Hydrogen Peroxide

As a vocal coach, I am constantly battling vocal fatigue due to the daily stress I place on my voice. Typically, I am able to teach 30-40 hours a week without much issue. But recently, I started feeling excessive soreness in my throat with no apparent explanation as to why. I spent three weeks trying a long list of natural …

Breathing from the Diaphragm: The Mystery Unveiled

As a singer, somewhere along the way I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “breathe from your diaphragm.” However, my guess is that unless you have taken an in-depth course in vocal pedagogy or anatomy and physiology, this concept may have eluded you. In this short article I hope to shed some light on the idea of diaphragmatic breathing, in …

Why Is Technique Important?

I realize this may seem like a rhetorical question to most disciplined singers. But many singers out there, often the most talented ones, lack any semblance of warm ups, drills, or practicing routines. As talented as some singers are, I want this to surprise me. But often pride or contentment get in the way. Can you imagine if you are …

Your Unique Treasure

by Giuseppe Lopizzo I keep seeing way too many students coming to my studio hating their own voice. How is that possible? You are hating something that is absolutely unique, distinctive, personal, it is different from any other sound in nature, you are the only one in the world with that particular voice and you don’t recognize it as a …

Keeping Your Technique Fresh

Sometimes, even in the peak of summer, I crawl into bed totally frozen. The coldest part of me? My feet. In the winter, I end up putting socks on because I literally can’t sleep if my feet are cold. Here’s the problem though…I start the night like a fridge but end up like an oven. I think I create the …

The Busy-ness of a Singer

This is for all the mommy singers out there. And daddy singers too. I don’t discriminate. As I type this, I’m watching my 7 month old daughter bounce and jump in absolute delight in her little hanging jumper thing. I really have no idea what it’s called. My life has been forever changed. And changed for the better. I love …

Practice Makes Permanent

Sometimes hard work is just that: Hard. Nothing valuable seems to come easy. But so much is learned in that process –so much wisdom and personal growth in every area. Your voice is often like that. You reap what you sew. If you sew diligence of practice into your voice, you will absolutely reap excellence in your artistry. See, practice …

Breaking Your Voice

I was thinking recently about horses. I didn’t grow up around such magnificent creatures, but I’m awestruck by them. They’ve got to be the most ripped animals on the planet. I think they know how strong they are, otherwise they might not be as wild and stubborn. Did you know that in order to use a horse for recreational riding, …

Immerse

I recently had the honor of serving as a judge at the Gospel Music Association’s annual “Immerse Conference.” Every year, the most talented up-and-coming gospel and CCM writers, singers, and artists converge on Nashville for this conference. My role was to offer critique for those who were competing and to help decide the competition’s winners. This was my second year …

Lessons From a Baby

I find that singers constantly must walk the tight rope of balancing between technical growth and awareness, and not over thinking the process and just being free. I personally think that, for most people, you need to gain a technical understanding and build good technique first and then let it all go secondly. Obviously no singer WANTS to be mentally …