grasping at straws …

grasping at straws …

some days you’re all: I’m going to do a big ol’ blog post about STRAW EXERCISES because NO ONE HAS DONE ONE OF THOSE BEFORE …

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and then you’re all:

oorrrr …

roughly A MILLION people have already done big ol’ blog posts (and podcasts and YouTube videos and journal articles, ET CETERA) about straw exercises so why don’t you just quote the heck out of those folks already (which leaves you more time for drinking wine and congratulating yourself on being a freaking genius #isallImsayin)?

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yeah. so … I’m going to do THAT*.

HERE COME THE LINKADOODLES (#youvebeenwarned):

I love the internet

posts of epic proportions

SOVT Exercises from our friends over at voicescienceworks.org [this is the blog post I wish I had written #truestory]

Mix It Up Monday Straw Exercises from Matt Edwards [if you haven’t already, you really should subscribe to this blog. #justsayin]

NATS Chat with Dr. Titze from 2011 [it’s a TRANSCRIPT, y’all – read ’em and WEEP]

Straws for Everyone! from our friends over at The Voice Lab [short, sweet, SUPER INFORMATIVE]

Straw Phonation Takes Center Stage from Kristie Knickerbocker [not gonna’ lie: I love her name so much I say it to myself eight or ten times every time I see it. … you’re doing it too, now, aren’t you? #yourewelcome]**

audio-visual content ftw

side by side comparison strobes of singing with and without a straw from Mindy Pack (who’s singing in the clip) and Dr. Reena Gupta (who’s doing the scopes) [you guys, THIS BLEW MY MIND … #isallImsayin]

talking through what you’re seeing on the side by side comparison strobes of singing with and without a straw from YOURS TRULY [yep. it’s me. 🙂 ]

Singing Through a Straw … It Will Change Your Life! podcast episode from our friends at The Naked Vocalist [#thatnametho #clever]

The Science Behind the Straw Exercise video series from the folks at NCVS [kickin’ really old school with the ol’ youtube interview format but, you know, it’s INGO TITZE so #SHUSHANDLISTEN]

Using SOVT Exercises podcast episode from John Henny [John has a bunch of good podcast episodes about straw phonation and SOVT exercises you can check out … he even has a code you can use to save on purchasing your very own OOVO STRAW [they’re #ALLTHERAGE right now, friends. #pinkyswear]]

EDITED TO ADD these 3 awesome YouTube thinggies:

Straws Will Save Your Life with Tom Burke

Singing with Straws with Dr. Dan

Free Your Voice by Singing Into a Straw with Karyn Lane O’Connor at SingWise

also

THIS WHOLE DANGED WEBSITE THAT’S DEDICATED TO STRAW PHONATION

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for searching the internets for ya’ … because there’s absolutely no way you would have done that on your own #amiright?

#singyourfaceoff

* It’s like a #fridayfavefive only it’s not Friday and there are more than five things … SO NOT AT ALL LIKE A FRIDAY FAVE FIVE.

** That’s not creepy at all, right?

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friday fav five – 19|01|04

New Year | New You Edition

Yeah … I’m not really into setting a whole bunch of resolutions to change things up BIG TIME in the New Year.  But you know what I AM into? These cool ‘reset / set intention / start the year off right’ thingamabobs that everyone offers at the beginning of the year. I totally dig those. (Maybe because I don’t have to do anything except show up and let the folks who are running the show, well, run that show? But ENOUGH ABOUT ME)

Here are five super-cool ‘reset’ singingteachery thingamabobs that I found on The Internets last year:

1. 14 Day Vocal Reset from Elizabeth Rotoff at The Fit Singer

I mean, for a very low price point, you get meal plans, workouts, vocal exercises, personal consults, AND MORE. So you don’t have to figure all that out. All you have to do is, well, everything else. But the BIG STUFF is taken care of.

i am fluffy and very happy with my own fluffiness, #thankyouverymuch. but if you want to change my meal plan to include more wet food, i will not say no #isallimsayin.

 

2. 21 Days to Your New Voice from Kerri Ho at The Songbird Tree

This is a free YouTube series that you can just follow along. Again, all you have to do is SHOW UP. Okay, and DO the things. But there’s a tonne of great info here parsed out in short segments that are easily digestible. Also? THAT ACCENT.

accents aren’t all that, human. you’re so weird.

3. Dedicate – 30 Day Yoga Journey with Adriene Mishler from Yoga with Adriene

Okay, this one isn’t exactly SINGER focused. But it’s the one I’m doing. And I’m loving it so far: free, short, daily videos with a down-to-earth guide. We’re only two days in so it’s not too late to join.

this is my cat/cow pose. don’t ask me to do a downward dog. that’s just insulting.

 

4. How to Run Your Studio Without Hating Your Boss with Michelle Markwart Deveaux from FaithCultureKiss

Yeah. This one isn’t really a RESET for the New Year thingamabob. It’s more of a BLOW YOUR BUSINESS OUT OF THE WATER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE thingamabob. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

i’m into sleeping. that’s what’s resetting me for the new year, human.

 

5. Favourite (and only, frankly) New Year | New You Thingamabob: You Can Change Your Life. Yes, You Can, from the same crazy-inspiring peep who developed How to Run Your Studio Without Hating Your Boss. Yep. #shesallthat

Seriously.

my resolution is to sleep more. JUST KIDDING: it’s to trick you into feeding me more wet food.

 

Whatever you choose to NEW YOU this year, just know (from my therapist’s lips to your ears): you’re enough.

And you’re good enough to #teachyourfaceoff,

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(now on a once-per-month basis. because: real life.)

1. favourite not-really-related-to-voice-teaching-but-SO-TOTALLY-RELATED-TO-VOICE-TEACHING YouTube episode: How to Remain Calm with People, from The School of Life*

Friends, if your default is to assume the worst of the folks who come through your studio door? You may soon find yourself with not a lot of folks coming through your studio door.

i assume the worst about every human i see every time i see them. because i am a cat.

 

2. favourite blog post: You Wouldn’t Want to Hear Me Sing, by Liz Jackson Hearns

I mean, not to get all up in your head but …

too far into my head, human. GET OUT OF THERE.

 

3. favourite poopy interview: How the Founder of Poo-Pourri Went From Business Failure to a $300 Million Company, with Marie Forleo**

Seee … that’s a nice little palate … ummm … cleanser … right? (Seriously though, you’re running an awesome-sauce voice studio that has nothing to do with poo, right? So go on and DO THAT THING.)

blue eyed cat with white whiskers

you are unbelievable, human.

 

4. favourite voice-related, insanely-cool thing: personalized sound wave prints, from Newton and the Apple (on Etsy)

Need a gift for your favourite voice teacher? HANDLED. #yourewelcome

can you make a picture-thing for my kind of unbelievable eyes?

 

5. favourite podcast episode: The Radio Drama Episode, from This American Life

This is an episode from when Lin-Manuel Miranda was best known for In the Heights sooo …

this might be the weirdest #FFF collection so far. congratulations, human. and i mean that as sincerely as i’m able to mean it. which is not very sincerely at all. #yourewelcome

 

Go on and teach your ever-loving face off,

 

 

 

 

* Thanks for the heads up on this one, Dann!
** Thanks for this one, Cara!

 

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