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    • Help with Weak / Unstable voice
      By Robert Lunte · Posted
      Miki, - The First video is good... at least its a good Q&R onsets... but once you release.. sustain it... you need to feel the forward resonance and hold that position to get stronger. - The second video also seems ok. You are definitely getting some nice hyper compression there. But again, you are not releasing into your resonance... release that thing... and let it ring... - The 3rd video.... I thought this was promising!  I think this is helping you... but what you need to do is really work it in more... how many of these sirens are you doing. Im assuming that you are doing this for a meaningful amount of time and these are just short samples for us. ... Also, do the Q&R onset and then begin to speak in a forward position. Not necessarily quacky, but with the strong glottal compression and forward resonance, AFTER you do the onset... Q&R Onset > Recite some text... 
    • Stage Fright / Performance Anxiety
      By Jeremy Mohler · Posted
      Thanks for your well written and insightful posts Steven. It's truly a pleasure to read your advice.  
    • Running / Jogging benefits for the voice
      By YouCanSingAnything · Posted
      I was writing a paper in college about using athletic movements to warm up including stretching and light jogging.

      I experience the same thing as you after a work out. I think exercise is just ~relaxing~, particularly when you're done and flooded with happy chemicals. The additional blood flow to your body and cords helps as well!

      I used to do a lot of stretching before practice/performance in combination with a light jog. Stretching, when done properly, is another method of muscle relaxation (which is why stretching pre-exercise is a bad idea... but I digress.)

      Exercise/stretching helps you get out of your body and push it into new, unfamiliar posture. Otherwise it's very easy to get locked into one place or 'holding pattern' as some describe it. I don't think posture has a lot of value from a pedagogical stand point.. but, certainly, having your muscles locked into place due to habit/stress/general living is something to be avoided while singing.

      Anyway end of the day being relaxed and getting adequate blood flow to the instrument when you sing is super important. That's what you're doing for your body when you participate in any form of exercise pre-preactice. It's a good habit to get into in my opinion =p. Particularly jogging or weight lifting + neck stretches right before singing.

      If you can center your practice post-workout you could improve your efficiency a bit! Unfortunately, post workout all I want to do is eat... =p.
    • Running / Jogging benefits for the voice
      By Steven Fraser · Posted
      I find a nice, relaxed walk while doing Insets, light sirens on oo and ee, and semi-occluded voiced consonants helps loosen things up, and that being moving helps me keep from postural stiffness. I hope this is helpful.
    • Running / Jogging benefits for the voice
      By Steven Fraser · Posted
      sound like a natural place for lip bubbles 
    • Stage Fright / Performance Anxiety
      By Steven Fraser · Posted
      Paul... I read your original post again, and now realize what you implied you wanted to improve... Your 'consistency', particularly for its effect on your performance, how that feels as it is occurring, and how you react to those feelings. If this interpretation is correct, there are several, tried and true things you can do to improve the singing consistency,  and through the success that follows, more fun.  The following are in in priority order, most important first (from my perspective... Others may have different priorities) 1)  You are a professional, working Musician, even if you may do other things with your life to make money.  So, like professional athletes of all disciplines, you must train to raise your game toward your aspiration...wherever you want to take it. IMO, first thing to do there is acquire lifestyle and game-day practice habits that get you ready for your best performances.  Most practically, this means adopting daily practice habits that contain realistic assessment of adjustments you must make to work through any daily variance in how your voice feels due to health/weather and other circumstances. 2) Groove your technique, that is, incorporate it via repetition into mental and muscular habit.  Even small improvement in some problem notes during a set will reduce accumulated strain, improve overall pitch consistency, reduce fear, and increase your sense of performance enjoyment. 3) Plan to sing mostly in your 'vocal comfort zone'.  In a song, in a set, in a gig, in a career... build on your core capability.  Be prepared, too, with optional songs, to Skip or Include something based on how your performance is progressing.  Going great one night, swap out a regularly performed song with one that you'd like to do in its place.   4) Always be training, (not just coaching) with a teacher and program that will help you build your chops.  This not only will help with endurance and range, but also widen the scope of what you can handle vocally.  Sure, you can be coached on style, but you  need to be grounded in technique Growth. 5) Antipate that your adrenaline will show up before the performance.  When it does, interpret it as excitement, not fear.  I personally find that verbal acknowledgement works very well. Though it seems a little funny to describe, I pump my my fists in the air (like a footballer that has just scored a goal) and say firmly, "I am getting excited about this performance!"  I try to carry that attitude on to the stage as well. 6) Let the clams go.  Once a note is out there, you cannot change it, nor affect how the listener experiences it.  What you focus on instead (as has been said) is what is now going on, and where it immediately leads. Be in the 'now' of the song. 7) Accept praise and appreciation from your audience graciously, even if you could have done something better that gig.  Most audiences have no idea when you are not at your best, they just know what they enjoyed hearing, for whatever reasons they have. So, when you receive a complement for a performance, respond in a manner that affirms their enjoyment..that does not make them wrong.  I hope this is helpful, and that you will continue posting.  
    • Stage Fright / Performance Anxiety
      By MDEW · Posted
        If you are performing for a living ......... The more prepared you are the less there is to be worried about. Make set lists of your songs. Practice them in the order your want to perform them,  Some  of the major setbacks for a live performance are the awkward moments between songs. Your beginning and ending are what is going to capture your audience and bring them back the next time. Put thought into your song choices and set lists. It is not how well you sing but how you make the audience feel when listening to you that makes the difference.  Have enough songs that are "READY" for you to switch to incase you want to steer the audience in another direction.    Just like you use dynamics in singing, you use it in song choices and set lists also. Mix up things between Fast, Slow, Loud and soft songs.     Skype or live lessons would still be best for quicker improvement. Someone like Robert or Daniel would be able to pinpoint major issues with particular songs you are having trouble with and give a better idea of how and what to improve.
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