"One study suggested that singing might predispose singers to weight gain."!!
Is nothing sacred??! In this NY Times article there is the absurd assumption that singers produce excess Leptin, which could cause weight gain! I guess that gives us one more excuse when we no longer fit into that slinky cocktail dress -- "I'm a singer, the Leptin made me fat!'
"Are you - or your partner - a chronic snorer? Joining a choir or taking lessons could help."
One important concept that I've developed with the Lawrence Vocal System is learning to 'open the throat.' With well designed vocal exercises, my clients learn to hear and feel the raising of the soft palate and the flattening of the base of the tongue. Teaching snorers the same concepts is obviously effective according to this article in Medical News Today. Who knows, perhaps I've saved marriages over my career as a voice coach! Read more about the Lawrence Vocal System and how it might help YOUR snoring, or your snoring spouse!
Did you know that practicing your vocalizing on a deep 'hooty owl' sounding 'ooooo' vowel will help you learn to have a solid, supported body tone??? We worked on this in my Online Singing Circle tonight and it works wonders. Try it!
Today with one of my vocal clients we worked on keeping your 'body' placement. Most singers run into problems when they place the voice too high in the head or mask, which can create a pinched, constricted sound. The larynx jams up and the result is not being able to sing openly and comfortably in your upper ranges. Read more about the Lawrence Vocal System
Would you like to sing with more confidence?? Join my March Online Singing Circle! Expert, live vocal instruction from me and a small group of cybersingers from around the country.
"Do you have trouble hearing people talk at cocktail parties? Try practicing the piano before you leave the house."
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In working with stroke patients who have impaired speech, I always start their sessions with singing. It bypasses the speech area of the brain, and my opinion is that when they begin singing, they begin 'rewiring' the brain for speech. They are actually creating new neural pathways that will help them speak again! Singing to the rescue!!
A big shout out to Suzanne Jameson at Jameson and Associates for her wonderful marketing work. I love having her on my team. Cheers, Beth
A new press release about vocal injury
"The voices that rise in unison to carry a song into your heart also synchronize the heart rates of the singers.
More scientific proof that music is the universal language that our hearts, minds and bodies respond to! So remember that you don't have to be perfect to be able to enjoy the benefits of singing or playing an instrument! Just do it because it will make you feel better; boost your self-esteem; and promote positive social interaction!
"It's sad when a person's primary means of expression is gone."
This is definitely sad news for anyone who is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but for someone who's voice was so much of her expressive identity, it must come as a heavy blow. This article shows just how much we use our voices as a means to express our deepest emotional self. Honor your voice, and don't take it for granted! I work with a lot of people with Parkinson's who learn effective skills for communicating more clearly, and my method is based in
I would love to work with Linda Ronstadt if given the opportunity. What a thrill it
would be to help her get her singing voice back again, and I am positive about that possibility.
Renee fleming nails the Star Spangled banner
The National Anthem was sung at Super Bowl by an opera singer, Renee Fleming. I think it was the first time in history that a classical voice, rather than a Pop singer was pegged for that honor.
Wow, did Ms. Fleming deliver! Power, emotion, grace and elegance. She totally nailed it.
"Nicole Moyer first strained her voice during a volleyball game and now is quick to lose her voice when cheering at any game." Read more at:
More good information from Ohio State University on the dangers of screaming! Go have fun at the game, but remember that abusing your voice can have lasting consequences! Learn how to speak, sing and use your voice safely and keep your healthy voice HERE.
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!"