Showing posts from November, 2013

Vocally Speaking - If You Are Single and Sexually Active... Please be Careful and Try, at the very least, Not to Ruin Your Voice...?

I am sure, you, my reader, find the above title quite intriguing. The question which might pop into your mind would probably be – “what is being sexually active could possibly do with ruining my voice...?” Unfortunately, it has some validity to it. For instance, almost every one of us would have heard of the nasty sexually transmitted disease, such as HPV (human papillomavirus). The general awareness about it is that, if the virus was received from the infected partner, it would be manifested, primarily, in the sexual organs. However, the above-described virus could settle in on the vocal cords and drastically infect the vocal anatomy and thus, dramatically affect the quality of the human voice. The voice becomes raspy and hoarse and easily could be mistaken for the cold, flu, strep throat, or simply acid reflux. Months and even years could pass until all the specific tests will be thoroughly executed by a professional ENT doctor/surgeon. Once diagnosed, surgery is

Singing Voice And Speaking Voice: Color, Pitch, Tone... Can It Be Improved, Enhanced or… Outright Changed?

A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from an 18 years old man who was asking if I could completely change his voice, (surgically, or non-surgically LOL), so he could sound like a certain rapper…? I wasn’t quite sure what to do… to laugh or to cry…   The question was funny, to say the least, but the issue was sad, as, at 18 years of age, he was still very naive and simply foolish, to put it mildly. In our, so to speak, technologically advanced age, he sounded like he had no slightest idea about this world and how it operates, let alone about the human voice and what triggers it to work in a certain way.   I always said previously that the voice, like fingerprints, does identify the person, as each human being has their own unique voice, which, in turn, most of the time, also reflects the state of their being.   Could that be completely changed or modified, you, my reader, may ask? The answer for the former: “No, like fingerprints, it cannot be changed.    B

Mind, Body and Voice; Miraculous Throat Cancer Recovery

“Diana, I am amazed: the doctors - the ‘experts’ - just keep saying 'nothing can be done, be happy for what you have left' and they're wrong. You have proved them wrong with your vocal approach” - Tim Bristol, throat cancer survivor of Niagara Falls, New York. Tim Bristol, a professional musician and singer for the last 40 years was, unfortunately, diagnosed with tonsil cancer. He was given a choice to undergo quite extensive chemo and radiation therapy, or otherwise, it could have endangered his life. He chose the former, but then he was experiencing the side effects of such therapy. He lost his salivary glands, his throat was always dry and his voice was drawn in a very low position and sounded raspy and hoarse when he first came for his non-surgical voice repair sessions. Also, he lost nerve endings on the tips of his fingers, which was very crucial for his career as a musician/guitar player. The doctors were congratulating him on being alive and conquer

Pre-Owned Voice...? How Did It Feel When You Owned Your Voice And Were In Control Of It? Would You Do Anything And Everything In Your Power To Feel The Same Way Again?

Over the years, and especially lately, we have been receiving numerous e-mails and calls from ordinary people and not necessarily singers , who once had their normal voice, but due to some injuries or some medical conditions, the means of human communication via voice was partially lost or even lost fully.... For some people, it has been really devastating; some have been taking it with a grain of salt, some others have been trying to find, if not the cure, but at least a viable treatment, and some have been waiting for a miracle, such as a magic pill, or, better yet, someone who would miraculously fix their voice, and moreover, via communicating with them remotely...? The latter, to say the least, is ridiculous. Any voice problem is a serious matter and has to be addressed in person one-on-one and with hands-on experience. Nevertheless, all of those people described above, have been very frustrated and a lot of them, to put it mildly, have been simply di