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Vocal Buffet Part 2: All You Can Eat? Maybe, But Very So Carefully As Well...

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the “Vocal Buffet, blog. "Part 1” There, we were talking mainly about the amateur singers who were trying to sing anything and everything under the sun with no proper training, knowledge or even talent. In this blog, we will talk about the diet, nutrition and exercise for those who want to choose, or have already chosen singing and/or performing, as their career. There is a saying: “We are what we eat”. I would also say: “Because of what we eat, we are what we sing also”. How so, you may ask? The person who is at least reasonably fit and well nourished would definitely sound much healthier i.e. much clearer and much stronger. There is also a saying that: “in a healthy body, is a healthy spirit”. My regular readers probably remember that in some blogs written in the past, I stated that the voice is a spirit, which has to be discovered, uncovered and than flown away and on top of the physical body. If th

Vocal Buffett; All You Can Sing? Maybe, But Very So Carefully…

To my knowledge, at least 90 percent of the population loves to sing. Some of them are doing it for the recreational purposes; others say that they do it for recreational purposes, but secretly hope that one day, someday, they will become singing stars. And lastly, the other category simply consider themselves to be already professional singers , as they occasionally perform in different venues and sometimes, they even get some remuneration. In this blog, I will refrain from talking about the real professionals with names and reputations, however, even they could stand some extra mentoring and instruction and not only vocal instruction per say. However, out of 90% of song lovers, only 3 to 5% make it to the big stage. Why is that, you may ask? There is a bouquet of reasons, which pertain to that occurrence. First of all, before reaching any heights at all, the majority of those wannabe singers end up with a variety of vocal problems. Some of them are trying to b

Vocal Damage - Vocal Rehab: Calling All Vocally Injured Speakers and Singers…

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Please Have Patience For A Complete Vocal Recovery!!! Over the years I have dealt with many vocal disorders and injuries, be it possessed by ordinary people with speech problems or by amateur or professional singers .  Almost all have had one thing in common, the absolute lack of patience with respect of their voice restoration and vocal recovery .  The minute they felt better about their voice and in general, they were ready “to run marathons”, so to speak. Those with the speaking voice , who have not heard their normal voice for some time, could literally not stop speaking (fast and loud) the minute they regained their voice. No matter how much and how long I have been persuading them not to start speaking too soon, too much, and too loud at all, none of them had listened.  The minute they came back home, they called all their friends and relatives and some of them even created coming home parties; and once again, some returned to yelling and screaming at their c

Vocally Speaking: Inner Bomb Detonation, So to Speak… How Dangerous or how Beneficial could that be?

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Vocal damage hurts, but you don’t have to.   It could be devastating when the vocal injury occurs for both speakers and singers . Interestingly enough, for speakers, it appears to be even more tragic, as they absolutely unaware about that occurrence. While overusing and abusing their voice, they have no idea that one day, it can burst on them. They continue pushing and pulling until their voice literally “pops” (by description of one of my voice repair clients ) and then becomes hardly usable.  Clearly it does not happen at that moment; the, so to speak, ‘stage’ (the precedent) was pre-set for some time. They were ‘building a bomb’ in a manner of speaking, and it was only as a matter of time when the ‘bomb’ would eventually detonate.  Of course, those amateur, or even professional speakers , felt and sensed the change in the delivery of their voice.  But the majority of them chose to ignore it and, sometimes, for prolonged periods of time. So they cont

Vocal “Junkie”, in the manner of speaking... Addicted to the sound of your voice? How Dangerous could that be?

The Non-Surgical Voice Repair has been my forte for well over 3 decades. I’ve worked with both - regular people with speaking voiceproblems , ‘wannabes’ and, of course, professional singers . This blog is mostly about the professional singers who have done nothing but sang and performed most of their lives. Understandably, the voice is their prime ‘instrument’ and, nevertheless, those artists’ livelihoods would very well depend on it. When, down the road, their voices would experience natural wear and tear, they would become alarmed and rightfully so. Usually, it starts in the later stage of their professional lives, as their voice cannot withstand the same workability and sound pressure as it could in their younger years. Not to mention that most of those artists are just simply talented, but they never had an exposure to the right vocal technique which would save and protect their voice for life. So before they know, the symptoms of overworked voice begin to