You guys. April is trying to kill me.*
So, in celebration of APRIL BEING ALMOST OVER, here is the final Friday Fav Five of April: the #freebieftw edition. Because? There are VOICE TEACHER SMARTIE PANTSES offering FREEBIES ALL OVER THE INTERNETS. And if you want to increase the smartness of your own pants? YOU CAN DO THIS THING FOR FREE.
1. favourite *freebie* facebook lives: Meribeth Dayme
I mean, OF COURSE FaceBook Lives are free. But these FaceBook Lives from Meribeth Dayme? Are like mini-sessions in teaching AWESOMENESS. And did I mention? FREE.
meribeth dayme for free? say what now?
2. favourite *freebie* bloggish-thinggie: David Jones
Look, David Jones posts these bloggish-thinggies to FaceBook on the semi-regular. And all you have to do to read them? Is join his FaceBook page. It is just THAT EASY to get SEMI-REGULAR input from DAVID JONES. Also? FREE.
david jones? now you’re just gratuitously name dropping, human.
Again, yes, OF COURSE YouTube is free. Just click ‘Subscribe’ and tonnes of singing-teachery goodness will be delivered to your inbox in video form. Yes. You read that correctly: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ. Aaaand? FREE.
we are all looking the same way because there is a screen with karyn’s youtube channel playing on repeat play over there and we are enthralled. we do not understand anything she is saying. but we don’t care because we are cats. and moving pictures enthrall us.
YES. Newsletters are also usually free. But this particular free one? HAS SO MUCH GOOD INFORMATION IN IT YOU’RE GOING TO BE BLOWN AWAY BY ITS AWESOMENESS. So go on over and click ‘Join the Newsletter’.
the level of name droppery in this one post is extreme. even for YOU, human.
Yep. MORE FREE SINGING TEACHERY GOODNESS. #yourewelcome.
i don’t actually know what a podcast is but i DO know that i love that woman’s voice. BRING ON THE PODCAST-THINGGIE, HUMAN. I NEED TO HEAR MORE NANCY BOS IN MY LIFE.
Go on … join, subscribe, sign up, get in on the FREEBIES. It’s the least you can do to help me make it through April alive.*
And until then,
You can teach your face off … I can help.**
* Click here for live (FREE) footage of me trying to get through April.
** I’m aware that this sentence may not make sense. But I am so close to dead (BECAUSE: APRIL) that I am not able to correct it.
*** In May. I can help in May. Or maybe June (because May is going to try to pick up where April left off). But I can DEFINITELY HELP BEFORE SUMMER. And by “definitely”, I mean “probably”. MOST PROBABLY.
ps ALL of my favourite FREEBIES come from folks who are throwing free content out there because they want you to get to know them and trust them so that you will invest in their paid content. And you know what? If you love their free content? You’re probably gonna’ wanna’ go on and invest in their product. Because you can bet that their product is even more awesome than their free content and TOTALLY WORTH THE INVESTMENT. #justsayin
I’ve spent a LOT of time listening to and evaluating singers this week. Because: FESTIVAL TIME. And this post is cutting it pretty darned close to the wire (I mean, it’s still Friday in Vancouver so, you know, SUE ME). I have heard A Path to the Moon* about a million times in the last four days so I feel I AM ENTITLED TO A LITTLE BIT OF LEEWAY FROM YOU.
you are a very whiny human. and that’s coming from a cat so …
1. favourite independent voice studio tool: postermywall.com
If you’re an independent voice teacher? You’ve made a poster or two in your life. Or four hundred thousand. You know, give or take. Postermywall.com is kind of like canva.com (which, incidentally, I just discovered a few months ago (thank you SECO friends) and virtually LOST MY MIND when I did. Because: SO EASY AND NOW I REGRET THE LIFE DECISIONS THAT LEAD ME TO FIDDLING AROUND WITH GOOGLE THINGS AND WASTING HALF OF MY LIFE MAKING CUTE POSTERS TO ADVERTISE ALL THE THINGS WHEN I COULD HAVE BEEN USING CANVA AND GOING TO BED A LOT SOONER), but better. So, #yourewelcome. (And thank you Patti for the heads up!)
you’ve missed a lot of sleep, human. you are not smart. you would be smarter if you got more sleep. and you would know to use handy programmes that save you time so that you can sleep more. and presumably get smarter. too bad about that.
Singing Voice Specialist, Kristie Knickerbocker demonstrates how a scope works, ON HER VERY OWN SELF. #happyworldvoiceday
humans are so weird. why are humans so weird?
3. favourite unintentionally educational YouTube video: Okurrr – Kris Jenner
The student of one of my friends? Taught herself how to tongue trill by watching this video. Yes. YOU HEARD ME.
did i hear you though? because i could swear you just said that a KRIS JENNER video was useful.
New initiative from Total Vocal Freedom with the purpose of supporting and empowering female singers over the age of 50 that are concerned about the longevity and quality of their singing voice in the second half of their life.
Yes. I stole that copy directly from their website. And yes. That’s the copy I included when I sent the information about the Phoenix Project to all of the women in my studio who might benefit from joining it. Which was about thirty seconds before I realized that I AM VERY CLOSE TO BEING THEIR TARGET MARKET. SAY WHAAAAAAT NOW?!?
you thought, perhaps, you weren’t aging with the rest of us, human? that you somehow escaped the inevitable? you clearly need more sleep. you are growing not smarter by the second.
If you have an hour or so to watch some cool voice teachery discussion unfold (and you weren’t able to watch it live because it happened at, like, MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME**)? This is well worth your time.
do not do this thing, human. we have been over this: YOU NEED YOUR SLEEP.
Here’s to sleeping and slowing down the inevitable decline into not-smartness. And as always:
You can teach your face off … I can help.
* Don’t get me wrong: I love me some A Path to the Moon. I just, you know, heard it a LOT this week. And you know what? You need to create ever-more energized K-sounds as you follow the composer’s crescendo marking on the chorus and allow that energy to build to create the crescendo. That’s right: those K-sounds? ARE A GIFT and will help you to avoid pushing or over-pressurizing to sing the crescendo. Also? You need to develop some subtext for those long chunks when you aren’t singing and make me believe that you have a reason to sing the next bit of text. AND? ASSIGN AN EMOTION TO EACH DYNAMIC MARKING ALREADY. THIS WILL HELP YOU TO EXECUTE THE DYNAMICS IN AN ENGAGED WAY AND ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE. I HAVE HEARD THIS SONG A LOT AND I PROMISE YOU IT WILL HELP. #IPINKYSWEARIT
** Guess how I know what time Dr. Dan’s Lives are in my time? Because I am hanging out live with Dr. Dan in a few weeks and before I agreed to do so? I checked to make sure I wasn’t committing to trying to be interesting and witty at, like, three in the morning. That’s not good for anyone. Least of all someone who clearly isn’t getting enough sleep in the first place.
friday the 13 edition …
WILL THIS BE SPOOKY?! PLEASE TELL ME IT WILL BE SPOOKY.
You know what’s spooky? How clear John Henny’s breakdown of the concept of power (and resonance) in the singing voice is.* SO SPOOKY.
your definition of spooky is pretty different from mine, human.
Yes. I am aware that this sucker is from last month. It says it RIGHT IN THE TITLE. But my March was a little hectic and I’m JUST NOW getting around to listening to the podcast about Movement in the Voice Lesson (free thing the first), reading the blog post by Christin Coffee Rondeau (free thing the second), and cutting out those CUTE LITTLE MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM GAME THINGGIES to add to my Songbird Warm Up Jar (free thing the third). SO SUE ME.
not even close to spooky. also: i am extremely handsome.
This is a handy dandy list of 100 adjectives you can use in your performance classes (or, you know, when you are helping students prepare for performances however you do it. Because, as we’ve covered previously dear voice teacher? YOU DO YOU.). Just print out a few of these handy dandy sheets for the performance class attendees and invite them to use it as a prompt to write down every adjective that seems relevant to each performance they see. Then discuss. (GENIUS, RIGHT? Well, it wasn’t my idea; it was my mentor, Lorna MacDonald’s idea. AND I STOLE IT FROM HER. BECAUSE I KNOW A GOOD IDEA WHEN I SEE IT, FOLKS.)
#Protip: this tool can be particularly useful in performance classes with singers who are singing in languages that the performance class attendees (or, you know, the singers themselves. ahem) do not understand.
OH! And here’s a simplified version you can use with littles from Sunflower Storytime. #yourewelcome
you. are. bad. at. spooky.
Pretty much every singer in my studio who is over the age of sixteen has seen this video. Because: LOOK AT THE TONGUE & PHARYNX INTERACTION. #mindblown
SPOOKY. GIVE ME SPOOOOOKY.
i hate you so much right now.
Happy Friday the 13th everyone!
You can teach your face off … I can help.
*Yes. I know this is a pretty simplified version of how all the things work when we produce sound. And John is aware of it too. Tell you what: YOU GO ON AND EXPLAIN THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF VOCAL POWER IN A WAY THAT EVEN PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T KNOW THEIR THYROARYTENOIDS FROM THEIR CRICOTHYROIDS CAN GRASP … AND YOU DO IT IN LESS THAN SEVENTEEN MINUTES, INCLUDING EXERCISES. AND IF YOU DO THIS THING? *THEN* YOU CAN BE PISSY ABOUT HOW SIMPLIFIED JOHN’S EXPLANATION IS. #ItWasNiceToMeetYouNowGoAway
STRANGELY ATTRACTIVE, NO?
AND? THEY’RE AVAILABLE AS STICKERS. #studiochristmasgiftdecisionmade
do you hear singing? because i hear singing … BUT I CAN’T TELL IF SOMEONE IS SINGING OR IF THAT’S JUST WHAT MY BRAIN DOES WHEN MY EYES DON’T UNDERSTAND THE SHEER AWESOMENESS OF WHAT THEY ARE SEEING.
i mean, “revolting”? really? what are you? ten years old? (if i could roll my eyes, i would.)
well … that was weird.
You do you, friends. YOU DO YOU.
You can teach your face off … I can help.