Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
Physical And Emotional Consequences Of The Speaking And Singing Voice Disorders.
years, I have attended to hundreds, if not thousands of people with different
voice injuries of their speaking and/or singing voices. In general, they were
all, one way or another, physically and, nevertheless, emotionally hurt practically
all of them were simply distraught to say the least.
different about them was their reactionary response to their voice disorder and its
consequences. What was in common that all of them had lost their confidence,
especially the singers. And even after the restoration of their voices, their
physical demeanour has been expressing the tightness and fear, minimum to say. And
even after the voice sounded as good, or even better than before, the
performance aspect has been significantly lost, as they could not bring
themselves out of their shell and loosen up to produce a required performance quality
of the equation.
have the saying: “The good dancers do not show their sweat”.
dancers work really hard at the bar, but when they end up at the center stage, they’re
not supposed to “bring the bar” with them. They are supposed to acquire the
feel at the bar for their future performances and then translate it into the
intricate steps and thus, bring the latter to the dance stage. However, if
those dancers experienced any kind of injury, their performance would also feel
more technical and more stiff, especially at the beginning stages of their
is a natural reaction of the physical body induced by the highly emotional
stress which occurred during, and evidently even after the injury was concurred.
Similarly, the same happens to the vocal performer. After the injury, they
constantly doubt themselves and that directly reflects on their vocal performance.
Interestingly enough, that people, who have just speech disorders, react
completely differently. The minute they acquire their voice back, they can not
practice, I had people who were afraid to talk for months, but then, at the end
of my course and treatment, I could not put them back to structure, as they
were talking out loud about everything and anything; and to stop them talking was
virtually impossible. Go figure!
disorder for anybody concerned is definitely not a “picnic”.
It is a
serious matter, as it could inhibit ones’ life quite significantly. In some
cases, it may be considered as a complete disability. Some people lost their
professions, as due to their trade, they had been required to speak on the
phone, or publically. Obviously, with the voice disorder, they could not
continue their regular duties. The singers had been on the verge of losing their
singing carers, recording contracts, tours, etc. We have examples of many known
artists whose singing careers, unfortunately, had to be stopped temporarily or
How sad is
that, in many cases, these people, (speakers or singers), can be helped and
helped non-invasively and non-surgically. Every time, when I help the person
with the voice problem to get their life back and, or to get back on stage, I
feel extremely gratified and thankful to God for my gift of knowledge.
For at least a decade, about 90 percent of people have been coming through our doors to conquer not only a voice repair but, as experience shows, first and foremost, to acquire a new and improved lifestyle… Our Toronto prominent newspaper, TheToronto Star, once said - “It is not for the faint of heart”. And I would add that it is also not for people who will be expecting change without change, so to speak. If those who are seeking help are not willing to open up and tell us their true story, then it would be very difficult to offer them the lifestyle modification -and thus the successful results of their voice problems and issues. I’ve said it numerous times that the human voice is an expression of the state of one’s being and the identification of who that person really is… The voice on its own is a “tool” for communication and, needless to say, that if that very “tool” is broken, the communication also suffers a breakdown. Through my thorough obse…
“Just landed… I had a wonderful, encouraging time! I can not wait to come back. I will definitely be in contact soon!” - Aubrie M ___________________
Aubrie arrived to us last Friday, November the 1st from the USA. Prior to her arrival, we have been in communication with her for a few months, as she had to pay off her 30-hour course and treatment in increments.
We had already been very impressed with Aubrie throughout the process, as she told us that she was working (simultaneously) two jobs - totalling over 70 hours a week to come to us to fix her muscle tension dysphonia disorder; thus claim her life back - and, in our opinion, no doubt, more positive and better quality than before.
Up until Aubrie had arrived to us, we had no idea that she was a young single mom with a young son. For the last three years, her dreams, however, had been completely shattered. Apparently, nobody in her native city, (Pittsburgh) could help Aubrie to rectify her vocal problem. let alone to realize her life…
Wenke L.G. – a sufferer of the vocal cord papillomavirus. Wenke L.G. from Birmingham, Solihull UK, met me in my hotel for a two and a half-hour introductory/exploratory session. Below is her feedback after the session was rendered and she and I proceeded to Camden Lock Market for an Afternoon Tea treat:
“My voice feels a bit ‘Tired’ but a few people have said it sounds better, so I’m assuming the tired feeling just comes from, obviously, at this stage, having to work the mouth muscles harder to ‘smile and bite’; but it produces a clearer voice. So all good.”
Wenke (Left) - Diana (Right)
Stay tuned, as Wenke told us that she wants to send us more in-depth feedback via the next e-mail.
We will bring it to your attention when it reaches us.
Charlotte W – a sufferer of voice loss due to administered (unrelated) surgery Performance.
Charlotte W. from South London UK had undergone serious and very long transplant surgery. She was intub…