tools that will help you communicate more fully and authentically. Every Thursday I share something that pertains either to:

  • Vocal health and anatomy (How Your Voice Works)
  • Performing or public speaking (Lessons in Presence)
  • Your everyday life (Voice Body LIFE)
  • Or on the really juicy days, something personal! (Elissa gets personal)

You can also join me live every Friday at 1pm EST on the facebook page to hear a deeper explanation of that week’s blog. After all, I’m a voice teacher so I love talking!

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

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!

xo,

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Midterm Check-in

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 you’re doing them for. So have a watch of the video, and then I recommend you take the time this week to start at the beginning of the playlist and do a full warm up.

Check out the Midterm Check-in here:

Ask me any questions you’ve got in the comments below the vid, and let me know how it goes!

xo,

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The “Peter Piper” Language Exercise

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 of different ways!

xo,

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Elissa on the cover of Psoriasis Advance magazine

Friends, Clients, and Colleagues,

I am beyond honored to be featured and on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Psoriasis Advance magazine. I have had psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that manifests as a skin condition, my whole life. In recent years I have become more outspoken about my struggles with it and my path to healing holistically. This article is a rare and exciting feature about natural remedies for psoriasis sufferers. I am thrilled with how the article turned out and how helpful I believe it will be to many people, and can only express my deepest gratitude at getting to be a part of it.

Check out the incredible work of the National Psoriasis Foundation at www.psoriasis.org. And without further ado, here are the relevant pages of the magazine:

Read the entire “Treat Your Total Self” article here

If you read this and have something to share, will you leave me a comment below? I would LOVE to hear your reactions!

xo,

P.S. If you’d like to read my previous writing about my psoriasis, it is here:

August 2016: I Am Not My Spots (On the NPF blog)

February 2016: Healing Has Got To Be The Most Joyous Thing A Human Being Can Experience (aka how I’ve been healing my psoriasis naturally)

October 2014: I’ve Been Sick, and I’m Healing Myself By Speaking My Truth

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The “Topeka Bodega” Articulation Exercise

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 send it to me so I can be proud with you.

xo,

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

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 Works,” plus get my free Top 5 Tips for Vocal Health video here.

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The Mask Resonance Exercise

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! 😊

xo,

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The Humming Exercise

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 or you’re fatigued, and also as a great check in during your warm up. Most important part is remember to keep it easy and feel the buzz on your lips 👄

Check out the Humming exercise here:

Is this new info to you? Let me know, and ask me any questions ya got in the comments below the vid! 😊

xo,

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The Tense and Release, but Backwards! Exercise

This week’s How To Warm Up video addresses Breath, the all-important power source of our voice! I’m sharing this exercise before any other breathing stuff because I think you should do it literally. every. day. I mean it.

The way our body is hard-wired to breathe – an effortful inhalation, and a passive exhalation – is the opposite of the pattern we need for voice, speech, and singing. So do this daily to remind your body how to step into the most efficient pattern for making sound. Enjoy, and let me know if you’ve got questions!

Check out the “Tense and Release (Breath)” exercise here:

I’m loving your thoughts, feedback, and requests – keep em coming! Comment below the video on youtube. I’m always happy to hear from you!!

xo,

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The Half Sun Salutations Exercise

In this week’s How To Warm Up video, we’re addressing the Body. Here’s a simple, fun way to get your body moving and your breath coordinated in your warm up: half sun salutations from yoga. I recommend doing a few of these at the beginning of your warm up.

Check out the Half Sun Salutations (Body) exercise here:

I’m loving your thoughts, feedback, and requests – keep em coming! Comment below the video on youtube or on the facebook page here. I’m always happy to hear from you!!

xo,

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