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.