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!
Singers -- here's how I get my voice ready for a gig, and keep my voice healthy. Read more....
Beth Lawrence's Singing for Health Class!
I just love teaching my Singing For Health class!
Please give a big round of applause to Don and Jean, my Senior Superstars of the Week!
If you think you may have vocal nodules, the first thing to do is go to an ENT to really find out what's going on. Secondly, give your voice a chance to heal with VOCAL REST. That means no talking, either! Third, get a good vocal instructor who teaches Bel Canto singing, and learn to sing and speak correctly so that you won't continue to damage your voice.
Treat your voice well and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful sound for life!
I was asked today whether essential oils would help 'soften' a vocal nodule, and while I use Doterra Essential Oils daily, my answer would be unfortunately, no. At least not to the extent that would be necessary to totally get rid of the node.
Sadly, there's no easy fix for nodules except complete vocal rest. When I had nodes very early in my career due to bad vocal coaching and singing too hard, I had to stop talking for A MONTH in order for the nodules to heal, diminish, and finally resolve.
A healthy, stress free lifestyle with a good diet can speed the process, as with any health challenge, and essential oils have wonderful healing properties. But in order for the nodes to resolve the vocal cords have to stop vibrating, hitting and 'rubbing' together. I liken it to a callous or blister on your foot. If you keep wearing shoes that are too tight and continually rub on the callous, it will just get larger and tougher. You've got to stop using the voice and vocal cords before the nodules go away.
Once the nodules are gone, you can then begin learning how to use the voice correctly so that you won't ever get nodes again. But by repeating the same bad vocal habits, chances are good that nodules will form again.
So practice good health; learn to sing and speak so that you're not straining your voice, and you should be nodule free for life!
If you would like to know more about Doterra Essential Oils for Singers, please contact me.
If you've been told you have pitch problems, then I have a couple of quick and easy things that will help you get on, and stay on pitch!
Surprisingly, positive affirmations about your singing ability can help to change how you're thinking and feeling about your voice. And feeling confident about your singing helps you to sing better1
Keep a youthful voice
Just as it's important to exercise, it's also important to rest. We use our voices constantly, and those who use their voices in a professional setting are even more prone to overuse and tire the voice. Be kind to your voice - don't scream, try to talk over background noise, or speak to large groups without a microphone. When you don't have to talk, don't. Once you become mindful of your voice, you'll begin to honor silence as a great way to care for your voice.
Remember to treat your voice with respect and care, and you'll have a rich, strong, healthy and youthful sounding voice for your entire life!
Learning to sing is easy with a few simple skills!
Your vocal cords are muscles that need to be exercised throughout your life. Doing simple singing exercises to warm up the voice in the morning is a perfect way to start the day. Vocal exercises strengthen the voice; get rid of phlegm; and conscious breathing oxygenates the blood! My best advice for folks who are noticing an 'aging' of their voice is to sing everyday! A great time to vocalize is in your car going to work. You'll arrive with a voice that's ready to take on the challenges of the day. Just like your body, simple vocalizing will strengthen and tone the voice, maintaining a supple and youthful tone.
Get vocal exercises with my Book on singing 'From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!'
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!"