Monthly Archives: June 2012

5 Things You Should Avoid When Singing


Patience is a virtue. When conditioning your vocals it is important to remain patient and consistent during your practice. Many people do not remain patient and consistent when practicing singing and end up doing more damage than good. When conditioning your voice to success it is important to remember to avoid certain habits in order to get the most out of your singing voice. Here are five things you should avoid when conditioning your vocals.

1. Over singing. Over singing is the act of singing too much over given amount of time. Oversinging can lead to vocal fatigue. Rest your vocal muscles adequately in order to get the most out of your practice.

2. Over powering. Overpowering your voice, or pushing your voice to reach notes can lead to vocal muscle damage. If you overpower your voice, your vocal muscles will need more time to rest thus prolonging your practice.

3. Improper Practice. You’ve heard practice makes perfect. Well actually, perfect practice makes perfect. The technique we teach is designed to strengthen and condition the vocal muscles to sing effortlessly and easily. It is important to use this technique when practicing your vocals. Singing with improper technique will lead to poor vocals, vocal fatigue, and damage to the voice.

4. Inadequate Vocal Rest. Prolonged practiced can lead to a buildup in mucus, vocal fatigue, vocal damage, and lack of singing confidence. It is important to rest the voice at least two days per week. Practice time can range between 20-60 minutes for best results. If you are practicing correctly, you can practice more often.

5. Failure to Remain Consistent. It’s easy to give up on your vocal practice after doing it for some time. It isn’t until you really need the technique on the performance night that you actually miss the rehearsal. So remain consistent in your practice and do not give up. Do not stop practicing your vocals. Vocal exercises are designed for conditioning the voice on a regular basis.

Overall, maintaining good vocal practice will lead to the conditioning of your voice. This conditioning will provide the most success you will have in your singing. And this will also allow you to unlock your true singing potential.

At the True Connected Voice we are always available for one on one training and lessons, weather via Skype or if you are in Tampa FL, Orlando FL, or any of the surrounding Central Florida areas contact us today and unlock the true potential of your singing voice.

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John Kenney

 

John Kenney is a musician in Central Florida and is training to become a certified vocal instructor.

The Warm Down

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One of the most important topics for maintaining your voice is a regular warm down after a performance or rehearsal. The warm down is an area in training and maintaining your voice that lacks attention in the vocal world. I think of it this way, after most aerobic exercises you always do a cool down and stretch for many reasons, but most importantly you don’t want to stiffen up. I have found that a proper warm down vocally after every performance, rehearsal and even just vocal training helps you wake up the next day with a smoother, more flexible , and clearer voice. No one likes to warm down, because it is time consuming , and after a gig you want to shut up or even worse party.

The warm down is so important, treat your voice like an athlete treats their body and you will see, hear and feel the difference.

Because our technique the True Connected Voice is largely based with working singer that have heavy performance demands, the warm down is an area of great importances to us. I have found over many years of educating and training singers and also performing 5 to 10 shows per week myself, the warm down made the difference for the day after. Not to mention if you regularly warm down after singing, the warm up for the next performance goes a lot quicker.

Look for our warm down program as a must have for the working vocalist.

At the True Connected Voice we are always available for one on one training and lessons, weather via Skype or if you are in Tampa FL, Orlando FL, or any of the surrounding Central Florida areas contact us today and unlock the true potential of your singing voice.

Joe Genuardi

Joe Genuardi is a vocal instructor in Central Florida and performs voice lessons in and around Central Florida, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.

Connecting The Voice Through The Bridge

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When I perform, and I am taking on a song that has a lot of range in it, I get this amazing feeling when I am truly connected and in my mix with balance. My voice has this little part of sound that is consistent through my whole range when connecting happens correctly. I compare the mixed feeling of singing, to a circus tightrope walker. It’s like balancing on a rope and walking, and when it’s right, you just balance through the range of the music you are singing.

This balanced feeling in my voice, is so easy and full sounding, and it’s such a contrast from my singing many years ago, before connecting my voice. Before learning how to connect, I tried to muscle my way through different ranges. That little bit of weight that carries through my sound now, in my mix, from my chest to my head voice, is so magical. It is all a feel, not a listening thing. The little bit of weight connects the bridges, and I feel it inside my body, and then the notes resonant in my head and chest. When the balance is right, I can hold a note or sing a line forever, air is plentiful. This feeling of balance, is in the contrast also of when I was trying to muscle my way through my voice many years ago. I never had enough air.

When you first experience this balance feeling while singing, and that little bit of weight connecting, the balance might go away, and then you might find it again later, but like a tightrope walker, the more you find it and balance correctly, the better you get at it. I think it is very important to say, no one sings everything perfect. The more we train, the better our ability becomes and the more consistent our singing will become.

Joe Genuardi

Joe Genuardi is a vocal instructor in Central Florida and performs voice lessons in and around Central Florida, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.

Muscle Memory


In this video, Joe Genuardi explains the importance muscle memory, and training your singing muscles.
If you have been singing for a long time, like many of us, you may have developed some singing habits that cause strain on your voice. Using the True Connected Voice method, training your vocal cords will improve your singing quality by developing muscle memory.

The concept of muscle memory is when you condition your voice to sing in the True Connected Voice style, your singing muscles will adapt and be conditioned over time to automatically shape and move in a way that maximizes your vocal quality.

Muscle memory can be developed by a series of exercises that we will train you with. These exercises are easy to learn and practice. This method will develop you into a singer that sings freely, with no strain and pure tone all while maintaining a healthy voice.