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Help! My Voice Hurts After I Practice

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by Spencer Welch We all know we should practice more. Singing exercises.  Piano scales. Lines for the school play.  Somewhere someone told us something about 10,000 hours of practice…and then you’ve mastered the thing. Granted, most of us would rather spend 10 hours practicing and the other 9,990 binge-watching Netflix. But deep down we know practice is good for us…like Brussels sprouts.  Practice …

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Singing High Notes

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by Spencer Welch I was desperate. Only 12 years old, singing a solo in church choir rehearsal, and then it happened. My voice started to change! Until this turn of events, I had enjoyed a long illustrious (two-year) career with my boy soprano voice. I even got to play Francis Scott Key in my elementary school’s July 4th musical, quite a feat for …

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Why Do I Sing All These Funny Sounding Scales?

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by Ko Nakamura If you have taken a voice lesson with an IVA certified teacher, you might have sung some funny sounding scales before singing an actual song. There are many reasons why we assign these exercises to our students. For an inside look at the secrets of singing only voice teachers know, keep reading. VOCALISES In your first voice lesson, we …

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3 Myths about Singing

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by Spencer Welch If you’ve spent any time in a choir, garage band, or church worship team, you’ve probably had a run-in. They look good. They sound true. They strut around rehearsal rooms, daring you to throw the first punch. They are myths and half-truths. And vocal technique is where they go to retire. So in the interest of clearing the air, I’m …

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Good Teaching is about DO, not DON’T

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by Spencer Welch Another week, another student with a horror story: “My last singing teacher would get angry at me when I couldn’t sing the high notes. He was always criticizing: ‘You’re nasal! You’re flat!’ I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I didn’t know how to fix it. And I didn’t know when the next scolding was coming. So now, …

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How Many Voice Lessons Do I Need to Become a Good Singer?

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by Koichi Nakamura INTRO One of the most frequently asked questions from my students during voice lessons is: “How many voice lessons do I need to become a good singer?” This is one of the hardest questions to answer since it really depends on who you are, what your singing goals are, and how much practice you are willing to …

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Can Anyone Learn How to Sing?

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by Spencer Welch The first time I hear the voice of a new student is often through my studio intercom. I’ll never forget the day Rick* buzzed up for his first voice lesson. “Hello?” I answered. Through the intercom, a tortured nasal voice hissed, “Hi, I’m here for my singing lesson.” Oh boy! I quickly mustered every ounce of teacher-ness …

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How Should I Practice Singing?

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by Koichi Nakamura I took one of my good friends snowboarding for his first time last week. I?ve been snowboarding from age 16, so I had completely forgotten how hard it is for first-timers even to stand up on the board or skate on one leg. After practicing over and over all day, my friend finally was able to slide …

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Can I Sing Like Adele?

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(…and should I even try?) by Spencer Welch? She has joined the firmament of one-name icons: Prince, Bono, Madonna, Sting, Adele. If you don’t recognize that last one, you’ve been hostage to Cappadocian monks for the last five years. Adele has taken the world by storm with four number-one singles, three multi-platinum albums, and sold-out shows wherever she goes. She …

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The New Four-Letter Word: Voice Training

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by Spencer Welch I’ll admit it. I’m a thief. I stole this blog topic from a conversation with fellow IVA master teacher Guy Babusek. I’m sure he’ll be by later to collect the royalties. The gist of the exchange: “Many celebrity singers today try to hide that they take singing lessons. It’s ALL natural ability, don’t you know? In contrast, …

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