Podcast

History of the Mix

Ever wonder where the belt, this whole idea of mix, came from? Erin Whitehead, the host of the podcast Braless, asked a question to inspire this episode of the history and evolution of the mixed voice.

From opera to Broadway to rock and beyond, teaching the voice and how we use our voices have changed with the help of vocal pedagogy, science, and the incorporation of modern and new styles of music. Vocalogical sheds light on the mix and how it has developed over the past century!

For more, follow Vocalogical at Facebook.com/Vocalogical, on Twitter @VocalogicalPod, and Vocalogical.com. Please share, spread the word, and if you have any questions at all, contact us! Thanks for listening, until next week!

Sources: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-11-17/features/9511170150_1_herbert-breslin-high-notes-greatest-tenors

http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5379&context=etd

http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2281&context=thesesdissertations

 

Podcast

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!

Lessons

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!

Tips

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!

Resources

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!