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Isreali Show Challenges “The Voice”

In the same country where the popular tv hit Homeland first originated, a new singing competition show is gaining international attention. Israel’s locally grown singing competition, Rising Star, is now regularly hailed in the papers as potentially “the next The Voice.” Could an American spinoff rise to the top of the charts? One distinction of…

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The Voice Growls into the Knockout Round

Tuesday was the final “Battle Round” for the fifth season of “The Voice” Next, the show moves on to “The Knockouts“, in which “Each artist chooses their own songs, and Adam tells us that “song choice is a huge factor.” They’ll also be working one-on-one with their coach. And in a new twist, each coach…

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Tessanne Chin Amazes the Judges on The Voice

I love the way that an unknown singer like Tessanne Chin can suddenly get the attention of the world by singing with amazing power, skill and passion. Coming from Jamacia, her accent is beautiful and automatically gives her very high cool factor for those of us who love Reggae music. But it is her very…

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Singing and Brain Chemistry

I’ve been teaching voice lessons for 22 years, and I’ve been noticing lately a common thread in many of my lessons: that singers who achieve a certain high state of mind and body awareness can experience powerful personal transformation. I call this transformation “the Release”, and it is accompanied by either laughter, tears, or “chills”.…

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Mouth Position: How to Easily Improve Your Vocal Range

One of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your singing is to make sure you have enough room in your mouth. Most singers don’t open their mouths wide enough to get a good sound, so one of the first things I do with a new student is to show them…

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How to Avoid a Vocal Injury

Adelle is one of my favorite singers. Her success is not the result of fancy productions, glitzy marketing, or trendy youth culture, but is simply the result of great singing and an amazing ability to communicate emotion through her songs. I was saddened but not shocked to hear that she had injured her voice and…

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How To Expand Your Singing Range

The best way to expand your vocal range is to effectively blend your chest voice and head voice. The best way to start is to practice some sirens, and try to minimize the break by keeping your larynx low. You can also learn about releasing jaw tension, keeping your vocal cords adducted, and proper breath…

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The Secret to Effortless Singing: Air Control

Take a breath of air. A nice long breath. Now take a breath and hum on the exhale, feeling your vocal cords vibrate and resist the air leaving you. This mysterious process of engaging your vocal cords is the secret to effortlessly controlling your singing voice. Most singers who run out of breath do not…

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How Your Shoulders Can Unlock Your Voice

When it comes to being a great singer, it boils down to having subtle control of your vocal cords. The problem most people have is that the larger muscle groups that surround the vocal cords tend to squeeze in and prevent the vocal cords from doing their job. The shoulders play a big role in…

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Singing and Your Brain

There are some amazing new discoveries being made about the brain and singing. Researchers can measure brain function in real time with magnetic imaging technology. New findings about the role of neurotransmitters, neural networks and brain systems are coming out at an amazing rate, ushering in a new era of understanding of how we think.…

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