Wednesday, December 27, 2017

“Speakaholics Anonymous”… What Do We Mean By That?



For many years, we have been attending to various people with speech problems, possessing voice disorders like:
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Polyps on the vocal cords
  • Nodules on the vocal cords
  • Cysts and lesions on the vocal cords
  • Acid reflux & simply… strained vocal cords
My answer would be to go ahead and only ahead and beat all the bad habits; and once it’s done, keep practicing (ongoing) the new adapted habits - instruction, diet, nutrition, newly adapted posture,  physical fitness in general, etc.

All of the above voice issues would cause the sufferer (the least to say) a hoarse and raspy voice, unclear enunciation and pronunciation and even partial voice loss…

So with all of the above, they come to us for non-surgical voice repair coupled with natural herbal treatment.

Nevertheless, it is a vigorous, very intense and detailed process with, unfortunately, some setbacks…

I have my own definition for the latter. I call it a “Vocal Swamp”.


“Speakaholics Anonymous”… What Do We Mean By That?
The person who would get “sucked into the swamp” may think that with their very last effort and attempt, they will come out of it; but that “swamp” may play a trick on them and suck them right back in again… and very quickly.

Similarly, when the sufferer thinks that they had finally beaten their very nasty voice problem, they may begin to experience (sometimes numerous) setbacks. 

It, understandably, can be a very disappointing and frustrating endeavour. But what choice do they have? Should they give up now after all of their effort and investment of their time, energy and yes, money as well, or should they persevere and continue to “push forward”?

Of course, like nature suggests (in the animal kingdom); the strong will survive and become stronger, while the weak will die off. So my client and I continue our journey and, nevertheless, are succeeding in our voice repair process. And then, just before the end, there is a next setback…

My client, while beginning to feel better (while gradually acquiring their normal voice back), starts to deviate from their suggested-to-them diet and supplements. But, more importantly…, THEY COULD NOT STOP TALKING!

Many times, I give examples to my clients of those athletes who got injured and ended up in rehab. However, when they are discharged from the rehab, they usually don’t begin to run marathons right away…

They continue doing, suggested by the doctors, special exercises; learning first how to walk slowly (often with the walker or crutches), then without, and then they (very gradually) introduce their regular routines back into their lives.  My clients, however, immediately acquire what I call “Verbal Diarrhea”. I often joke that even a “Russian Tank” would not be able to stop them from talking. LOL. 

However, in reality. the above statement is not really funny.

What happens next is that they lose a very valuable message which was “instilled” in them during numerous hours of instruction; but because it was not really “confirmed” just yet, it disappeared rather quickly; and now they will have to go through the whole restoration of the message itself and, of course, their voice…

Sometimes the latter could be quite a growling process. 

I could compare it with an alcoholic who attended A.A for months, kept sober for a bit and then (just for the holidays) had a “little drink”…

Everybody knows that when you are trying to get rid of any addictions (and the wrong use of voice is no different then any other addiction). 

The example of similar addictions would be something along the lines of: weight gain/loss, body building, gambling, smoking, drinking and, of course, many other ones of the same kind.

With that said, when the voice problem sufferer “strays away” (just a little) from their healthy routines, no doubt, they will be back to their bad habits in no time… unfortunately. 

Is it hard to stay on tack - you, my reader, may ask? Very hard indeed! But what choice do we have?


Attention all voice problem sufferers!

Remember that now it is the holiday time, and thus the hardest time to stay on track on every level.

But with this in mind, please love yourself and don’t sabotage your newly-adapted way of speaking…and living for that matter…!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Clearer Speech? More Sound Singing…? It’s Got to be the Vocal Science Method!



In the previous years, I had worked a lot with amateur singers who were labeled as wannabe singers. A lot of them were recognized by various talent scouts and agents, especially when they were appearing in karaoke clubs or open mic events in a variety of bars and clubs.

Once upon a time, one of my beginner students was brought up by her husband to a big karaoke club to show him what she had achieved with only 5 hours of instruction (by that time) with me. She told me that she was very nervous and, understandably, felt very insecure…

However, she also told me that she remembered what we still call to this day “smile and bite”, as well as to also enunciate and pronounce her words with absolute clarity and to the best of her abilities.
Before she finished her song, (to my memory, it was a song called “Time After Time” – by Cindy Lauper), she was helped down from stage by a person who came up to her and praised her on her vocal performance.

He continued talking to her, bringing her to his table and, first and foremost, he told her that he totally knows where, and with whom, she has been taking her singing lessons.

“I believe it is that Russian lady you are going to who is located on Sheppard and Yonge? (within Toronto, Ontario Canada)”

With the above statement, my student was absolutely shocked!

“How could he know that?” she thought.

He said “I am a talent scout, and I am seeing Diana’s students everywhere… They are all smiling and using their cheekbone muscles; and also they are always in tune, standing on stage like ballerinas (with perfect posture), and mainly, you could understand every word they are singing.”

My student was so surprised that she had completely forgotten that her husband was actually sitting on the other side of the room, waiting for her to join him. The talent scout, however, had no idea that she even came with the husband, as he only spotted her on stage.

Approximately two hours later, my student realized that her husband did not know what’s going on and probably was upset, thinking that she just got picked up by another man… Realizing that, she quickly returned to their original table, but her husband was nowhere to be found…
To make the long story short, the husband simply left and was refusing all night to come back to pick her up.

We are talking about the year 1991. We are also talking about an Italian family where in, that era, the wives were fully dependent on their spouses and primarily did not drive, or did not even know (geographically speaking for that matter) what was happening outside of their household.
That whole karaoke experience nearly brought my student to a divorce... Go figure!

However, to finish on a positive note, after completing a course with me, she had approached the talent scout “in question” (with the blessing of her husband. LOL) and then actually ended up being enrolled in his agency’s roaster…

With the above said, evidently, The Vocal Science technique speaks for itself! There is a wholesome body and voice mechanism which takes place.  Once the components of that mechanism are in place, the wannabe singer first moves up to a semi-professional singer; and then finally, after perfecting and polishing their craft, moves on to a professional category.

Needless to say… when my singers are on stage, or heard on the radio, my “Vocal Science™ method signature” is always present!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Attention Parents! Give your child a gift of a desired voice, confidence and self-esteem!



Our Vocal Science™ Program can help your child achieve all of the above with guaranteed results.


Let’s say that your child desires to be in a school musical play, may want to sing in a choir, would also want to have better presentations and thus, better marks at school. - Let’s make it happen, as no child likes to fail in front of their friends or feel rejected for that matter…

I have always said that the voice is the “spirit” which needs to be discovered, uncovered and unleashed to its full potential… Once that happens, the clarity, annunciation, pronunciation and projection of the child’s voice will become more noticeable and thus will attract the attention of other children and, of course, the teachers and mentors.

Once your child’s voice is “heard”, their confidence will also soar and he/she will become that much more self-assured. So, as a result of that, (the least to say) they will gain a lot more friends during the school years and for the years ahead.


If the above does not happen, the child, who then becomes a young adult, will carry their inability to communicate properly; and therefore will most likely not become successful in their business and/or their personal relationships. The fear of speaking, let along singing, or just simple casual communication with anyone, will simply be compromised…

Running The Royans Professional Vocal School for almost three and a half decades, we have met a lot of adult students who have been carrying their childhood inadequacies throughout all those years.

They still appear to be shy, overly soft spoken with a very laid back personalty and with not many achievements in their adulthood lives.

By our observation, the majority of them (in their childhood or adolescence) never embarked on any activities such as sports, music or (let alone) singing.

Most of them either had no relationships at all, or were separated or divorced from their spouses.

Very little amount of them had any viable careers or post-secondary education for that matter.

How sad is that?

Very sad indeed!

So you, my dear parents, could easily provide for your child’s future by giving them an opportunity to realize their dreams; and thus allowing them to become the full-rounded person where the mind will meet with the body, the heart and the soul…

Where their intellectual understanding will become integrated with the mental, physical, emotional and vocal component.

Where the mind will also be able to give the command to the child’s motor skills to actually be able to “walk and chew the gum at the same time”. Sadly enough, some adults still can not do the above!


We hope that, by reading this, you will get the message…

Please do not let your child down!


Love your children enough to provide for their well-rounded and successful future!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Have you ever had a thought, or were even told, that you could not sing… but really had the desire to do so?



Were you also, perhaps, ordered to keep your mouth shut and not to sing…ever…?


For the majority of you, it was happening in your childhood, but had this “minor insult” really left your mind now that you are in your adulthood? Not really… as it appears to be. More and more people are inquiring about singing lessons who had never sung before and, nevertheless, would dare to sing at all! 

How so; you, my reader, may ask? Apparently, the majority of those people were traumatized in their school’s music programs, choirs, auditions for music plays and what have you; or even some family gatherings like Christmas caroling during Christmas time, etc. Now these traumatized individuals finally decided to find out the truth and to discover whether or not they could actually sing.

Luckily for them, the Vocal Science technique is designed to give the gift of singing to practically anybody! Very recently, we were running a Healthy Voice/Vocal Workshop and one of our participants named Veronica happened to be one of those people who we spoke about in the above paragraphs.

This is her feedback which she had provided us after her participation in our workshop.

“I attended a vocal workshop that Diana Yampolsky ran this past weekend. Saying "amazing" or "incredible" will be understatement.
When I was learning to play piano at the music school I had to take singing classes as part of curriculum. But I was so bad, that teacher told me to only open my mouth and not make a sound! No one actually took time to explain what singing is all about, mechanics of It, or bother with actual teaching.

Now I understand that no one new Diana's revolutionary method, neither they had her gifts to hear, see and coach a rookie to become a professional singer. She was able to help me produce such an incredible sound that for a moment I thought I am Cher!...

I also realized that one weekend is not enough and I am planning to take a recommended by Diana course, to be able to sing for myself or friends with confidence and comfort for everyone's ear. Nevertheless, one thing for sure: Listening songs on a radio became bothersome experience, as now I can hear all the unprofessional sounds, originated either using vocal cords and putting them under excessive pressure or simply using the nose to produce the sound!

Diana, it is no doubt that most of the singers are lacking your professional and phenomenal coaching!



The Vocal Science™ method works in a way which can be compared with fine acupuncture. The experienced acupuncturist would know the exact spot where to put that fine needle to trigger the desired nerve or organ,  which obviously appears to be out of balance, so to speak.

Similarly, I could guide my ‘doomed wannabe singer’ to a place where they should “humber” the sound; and thus, will be able to produce that sound in a certain way where their voice will sound more then decent and actually adequate. To do so, it takes a lot of mastery, expertise and experience from my side, as well as a lot of patience, effort and energy from my (to be) singing student.

With that said, for the local people, we offer what we call an Introductory/Exploratory Session to be able to define what and who we will be working with and whether or not it will be workable; and, if it is is, to what extent for that matter.

For the record, in the above statement, I am not concerned about the condition of the voice of the given person. I am concerned about them; their personality, dedication and abilities to set goals and being able to enjoy the process of achieving them.

The latter is, no doubt, the recipe for success!

Voice.., Life.., Prosperity Forward… 
To the Universe, where the sky is the limit!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What are the Symptoms of Muscle Tension Dysphonia and What Are The Treatments Available for That Voice Disorder?



The term Muscle Tension Dysphonia is a general term which could be associated with an imbalance in the muscle’s coordination and breathing patterns required to create a voice. Muscle Tension Dysphonia (often called MTD) may occur on its own, or as a result of a strained voice being pulled into the neck muscles. The reason behind this disorder is not always clear. It may be triggered by allergies, illness, acid reflux or whichever other means...

Symptoms -

The most common symptoms for this disorder is a change in voice quality, often associated with discomfort of the vocal cords (or voice box) while speaking or singing. Also, almost always, symptoms like hoarseness and rapines will be associated with an increased effort to talk or sing, coupled with subsequent fatigue during continuous voice use.

Treatment -

There is an alternative form of voice therapy which is the gold standard for the treatment of Muscle Tension Dysphonia. There are no other known treatments (outside of the Vocal Science™ Method and Technique) that can restore the muscle balance in the vocal mechanism. With that said, this unique form of therapy will help alleviate the above vocal symptoms.

If, by any chance, you suffer from any of the above voice disorders, you are welcome to contact us via our email: info@vocalscience.com Or you can call us at: 416-857-8741

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Part 2, Neo-Singing…? Neo-Skating… Anything Else?

What do we mean by that?We mean… NO singing and NO skating… per say.



“It’s quality of skating, not quantity of jumps” - states Canadian figure skating champion, Patric Chan.

“Skating can be rewarded” -  said the figure skating commentator, Rod Black, after the U.S. well-known skater, James Brown’s ice performance.

James Brown himself said: “ Of course, I can land ripples and quads, but not in the expense of the artistry!”

Given all that, in this case, the skaters themselves are revolting against “ice acrobatics” and overall “ice circus”, so to speak. They actually have been missing the artistry of their craft, as well as poise and grace, which had always made figure skating field a very special place where they had an opportunity to show off their very special skills (and not just very dangerous and vigorous jumps which, in turn, could, at any time, become very detrimental to their body’s anatomy and physiology).

I just watched a pre-holiday movie where the top female figure skater had been badly injured; and thus was attending an out-of-town rehab trying to recuperate and overcome her injury. In the midst of that, she had met an also badly injured (in the past) used-to-be well known, hockey player.

They became friends and throughout this relationship, they both realized that there is more to life then vigorous competitions which literally put their lives in danger, and leave them with one and only option to take the pain killers to numb the pain in order to get through their tasks…

How sad is that?

It is sad indeed, as both sports require enormous human effort to reach the top and stay on top. The debatable question is… Is it really worth it? Evidently, both characters from the aforementioned movie came to the conclusion that it isn not; and, in my opinion, rightfully so.


Now, let’s look at singing, or the lack there of…

On the contrary, less and less effort to get on top of that game is required. 

As shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent or even The Voice, suggest that no effort is required or no “dues” should be paid by the artist, trying to climb to the top.

The message those shows are conveying:
“Don’t worry, you can easily get discovered; and then you will become an “instant star" after which, however, you might lose your voice.… But don’t worry… 

It is a known fact that there is always another wannabe artist waiting in line.

So the organizers of those shows are not worrying too much…

However, if you get lucky and get on top, but still do not really know how to sing, no worries at all…

They will build you a forty million dollar stage.  
They will hand you a self-tuning microphone.
They will play for you a pre-recorded version of your song backstage and teach you which peddle to press to get the sound to match your recording… They can even suggest some lip-syncing for that matter.

How pathetic is that? I am personally lost for words…

It has become clear that any real training towards vocal technique is simply eliminated; and it almost looks like it is completely obsolete these days… However, there is always a price to pay for the above, like for everything else in life.

The vocal technique was not present, and now the voice is lost and thus became non-functional. What is the next step? 
The next step is a vocal operation.  
Some of those interventions were pretty successful, but did anything change? In fact, it did… to some degree.

Let’s examine Adele’s situation:

In 2012, the bleeding polyp was successfully removed from her vocal cord; and once the vocal anatomy healed (after she was ordered not to speak or sing for five months), she attempted to resume her singing career.

However, to her credit, she really did not want to do that, as being a very smart and down-to-Earth woman, she had the understanding that nothing (in reality) had changed.

The surgeons in Boston performed a very complicated vocal surgery and completed it with absolute excellence.

So Adele’s “instrument” got fixed; but what about the “player”?

Was she shown any different/new technique or application of her singing and/or speaking voice, for that matter? 

Evidently not!

So being forced to continue her journey, and then (5 years  later), she came to the same result. She could not complete her tour due to the new damage to her vocal anatomy.

On that note… should we be surprised?

In my opinion, we should not. In fact, I would be more surprised if it didn’t happen, because in that instance, it would be simply a miracle.

To conclude:


My take on the above is such.

I think that we should not try to adapt to the new standards and so called “progress” to today’s society. We should rather try to bring and implement the old, good, classic standards to the so-called “modern society”.


To see part one on the same topic (named “Neo” Classical Ballet…? What’s That..? Let’s Find Out… For Whatever It’s Worth!") please click on the title. 

"The Unique Application of an Alternative Speech/Singing Method may be the Best Approach for Post-Stroke & 'Various Accidents' Survivors."


Short but intense round of alternative speech therapy may be a better solution for restoring language skills lost to a stroke than any traditional methods. 

Specialists have found that stroke/post-stroke survivors who have difficulty in speaking or understanding speech, showed some good improvements in language and communication skills after a short term of intense speech therapy. 

Language impairment occurs in more than a third of people after a stroke; but up to 60% still have language impairments for more than six months after a stroke. This condition in medical terms is known as chronic aphasia. 

Sometimes speech may return all of a sudden on its own even without treatment. This condition happens generally after a minor stroke. If the stroke survivor’s speech returns, it often happens within a few days, although this happens quite rarely. Anyone who has suffered from a severe stroke, causing significant damage to one’s speech pattern, needs a specialized form of voice rehabilitation in order to regain their speech.

This form of voice rehabilitation (known as the Vocal Science™ Method) has been proven to help post stroke/accident survivors regain vocal skills lost by damage sustained during the stroke or accident. This method of voice/vocal rehabilitation will include physical body movements and specialized vocal instruction that will teach the voice disorder sufferer how to correctly and effectively use their speaking (and, if applicable, singing) voice.

This method of treatment will indeed teach the voice disorder sufferer how to use and improve their speaking skills; however, depending on the severity of the post-stroke/accident symptoms, the time of voice recovery may vary.

The process of the human voice recovering from a stroke is difficult and it takes a lot of motivation and patience. With that said, stick with the voice recovery process and your hard work will surely pay off. Also, be realistic about your recovery. While some people have minor brain damage and minor aphasia, others have more severe damage and may not be able to completely recover their voices after their initial stroke. Therefore, it is imperative that you come into this form of alternative speech therapy with realistic goals in mind and a realistic mindset with respect of the level of complete voice recovery. 

While no shortcut exists for hard work and time, this form of voice restoration can certainly make the recovery process more efficient. Having a program that tailors to your recovery needs, in combination with the latest discoveries of voice enhancement, can increase your chances of reaching your potential; and in a shorter time than you may have thought possible.
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For more information on Voice Disorder Treatments for those who had their voices compromised due to a stroke or accident, contact The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair. Info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Is Spasmodic Dysphonia & How is it Treated?



Spasmodic Dysphonia is a voice disorder caused by a neurological condition, affecting your speech. This disorder can affect all ages and can develop at any time.

With this voice-related problem, movement of the vocal cords if forced and strained resulting in a jerky, hoarse, tight or groaning voice. If you are affected with Spasmodic Dysphonia, the muscles inside your vocal cords may receive some abnormal nerve signals that cause to vibrate your vocal cords uncontrollably at a time. 

Symptoms of Spasmodic Dysphonia


At first, the symptoms may be mild and they may occur only occasionally. With the passing time, they may worsen and become more frequent before they even out.

The main symptom of spasmodic dysphonia is a forced movement of the muscles inside the vocal cords. This can cause a strained voice. Words you speak may be dragged out or broken while you talk. The symptoms may also include:

A hoarse voice
You have difficulty producing air when you speak
There is too much air behind your words (excessive breathy voice)
Difficulty swallowing liquids and food

A mild form of this vocal disorder (what is known as muscle tension dysphonia), could also compromise your speech making your words difficult to understand. Moreover, these symptoms may get worse when a person is fatigued and/or stressed, not to mention the intense speaking with an improper voice application or singing with an improper vocal technique.

What causes it and who is at risk?


This condition can develop at any age. During this time, you may assume that there is a structural problem with your voice box, vocal cords or some other part of your throat.

The main causes and risk factors for muscle tension dysphonia or spasmodic dysphonia can come from more than one source. Some people with the condition of spasmodic dysphonia appear to have an abnormality with their nervous system, which produces an organic tremor of the vocal cords. While others may have dystonia, another kind of neurological disorder that creates abnormal muscle tone.


What treatment options are available?


There is no known cure for spasmodic dysphonia, but there are treatments available that will help you significantly relieve its symptoms. 

There is a form of alternative speech therapy that can teach you to improve your muscle control and correct your breathing that can help you speak more clearly.

For more information about available treatments for muscle tension dysphonia or spasmodic dysphonia, please contact The Royans Institute for non-surgical voice repair – Specializing in alternative voice restoration, rehabilitation and enhancement | info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“Neo” Classical Ballet…? What’s That..? Let’s Find Out… For Whatever It’s Worth!



This time, my reader,  I’m not writing about singing, speech or even voice repair (those services which I advocate for almost 4 decades). This time, I’m going to express my opinion about what’s happening in the arts world – will it be music, ballet, figure skating or what have you.

This past Saturday, on October the 28th, My husband and I paid a “gazillion” amount of money to attend a Canada All-Star Ballet Gala which was held in one of Toronto’s most prestigious venues for the arts which is now called the Sony Centre (formally known as O’Keefe Center).

I, however, am a big fan of both - ballet and figure skating.

In fact, in figure skating (which also entails a lot of ballet elements), I myself have spent over a decade skating; first for the professional career and then just recreationally. My very serious education in music, and also my dedication to music, took over my (also very serious) hobbies such as ballet and figure skating.

Evidently, a lot changed ever since my childhood and so did the concept of my favourite leisure pursuits. 

Let’s start with my favourite Ballet dancers – Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev. Both of them studied and graduated from Leningrad Vaganova’s highly-acclaimed School of Ballet.

At that time, the very high standards of CLASSIC BALLET were in high-gear and were embedded to every ballet dancer from an early age; and as soon as they entered such institution via a very strict selection based on true talent and specific body structure requirements. 

However, here in North America, everything is about money… unfortunately. 

The child (or adult, for that matter) could be over 200 pounds or so and, in a manner of speaking, with two flat (and “left”) feet; but as long as the money is paid, the rest, evidently, does not even matter… How sad and pathetic is that? 

However, this is life in North America and I guess we have to except it as it comes. I though, personally, have a very hard time with it.

In fact, in my business, I have always chosen to rather lose money, but tell the truth when I was asked if a certain child or adult under my care could someday make it professionally. And if the truth of the matter was that I did not think so, the parent or the young adult were solely advised about it.

However, there is nothing wrong in doing it recreationally. In fact, one of my clients just forwarded to me a beautiful article which suggests that music (and singing in particular) could do a lot of good to a person health-wise, positive emotions-wise, confidence-wise, etc.

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But let’s now return back to the professional field of dancing:

When the talent meets the right training, that’s where the world’s names, like Mikhail Baryshnikov & Rudolf Nureyev, had been scouted, “sculpted” and created.

But then, there were different times…



The word Classical Ballet meant grace, poise and specific standards of each and every minutest movement produced by a ballet dancer. Those talented and well-trained dancers were able to perform (with absolute excellence) in such classic ballets like Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker - those are just to name a few. 

The music for the above listed ballets was written by such classic composers like Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, etc.

On that note, I would like to thank God that their brilliant music had not gotten changed (at least not just yet…)?

However, the classical ballet (now known as Neo classical) had unfortunately changed a lot!

In this gala, nevertheless, my husband and I came to appreciation of a mastery of every member of the cast (I believe 16 of them from the various European & North American ballet theatres). However, the dance, about 95 percent of the time, was rather a modern “parody” on a classical ballet we once knew and got accustomed to and fell in love with.

To me, it was quite disheartening and very strange watching their very high-quality performance; but the dancers themselves had been dressed up in very strange costume attire…

The “last straw” for me was where the principal dancer (Svetlana Lunkina of National Ballet, formally of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow) came out to dance a part of Swan Lake Ballet dressed in something resembling, what looked like, pyjama shorts (to put it politely…)

No traditional tutu, or feathers for that matter, were present…

At this point, I finally took a wild guess realizing that what I have witnessed was what they now call ‘Neo Classical Ballet’.

Pathetic…? INDEED!! 
I wonder what’s going to be next?
Will the music (let’s say… by Tchaikovsky) be remixed into something like EDM, God forbid…?

Actually, on second thought, as pathetic as it sounds, the above actually would fit better to this so-called “Neo” interpretation of once known as classical form and genre.

Wouldn’t that actually be funny… if, nevertheless, it wasn’t so sad?

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My other hobby is cars and I just saw, in two separate instances, a yellow Mercedes and an orange BMW parked near stores and restaurants. It also looked a little strange to me, as classic high-end cars like Mercedes and BMW, in my opinion, should be painted in, (so to speak) classic colours like black, white or silver. These type of cars should not look “funky” opposed to small, inexpensive, no-big-names cars.

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Anyways, I guess, I have now expressed my frustration with this form of art; and now, to top it all off, my other frustration with “modern” figure skating as well (which lately reminds me of a glorified “circus on ice”).

All those performers are constantly injuring themselves (putting their bodies under enormous strain) to amuse others…

Where are the Russian pioneer skaters, like Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, who glided on ice like ballet dancers, using music by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninov…? In my opinion, that was real artistry on ice!

Today, if a skater cannot jump 3 or more triple axels or quads during the program, he or she will not be qualified for any serious competitions. Those, however, who can, very often, become severely injured; and, evidently, end up facing a lot of obstacles with their health in general… Today, it is not about arts; it is about delivering amusement at all costs & money paid for it.
For the true lovers of arts (like me) it is indeed very disappointing and, nevertheless, extremely frustrating…

However, I’m not done yet… Stay tuned for my “humble opinion” of the, nowadays, “modern” music scene… Till then, my reader… Thank you for takin the time reading the above. I would love to hear your opinion on the above mentioned matters.

Monday, October 23, 2017

What Is Chronic Laryngitis? Causes, Symptoms & Its Treatment!

Chronic Laryngitis


In laryngitis, you will find that laryngeal mucous membrane is congested, swollen and is full of mucus. Chronic laryngitis happens as a result of continual attacks of acute laryngitis. Since the larynx is responsible for producing voice, this can naturally affect the voice of any individual.

Causes


Excessive use of the voice for singing, especially in a dusty atmosphere, often leads to chronic laryngitis. Heavy smoking, exposure to chemicals, poisonous fumes and harmful gases can also cause this disease. Breathing from the mouth and obstruction of the nasal sinus can precipitate chronic laryngitis. Also, in some cases, respiratory diseases such as influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and the common cold can cause chronic laryngitis.

Symptoms


Hoarseness in the voice/Lost voice
Throat irritation (itchiness and scratchiness)
Difficulty in swallowing
Swollen lymph codes
Change in voice
Pain in throat

Treatment


If your chronic laryngitis is caused by smoking, drinking alcohol, voice overuse or work-related exposures, your doctor will likely advise you to follow the standard prevention guidelines. As well as, he/she may also refer you to an alternative voice care speech therapist. This form of therapy (known as the Vocal Science™ Method and Technique) teaches you to use your voice correctly and avoid speaking in ways that might re-injure your vocal cords.

The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offers a unique and revolutionary non-surgical program that will not only help you to repair your voice, it will also teach you how to use your voice correctly according to the standards of professional speaking/singing. By getting the treatment for the cause, and not only for the symptoms of your vocal problems, you will never face the same vocal issues again.




Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Vocal Science™ Method is No Doubt “Sweat and Drench Workout of the Body”… But it is “Music” for the Mind, Soul and Voice.


I am sure, my readers, that you, most likely, are puzzled with the very intriguing title of this blog. What do we mean by “sweat and drench workout of the body”, you may ask?

I have explained in numerous publications that the Vocal Science™ method is a very unique and holistic approach to voice mechanics and the human being as a whole. The physiology and anatomy of one’s physical makeup, in this instance, is literally treated as a person’s “instrument” (in a manner of speaking).

Any musical instrument (before the player attempts to extract the maximum capacity of it) has to be tuned and has to be intact, to say the least.

Unfortunately, majority of our clients do not come to our institution with "very sound" physical bodies; I.e., some of them are not at all fit and practically unable to “walk and chew the gum at the same time”, figuratively speaking.

To restore someone's voice and put it back to balance, takes an enormous effort from me (the voice specialist) and, nevertheless, from the person in question. My method requires a lot of physical fitness, as the restoration of the voice via speaking and singing exercises, is coupled with certain physical movements of the upper and lower limbs.

"Alex Norman: Former student
Lead singer of illscarlet - Sony BMG Music Canada"
In order to lift the voice off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, I often ask the client to walk towards me on their tippy toes with their arms thrown above their heads.

The above is the ideal position; however, I have a lot of flexibility and alternatives for those who could not achieve such movements and thus I substitute the most difficult ones (with respect of physical fitness) with much less intense ones.

One of my clients ( granted with a little excess weight) wore a special fitness smartwatch which showed us at the end of the 2 hour session that she achieved four thousand steps throughout the duration of the session.

This provided her, and others, with the perfect fitness tune-up and regimen; and like many others, she said “Who needs go to the gym for a workout after that!”

Indeed!

I’ve seen a lot of “sweat and tears”, so to speak, throughout the many years of employing my very own and very unique Vocal Science method and technique.

Natural selection - the stronger cub may succeed; the week one will never survive.
After the 6 months being by momma bear's side & learning how to hunt, the cubs will be left on their own...
Momma bear will walk away in hopes that her cubs had been trained enough by her & could survive on their own without them being by her side.  
Needless to say, via "natural selection", the strong ones succeeded; the week ones never did.
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Many publications who profiled the Vocal Science™ method, often mentioned that it is “definitely not for the faint of heart”.

I strongly agree with the above quote.

So those who can reciprocate this very disciplined approach, I.e., physically, intellectually, emotionally and vocally, would no doubt succeed with their goal to restore and regain their speaking and/or singing voice and, as a consolation prize, become a much better speaker and/or singer.

Through this regiment, they would also become much more focused, more assertive and needless to say, much more confident...

In Russia , we used to say: In a healthy body lives a healthy spirit.


I always, in the past and present, said that the voice (figuratively, and otherwise, speaking) is your spirit which we have to discover, uncover and "make it soar with the ease of the Eagles" and, nevertheless, address it to it’s aimed destination.

Now the voice is restored and it is, minimum to say, "flying"!

This is becoming to be "music to my ears", as of course, needless to say, the happiness, the confidence, the satisfaction after the hard work conquering the voice issues is overwhelming for my voice repair clients.

Way to go guys!

Majority of them say "Diana, we are forever in your debt as you finally put us back into our vocal shoes"...

They say "We love you!

I say, "I love you more!!"