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).
we are hearing more and more about people’s vocal tragedies.
Some of them have been suffering for years with the loss of
their regular voice, speaking and/or singing. Majority of them went to all kinds of doctors and specialists
and have been diagnosed with all kinds of health problems related or, most of
the times, not related to their vocal performance. The loss of their original
speaking and/or singing voice had been blamed on all kinds of the person’s
Yes, granted some of the internal health problems may be
related to the quality of the voice.
For example: If the person practising an unhealthy diet i.e.
consumes a lot of dairy products, that person most likely will possess a lot of
mucus everywhere in the body, vocal anatomy included. If the person eats a lot of acidic products like tomatoes,
oranges, red meats and others, no doubts this person will suffer from acid reflex.
That said, if they do have a problem with their range and
projection of their voice, naturally, their voice is drawn to the lower
position, thus it is prone to meet the gastric acid which, in turn, will begin
to burn the vocal cords. That said, the inner health and outer fitness would
definitely help with whichever vocal problems and/or issues the person may
The cleaner and more fit the physical body is, the stronger
and more vibrant the persons’ mind will be also.
The Vocal Science ™ method requires the lift of the voice to
the set of the facial muscles/cavities to release the pressure of the sound
from the vocal box and vocal cords, per say. If you visualize a ballerina trying to jump taking off of a
thick carpet, you can imagine that not only she, most likely, will injure her
ankle or knee, but also would never acquire a needed height to accomplish the pas
That said, if the vocal cords are covered with mucus and the bottom
of the throat is full of gastric acid, to lift the sound off of “that ground”
could become quite difficult. For that, I am using natural herbs and remedies
to clean up the surface of the vocal box to be able to achieve the lift of the
voice with the support by the abdominal muscles. So the flora of the throat
becomes clean and begins its healing.
The doctors usually “bombard” their clients with a whole
bunch of scary sounding definitions and diagnosis. The clients usually tell me that they have no idea how to
read, let alone understand their medical transcriptions/reports. It is usually
extremely over-exaggerated and, for the longest time, I could not understand
One of my new clients reports suggesting that he has had
preoperative and postoperative care. In reality, the person never had undergone
any vocal surgery whatsoever.
In the not so very distant past, I had a person who worked as
a medical assistant and she advised me that every move the doctor makes has a
For example: If the doctor checks your blood pressure, he
charges the insurance, (here in Canada), $200.00. I am, sure the ENT
specialists are charging for all of their checkups, scopes, and etc..
So my assumption is that the more the doctor writes, the more
he is able to charge either the insurance or the person individually.
This is just my general subjective opinion. Take it for what it is.
Sometimes, in fact, “they
are right on the money” and they produce the right diagnosis, but they still do
not offer, or even suggest, any meaningful help to the sufferer. In majority of cases, the problem is mechanical, but very
often coupled with the physical and emotional state of the individual.
So my duty is to dissect the problem into pieces and work on
each piece individually and collectively.
Joan Rivers, not too long ago, went to a prestigious New York hospital to the outpatient ward to remove a simple polyp and, as a result, she never came out of the operation room.
And lastly, there is Sam Smith, who luckily came out of the O.R, but with no ability to speak for quite a few weeks.The rest remains to be seen.
I wish him all the best and a full recovery of his vocal injury. However, with the best scenario, what is going to change after the vocal surgery? Hopefully, the vocal cords will be repaired and the bleeding will stop,but for how long though?
In other words, the “instrument” is going to be fixed, but what about the “player”?Let’s suppose that the most famous pianist, Liberace, would try to extract the sound from his pink Grand Piano, hammering at it. What would happen to that famous Grand Piano he was transporting, along with him, everywhere he was touring? Let’s presume that it happened and the famous pianist found a famous piano repair specialist. Liberace paid him enough money to fix his favorite Grand Piano.
Poor Liberace is still continually hammering the aforementioned Grand Piano.
So take a wild guess… What happens next?It is very easy to guess: His famous pink Grand Piano will be ruined one more time again.
If you are still wondering why, this is the answer…
Because NOTHING had changed! The instrument was fixed, but the player is still hammering… So, if any singer who has undergone a vocal surgery will still continue singing in the same manner (as he did before), no doubts, the problem will reoccur and might get even worse the second time around.
Look at John Mayer.He removed one polyp, than regained two. Then removed two and regained more.
And lastly, look at Adele’s case.After
bleeding polyp surgery and five month of silence after the fact, she luckily
regained most of her voice.
But when (right before embarking on the performance
at the Grammy Awards in 2012) she was asked by the interviewer, who happened to
be CNN’s newscaster Anderson Cooper, “Do you think that it could happen to you
ever again? “Without any hesitation, Adele replied, ABSOLUTELY!
Naturally, the interviewer asked, “why”?
Adele replied, with absolute
certainty “If I decide to go on a 200-date world tour, it would
That said, being smart and aware that nothing had
changed with respect of her vocal technique whatsoever, she then totally
knew that the initial voice problem would occur over and over again.
We all know that she never went on any tour after
her vocal surgery.
As a matter of fact, I know that she wanted to take
a five-year break right after that occurrence.The whole ordeal scared
her out of her wits, understandably so.
Since she had the understanding that her vocal
application and technique of doing it before the vocal injury has not
been altered in any shape or form, she clearly was aware that the new vocal
injury most likely will still occur, and possibly multiple times.
The moral of it is: there is no change, without
If the vocal application and vocal technique are
not modified in such a way that the vocal cords and the whole vocal anatomy becomes
released from the pressure of the sound, the vocal injury will, no doubt, take
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Once, not too long ago, in my office/studio walked in a
middle-aged, pretty handsome Asian man with his wife. It was very sad to try to
speak with the man, as there was nothing else coming out of his mouth but
I could not understand one word he was trying to say. Then
his wife took over the “conversation”.
She told us a story that her husband had a cancer of
thyroid. Then the doctors first were trying to get rid of the cancer, they
conducted a surgical
procedure, which had paralyzed one of his
vocal cords (vocal paresis).
After he came out of the second surgery, his second vocal
cord was also completely paralyzed.
How horrible it might be for the man in his mid-40’s to have
difficulties, to the point that he could not form any sensible words!He came with the hope that I will offer him a magic pill and
a magic cure…?
On one hand, of course, you cannot blame him that he was
looking for a miracle.
On the other hand, how realistic is that?
I have explained to him that his condition cannot be cured,
either by me or anybody else for that matter.
But what I could have done for him is improve the quality of
his speaking; to improve clarity, annunciation and pronunciation, if not
for all words, but for the majority of the words.
How would I do this, you may ask?
With the great difficulty, a lot of patience, huge intensity
on both of our parts, employing the tedious Vocal Science ™ method and all
of my 40 years experience, dealing with the health related (and other kinds) of
I would teach him how to speak, employing facial muscles,
the use of which would make his voice at least 4 times more resonant and
Also, employing along with facial muscles, the abdominal
muscles, would allow him to have a greater support of the sound, the proper
lift of the sound off of the vocal box and thus he would become more
understood, which means his confidence would be improved by far and the quality
of life would be more enhanced and escalated.
Unfortunately, my prospective client could not understand
how he could use the different muscles (facial muscles working in full
conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles) and not the vocal
Too bad for him because, as far as I am concerned, this
tedious and intense, syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word Vocal Science™ technique is the
only hope he had.
Evidently, not all vocal severe damages are curable, but
almost all of them are treatable to some degree.
It requires the understanding, willingness and 'lovingness', an
open heart & soul and true belief in the improvement of one’s condition.
Without the above, there is no point for any of the parties
involved, to embark on such, not very easy at all, endeavor.
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