There is a difference between simple and easy. Something simple can be explained in a few words something easy can be executed with minimal effort. There are plenty of simple things that are not at all easy. Take running a marathon: you can explain the task in three words - run 26.2 miles - but the execution requires months or years of training.
As singers we often set goals pertaining to our vocal technique. During the first lesson with a new student, I ask them what their technical goals are and receive certain answers regularly: ldquoI want to increase my rangerdquo, ldquoI want to be able to riffrdquo, ldquoI want to sing the high notes with more easerdquo, and ldquoI want to learn how to beltrdquo. All of these goals are noble and important to articulate as you set out on your vocal journey.
Whether youre working to improve your voice, learning how to play a new instrument, or striving to make the worlds greatest grilled-cheese sandwich, its going to take practicehellipand practice means repetition. The natural human instinct, however, is to move on once somethings been accomplished, and an artist cant stand being stagnant or still. Yet, the fact remains: improvement requires the diligent and repetitive motions of practicing.
This past week a number of my students went to a chorus call for a show currently running on Broadway. One student is a member of the actors union, or Actors Equity. This means she was allowed to sign up weeks in advance, prepare the perfect 16, 18, or 32 bars of music, and focus on wowing the
I teach a Musical Theater Audition class at New York Vocal Coaching for a group of very eager, talented performers in which I give useful information, helpful hints, factual discoveries and motivational anecdotes that have helped me during my career. At the end of each class I like to check in with my students and discuss their auditions from the previous week. My personal goal is to help prepare my students so well that they feel confident about every audition.
Whether listening to live music in Williamsburg, grabbing drinks at a club in Meatpacking, or watching a playoff game in midtown, social or professional meetings at bars and restaurants can be among the hardest in which to successfully communicate. Whereas in the office you would be able to rely on subtlety of inflection to seal a deal, when out with clients you find yourself shouting in their faces. In a quiet intimate wine bar, approaching a potential paramour can be done with a delicate balance of charm and dazzling elocution. Move to a packed dive and efforts at romance seem futile.
Auditioning. The word strikes fear in every actor, seasoned and amateur alike. However, this doesn't have to be the case. While some nerves are to be expected (its an audition after all), with the right amount of preparation, fear of auditioning can be a thing of the pastor at least more manageable.
The voice is the only instrument that is apart the human body (unless you count clapping your hands as percussion!!). So it makes sense that the instrument is the entire body, not just the larynx alone. Everything from body alignment, respiratory system, the larynx, vocal tract, not to mention the brain are involved in this high level athletic coordination!
We all want something in this business. But what you want is different from what your best friend might want, even if it is the very same goal. That is because we all arrive at our goals differently. How we measure and how we pursue goals are unique to us. But no matter how unique your goal, or your approach, there are always five steps you can follow to ensure your goal is tailored to what you want and made more attainable.
It is understood that everyone has their own communication style. However, when your repetitive speaking behavior gets more attention than what youre saying, and can be categorized by listeners, you have sadly become a type. The problem is that we dont often recognize that we are slipping into being a talker type.
Auditioning. The name strikes fear in both seasoned and amateur actors. However, this doesn't have to be the case. While some nerves are to be expected, with the right amount of preparation, fear can be a thing of the past. In this article, I will address the different components that go into a great audition. Try to implement these pointers, and you be will much more in control of your auditions.
Its not just what we say, and its not just the way we say it.There is a component of spoken language, often overlooked among speakers, that is begging for your attention. When is the last instance you truly took time to consider the emsounds of the wordsem you were speaking?
Riddle me this: When is using more breath detrimental to your vocal health? Answer: When it isn't. Every breath you take... Not surprisingly, there's a lot of hot air floating around the voice teaching community concerning the use of breath during singing. Do you try to flutter the tissue dangling a daunting ten feet away from your mouth while trying to execute your Beyonc233 inspired riffs? Or do you try your best to keep your steamy exhale from fogging up the mirror you're holding claustrophobically close to your mouth? Both of these I have been asked to perform in voice lessons, and in both of these I have succeeded in achieving new heights of light headedness.
Before I became a professional music director, I had every intention of becoming a musical theatre performer. I studied four years at the prestigious Musical Theatre program at the University of Michigan, then, as was expected, pursued the life of an actor here in New York. But somewhere along the way, I made a turn and didn't quite end up where I'd planned...