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).
Voice Repair. Pre-New Year's Resolution. Should you wait any longer to fix your voice problems?
Yes, of course, you can
convince yourself to postpone it until next year, as you now will be
busy with the holidays, holiday shopping, your children and whatnot. But
should you really wait and put it on the back burner? Some things in
our lives cannot wait for better days or better weather.
would like to offer you one of the examples which I cannot forget for,
already, a few years now. I have received an email from a very
distraught woman who is a singer/songwriter and a solo guitar player.
This is her story:
Few years before the email to me, she got diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord.
She didn't think much of it, as she was busy with her shows and
performances. She, of course, felt that her speaking voice and her
singing voice was not the same, but she learned how to hide it and how
to get around it.
eventually, there came the time when it was not possible to ignore it
any longer. Her higher range virtually disappeared and thus she had to
transpose her songs two tones down. Her speaking voice started to go
noticeably and her singing voice was also reducing its quality and range
she had no other choice but to go to an ENT specialist who ordered an
immediate vocal surgery. At that point, she had no other choice but to
agree to the surgical interference.
I'm the medical world; it is a protocol to take any removed growth (from any organ, for that matter) to pathology.
When the results came back, they reviled that the polyp, which they have removed, was malignant (cancerous).
that said if that poor woman would agree to deal with the growth on her
vocal cord surgically or non-surgically, nothing like that would have
the e-mail, we have connected over the phone and mainly have spoken
with the husband and not her. When I asked her to pick up the phone (at
that point, it was 3 months after the vocal surgery), she still could
not speak and was, at best, whispering.
could not understand a word she was saying and asked to put her husband
back on the phone with me. After he picked up the receiver, I had to
outright tell him that I would not be able to help his wife at this
It was simply too late and out of my jurisdiction.
And frankly, in my opinion, anyone else's for that matter.
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…