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.
Lately, for some mysterious reason,
I hear more and more from people who used to be able to sing (or even
professional singers with voice issues) contemplating to receive the treatment
for their voice problems from speech therapists or speech pathologists…? How logical is that?
to me, it does not make any sense, as none of the above were ever trained how
to become a singer or, nevertheless, knowing how to sing and, furthermore, how
to treat singers from vocal diseases. Moreover, some of them actually suffer
themselves from MTD (Muscle tension Dysphonia) or even SD (Spasmodic Dysphonia).
their “claim to fame” is that they
had (and majority of them still have) such vocal disorders themselves.
brag about it, trying to convince a potential sufferer that they know all about
it, since they have been suffering from the same thing…?
question is: if they have been suffering from such disorders described above, how
did they get it in the first place?
wild guess would be…
The first question you have to ask yourself is: How did you end up with such a nasty diagnosis?
You may ask yourself: What have I been doing wrong with respect to my speaking or my singing voice for that matter?
Analyzing the above while looking for the answer, you may remember that you had a bad cold or virus… At that time, your voice got quite compromised and it became raspy and hoarse. You, meanwhile, were trying to clear your throat quite hard and pushed and pulled your voice (also quite hard) to make it clearer and louder…
By doing all of those things, you no doubt strained your vocal cords, and are now have been experiencing the consequences of such actions. In the end, you ended up with pain in your throat, with an even more raspy and hoarse voice and, in some cases, perhaps with breathing difficulties. By the way, the latter may bring you to the next undesirable diagnosis - you may acquire asthma-like symptoms… God forbid.
To get to all of the above, you perhaps used your voice…
- Case Study #2: Brenda Mooers of Calgary, Alberta Canada -
Brenda arrived to our establishment on November 1st 2018. She is a 51 year old woman who has been going through hormonal changes. Sometime prior to inquiring about our services, Brenda went to a medical doctor and presented her problem to him.
Her doctor prescribed testosterone needles, which had to be administered to Brenda by her husband on an everyday basis. But… incidentally, the doctor prescribed a triple dose of the latter (3 milligrams instead of 0.3 milligrams). Moreover, this very doctor never ordered a blood test to detect the exact amount of testosterone she would actually need (if any…?).
So our doomed client diligently followed her doctor’s wrong instructions and suddenly discovered that her voice tone dropped 3 levels below her normal voice; and at that lower level position, her voice started to crack and then became raspy and hoarse. Moreover, she started growing body and facial hair…!