Vocal Production, Vocal Repair, Vocal Development, Voice Training, Natural Singing

  • Remove all strain from the throat. Vocal strain comes from improper use of the vocal mechanism. With proper training the muscles that should be doing the work take the load and the entire mechanism stays relaxed.
  • How to fill a coliseum without a microphone and without strain. It is not by shouting, straining or attempting to "project" the voice but by developing what we can call intensity or resonance that the voice can heard. When natural resonance is developed, there is little effort, and no strain and the voice can be easily heard and easily understood at great distance and over loud accompaniment.
  • Not "tricks" to avoid doing the real thing. Many singers develop what may be called tricks to achieve certain notes or effects. Often these shortcuts lead to strain and less than optimal functioning. By developing a strong foundation, these tricks are unnecessary and the desired effects can be achieved without strain.
  • All "doing" of techniques limit the voice (and usually look weird or artificial)
  • There is no right or wrong way to sing, but I help you develop your full natural voice, your true voice
  • Development of your full voice allows any style of singing or music so you can sing in any style you choose
  • You may choose to sing in any style but you won't be limited to that style: breathy, belting, gravelly, pure, operatic, popular, theater, etc.
  • Individual private personal sessions
  • Healing of vocal strain from misuse. Even development of vocal nodes can be remedied with specialized retraining.
  • Develop one voice through all registers; passaggio, bridge, breaks healed
  • Pitch accuracy, control, strength and endurance develop very naturally and easily with proper foundation
  • Color, highlights, beauty also flower on top of proper foundation
  • "Speaking" quality, authenticity, transparency allow maximum impact of the music or song to affect the audience
  • Shyness, nerves, self-conscious feelings are not suppressed but singing naturally from one's core without strain transcends inhibiting feelings and they become irrelevant or no longer limit expression
  • Experience singing with "no doing", quite a mystical experience of transcending one's limitations, like being a big open column that sound moves through
  • Complete beginners to accomplished professionals
  • Stage voice developed for actors as well as singing for actors
  • Vocal tics and speech impediments addressed (contact for consultation)

Some favorite recordings

Fairfield Soul Revue Orchestra

Priscilla Marlar of Wayland wins Fairield, Iowa's Superstars Competition April 17, 2010

Priscilla Marlar of Wayland, Iowa wins Fairfield, Iowa's version of American Idol - Superstars Competition Finals - at the Sondheim Center on April 17, 2010, covering Linda Ronstadt's rendition of George & Ira Gershwin's song "Someone to Watch Over Me". The audience would not let her leave after winning without another song. The contestants were not prepared for singing a third song so Priscilla chose her first selection with a little coaxing. Priscilla has been a featured soloist for the Southeast Iowa Symphony, and is a student at Iowa Wesleyan College.

 

Here's strength

In her prime, so strong

Barbra Streisand - When The Sun Comes Out

Barbra Streisand

When The Sun Comes Out

June 9, 1963

Yes, strong

Barbra Streisand - When The Sun Comes Out

Barbra Streisand

When The Sun Comes Out

Live rendition back in her early years

https://youtu.be/fdiJykLhfqo?t=3m8s

Famous for a reason

Judy Garland - When The Sun Comes Out

Judy Garland - When The Sun Comes Out

From The Judy Garland Show #1 (1963)

From the era of singers

Eydie Gorme - When Your Lover Has Gone

Eydie Gorme - When Your Lover Has Gone

From the mid to late 1950's

Such a big song

Barbra Streisand - Being Alive

Barbra Streisand - Being Alive

From her 1985 Broadway Album

Yes, the era of singers

Judy Garland - Just in Time

Judy Garland - Just in Time

The Judy Garland Show

Staged, but impressive

Rhema Marvanne (8 yr old Christian singer) - Just As I Am

Rhema Marvanne (8 yr old Christian singer)

Just As I Am

Listen to the dramatic climax at 2:35 min.

Wide open

Whitney Houston - Star Spangled Banner

Whitney Houston - Star Spangled Banner

1991 Super Bowl XXV

Got the Spirit!

Callie Day & Lan Wilson - I Know The Lord Will Make A Way

Callie Day & Lan Wilson

I Know The Lord Will Make A Way

Got the Spirit!

Many voices from 1 girl

Christina Bianco - Divas sing O Holy Night

Christina Bianco - Divas sing O Holy Night

Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Celine Dion,

Eydie Gorme, Alanis Morissette, Patti LuPone,

Julie Andrews, Kristen Chenoweth,

Bernadette Peters & Christina Aguilera

"It's a Man's" song, but wow!

Christina Aguilera - It's A Man's World

Christina Aguilera - It's A Man's World

2007 Grammy Awards

Coloratura style, you can tell they've worked

Amazing coloratura sopranos of all times!

Amazing coloratura sopranos of all times!

These are all great choices--all silvery TRUE coloraturas---not heavy, dark mezzos/dramatic sopranos 'slumming' in coloratura country and trying to prove that they too can hit that high E flat—Netrebko, Romanoffski, etc that's not all this repoirtre is about--your tessitura/vocal tone are TOO heavy—these are high wire roles. Stay away, dramatic sopranos—leave Lucia, Anna, Maria Stuarda, Queen of Night to TRUE coloratura queens—go do your Madame Butterflys, Toscas—plenty there for you.

 

And beauty

A master musician

Paul McCartney - 'Live Kisses' Film Trailer

Paul McCartney - 'Live Kisses' Film Trailer

With Diana Krall & her band

Using a cheat sheet

Diana Ross - We Shall Overcome 26CkOUpKHII

Diana Ross - We Shall Overcome

1996 Budapest concert

Incomparable

Ella Fitzgerald - The Man I Love

Ella Fitzgerald - The Man I Love

1974 Television Germany

Could sing anything

Marvin Gaye - National Anthem

Marvin Gaye - National Anthem

1983 NBA All-Star Game

Written so young

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Live, 1970)

Now with experience

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

Live, 2000)

What a sweet vibrato

Goldie Hawn - A Hard Day's Night

Goldie Hawn - A Hard Day's Night

2015)

 

Fifth Element - Diva Plavalaguna song

Lucia Di Lammermoor - The Diva Dance

Lucia Di Lammermoor - The Diva Dance

movie clip followed by Jane Zhang live clips

Impossible for Human But She Nailed It

Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang

How She Trained Herself

Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang

 

The Lower Limits of the Human Voice

Classical

Basso Profundo

Basso Profundo

Vladimir Pasui & Viktor Wichniakov

Classical

Basso Profundo and Oktavists

Basso Profundos and

Oktavists

Classical

The Power of the Russian Oktavist

The Power of the Russian Oktavist
The oktavist is a type of voice used in Russian liturgical and folk music.

These singers sing roughly an octave below the bass range.

Low bass

Low bass singers

Low bass singers

Compilation of Southern Gospel clips

A little pitchy, but low!

Tim Storms

Tim Storms

Amazing Grace

Just to meet Tim

Tim Storms

Tim Storms

Interview

The Upper Limits of the Human Voice

It's possible but is it pretty?

Coming - a bunch of ridiculously high notes (Mariah Carey, etc.) This can be developed in women or men.

Pavarotti Last Performance "Nessun Dorma"

at Opening Ceremony 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin, Italy

"Millions watched tenor's opening of Olympics"

On a freezing February night in 2006, an ailing Luciano Pavarotti rose from his wheelchair at the opening of the Turin Winter Olympics to give a resounding rendition of the aria Nessun Dorma, his final public performance before he died of cancer last September.


PAVAROTTI LAST PERFOMANCE - NESSUN DORMA Torino 2006

(This video is somewhat blurry, but it shows the ending where he holds the performance even after the music ends)





Amazing Highlights - Turin 2006 Winter Olympics | Opening Ceremony

(This is a clearer video but doesn't show his ending as well)