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The constant journey toward knowing it all!

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I am a perennial student. I buy every book about singing, go to workshops and masterclasses. My library goes from Vennard to Singing for Dummies. I haven't read all of them yet, but if I'm lucky maybe I will absorb all that knowledge by osmosis. My journey began after 27 years of teaching-having already studied Vennard, Alderson, Christy, Reid-on my own. But that was all classical. I didn't even know that people were out there teaching technique for non-classical singers. Then I got a computer and the internet and found a charming little fellow named, Google. It was like a huge buffet of singers on singing. I joined Vocalist.org and lurked for a while. Someone mentioned Jo Estill and belting and then I found a workshop in Mars Hill, NC. I was on my way. Jo walked into the classroom and I saw the spittin' image of my grandmother--that was freaky! I fell in love with the town, the people in the class and eventually, with her Compulsory Figures for the Voice. Estill seems to be quite a controversial technique. I can even hear my first voice teacher rolling in her grave and telling me that I'll ruin my voice. At the end of three summers I had achieved what was then called Primary Licensure but is now Master Teacher. By the time I finished the courses, I was able to sing "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy with no constriction, no flipping into head voice and no hoarseness afterwards-I was in Heaven! I know that there is more than one way to skin a cat, so I studied Somatic Voicework (sm) The LoVetri Method. I continued until I had reached third level certification. I began, naturally, to compare the two approaches, informally in my head while doing Jeanie LoVetri's exercises, I would physically compare it to Estill. I have a feeling that the major difference among all techniques is vocabulary. Of course, I could be way off the beam. But what I do know, at this point in my never-ending journey, that whatever technique you use, if your voice remains healthy and you are true to the style you are singing or creating yoursefl then you are probably on the right track. I hope this site helps all of us to find the similarities in various approaches as well as the differences. May every singer and teacher love this journey we are all on, hand in hand and with mutual respect.

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