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).
Voice Repair. Pre-New Year's Resolution. Should you wait any longer to fix your voice problems?
Yes, of course, you can
convince yourself to postpone it until next year, as you now will be
busy with the holidays, holiday shopping, your children and whatnot. But
should you really wait and put it on the back burner? Some things in
our lives cannot wait for better days or better weather.
would like to offer you one of the examples which I cannot forget for,
already, a few years now. I have received an email from a very
distraught woman who is a singer/songwriter and a solo guitar player.
This is her story:
Few years before the email to me, she got diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord.
She didn't think much of it, as she was busy with her shows and
performances. She, of course, felt that her speaking voice and her
singing voice was not the same, but she learned how to hide it and how
to get around it.
eventually, there came the time when it was not possible to ignore it
any longer. Her higher range virtually disappeared and thus she had to
transpose her songs two tones down. Her speaking voice started to go
noticeably and her singing voice was also reducing its quality and range
she had no other choice but to go to an ENT specialist who ordered an
immediate vocal surgery. At that point, she had no other choice but to
agree to the surgical interference.
I'm the medical world; it is a protocol to take any removed growth (from any organ, for that matter) to pathology.
When the results came back, they reviled that the polyp, which they have removed, was malignant (cancerous).
that said if that poor woman would agree to deal with the growth on her
vocal cord surgically or non-surgically, nothing like that would have
the e-mail, we have connected over the phone and mainly have spoken
with the husband and not her. When I asked her to pick up the phone (at
that point, it was 3 months after the vocal surgery), she still could
not speak and was, at best, whispering.
could not understand a word she was saying and asked to put her husband
back on the phone with me. After he picked up the receiver, I had to
outright tell him that I would not be able to help his wife at this
It was simply too late and out of my jurisdiction.
And frankly, in my opinion, anyone else's for that matter.
Hi Everyone, Some of you are already familiar with the name of Aubrie Morris of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA who originally came to us in November 2019. She came to us with the diagnosis of Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD). Please read the beginning of Aubrie’s story by clicking the link below: https://www.vocalscience.com/aubrie-m-muscle-tension-dysphonia-survivor Her voice repair course and natural herbal treatment was supposed to be administered for 6 consecutive days in order for Aubrie to receive 30 hours of our revolutionary voice/vocal instruction by advocating by us our very own Vocal Science™ method. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish that course as Aubrie caught a cold and thus we were forced to cut our course short (24/26 hours). However, with the above said, her Muscle Tension Dysphonia disorder was almost gone by the time she left Canada. But, due to the pandemic, she was not able to see me until just recently. Due to that fact, waiting for almost a year and a h
Is your compromised voice your problem? The Answer is... The Problem Is YOU!! How so, you, my reader, may ask? Let’s find out, shall we? Dear reader, due to the confidentiality code, we will not be disclosing the name of the person of interest the story of whom is described below: A week ago, in our studio here in Toronto, a female in her late 30’s/early 40’s walked in ready to embark onto our introductory/exploratory session, concerning her voice disorder. She revealed that (some time ago) she was diagnosed with what’s called Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD). I asked her to tell me her story in more detail. And the more I spoke to her, the more I was amazed how this person could actually exist on this Earth and consider herself that her life was actually somewhat normal….? To her credit though, (looking quite shy and introverted) she was somewhat open to tell me about herself revealing her shortcomings….(about her voice and her life patterns in general). She volunteered to tell m
It's been still a pandemic year - with many openings and many closures, not to mention uncertainties and hard times in general. In our observation, people became more disturbed, definitely mentally as well as physically, and, nonetheless, more unstable than ever. Needless to say that it became much harder to convince them to get help and, nevertheless, to get them to actually embark on receiving help. Therefore, it became harder to provide any services to them, as a lot of those people have been (to say the least) distracted, worried and, moreover, depressed. For the record; Needless to say, that they, to begin with, have become much more suspicious, disbelieving and utterly insecure. Simply speaking unstable and, definitely (what I call) out of balance - on every conceivable level. However, with the above said, we have overall achieved a lot of success with people who were more stable, or at least have been understanding about who we are and what we could do for them via ou