You wouldn’t see a top athlete compete without going through a set of warm up activities, and if you are a vocalist, you need to do the same kind of preparation every time you sing. Professor Daniel Ebbers has been training singers for more than twenty years, and in the following videos he explains the benefits of warming up and takes us through a series of vocal exercises. Read more.
Ever wonder why stars have issues with their vocal health? Does it happen to everyone eventually? It’s not inevitable, but it’s highly probable you will have vocal problems if you don’t learn to use proper vocal care. Your voice is an instrument inside your body, and how you treat your body will reflect upon your voice. Read more.
The state of your body affects your vocal health, and as a vocal athlete, your focus on vocal care needs to extend beyond your vocal cords. Aerobic training, stretching and yoga, realigning your body and spine, and mind/body connection exercises – these are all ways in which we improve vocal health with professional singers and public speakers. Read more.
I know getting a regular vocal practice is hard. There just always seems to be something more pressing, right? Believe it or not, I was no good at doing my vocal exercises – until the day I made one simple rule for myself. It was a hard and fast rule to improve my singing. And it came after lots of frustration over NOT practicing. Read more.
As one of the top vocal coaches in the country, I’m frequently asked, “What are your top singing tips for vocalists?” Well, I could rattle off a long list, and yammer on for hours. But I love a challenge – so I pretended I had only five minutes to tell you my best singing tips, and I wracked my brain to come up with the Top 5. Read more.
As a vocalist preparing for a performance or studio date, “the obvious thing to do is rest,” recommends Daniel Ebbers, Associate Professor of Voice at the Conservatory of Music. “But there are environmental things, like being in a place where the decibel level is much higher than you think it is. To compete with the sound, you have to strain your voice to be heard or understood. Many times, people are unaware that they’re in such an environment, but when you’re a singer, you have to be aware of these environmental conditions.” Read more.
It seems that hardly a month goes by where a top singer isn’t forced to interrupt a tour, take a break, or undergo a medical procedure due to problems with their voice. Vocal health is often taken for granted, but once problems develop, they can stop a singer dead in his or her tracks, and in some cases require surgery and a lengthy post-surgery period of rest and recovery. Read more…