Preparing to Perform

As you get ready for a performance, here are some things to keep in mind.

Where the Air Goes: Saving vs. Spending

Singers tend to fall into two camps regarding breathing: savers and spenders. Singers who spend air when they sing use up all of the breath right at the beginning. Phrases start out strong, but taper off to a whimper. (You feel like you never hear the end of what they are singing.) Contrarily, savers never […]

Go with the Flow

As I have said before, breath is important to and for singers. Learning to let the breath “take care of itself” makes our singing easier and better. For me, understanding how my breath and vocal folds work together was crucial to improving my singing. … So. Imagine your windpipe is a garden hose. Now imagine […]

Colds, Flus and Other Singer Blues

I noticed yesterday that the trees outside my window have started to turn red and gold. That means (sadly) that colder weather is on its way to Minnesota.

And with lower temperatures come colds, sinus infections, the flu and other illnesses that effect our ability to sing.

Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

Sleep. Rest is the best medicine for your body and voice. It is during sleep that our cells do all their repair work. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep, especially if you think you’re getting sick. Double the amount of water you drink. Not juice, not soda, not coffee or tea, WATER. Water helps […]