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).
Repair Your Voice and Protect it for a Lifetime.
More and more, I am getting inquiries from people who
have problems with their voice.
Some of them ruined it due to wrong application of
their voice while incorrectly speaking and/or singing.
Some of them acquired some kind of a virus-like strep
throat infection or random various respiratory inflammations. Others had weird accidents, like bicycle, car or
construction; the results of which actually, physically, damaged their vocal
anatomy. Some people have had even unrelated surgeries where
the breathing tubes were installed incorrectly and thus, their throats were,
However, independently of the cause, all of them have
had some similar symptoms like 'raspiness', hoarseness, difficult and slow
speech, and in some cases, slight or heavy stuttering/involuntary spasms. So, independently of the cause, all of them have been
in need of a voice repair, and needless to say, all of them were hoping for a
Is it possible, you may ask?
My answer will be that, in the majority of cases yes,
but sometimes, a surgical procedure may be required, but the crucial point then
would be is to acquire a post-surgical care, to help the vocal anatomy to heal,
and mainly, to relearn to speak and then sing, (applied to singers) properly,
not excessively engaging into the use of the actual vocal anatomy itself. The
rule of thumb is to learn how to use the alternative set of muscles, (like the
facial and abdominal muscles), which will take the pressure of the sound upon
themselves, and thus will relieve and release the vocal box from the pressure
of the sound and will then allow it to heal.
Once that is accomplished, the voice will sound healthy,
and mainly will be protected for life, as it will be lifted all together from
the once injured vocal anatomy. The facial muscles memory will be established and, so
to speak, indexed, so as the abdominal muscles’ strength and memory, and thus,
the sound will be secured between the coordination of the former and the
and the unique method of visualization, as well as integration and synergy
between all of the muscle groups, will protect and secure the speaking and, if
needed, singing voice for the lifetime
- My close observations and beliefs. - 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, The Toronto 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 s
Case Study: This story is about Vera D of Barrie Ontario, whose vocal cords got damaged during her open heart surgery… Vera came to us in the year 2015 when she hardly could speak, and mostly was whispering. She told us her story whereas before coming for our non-surgical voice repair services, she had undergone open-heart surgery, after the completion of which, she fell in a life-and-death coma. It took over 45 minutes to revive her. Thank God, luckily for her, she survived the ordeal. But when she woke up, she discovered that she had no voice to speak. It clearly was damaged due to intubation and, perhaps, some other internal surgical procedures related to the main cause. She was told that she would never regain her normal speaking voice ever again. She underwent some very painful and useless tests that revealed that her vocal cord damage was permanent. On this note, she was offered not one, but two vocal operations with absolutely no guarantee that her voice will ever return b
Vocal Science™ Separated, divorced, feeling lonely...? This Is A Riddle. Feel like it is hard to speak and to even swallow? Feels like you have a lump in your throat? We can help, and not only with your voice being strangled but also with the stuffed-up emotions you have been experiencing due to the above! We promise that we will take care of you, holistically speaking… Rest assured, help is on the way and we are more than happy to guarantee you that! For quite a few years now, I have been working with a lot of middle-aged women primarily age 45 to 65; the majority of whom were separated or outright divorced from their spouses… The most affected (vocally and otherwise) were those women who did not expect it at all… Their spouses made it financially (not without their wives’ help). And due to that, they had acquired the power of wealth and some “mostly-fake” status. On that premise, shortly after, they left their wives and children to stat a newly-found life with a new, younger femal