Voice Lesson 2: Sophia

And we’re back with another voice lesson! Sophia joins us to demonstrate much of what we’ve talked about in Vocal Fry Part 2, applying exercises to find a mix and blend in her voice. She made great progress in this lesson alone, and continues to express better vocal balance and function with each passing week!

Unfortunately, due to a hectic July, voice lessons will be put on hold for the month. However, I would love to take this time to hear your thoughts on the past two voice lessons! Your opinions will help us bring you the best content on the voice and singing.

Please share and spread the word on Vocalogical! It would be very much appreciated, and the more listeners we have talking about the voice, the more we’ll learn collectively!

Vocalogical will return on this coming Wednesday with an episode on the “mixed voice” and how that became so popular over the recent years. Until then, you can find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/vocalogical, and on Twitter @Vocalogicalpod!

Thank you for listening and happy singing!


Vocal Fry: Part 2

We’re back with more Vocal Fry!

Last week, we learned how fry is created. This week, we discuss how to use this sound to expand vocal range and balance, what styles of music it can be heard in, and how it can be used to rehabilitate damaged voices. Another listener question, why it’s harder to sing notes in songs than it is in exercises, is also answered!

Coming up next is our voice lesson on Fryday! A student comes in to demonstrate these vocal fry exercises in real time, giving our ears a treat. And next week, we’re having a talk on the mixed voice, which the singing world is enamored by.

Any questions? I’d be happy to answer them! Reach Vocalogical at Facebook.com/Vocalogical, Twitter @Vocalogicalpod, and Vocalogical.com.

Thanks for listening and happy singing!



Vocal Fry Stroboscopy

Happy Vocal Fryday! Here’s to another installment in Interesting Voice Facts!

As I was going through my research on vocal fry, I’ve found tons of interesting comments, studies, and theories. Along with it, I’ve found one short video of the vocal folds at work with fry.

Welcome to the world of stroboscopies! A camera is used on a patient, either through the nose or mouth, and it allows for a visualization of the folds themselves. In this case, the patient sings with both vocal fry and normal phonation, allowing us to see the difference.

Thank you to the Osborne Head and Neck Institute for this informative and interesting video! If you’re interested in seeing more, many other stroboscopies can be found on Youtube and elsewhere on the web.

If you haven’t yet listened to Vocalogical’s first episode on vocal fry, it can be found here: http://vocalogical.com/vocal-fry-part-1/

There’s more great stuff on fry coming your way! The second episode will be released this coming Wednesday!

Happy singing!




Vocal Fry: Part 1

What is vocal fry anyway?!

We dig deep today with Vocalogical’s newest episode! We learn how our voices are able to make this creaky, unique sound, we talk about conspiracies that swirl around this type of voice production, and we discuss some really nifty studies that were done on the subject matter.

Today is only the beginning! Next week, we have the second part of our focus on vocal fry, featuring exercises and theories, how fry has been used to rehabilitate voices, and how to use it to improve your own singing.

Any questions? Want to know more? Contact me at Vocalogical.com! For more, follow us on twitter @Vocalogicalpod and Facebook.com/Vocalogical.

Happy Singing!


Voice Lesson 1: Mike

It’s time for our first voice lesson! Vocalogical welcomes back Mike Wrabel, our guest from Wednesday, to vocalize for and sing with us. In this episode alone, we’ve discussed a lot of vocal concepts! Volume, stronger qualities in the voice, vowels, and extending range are only a few topics that’s talked about. Mike offers great feedback on the exercises we used and the feelings he had.

Miss our interview with Mike? Listen here: http://vocalogical.com/voice-impersonator-mike-wrabel/

For our next Wednesday episode of Vocalogical, we’ll will dig deep on a discussion on vocal fry, which has proved to be a controversial topic in voice technique! Two weeks from today, we’ll have another vocalist come in and sing with us.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Post a comment or send a message through the contact tab! Vocalogical can also be reached @vocalogicalpod on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/ on Facebook. Thank you for listening and can’t wait to see you again on Wednesday!


Voice Impersonator: Mike Wrabel

I’m very pleased to bring to you Vocalogical’s first interview!

Mike Wrabel, a friend and student, came in to talk about his experiences and feelings while doing voice impersonations. He gives us a taste of Family Guy’s Peter Griffin and Cleveland Brown, while speaking on how the next voices he wants to conquer are Bernie Sanders and Patrick Warburton. Oh, he also says how he characterizes his own mother’s voice!

Mike speaks highly on trying crazy and new voices for any aspiring impersonator and voice actor, and gives his input on the important relationship and balance between the science and feelings of the voice. The best part is, we get to hear more from him on Friday! Today was the interview, Friday is the voice lesson we recorded together. Both episodes bring up fantastic ideas and gives you fun sounds and vocal qualities to listen to, all while learning more about the human voice!

Any questions for Mike or myself? Find the contact page above and send us a message! Like what you hear? Please share and spread it around! For more, find Vocalogical on Twitter @vocalogicalpod and https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/

Thank you for listening!


Overcoming Stage Fright

 Overcoming Stage Fright is a large challenge for tons and tons of performers. In some cases, a person gets nervous right before jumping onto the stage for a performance. With others, it prevents them from performing altogether. For those who are overwhelmed with the thought of being in the spot light, here’s a helpful tip to build that confidence and get over that stage fright.

To overcome fear of the stage, I’ve compiled a list of low to high risk scenarios when it comes to performing.

Low – Giving a short speech in front of a group of friends, singing to a group of friends, going out for karaoke, Joining a choir, singing in a religious institution

Medium – Having an ensemble or small role in a production, singing one song in front of an audience, having a choir solo, giving a speech to a larger audience

High – Having a lead in a production, singing lead in a band, facilitating a lecture, performing for the Super Bowl

Keep in mind that in no matter what situation, the audience is in your corner! They want to be impressed! They want to have a good time! Knowing this, let’s dive in a kick that stage fright to the curb!

For those who always wanted to make it to the stage but could never find the courage, start small! Take a low risk scenario and give a speech or sing a bit! Yes, you’ll be nervous. Yes, there’s a slight chance you’ll mess up, but that’s the wonderful thing about a low risk situation. It may not be a perfect performance, but those around you will enjoy it anyway. The people there will be incredibly supportive! You’ll have a good time, and you’ll get helpful feed back. The amount of people you perform for is entirely up to you in many low risk scenarios, where you choose the company that you want to perform for. Want to sing to your best friend? Totally fine! Want to perform in front of fifteen friends? That’s great too! Slowly, you’ll gain more confidence and may find you even enjoy the spot light.

After taking that first step and putting yourself out there, it’s time to move to a medium risk situation. There are plenty of opportunities in every state and location for singing/dancing/acting productions, as well as recitals to strut your stuff and sing solo. In some cases, as in an ensemble, you’ll be working as a member of a team. In others, such as a featured role in a show, you’ll be a bit more exposed. This is the next jump in difficulty of growing accustomed to the stage. There’s a bit more preparation on the performer’s side, and there will most likely be more strangers in attendance. Everyone in the crowd will be rooting for you, but the feeling is daunting nonetheless! As with the low risk situations, you’ll find that it takes a few performances or presentations before it begins to grow more comfortable. Keep at it and you’ll notice a positive change in yourself.

High risk situations up the stakes even more. Larger audiences, a larger role, and a greater amount of preparation onyour part makes scenarios such as these the most difficult. Both the low and medium risk scenarios have been gearing you up for this by making you more comfortable in front of a crowd while instilling a confidence and dedication that will help you succeed at a higher level! As with any situation, it may be scary the first couple of times, but with time and practice, the mind will adjust and you will have conquered the last level of stage fright!

Whenever I’ve heard someone use the term “stage fright,” it always seemed to include any and all situations of performing. However, as seen with our different scenarios, some performances are much less frightening than others.  It’s important to recognize this difference and utilize it by starting small and slowly building confidence and stage presence until you feel more comfortable on a stage. That’s the key to this method of overcoming stage fright! Do you still have nerves before a performance? That’s fine! Nervousness in general isn’t a bad thing. The goal is to break down the barriers that prevents you from getting onto the stage to begin with. We’ll discuss and tackle nerves another day.

What are your success stories? How have you conquered stage fright? Let us know in the comments below! Congratulations to those who have broken down these barriers, and good luck to those who are in the process of doing so!


Anatomy of the Larynx

We’re back to discuss the Anatomy of the Larynx! Vocalogical touched upon the different cartilages and muscles of our voices and how they interact with each other. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a perfect basic outline before we dive into more discussions!

If you like what you hear, spread it around and get others involved! The more people we have interacting, sharing stories, and asking questions, the more we’ll learn together.

Next week we have our first guest, an impersonator! We’ll talk about the muscles and how they adapt to create different sounds, and he’ll give a taste as to what making all of these voices feel like. He’ll be singing for our first voice lesson as well, as we try new exercises and discuss results, feelings, and the like on the air.

Join us at https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/ and at Twitter: @vocalogicalpod for more discussions, tips, and chats!

Happy Singing, everyone!


Inside Look of the Larynx

The Anatomy of the Larynx will be the focus of Vocalogical’s next episode! I love talking about all of the muscles of the throat, some with very very long, ridiculously long, names. Along with discussing the names of the cartilages and muscles of the larynx, we’ll also get a taste of how those muscles interact to produce different sounds! This is the tip of the iceberg, with tons more information to be enjoyed, and more in depth topics will definitely be discussed in the future.

I completely realize, however, that it’s difficult to memorize the names or visualize the workings of the voice simply through speech. I did a little bit of digging on the world wide web, and found a fantastic site that highlights the parts of the larynx you’d like to see! I’d recommend, either while listening to the podcast, or just after, tinkering with this program to get a clearer idea of what was mentioned on the air.

It can be found here: https://www1.columbia.edu/sec/itc/hs/medical/anatomy_resources/anatomy/larynx/

To give a bit of a preview, the cartilage to listen for on the podcast will be the epiglottis, thyroid, cricoid, and arytenoids. Important muscles will by the thyroarytenoid and cricothyroid muscles, with a couple of more thrown in the mix! And we can’t forget about the only suspended bone in our bodies, the hyoid bone!

Keep an eye out for the next episode of Vocalogical, releasing on this coming Wednesday, June 7th! You can subscribe on Itunes and Google Play, and can be followed @vocalogicalpod on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/.

Happy listening and enjoy our deeper look into the larynx, the house of our voices!



Larynx Ossification

It’s interesting to note that the larynx goes through ossification. 

Welcome to Interesting Voice Facts (IVF)! As I read through new material, every once in a while I stumble on something that I find very fascinating. This IVF is that as the larynx ages, it ossifies, which is a fancy way to say that all of the cartilages in the throat begin to turn to bone. When I thought about it, it made sense. After all, muscles and the body as a whole begin to lose tone and flexibility, which means cartilage would as well. The shocking part was how young it began. Sources say the cartilage in your larynx could ossify as early as the age of eighteen. 

What shocked me about this was knowing that many singers are in their vocal prime in the late twenties/early thirties, with some singers being able to sing well into their nineties like a pro. I assumed this rigid change in the vocal mechanism would bring about some negative changes to the voice. If this were true, however, the vocal prime wouldn’t be as late as it is. Actually, many attribute this change to be the reason why singers in their twenties, thirties, and beyond, could attain such beauty, range, and power.

Who knew your larynx changing to bone could be a good thing! There is tons of information on this topic, and one that will definitely be covered within a podcast. Pros and cons, research, and many more specifics will be discussed. For now, think of this idea of larynx ossification and more information will be coming to you soon!