Mark Baxter has a way of talking to singers that helps them overcome common obstacles and reach their potential. From his extensive collection of articles on VoiceCouncil.
An ordinary larynx does not mean an ordinary voice.
He felt like an inferior singer, desperately trying to scream in falsetto over blaring guitars in non-cowboy requisition black leather.
I have heard acid reflux can lead to throat tension. Is this true? How so?
The solution is not always lessons - it may be finding a better situation -says Mark Baxter.
"Eric: I'm just scared to get out there and perform. I'll say it before you do: I might be hiding behind my education!"
What is the best way to build my breathing - just deep breathing and exercise? I want to get back to singing!
Dr. Jahn: What about the effect of coffee on acid reflux? I’ve read that that is what’s detrimental to the voice. What’s your view?
What if we felt greatness about our singing as simply as we felt hunger or sexual desire? -asks Eric Maisel
If acid is coming up in your esophagus, how does it irritate the vocal cords, given that they are in the wind pipe?
Martina was auditioning for agents and sending demos ‘out there’ but was getting no positive feedback.
It’s time to realize that we do not need to be passive in our search for meaning –says Eric Maisel
Jamie was developing a warm and lush timbre but his intonation fell very short of the mark.
“Dr. Jahn: I don’t have time to be sick – I gig 6 nights a week! But here I am with a temperature (102), sore throat...”
Know how to speak about yourself, about your strengths, and about your assets –says Eric Maisel
"Dr. Jahn - I have some gigs coming up and want to know what kind of voice rest (total?) I need before I can sing !"
Gina, 23, had been a big fish in a small pond; then she came out to sea!
"Dr. Jahn: I have a group of friends who are “fitness freaks” and each into something different – one swears by pilates another weightlifting..."
Wes Maebe shares some tips for all vocalists from the studio.
Within the same second, singers may jump from a subtle phrase to a needle-pegging, engineer-torturing high note -says Bill Gibson
Beethoven sometimes took decades to make his musical decisions! -says Eric Maisel
Lyle was a young, gifted singer-actor who would often delete entire lines of verses.
"I heard a coach say that you can apply an anti-inflammatory ointment such as a hemorrhoid cream right on the outside of your throat??"
Dr. Jahn, everyone always says “drink water well before your gig” – but it always feels good to drink water as I’m performing! So I am wondering if this is not the whole truth!
Sabrina was carefree and wild on stage but was struggling with the vocal precision required in the studio.
For the sake of your performances and your life, please be on your own side –says Eric Maisel
This week we’re looking at how to secure the top end of your vocal range.
What is happening in the morning with my cool, raspy sound , and is there a way to sustain this voice for performances?
This week we’re looking at how to make your online content stand out from the crowd.
This week we’re exploring if/how the speaking voice impacts upon singing?