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).
Vocal Science. Practice makes perfect… but not always.
Over the years, I have possessed a lot of singers (or
wannabe singers), and also speakers who originally came to me for non-surgicalvoice repair to restore their speaking and singing voices.
Now, after certain amount of hours spent with me restoring their voices and re-learning how to really speak and/or sing, they naturally became
very excited and began to practice on their own, in spite of my warnings to
them to keep it in moderation.
I do understand that they are very excited to reach the new
higher grounds with their speaking and singing voices, but they do not
understand that the bad habits, which got them in trouble in the first place,
are still there and have been there much longer then the newly – found good
There is a saying: “Bad habits die hard”.
So what happens is; once my clients start practicing on
their own sooner than they were advised, the bad habits kick in and knock down the
newly-instilled good habits.
So the process begins all over again.
We have made three huge steps forward, but unfortunately,
one or even two steps back, which obviously had slowed down the process.
Everybody knows that if the alcoholic, while in recovery,
will try just a drop of alcohol, in no time, he will come back to drinking and
even heavier than before.
Also, the person (like myself) trying to lose weight and
adopt the new lifestyle, would go to a party and eat some sweets, convincing
herself that it will be only for that party time, will come back to eating the
wrong foods, which made her overweight in the first place, and which will bring
her weight to the same point when she had started, and possibly even higher.
The latest example is our Canadian figure skater, Kaetlyn Osmond who,
unfortunately, was sidelined for 6 weeks due to a broken leg.
Prior to that, in September of 2014, shebroke her ankle. She
went back to the competition and ended up with a broken leg. Just a few days
ago after a surgery, she came back to the Canada Skate Competition and ended up
landing each and every jump down on ice.
It was very painful to watch how this young beautiful girl was
desperately trying to prove to herself and everybody else that she is OK and
healed now and able to meet very high physical demands required by today’s
rules and regulations set by the Figure Skating Federation.
In my opinion, understanding how eager she was to come back
to what she does best, she came back too soon not once, but twice, got more
injuries and, no doubts, felt humiliated and extremely upset.
Her ankle, and respectively, her leg, simply could not
bear the weight of her body. At least not yet.
In my opinion, she should have stayed off of the ice a
little longer to make sure that her leg was completely healed and the strength of
the leg and the physical body overall had been fully restored.
The injured, (vocally or otherwise), people should
understand that they can not run ”marathons” right after the next day leaving
the rehab. Any injury requires proper healing and restoration of the strength of
the effected body part and recovery of the entire body as a whole.
So the conclusion of it is: If the unfortunate president happened,
please have patience to fully heal it and also, correct the bad habits which
brought you to the injury in the first place. Learn the new healthy habits and
store it in memory in such a way that you would not be able to act otherwise.
That will assure and insure your health and longevity… in
whatever you do.
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…