The last few weeks I've been in the studio recording new original music for my Singing For Health program. No matter how old, no matter how feeble, everybody loves to dance and sing.
Truly, music is medicine.
Those who haven't spoken in years, burst into song, accessing parts of their memory the speaking mind can't find.
Those who sit, wheelchair bound, courageously get up from their chairs to move to the rhythm of reminiscent music.
Those who have retreated into their own isolated world of loneliness and depression begin interacting socially with others.
Make no mistake, music is medicine, and a very lovely pill to swallo
Take your singing to a higher level!
Singing isn't about being perfect. Singing is about communicating emotionally. So how do you turn the air you breathe in, into the emotion that your listener feels when you sing???
Read the article in this month's Voicegram.
Voice Tip for Parkinson's Disease
My health Tip for those with Parkinson's was published in this month's The Senior Advocate - Phoenix. It's about speech cadence and enhancing communication with a simple step - 'breath consciously, and more often!'
'Breath consciously, and more often!'
The Mic Is Your Friend!
©2013 Beth Lawrence
A microphone is a valuable tool for anyone who speaks or sings in public. What I notice often with less experienced speakers or singers, is a fear of the mic! Have you ever seen singers hold the mic too far away from their mouth? Screech! Often there will be feedback because the sound guy has to turn you up too high to get any sound through the P.A. system.
Or how about the presenter who is so animated that he turns his head to talk to one side of the room, but forgets to move the mic along with his head! Whatever punchline he wanted to dazzle the audience with is lost because they couldn't hear it!
Here's a simple rule for you. Wherever the lips go - the mic must follow! When you're on stage, you want to be heard. I usually hold the mic about 1 inch from my mouth at all times. If I sing a big, loud phrase I might back that off a little bit, but you should never pull the mic way away from your mouth at any time. The mic won't pick up what it doesn't hear! Basically, you just have to listen to what's coming out your monitor (or ear monitor) to be able to judge your distance from the mic. Too close and you'll get distortion, too far and you'll be inaudible or get feedback. The further you are from the mic the more vocal quality you lose, too.
The mic is your friend. With the right EQ on the voice, a nice bit of silky reverb (I love reverb), and the right volume to begin with, the mic will amplify your gorgeous voice and carry it to the last row in Carnegie Hall. Learn to make friends with your own voice so that when the mic amplifies it, you'll be thrilled, not embarrassed. Hold that helpful mic courageously up to your mouth and pretend that it's glued to your lips no matter where your head turns. Speak boldly! Sing proudly! The mic is your friend!
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Me in the middle of my Senior Superstar Chorus Line!
Having fun with more of my Senior Stars! It's amazing what music, singing, dancing and acting silly can do for folks at any age.
When there's memory impairment; Parkinson's or challenges from stroke, the results and improvement are even more incredible!
Music opens everyone's heart, and stimulates the senses!
I've been in the studio (the Music Lab, Phoenix) working on tracks for my Senior wellness program. My intention is to create FUN music that moves the feet as well as the Soul! Here's Leona, movin' and groovin' after having suffered a stroke in January -- you go Diva!
From Beth Lawrence
If you're serious about singing then you've got to take care of your voice. Here are some healthy ways to do that!
Beth Lawrence, Award-winning singer, songwriter and author of "From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!"