Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Vocal Science, Voice Repairs and Relationships… How do they Correlate between each other?

Just several days ago, I have celebrated the 29th anniversary of what once was called, The Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts.

In 1987, the school changed it’s name and profile and became the world renowned, The Royans Professional Vocal School, specializing in singing, speech and voice repair, so generally speaking, primarily in voice, which in whichever shape for form identifies the state of the human being and reflects on the human’s identity.

Serving vocally and otherwise, estimated now, over 20.000 people, I could see how their personalities and their relationships with their parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and even just friends, in turn reflect on their, so to speak, vocal state of being. The voice is the hardest instrument to power.

Even on an everyday basis, the person who did not sleep well or, so to speak, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, might not be coherently speaking or wonderfully singing for that matter in the upcoming day.

The tone, the brightness, pronunciation, annunciation, and whichever other qualities of the voice, will be definitely effected and maybe, even by the weather… 

I have a lot of couples, especially the “baby boomers” kind, coming for singing and especially for voice repair sessions.

Those couples that have a harmonious and balanced relationship usually have less trouble with anything that one or both of them doing, as they support each other intellectually and emotionally and thus, for any of them to even overcome a voice repair of whichever kind, is much easier. 

Needless to say, it is much easier and more pleasurable to work with people like that from my side as well.

Sometimes though, one spouse or their children cause the voice problem, as all of it, primarily emotionally induced, and then, it has the tendency to manifest in whichever weaker functioning organ of their physical bodies. Obviously, when they travel to me, it concerns their voice and vocal abilities.
Given all of the above, my advice to my readers would be to avoid the stressful situations and confrontations with the person you are in any sort of the relationship; to avoid not only the voice problems, but any other health related problems.

If you do feel that all of the “collisions” are unavoidable, my advice would be to become “selfish” and take care of yourself, using whichever means necessary, and even the most drastic ones – 



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Speech impediment. How to Improve, and Perhaps, Cure Light Stuttering.

Over the years, I have attended to quite a few people with various voice disorders, speaking and singing.

Interestingly enough, in the case of stuttering, in particular, singing could actually help to cure, or significantly minimize, this very annoying and unpleasant for the person and for the listener, disorder.

In fact, watching the recent American Idol episodes, you could see a young, quite good-looking, contestant singing perfectly, but stumbling upon (stuttering), each and every word.

It is quite a phenomenon, people might think.

In reality, it is not.

The Vocal Science ™ method, which I discovered, suggests that the speaking and singing sound should be placed and should come out off of the upper vocal chambers, (facial cavities) and not the vocal cords, at least, after the initial first syllable of the word is initiated.

The contestant in American Idol does it intuitively and experientially, but not knowing the science behind it. Therefore, it works for him when he is singing, but not when he is speaking, as for speaking, he is using the regular parts of his vocal box, ie, vocal cords, larynx, etc.

Vocal Science ™ method promotes the mechanism, which consists of 3 simultaneously working, breathing components and the facial muscles, which are working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, (for breathing support), so then the vocal box itself is engaged only in the minimal capacity.

So, if using the same method, the person with light stutter will apply the same mechanism components, which ultimately allow the voice to work in it’s fullest capacity possible and without excessive use of the lower vocal anatomy, the stutter will be greatly minimized and, could be even completely eliminated.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Vocally and socially speaking…. Would you like to improve your odds to pass an interview and get a desirable employment? PART 2

The social skills psychology.

In part 1 of the same titled blog, we were talking more about the voice as a tool for a successful communication and its application for a successful interview for the future desirable employment.

Outside of the voice, the potential employee needs to know exactly how to answer, which could be very intricate questions, thrown at him by a potential employer.

I was amazed how self absorbed and self centered my client appeared   when he introduced me to the potential questions and gave me an example of his answers back to the interviewer.

It was all about him and what he wanted, instead of trying to convince a future employer that he would be an invaluable performer for the aforementioned company and his future position in it, and that’s the objective why he would want to work for this new company would be his potential professional growth, and thus, professional satisfaction, pride and joy.

Instead, he was answering the questions, implying the potential limitations with respect to his unavailability to travel, or do what is required by the company standards. 

He was to dictate what he wants and what he does not want to do during the potential employment.

He also made me aware that in his previous job, he constantly was giving instructions and pointers to a senior employee and then, to his surprise, he was asked to leave.

So to conclude, not only the aforementioned person has been experiencing voice problems and vocal inadequacy, he also has been experiencing the lack of the social skills and the general understanding, as we say in Russia, that you do not come to some one else’s church with your own prayer, so to speak.