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August 26, 2017

Take the breath through the nose, like you’re smelling a rose.

Take a deep breath through the nose like you’re smelling a rose. Feel how the walls of the throat relax and open up. Feel the coolness of the air as it makes it’s way all down to the bottom of the lungs. You...

November 8, 2016

Speaking can be more tiring on the voice than singing. Especially in a noisy environment. We’ve all found ourselves at a party, in a restaurant or at a conference when it’s so noisy you can’t be heard without straining. You come home with a sore, tired throat and a scr...

September 23, 2016

Meet your inner “gorilla”!. OK, you can stop chuckling now and try this:

Using a quick glottal stroke, say UH, UH, UH!  Make these very short, almost percussive sounds. As you make these goofy sounds, raise the soft palette, the back of the throat and drop the jaw to ma...

June 10, 2015

by Richard Jennings

 

When you speak or sing, it’s your job to be understood. The listener needs all of the information to make sense of what you’re sharing.

 

Usually it’s the consonants that get lost. Most often, the ones at the end of the words. Here are a few thoughts...

May 20, 2015

Listen To Yourself!

Richard Jennings

 

One of the most important skills for a speaking professional or singer is listening to yourself. You are the only one who can do anything about how you sound. Be aware!

 

Try this: put your fingers in your ears and speak or sing. You h...

May 12, 2015

Three Is A Magic Number

# 1 Intellectual-Physical-Habit

Richard Jennings

In vocal work a lot of things happen in three. Here’s how we can break down the learning process into three essential steps:

The first phase is intellectual. There’s a lot of information to digest. It...

April 17, 2015

 

Did you ever notice when your favorite singer is singing that torch that is so sad and sounds so great, he/she looks like they’re smiling! The muscles around the cheekbones are lifted up in what looks like a smile. The same with your role model public speaker. There’s...

April 2, 2015

 

How do you find the right voice teacher? 

 

There are many voice teachers out there. Some really know what they're doing and get great results. Others don't. Your voice is a very personal thing. You want to find someone who's going to understand who you are, what you wa...

March 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You hear a lot of talk these days about your “belt” range.

 

The dictionary defines “belt” as:

-beat or strike (someone) as a punishment

-hit something hard

 

Ouch!

 

In musical theatre and pop (to a lesser extent) “belt” usually involves singing in the chest voi...

March 13, 2015

 

We make vocal sound by allowing breath from our lungs  to set the vocal folds into vibration, creating a small, buzzy sound. We shape that into what we (and others) hear as our voice. There’s lots of reasons to relax into this. 

 

If there’s any tightness or rigidi...

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