What I do for you as a singer…

At 62, I can offer a full spectrum of skills, experience, and professional background to take singer’s from whatever level they come in at to higher levels of skill where they never damage their voice by over-exerting and forcing, as many singers do today. This is the bottom line for those performing for live audiences.

I have expertise in singing voice because I’ve walked the path myself for forty years as a performing singer and actor, teacher and coach, producer and director, and neuro-somatic psychotherapist. I have 30 years in private clinical practice working with professional singers and actors in New York City (1982-2002), Washington, D.C., Chicago, and now Denver & Boulder, Colorado.

davidWhat I do for you as a singer…

Way too much attention on the vocal folds people!

Let me build up my larynx muscles; maybe with microscopic weights?

There is more and more talk about vocal folds today, what used to be called vocal chords.  These delicate tissues generate only an  embryonic vibration though, whichvical folds is not speech yet.  This embryonic vibration is generated in the larynx and then it ultimately transformed into speech in the mouth by way to the phonetic process of forming vowels and consonants.  Therefore, speech happens in the mouth, not the throat people.

Do you have to tell your eye how to adapt to light? No!

davidWay too much attention on the vocal folds people!

In singing, less is more…

Singing is a worthwhile end in itself!  There is so much to learn from the process because ultimately, it is about learning to be a human being.  Speech and singing are the same mechanism, but most people do something else when they sing.  I call it pseudo-singing; it is not using their natural, Nature-given expression system and its own unique vibratory qualities, but a copy of someone else or combination of a few people.  I sounded like a combo of James Taylor and Anthony Newly at one point. Since we are mammals, which means we are social creatures, have social brains, we learn by copying others.  Actually, it is not really copying, but more like ‘absorbing’ since we have instincts, and these instincts help us develop and survive.

davidIn singing, less is more…

The voice is greater than the sum of its parts.

Science today has made a big leap.  We have moved beyond the linear, over-simplistic or called reductionistic science of yesterday that almost everyone still uses to relate to our world.  One and one equals two is the reductionistic, parts approach to reality.  But just because we can separate everything in our mind does not mean that it is actually like that.  Reality is much more complex than these simplistic notions. Synergy is the lens through which we must see our world today; the whole is GREATER than the sum of the parts.  And healthy chaos is what our world is all about including weather patterns, heart rhythm, and the human expression system.

davidThe voice is greater than the sum of its parts.

Pelvic angle for singers: bridge to your vocal power…

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Singing happens from the inside out: do you know exactly how to produce a singing voice that matches who you are and never uses force?

 

 

 

 

The small, interior muscles of our body are the ‘singers muscles’. These are also called the intrinsics, or survival muscles.  These core muscles are the key to relaxed and resonant singing, where you sing like you speak and yet can effortlessly be heard in the back row of an auditorium without a microphone.  Human bodies are capable to resonating their environment naturally and effortlessly; just like all other mammals.

davidPelvic angle for singers: bridge to your vocal power…

Research says that it is “poor muscle control” that causes poor singing

In the January/February 2012 issue of Scientific American Mind, research is demonstrating that it is poor muscle control that causes poor singing.  recent report by cognitive neuroscientists Peter Q. Pfordresher at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Steven Brown at Simon Fraser University suggests that poor music perception is actually a cause of tuneless warbling. Yes, poor hearing might be at fault, but poor control of the vocal system musculature is the other possible factor. In other words, even if you can hear the note, you still might not be able to produce it. 

davidResearch says that it is “poor muscle control” that causes poor singing

BODY AS INSTRUMENT

A trumpet player has her/his instrument and learns to master it over the course of many years.  They train with someone who helps them learn to get the best sound from their instrument.  Through practice and experience, they discover how to make beautiful sound that touches the audiences heart.

A singer is no different!  Studying with someone who has learned from a master of the singing voice is usually the only way to learn the secrets, or inside knowledge if you will, that is passed on down through the ages from teacher to student in a unbroken line.  It is a rare individual who just begins to use their signing voice well in front of others, and even rarer for that person not to hurt their throat over time because of lack of knowledge of how their instrument functions.  But not impossible!

davidBODY AS INSTRUMENT