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Vocal Science - Vocally Speaking… As In Everything In Life, You Get Exactly What You Pay For. This Also Applies To Voice/Vocal Repair And Vocal Training.

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"When it is concerning the human anatomy, there are no “cutting corners”.

Yesterday, on November the 27th (traditionally) to celebrate my husband’s birthday, we went to Niagara Falls to watch a Christmas skating show know as Christmas On Ice.

We have been there last year and two years before, and I have to say the last year’s show was the worst out of all. There were only about 10% of the original cast participating in the show (skating, dancing and singing). We were wondering then why there were young and inexperienced skaters trying to resemble something remotely reminding the original show.

In all three categories, the performers were very amateur and clearly inexperienced. They were hardly rehearsed, the pace of the show was vary fast, vary loud and very chaotic. It was also very poorly directed.

Watching yesterday’s show, we were very pleased to see (for the most part) the original cast (experienced skaters, dancers and singers). They were outstanding!!

On the way back home,…

Vocal Science: We Will Make Your Bad Voice Days Good And Your Good Voice Days Better!

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You clearly feel and know that you have a voice issue, but your ENT Specialist declares that there is nothing wrong with you and he can not detect any voice problems from the medical point of view… So naturally, it makes you upset and confused and you don’t know what to do next.



Since our motto is that ‘your better voice tomorrow with start with us today’, we can pinpoint any mechanical problem(s) which your voice may experience. The fact is that from the physical point of view, everything within your vocal anatomy may seem to be intact. Therefore, you cannot blame a physician or ENT doctor for not seeing any problems with your voice.

If that is the case, you should realize that you have been using your voice incorrectly (Speaking and/or singing) and thus, most likely, you had dropped your voice in the lower-throat position.  Also, with incorrect breathing, you could have dried up your throat flora. 

Singers would probably realize that they have a voice issue a little faster then just re…

Vocally Speaking: Would you go to a Car Body Shop (instead of a car garage) to fix your car’s engine or transmission for that matter?

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The answer is… if (God forbid) you were involved in a car accident and the body of your car got damaged, you would probably need to go to a body shop…. wouldn’t you?However, on the other hand, if your engine or transmission were acting up, then you definitely would want to check with a qualified mechanic who, nevertheless, specializes in “car mechanics arts” in a manner of speaking.
One of my prospective clients had been diagnosed with two (nevertheless) voice disorders, which are clearly of a mechanical nature, as one of them is Muscle Tension Dysphonia and the other is named Sulcus Vocalis (unhealthy gap between the vocal cords).
Both of those voice issues are caused by a misuse of the voice i.e., by straining the vocal cords and pushing/pulling the voice out onto the surface; and instead, by default, placing it right into the neck muscles.
Needless to say, during those actions, Muscle Tension Dysphonia had been initiated.
Meanwhile, the strained vocal cords also got tired of being push…

Vocal Science: We make your voice make sense!

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What do we mean by that? Firstly, any person should possess a healthy voice which is also consistent with the persons' height, weight and the their inner ‘make-up’ in general.

Sometimes, and luckily not too often, you can see a quite petite woman, but yet hear her heavy and 'bassy' voice.

A good example would be two well-known actresses (one of whom is also a singer). The singer/actress is Miley Cyrus and the other actress is Julia Stiles - pretty girls that are speaking with much heavier voices then their physiques would ever suggest. 

We, in fact, at The Royans Professional Vocal School, would be able to get rid of the heaviness and thickness of their quite-low voices. If they (or them alike) embraced the Vocal Science technique, their voices would be lifted off of their (somewhat) heavy and thick vocal cords, which were given to them at birth.

The thicker the vocal cords are, the lower voice will prevail.
And, on the contrary, if the person possesses very thin vocal cords, t…

Vocal Science… Are you “Out of the Circle” Figuratively (or not) Speaking…?

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“What do you mean by that”, you, my reader, may ask?’
To explain better, I first will give you an example concerning figure skating, which will be very-much-so related to our topic on voice mechanics down the road.I think, by now, a lot of you know that I am a big fan of figure skating (and ballet for that matter); and in my childhood and adolescence, I was taking skating for many years and taking it very seriously. Given that, I know a lot about it, even though that I did not become a professional figure skater myself (to my dismay and biggest disappointment).





I just recently (watching live and on TV, Skate Canada) witnessed some skaters literally stepping out of the “circle”. Our Canadian pair (Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford) skated fabulously; but then Meagan fell on a free skate, indeed, stepping out of the circle.  The commentator, Tracy Wilson, said (with these the exact same words) “She gets out of the circle and really came down hard”.
This was obviously an unfortun…

Vocal Science: Assessing Your “Instrument” and You as a “Player”… So To Speak.

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Let’s find out what you’ve got! And also, let’s find out what I mean by definition of the “instrument” and the “player”.



What I mean by the “instrument” is the height and weight of the person, his/her outer and inner “opening” of the vocal anatomy as well as the pitch and tonality of their voice; not to mention many other components, which will also come into play (in a manner of speaking). Quite often, I have been asked if it is possible to increase the capacity of one’s “instrument”. I can compare it with extending an average sized keyboard to a much bigger upright piano, so that it would be possible to recite on it, let’s say, a Concerto by Tchaikovsky (or something like this of that caliber).
My answer is that it is possible to a degree.
Over the years, I had singing students coming to me, possessing a very small mouth, short height and small body frame overall. Due to my very specially designed speech and singing exercises, I was definitely able to stretch their mouth opening quit…