Saturday, December 4, 2010

Non-surgical Voice Repair. What’s that? Does it apply to Susan Boyle as well now...?

Almost everybody knows now what happened to Susan Boyle on the television show “The View”. The question is why, and could it have been prevented? Being a vocal mentor and world renowned non-surgical voice repair specialist for over 35 years, I could say with absolute certainty that YES! It DEFINITELY could have been prevented if Susan, as well as many other renowned vocal performers, actually knew what they were doing with their voices and were using their voices upon design and not just by praying and keeping their fingers crossed while on stage (playing it by ear). You can clearly see the fear on Susan’s face about a minute before the disaster happened. She obviously knew intuitively that she would not finish that show, as she felt the restriction in her vocal box and knew there was no more space left to go anywhere except even deeper down into her throat where her vocal cords split and what I call “vocal impotence” had occurred. 

Horrible!!! And every singer’s nightmare!!! But it could have been prevented. How, you may ask? The answer is not that complicated. If Susan and her alike (Celine Dion in her own times) knew how to use her facial muscles in conjunction with her abdominal muscles and utilize the sound upwards rather than downwards through the aforementioned cavities, she would have the perfect “flight” instead of the perfect “crash nose down” with her voice.

The technique which I developed is called the Vocal Science(TM) Method. The core principle of this technique is “work smart and not hard”. “With the minimum effort, achieve the maximum result”. Never experience any pain or strain on your vocal anatomy while using you voice “upon design”.  This method ensures the length and health of one’s vocal anatomy for life!

In a nutshell, it is a method of visualization. It is also an integration and synergy between singers’ mental, physical, emotional and vocal state. Once the vocal performer understands it intellectually, the kinesthetics then will take place. In other words, the performer has to know mentally what he/she is actually doing. They have to feel it kinesthetically and retain both of the feels. It it easy? Not at all. But just like for everything genius, the concept is quite attainable;

-   Use your body as an instrument instead of abusing it.
-   Use your body as a support and platform for the sound to take off and take the flight to the facial and head cavities and the aimed delivery of the sound will be assured.

Mainly, the performer will be at ease and joy instead of the pain and fear and thus, will be able to convey his/her positive and joyful emotions, not to mention the pleasant tone, correct pitch, right phrasing, emphasis and inflections of the words and thus a perfect and clear delivery.

If I ask any practicing performer what price tag they could put on that, the answer inevitably would be, “it’s priceless”. One of them said to me, “I would give my ‘right arm’ to know what I’m actually doing on stage and not to die 1,000 deaths before the performance ends”. I think this is quite self-explanatory and definitely should be addressed and not only to the performers, but to their management companies and record executives, as if the performer loses his/her voice, everybody involved would also lose. What is Susan Boyle worth without her voice? How much money Sony Records and Susan’s management could make, if she cannot any longer sing and perform? And how much joy is the audience going to miss out on? How could you measure it...and can you?

Stay tuned for part two…

Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producer, and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School in Toronto, Canada. She is also the creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method and Talent Scout & Director for the 4 A.M. Talent Development and Artist Management Group Inc.
If you find yourself struggling with vocal performance or are in need of voice repair, you can reach Diana by email or phone, Toll Free in North America, at 1-888-229-TUNE (8863). Local and International Inquirers please call: 416-229-0976.

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