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).
Case Study: Professional Artist "R.R" (Alias Name) - A Voice Recovery Story In Progress...
Your voice IS a reflection of the state of your being.
Case Study: Professional Artist – R.R
(The real name of the artist cannot be disclosed due to the confidentiality code)
A few days ago, we got approached by an artist in his mid 20’s, asking us to help him to get rid of his nasal sound in his voice. He was to prepare for his tour in Europe and wanted to sound and to look his best.
When we first met him (just a few days ago) for what we call an “Introductory/Exploratory Session”, he was late 45 minutes to start with, walked in looking and acting half asleep, and stood in front of us with a completely out-of-balance posture and body.
It took quite a bit of effort, especially from my side, to bring him to the point from where I could actually work with him and make a difference. He, indeed, sounded quite nasal – speaking and singing. We, however, liked his songs, written in the Hip-Hop style. In fact, a very prominent Hip-Hop artist (name cannot be disclosed) actually assumed his song and made it very popular.
Our (now voice repair) client revealed to us that his voice was actually OK before - until he inhaled a toxic substance through one of his nostrils. He also revealed to us that he likes to (recreationally) smoke pot… Ever since he embraced the latter, his voice changed exponentially - and, nonetheless, became quite nasal - which, in turn, started to even affect his pitch. He told us that ever since that occurrence, people began to ask him if he was sick.
No, he was not…, but nevertheless, his whole body was out-of-whack, and thus his voice (residing in the unhealthy body) was a reflection of his, evidentially, not very healthy physical body state.
Then I asked him about his everyday diet:
Dairy (galore of cheese) was included in every meal of the day. It had been proven that dairy products ( like milk, Yogurt, ice cream, peanut butter, Nutella, etc. ) make your body produce high volumes of mucus.
Now let’s visualize a Ballet dancer trying to make jumps off of a thick carpet instead of a wooden floor. Doing so, neither the dancer nor athlete, for that matter, would be able to achieve the needed height and, quite possibly, would even end up injured. So if the singer’s throat is covered with a ton of mucus, he/she will not be able to realize his/her full range, especially for the high parts of the song.
The Vocal Science™ technique requires rechanneling of the physical sound to the sinus cavities (vocal chambers) - and therefore, if one or both of the sinus cavities are blocked, the sound will not be able to enter into the facial muscle(s)… Those facial muscles (harbouring the physical sound) play the role of the natural, colloquially speaking, “amplifier” (or resonator). Obviously, no resonation could take place if the sound is unable to find its “home” within the sinus cavities.
In this instance, two main things must take place:
The sound of the voice has to be supported by the body’s abdominal muscles in order to achieve the lift of the voice from the vocal anatomy to the facial muscles.
Once the lift is achieved and the sound of the voice landed in those aforementioned cavities, the vocal box becomes free from the harmful pressure of the sound…
At that time, the natural herbal (and some homeopathic) remedies should be administered in order to heal the highly-disturbed flora in one’s throat and vocal box in general.
That’s where the healing begins - while, concurrently, the voice becomes healthier-sounding and also supported, structured, placed and projected.
That means that the “wholesome mechanism” took place – and thus, began to allow the artist’s voice to work in its fullest capacity possible and with no pain or strain on his/her vocal anatomy.
As for our client: To date, we were able to complete the first 8 hours of instruction and treatment. And, on that premise, we believe that he left for his tour a little healthier and (even most importantly, in this instance) much more aware of how the human anatomy works and that the voice is a big part of that anatomy, which, from now on, he will have to nurture and, in general, take a good care of himself, his body and, nonetheless, his voice.
Stay tuned for the continuation of this story upon our client’s return back to us to acquire his best voice under our care.
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, TheToronto 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 suffers a breakdown. Through my thorough obse…
Wenke L.G. – a sufferer of the vocal cord papillomavirus. Wenke L.G. from Birmingham, Solihull UK, met me in my hotel for a two and a half-hour introductory/exploratory session. Below is her feedback after the session was rendered and she and I proceeded to Camden Lock Market for an Afternoon Tea treat:
“My voice feels a bit ‘Tired’ but a few people have said it sounds better, so I’m assuming the tired feeling just comes from, obviously, at this stage, having to work the mouth muscles harder to ‘smile and bite’; but it produces a clearer voice. So all good.”
Wenke (Left) - Diana (Right)
Stay tuned, as Wenke told us that she wants to send us more in-depth feedback via the next e-mail.
We will bring it to your attention when it reaches us.
Charlotte W – a sufferer of voice loss due to administered (unrelated) surgery Performance.
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We would identify the cause of your voice issues and then we will find the solution for the appropriate alternative/holistic treatment which, in the majority of cases, will lead to a desirable cure!!
In February of 1984, The Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts was founded. Just over 7 years onward, it turned into The Royans Professional Vocal School, as we started to specialize in voice and vocals only.
At that time, a lot of singers (and speakers, for that matter) successfully completed their programs with us and went on their merry way to their singing performances, public speaking careers, as well as to working in the media channels like radio and television.
Then, evidently, life became much more stressful due to (at that time) an enormous demand on human skills. Like figure skaters and gymnasts, the singers and speakers started experiencing a lot of trauma caused by various injuries in their field. By the end of the 80’s, my own stress took over my life and I too was ex…