voice body connection

The “Sh, Let It Go” Breath Support Exercise

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. – HOWEVER – When we’re producing sound, the exhalation isn’t just released… […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

The “Do What Feels Good” exercise

This week marks the first official video in my brand new “How To Warm Up” series. Last week in the intro, I mentioned that I’d be rotating between the seven categories: Impulse, Body, Breath, Sound, Resonance, Articulation, and Language. So we’re starting right up at the top today with one of my very favorite Impulse […]

Do you have a sensitive nervous system? [quiz]

When I ask you “Do you have a sensitive nervous system?” you may not know your answer right off the bat. So let’s do a quiz… Imagine that you’re getting up in front of people to perform or give a speech, and the stakes are reasonably high. Answer the following four questions: How nervous do […]

Let’s talk about Hillary’s voice

Let’s talk about Hillary’s voice. We’ve heard individuals and the media alike commenting negatively on it. People call her shrill. People call her strident. They say they they can’t handle her shouting. As a voice coach, I’ll be the first to admit that Hillary is employing some less than ideal tactics at times for placing […]