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Lehigh Valley | Easton, Pennsylvania

Phillipsburg, NJ, Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, Hellertown, Quakertown, and the nearby area.
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"One needs a voice teacher to learn singing technique, to solidify his singing foundation, and to add more delicate techniques as he continues his progress. Strengthening, training, and stamina-building are taught and drilled in the voice lessons. A voice teacher suggests and assigns repertoire; first, as a learning tool, later as a showcase to be added to the student's own portfolio."

Let your whole body sing!

A story about a singer, television reality singing competition, and the audience votes.

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PA

Singing is an art that is taken for granted. It takes a lot of skills into becoming a decent singer.

The audience -the fans- only hear the end production. Never once do they think about the "craft-making" process, but instead they believe wholeheartedly that your great singing comes from pure talent. And, with today's demands, charisma and the look have become big factors, too.

Those last two, by the way, have nothing to do with singing: they are added bonuses. Singing is about applying the voice.

The problem is with most of the singing competitions on prime time television networks spilling into small towns -local arenas. For the sake of popularity, they let the audience vote for their favorite singer.

In order to win one needs the most votes, and it's only natural that each singer's goal is to gain the most votes.

However, each singer should know her limits and not get lured into a danger zone.

The audience doesn't know that things they like in a singer are harmful to her. They seem to love it when a singer screams high notes at full volume. They think "frying," or grinding the throat, is a special talent, rather than an abuse to the tissues and muscles involved in sound production. They even cheer when they hear a singer with a more-or-less damaged sound (due to the constant repetition of the incorrect use of the vocal mechanism).

To the audience- and to some of you- it's either that you (the singer) have it or you don't -especially if you sing pop, rock, or other modern styles (classical being an older style). You rely -almost solely- on your voice; and, for some of you, in order to make you stand out more, you add -on top of that already fragile throat- a little flair. It could be changing up the musical style, doing something different with your vocal approach, applying different microphone techniques, or something else. But you are trying to build upon on a weak and unstable foundation, and this flair does more harm than good to your throat and to the rest of your body.

Over a period of time, it becomes habit and gets into the speaking voice. We all hear singers, teens, news and sports reporters, etc., "fry" their cords when they speak, or when they speak with a husky-throaty-smoky low-pitched voice all the time.

Having been a teacher for twenty-one years, I can say that in most cases helping singers learn to apply the strength of their bodies underneath the sound is pretty much the solution; but, the singers themselves must come to the voice teacher and let her help them lay out the singing ground, before they can build upon it the much needed techniques.

Unfortunately, some singers don't know how and where to look for help. Instead of seeking out for a voice teacher, they take the voice-coaching approach.

Coaches are coaches. They do not fix voices. You go to a coach and he gives you suggestions about how to use your powerful voice at certain places in a song, or he tells you to go to a quiet place beside yourself to whisper your pain through words. He also may be very helpful when it comes to microphone technique and other devices; however, he will not teach you a singing technique -it is not part of his job description. Most coaches are not voice teachers: their specialty is style, not technique. Let them do what they do best, and it will not be your loss. However, anything you learn from a coach will not work if you have a prior voice injury. In fact, it will be harmful to you.

All through 30 some years of singing I learned from many great coaches- from classical, to music theatre and pop- and none of them taught me vocal technique. They left that up to the voice teachers.

When someone with a healthy voice but no prior proper voice study goes to a coach, it can only spell disaster. He needs a reliable technique before to goes to a coach; otherwise, he will not be able to try out the many wonderful styles the coach has to offer. Try, and he will risk harming his singing mechanism.

I understand that for the career you want to do so much for audience votes. However, do not skip any steps: First, seek out a good teacher whose reputation is about building technique. A good voice teacher will teach you how to sing with your whole body. Then go to a coach: he will add on the decorative styles to your solid foundation.

Put more effort into the technique and the effects -the style, the flair- will come naturally.

Trust me: when you sing with good, proper technique, you will soar. Naturally, you will stand out from the rest of the crowd. The audience will love you.

Sing from the whole body, not just from your soul: it will keep the spotlight on you for a lifetime.

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