Monday, July 29, 2013

Sculpturing an ordinary person into a vocalist… Is that possible? And if it is, what does it take to make it happen?

Teaching, producing and repairing voices for almost four decades, has brought an estimated 20.000 students of all kinds under my care. Some of them were complete beginners and wanted to do it just for fun.  Others were also beginners, but had a big ambition to become professional singers, however, sometimes; they did not show a very big talent to begin with. Obviously, I work with a lot of semi-professional and professional singers as well. 

But today, we will be talking about the beginners with possession of ‘not so obvious, at the glance’ talent. A lot of them have big dreams.

Are they realistic?

From my point of view, they very much so could be. When I start working with them, it’s a clean slate i.e., they do not have the pre-conceived ideas or very bad habits for that matter, but just willingness and lovingness to realise their dream of becoming a singer. Sometimes, I prefer that to a big, so to speak, talent, as these, so called, ‘talented people’, not necessarily have the right attitude, sometimes being quite stuck up and with a lot of vocal baggage on their hands.

I call it a ‘pre-Madonna complex’, which sometimes is very much so in the way of the actual vocal development which needs to be executed with absolute focus and precision. When I take the complete beginner, I momentarily put him/her on the right track of understanding of methodology and pedagogy. I don’t need to delete “much virus” from their, so to speak, “human computers”. 

What I need to do is to instill into their psyche the precise method of visualisation of the sound traveling proportionally to their body sizes, (height, weight and center), and then, with the body language work, access their voices and make their voices work in the fullest capacity possible and with the minimum strain or pain on their vocal  anatomy. Some cases, however, are much more complicated than the above described. With some of my clients, I have to, literally, deal with their childhood and their up-bringing. Some parents have been too strict and would not allow the child to talk back, or to cry when the child was hurt or upset.

That scarred not only their emotions, but their throat, thyroid and vocal anatomy per say. Obviously now, we first need to engage into putting the prospective singer in balance. We need them to try to overcome their emotional misbalance, as everything the human being is physically experiencing, usually is emotionally induced, and then the problem manufactures itself into the physical body. So, now we have to engage into the natural herbs and remedies to heal the vocal anatomy. Finally, the “instrument” is prepared to be played on.

The actual “player” needs to learn how to extract the maximum capacity of their newly “refurbished instrument”. Once that happens, the future singer/performer is now sculptured and polished into a decent singer, and needless to say, ready to take upon the Universe… when the SKY IS THE LIMIT.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Is it possible to become a decent or even a professional singer in a matter of hours, and not years?

The answer to the above is yes.

How so, you may ask?

Everybody knows and mainly believes that you have to spend quite a few years to become a good singer and even more years to become a professional singer.

That could be true in the conventional understanding of the vocal coaching and their well-known and recognised methods. I advocate my own, developed from scratch, Vocal Science ™ method and attached to it a revolutionary approach to voice mechanics. 

I found a short and efficient cut to trigger the voice to work in its fullest capacity possible and with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy whatsoever.  I do work on the brain and on the full physiology, via method of visualisation and via triggering certain muscles in the body, employing certain physical movements, which bring the intangible and abstract approach to a tangible understanding and certain feelings in the body and the voice, respectively.

Once the person understands the intellectual part of the equation, the next thing is to work on the physical body and the motor skills, which are essential components of that wholesome mechanism, which will allow one’s voice to work in the fullest capacity possible and will guarantee the health and length of the voice for a lifetime. 

The person represents the “instrument” and the “player” all at once. Once I “tune” the “instrument” and teach the person how to extract the maximum capacity from that “instrument” The vocalist is born. However, there is also a music part, which needs to be addressed.

Let’s analyse this!

The song consists of certain combinations of sounds, duration, and pitch, i.e., intervals.

Once we address those combinations and then analyse and address the situations where those combinations may and will exist, we will become the owners of all of the above, and then the sky will be the limit for the newly born singer, who was conceived just 10 or 20 hours prior his/hers’ birth.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Acid reflux In general. How does it affect one’s voice and vocal anatomy in a whole?

More and more people are calling to our professional vocal school and its division, The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, and addressing a very unpleasant problem – acid reflux, which not only is affecting their internal gastric anatomy, but also affecting their voice.

Some of them are singers, but a lot of them are just ordinary people, whose speech was affected by the nasty symptoms, which literally burn and inflame their vocal cords. Their throat flora gets disturbed and the vocal cords in a lot of times become thicker making its surface feel like sandpaper.

The recent client with the above-described symptoms revealed that she was ordered a gastric intestinal operation to close valve, which was producing the excess acid, which in turn, was shooting to her vocal anatomy.

Her question to me was, “if I do this operation, do I still need to fix my voice?”
I watch a lot of shows related to the hospital theme. Therefore, I gave her an analogy of the trauma patient admitted in the emergency room with multiple injuries. Let’s say, God forbid, the patient arrived with a neurological trauma, internal bleeding, broken limbs and a heart problem.

Would there be only one doctor operating on the patient? Needless to say, that would be quite ridiculous to assume that.

In the above described case, there will be required several specialists i.e., brain surgeon, internal medicine specialist, orthopedic doctor and a cardiologist. Therefore, I had to convey my message to my future client with the explanation that I will be taking care of her vocal anatomy, which is already quite bruised by the excess of gastric acid and the wrong application of the speaking voice, which in her case, is coming out from the throat and the neck muscles. 

The latter is very dangerous by itself, as by pushing her voice from the wrong set of muscles, she might easily acquire a muscle tension dysphonia.  In that case then, she will be pushing her voice until she will not be able to push it any longer, as it would become trapped in the neck muscles.

That, in turn, will most likely produce fibromyalgia and some other nasty symptoms and deceases.

So, in the case of my future client, not only physically and structurally I need to fix the vocal anatomy, but I also will have to teach her how to speak through her facial muscles, working in conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, so this voice problem would not occur ever again. While concurrently fixing the above described, the natural herbs and remedies applied to the vocal box, will be taken internally and simultaneously helping with the reduction of the gastric acid as well.

Does it negate the operation, you, my reader, may ask? In this case, probably not, as now, the internal medicine surgeon has to fix the valve, the non-closure of which produced the problem in the first place.

My future client works for the board of education and speaks a lot and even, sometimes, sings.
So maybe, in a way, it has been some kind of a blessing, as, by default, my client will learn how to speak and sing better and thus, it will save and protect her voice for life.