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Promises

There are many teachers out there promising quick and easy method to develop your voice. They will say that you can get a great voice in no time. If you can talk, you can sing! The truth is that the voice, like any other muscular structure in the body takes time to...

Singing in the mask

Nowadays a number of voice teachers and conductors train their singers to sing in the mask (ie. place the sound forward in the face, in the sinuses, nose, etc.) The theory behind placing the sound forward is that it is “amplified” through placement in the facial...

The great vibrato debate

The issue of vibrato versus straight tone—whether in singing or playing an instrument—always generates very passionate debates. Be it preferences, historical references, or technique, each side has its arguments. On the matter of preference, I admit that I am in the...

Breathe in, breathe out. That’s it!

Over the years I have heard many theories about singing. Many of those hypotheses and methods actually complicate the act of singing by focusing on the wrong aspects of voice production. One of them is that breath control is the basis and secret to a great voice. Some...

What happened to vocal training?

Vocal training today has little in common with the technique used for centuries up to the latter part of the nineteenth century. Over the next few articles I will reintroduce some of the basic principles of that old technique known today as the bel canto technique and...