vocal health

Straw Phonation

Hey there crew! Have you ever heard of straw phonation? It’s using a straw to practice making sound with optimal airflow and pressure. The concept was popularized by renowned voice doctor Ingo Titze in this popular youtube video 7 years ago, and has been taken on board by singers, voice teachers, and professional voice users […]

Nasals Articulation Exercise

Nasal sounds may not be the most obvious articulation issue, but if you can’t articulate nasals, you can’t articulate clearly. Why? Nasals require a lot of dexterity of the lips, tongue, and soft palate. The three main nasal sounds we use in English are M, N, and NG. Check out today’s How To Warm Up […]

Laryngeal Massage

I’ve been thinking about sharing the content in today’s How To Warm Up video for quite awhile, and I’m very excited the time has come! See, today I am teaching you how massage the muscles on the front of your throat. Your larynx (picture to your right) is your voice box: the thing made of cartilage that sits in your […]

A belly massage for your voice!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Warm Up: the Intro Video

You’ve been asking and it was time to answer. So this week I mounted my phone on top of a tripod, and I made you the very first video! Here it is: The How To Warm Up intro Stay tuned next week when we’ll dive in with our first exercise. Also please let me know what you think! It […]

Where my voice geeks at?!

Growing up I took hundreds of hours of voice lessons and choir classes. In all that time not one of my teachers ever showed me a picture of my vocal cords. None of them fully explained the mechanics of why air flow was the thing that set them into vibration. Instead my voice was this […]

My Top 5 Tips for Vocal Health

It’s officially fall! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and we can buy ourselves a pumpkin spice latte. When you consider the weather change and the cold season that usually accompanies it, plus add in the fact that this is the busiest time of year for many people, it’s clear to see […]

Let’s talk about your diaphragm

Okay, let’s talk about your diaphragm. I know we voice coaches says things like “breathe with your diaphragm” or “use diaphragmatic breathing,” but to be honest that language is misleading. Why? Because it’s kinda like saying “walk with your feet”…. what else are you supposed to do it with anyway? Unless your diaphragm is paralyzed […]