How Do I Get Rid of an Airy Tone?

Having an airy tone can be a serious problem. Although your voice can still make sound, the strength needed to speak or sing seems to disappear. This is because the vocal cords are not completely connected from front to back when we make sound. Over time, this can lead to a loss of strength and a reliance on other muscles…

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What is Vocal Cord Connection?

Have you ever heard someone sing with a breathiness to their tone? Sometimes singers use breathiness as a way to style a particular phrase or note, but if the singer has a constant breathiness, chances are they have not mastered the art of cord connection. Not having this skill can be a detriment to your performance. Obtaining this skill is…

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Why is Rhythm Important in Singing?

When first taking voice lessons, every student works on the same thing—the production of sound. Understanding how to produce a quality sound without hurting your vocal instrument is a definite priority. This can take years to master. In my case, it was the only thing I worked on for many years, but at the same time I was perfecting my…

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What are some Good Vocal Techniques?

The muscles of the body are funny creatures. Any trainer will tell you when you’re working out, that you must switch up your exercises often. The reason is because the body muscles quickly adapt to any change in their environment. To get the muscles to grow, a body builder has to keep changing the exercises. This will keep the muscles…

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What is Musical Phrasing?

Audiences are smart. They know the difference between good and superior. You may have listened to a friend sing and thought, “She’s amazing!” However, you know that she doesn’t have the same kind of talent as Beyonce or any mainstream artist. To understand the difference between a seasoned performer and someone with potential doesn’t take 30+ years of training. As…

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What is the Tongue/Lip Vowel Chart?

Learning how to properly sing vowels is a major obstacle for beginner singers. One of the hardest vowels to sing is the Ee vowel. Why? When we were young, we were taught to “Say Cheese” before taking a photo. Saying “cheese” not only forced a huge, toothy grin, but also tensed muscles in the jaw, cheeks and lips. These muscle…

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What is the Difference between Color and Technique in Singing?

What does it mean to color a song? Basically, it means using elements of your voice to tell a story.  These elements can include dynamics, breathiness, inflection, style and numerous other features of the human voice.  When I was young, I grew up in the church.  Every service, someone would get up to sing a song.  Most of the performances…

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How Do I Sing High Notes?

Whenever a new student comes to me for voice lessons, their biggest fear is always the same…singing high notes. Even if they don’t say it, I can see fear in their faces as they sing higher and higher. In an industry consistently wowed by the belt and high notes, learning how to properly train muscles in the higher register is…

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What is the Vocal Break?

The Vocal Break What is the vocal break? Quite simply, the vocal break is the weakest note in your vocal range. It is the note that separates the chest voice and the head voice. Have you ever noticed, as you sing higher and higher, how your voice essentially gives up and produces a light, easy-to-sing sound? The point where your…

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What is Lowered Larynx Singing?

The throat has four functions that can affect our singing.  These functions are breathing, swallowing, communication and yawning.  All of these functions are very natural, however there are only three that benefit the voice: breathing, communication and yawning.  The function of swallowing can be detrimental to the voice but can be combated with a lowered larynx. The Larynx Let’s…

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How Do I Breathe when Singing?

I have been teaching for 14 years. Many times I get new students, both professional and beginner, with amazing talent. They come to me because they want to either learn or they’re having problems with certain songs and notes in their higher register. Most of the time, these problems are immediately fixed by teaching proper breathing techniques. The…

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What is the SeanyMac Studios Six-Step Method?

Taking voice lessons can seem so complicated.  When I was in university, every vocal student drenched themselves in the process of learning voice.  From reading books to constant practice, every voice student abandoned their personal lives and committed every second to vocal technique.  When I started teaching voice lessons, I realized how daunting this could be to new students and…

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