friday fav five – 18|07|13

friday fav five – 18|07|13

The “Does Not Include a Podcast Episode Featuring Shannon Coates” Edition … #yourewelcome

 

1. favourite (possibly unnecessarily) #voicenerdtastic warm ups primer: Dr. Titze’s Favorite* Vocal Warm-ups as presented by Fort Worth ENT’s a tempo Voice Center

I first saw this unbelievably VOICENERDTASTIC warm up list on Matt Edwards’s blog nearly three years ago (DEAR GREAT GOUDA IN THE SKY: THREE YEARS AGO?!?) and I was all: YAAAASSS. Because: SO FUN to hand it out to my particularly VOICENERDTASTIC clients and just have that succinct yet SUPER-SCIENCEY explanation for WHY we do the things we do in our sessions. (And (not uncoincidentally**), look like a VOICENERDGENIUS to my clients as I explain all the sciencey things. #winning)  Well guess what? Someone at Fort Worth ENT took Titze’s original document and GUSSIED IT UP. So now it’s a handy pdf that you can just download and hand out at your leisure. #iknowright? #GIVETHEMARAISE

someone gussied me up. and when i get out of this stupid, pale-pink bucket? i will end them. do not doubt my resolve in this matter, human.

 

2. favourite well-balanced, #superSANE blog post about whether or not singers should drink coffee: Coffee – Can Singers Drink It? by Elizabeth Rotoff over at The Fit Singer

Remember that one time when I commented about how I had “out-hydrated coffee” and a lot of people were all: SILLY SHANNON – DON’T YOU KNOW THAT COFFEE IS NOT DEHYDRATING? BECAUSE: SCIENCE!? Yeah, well. Elizabeth is an actual nutritiony-person so LISTEN TO HER. ahem.

coffee may not be dehydrating, human, but if there’s no cream in it, what’s the point?

 

3. favourite giftastic site for learning the who/what/where of vocal anatomy: dubdubdub getbodysmart dot com***

I mean, there are about a million and one ANNOYING AS ALL GET OUT ads on this site. And the great gouda above only knows how many cookies the site will embed into your computer’s innards. HowEVER: so. much. #voicenerdtastic goodness.

Sometimes you look for, like, ten minutes for a CAT AND COOKIE picture (that is royalty free, #thankyouverymuch) and then you give up and go with the Hello Kitty cookie picture because: IT’S JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT SHANNON SO GET OVER IT ALREADY.

 

4. favourite music-love article from which you will definitely learn something: How Quitting Music Made Me An Artist by Tanya Kalmanovitch in Sounding Board****

WARNING: only read this article if you want to learn things about yourself and about music (eeew: feelings).

are you trying to make me FEEL, human? stop now. before i end you.

 

5. favourite VOICENERDTASTIC newsletter: the one from VoiceScienceWorks.org

Look. We are ALL oversubscribed. (And if you are not, keep it to yourself; I don’t need that kind of freedom and joy in my life 😉 ) But if you can handle having ONE MORE NEWSLETTER dropping in your inbox on a semi-regular basis? THIS IS THE ONE. It’s full of newsy, sciencey, voicey stuff that is super-interesting and will help keep you totes informed about voicenerdtastic things. #pinkyswear

are you SERIOUSLY telling me to VOLUNTARILY sign up to receive MORE emails? #IWILLENDYOU

 

Get out there and teach your face off,

* Let it be known: I am using the INCORRECT SPELLING of this word UNDER DURESS.

** Let it be known: probably not a word … and YET … I am using it. #breakingALLTHERULEStoday

*** I did not discover this site but I can’t remember who introduced it to me. And now I feel like a DIRTY, STEALING PIRATE for not acknowledging the lovely person who brought this site to my attention. So if that was you? PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I WILL UPDATE THIS POST ASAP. #pleasedontleavemetofeellikeadirtystealingpirateforever

**** THANK YOU KEN BOZEMAN for the heads up on this article. I lurrve it.

friday fav five – 18|07|06

friday fav five – 18|07|06

The “My Kid and His Friends Are Playing D&D VERY LOUDLY at My Kitchen Table So Things Might Get a Little Weird” Edition*

1. favourite podcast episode: Vocal Exercise Masterclass (LIVE FROM VEGAS) with Shannon Coates (WHAT?!), Dana Lentini, and Brian D. Lee, with Nikki Loney from The Full Voice

You guys. Nikki put a mic in our faces and asked a question and then we just talked voice ped stuff. And it was SO SO SO fun. Like, SO FUN. Because, if you put a mic in my face and ask me to talk voice ped? I WILL DO THAT THING. ALL NIGHT LONG.**

#forthelovewoman aNOTHer podcast?

2. favourite article: Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children by Maxwell King

This one was floating around the singing teachery sites all week. And for good reason. IT TELLS YOU HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN. Which, you know, SUPER-USEFUL if you happen to be an independent teacher who works with children. Or a parent. Or ANY PERSON WHO MIGHT ENCOUNTER A CHILD AT ANY TIME IN THEIR LIFE.

i am a little kitty. the way you talk to me matters. (ha!! no it doesn’t. I AM A CAT.)

 

3. favourite singing-teachery book: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach by Alice Hammel & Ryan Hourigan

So, this one time, someone I am working with posted on FaceBook about this great book they’re reading and how FANTASTICALLY AMAZINGLY APPLICABLE it is to teaching voice lessons. And I was all: WOW. THAT BOOK LOOKS SO SO SO GOOD. I’M GOING TO INCLUDE IT IN MY NEXT #FFF. And then I realized that one of my students had loaned me THAT VERY BOOK LAST YEAR and that I HAD ACTUALLY PERUSED IT MY OWN SELF so I KNOW IN PERSON HOW GOOD IT IS****.

I’m awesome that way, y’all.

And? If you work with singers? YOU WILL FIND SOOOO MANY TOOLS and TIPS in this book. Because you know what? WE ALL HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS.

we are all calicoish cats. and yet we are all our own cat. #justsayin

 

4. favourite MIND-BENDING FB video: Never (on pitch) Enough by Natalie Weiss

You guys. #ICantEven

i mean. the level of talent it takes to do that? is kind of astounding. truly.

5. favourite blog post: Seven Lessons for Voice Teachers by Cate Frazier-Neely

This is an “Oldie But A Goodie”. And by “oldie” I mean “it was written a WHOLE THREE YEARS AGO, so IT’S ANCIENT” and by “goodie” I mean “THIS MAY BE HARD TO BELIEVE BUT IT’S STILL RELEVANT”.

yes. YES IT IS A GOOD ONE. high five, human.

 

Go on and teach your face off #whydoncha?

*Also? I made an entire package of hot dogs (#ItsFridayNightSoNoJudgy) … and the three of them ate them all. In WAY LESS than ten minutes. TAKE THAT Joey Chestnut.

** NOTE: I use the term ‘diagnose’ / ‘diagnostic’ in this podcast. And I am fully aware that I am not a medical doctor so please note that I do not mean “diagnose” in the “use my medical degree to figure out what pathology that singer has”. I just mean it in the “use my voice ped degree to figure out something about how that singer is producing sound”. So if you are tempted to tell me that I should not use that word (because: NO MEDICAL DEGREE), please just keep in mind that I WAS TIRED and JET LAGGING and PROBABLY DRUNK*** so I used a word *somewhat* carelessly and I AM SORRY.

*** I was not drunk. Like, in NO SENSE of the word. IT’S A JOKE Y’ALL.

**** THANK YOU LINDSAY! I WILL READ IT FULLY ONE DAY! #pinkyswear

 

friday fav five – 18|06|29

friday fav five – 18|06|29

~ Leaving Las Vegas Edition ~

I had SO. MUCH. FUN. hanging with voice teachery peeps at the NATS National Conference in Las Vegas last weekend (at which I may or may not have lead the singing of the Canadian National Anthem at the opening ceremonies. while conducting like a boss. no: literally like a boss. a mafia boss. who has never studied conducting in their life. #THATKINDOFBOSS). So here are some wicked-cool singing teachery things that you can look into and it will feel like you were RIGHT THERE WITH US IN VEGAS (except for the heat. there is nothing that can make you feel like you were right there in that heat. unless you are actually a fire fighter. because I think maybe a fire fighter might understand what it feels like to be right there in that heat. maybe.).

1. favourite podcast episode: Interview with Shannon Coates (what?!) on MC VocalFri with Nicholas Perna

Okay, so … this started out as a talk about my online course, The Vocal Instrument 101 and all the reasons I created it and who it’s for, and all that stuff  … and then it turned into SO MUCH FUNNESS that you should just listen even if you couldn’t care less about The Vocal Instrument 101 (although if you couldn’t care less about The Vocal Instrument 101? THEN WHY ARE YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW? GO AWAY YOU UNCARER, YOU.). Because: JOY! (We recorded it IN LAS VEGAS. Yes. Yes we did.)

JOY? tell me more. or don’t. because i’m actually yawning in this picture and you shouldn’t anthropomorphize it for your own purposes, you sneaky human.

2. favourite new resource: Teacher Guide – Private and Small Group Voice Lessons for Singers Ages 5 to 12 Years Old from The Full Voice

Seriously. IF YOU TEACH YOUNG SINGERS, YOU NEED TO GET THIS BOOK RIGHT THE HECK NOW. GO GO GO. GET IT NOW.   It is fun. It is exciting. It is WAAAAY EASY ON THE EYES. And? It is FULL OF ALL OF THE THINGS YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE YOU STARTED TEACHING YOUNG SINGERS. (I held this book in my very hands when I was hanging with Nikki in the Exhibition Hall in Vegas all weekend telling all the singing teachers to get it in person.)

go. go now. even i, disdainful cat of the year, think you should go now and get this thing.

 

3. favourite compilation video: Whattheheck is The SpeakEasy Cooperative

For reals: the kinda-super-secret, definitely-NOT-for-asshats subscription membership for independent voice teachers. It’s real. And it’s fabulous. (And we were pretty-danged well-represented in Vegas this weekend. yes: YES WE WERE.)

check it out, human. what are you waiting for? hmmmm …?

 

4. favourite singing teachery app: Pano Tuner

I never would have thought of using a tuning app in this way but … this is the app that Mandy Harvey (yeah. THAT Mandy Harvey … she just happened to be a Featured Guest Artist at the NATS Conference) used to build pitch memory. According to her former voice teacher, Cynthia Vaughn (yeah, THAT Cynthia Vaughn … who, just to bring things FULL CIRCLE, just happens to be a member of The SpeakEasy Cooperative), Mandy demonstrated how it works by singing “ooo” and said “this is Db.” The tuner verified that it was Db. “I always start the national anthem on Db so I just practiced repeatedly singing Db, noticing how Db *felt* and testing it with the tuner. Now I can sing Db any time and it’s always right. Then try another note and another. Also find notes by using solfege and intervals. It’s amazing!”

i mean … that’s a lot of awesome to process. i think my brain is exploding. or imploding. it’s hard to tell … what with the brain being so unstable.

5. favourite new singing teachery text: Complete Vocal Fitness: A Singer’s Guide to Physical Training, Anatomy, and Biomechanics by Claudia Friedlander 

You guys, there are SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS OUT THERE THAT I WANT TO READ (#TAKEALLMYMONEY) but I had to choose just one. Because those are the rules. I mean, those are my personal rules. But still: THE RULES.*

yeah. because you’re so good at following the rules. ahem.

 

BONUS: favourite flash sale: Alignment and the Voice Online from Sarah Whitton

 

So there you have it: Just like being in Vegas, #amiright?

You can teach your face off … I can help.

*Oh, alright. BECAUSE YOU BEGGED. Here are a few other titles on my list:

friday fav five – 18|06|08

friday fav five – 18|06|08

Sooo … I’m not fully rocking the non-fri-fav-five blogs. Because? THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101 IS COMING SOON … SO SO SOON. And it is taking all of my time. And so much of my sleep. Soooo … muuuuch … of myyyy … sleeeeep.*

But not SO much of my sleep that I wasn’t able to narrow down five awesome singing teachery things for your singing teachery pleasure:

1. favourite voice sciencey YouTube video: The Vocal Cords | How the Human Voice Works from Dr. Dan’s Voice Essentials**

You guys. There is SO MUCH information PACKED into this EIGHT-MINUTE video that your brain might explode from the SHEER AWESOMENESS of it. (Also? I am TOTALLY JEALOUS of his diagrams. Seriously: SHEER AWESOMENESS.)

i am the cutest thing you will ever see (SHUT UP. I AM TOO. LOOK AT MY WHISKERS. AND MY CUTE WIDDOW PAWS THAT LOOK LIKE I’M WEARING SOCKS.). and i am here to act as a palate cleanser for your brain to help it return to normal after it EXPLODES FROM THE SHEER AWESOMENESS. #yourewelcome

2. favourite blog post: The Stories We Tell Ourselves by Brian Lee

Friends. This is a FAST read that deserves a SLOW thought.

i’m just going to be here staring lovingly into your eyes while you figure your stuff out. and by “lovingly” i mean “judgingly”. (what? did you forget that i’m a cat?)

 

3. favourite voicegeekery application for CGI: “diaphragm” from Osteopatia e Medicina

About a million people tagged me on this video this week. ABOUT A MILLION. And I’m grateful. (Because: LOOK AT THE MOTION OF THE DIAPHRAGM, YO! LOOK AT IT!)

i don’t care about the motion of the diaphragm. i care about eensy little daisies. and the fact that they might attack me at ANY MOMENT.

 

4. favourite RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL convocation speech: Voice, the Muscle of the Soul: Finding Yourself Through Finding Your Voice by Kenneth Bozeman 

I mean, this will take up a little bit of your day. But if you’re in need of some inspiration? Grab a hot beverage and enjoy. It will be totally worth it. #pinkyswear (Ken is introduced at ca. 31 and his talk begins at ca. 40 and is about 45 minutes long.)

is this your tea, human? were you planning to drink it ANY TIME SOON? because it is IN MY SPACE. AND I HATE IT.

 

5. favourite super-cute teaching tool: Lego Beats from Let’s Play Kids Music

I may or may not have a few thousand RubberMaid Buckets full of Lego in my basement. I feel like this is a way I can get some use out of those Legos before I sell them on eBay and make my fortune.*** Or something.

Yes. This is a cat made out of Lego. The Internets is a beautiful thing.

 

Alright. I am off to lose more sleep and work on The Vocal Instrument 101. Or, more specifically, THE WEBSITE FOR THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT 101. (Because: have you seen that thing? It’s a disgrace.)

As always: You can teach your face off … I can help.

* Which I am totally willing to give up because: SO EXCITED FOR THIS THING TO COME OUT AND FOR YOU TO GET YOUR HANDS ON IT AND FOR ME TO FULFILL MY PROMISES ABOUT HELPING YOU TEACH YOUR FACE OFF AND ALL THAT STUFF.

** Note the spelling of CORDS, my friends. NOTE THAT AND NEVER SPELL IT “CHORDS” AGAIN.

*** That’s a lot of brand names. #justsayin

 

 

friday fav five – 18|06|01

friday fav five – 18|06|01

I’m BAAAAACK! And -WOW- are there ever a lot of singing teachery things that I’m loving this week. But I’m going to choose JUST FIVE. Because that’s my jam / the whole point of these blogs.

1. favourite acoustic fight: is it Yanny or is it Laurel?

I know, I KNOW: SO LAST MONTH. Yeah, well. #MyBlogMyTimeline #sothere

great cheeseballs above, woman: Yanny vs Laurel?!   STAY WITH THE TOUR.

 

2. favourite video: flexion and extension of the cervical spine from Yoganatomie*

You guys. LOOK AT WHERE IN THE BODY THE SPINE IS. (Oh, and at what the spine does when it’s flexed and extended, of course.)

when i flex and extend my face looks weird. happy?

 

3. favourite quirky teaching tool: Danny Quirk’s art

(See what I did there? #soclever) Just do a little scroll-through of this guy’s art. AND BE AMAZED. AND USE HIS ART TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUSCLES AND BONES LOOK AND WORK IN YOUR BODY.

so clever. i am amazed by you. and your clever clever ways.

 

4. favourite sciency article about singing teachery stuff: The Effects of Heel Height on Head Position, Long-Term Average Spectra, and Perceptions of Female Singers, by Amelia Rollings 

Take a minute. Read the stuff. Know what you’re getting yourself into when you wear heels. #yourewelcome

this is a cat paw. it does not have heels on it. because, unlike humans, cats prefer to walk unimpeded.

 

5. favourite restore-your-faith-in-humanity-because-singing podcast episode: Sarajevo – Singing for Peace, from Witness by BBC

good work, humans. FOR ONCE.

You can teach your face off … I can help.

ps STAY TUNED: The Vocal Instrument 101 online course is cooooming your way. With special pricing available soooon. #soexcite!

* Thanks to Dann for the heads up on that one. I keep excitedly showing it to my students to help them re-orient where their spine is. They don’t seem as excited as I am. I’m not sure why. Ahem.

 

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