Thursday, September 25, 2014

What does it take to learn how to sing well?

In the conventional sense, it seems not so difficult to learn how to sing. People do some scales, some lip-trills, as well as:

After doing the above for years, the potential singers are assured that sometime, (perhaps, in the year 2050. lol), or soon thereafter, they will suddenly wake up with a “big voice” and that will assure their singing career for more years ahead, (if, by that time, they will have any years of their actual lives left). 

Perhaps due to their age then, they could be good for a senior citizens choir or, for that matter; they can even become the worst Opera Singer, (as seen in this video). Who knows? 

Meanwhile, jokes aside, the time is passing by; the person gets older and still cannot apply any of the above aforementioned exercises to the real singing. So what’s wrong with that picture?

The answer is that those nonsensical vocal exercises are simply not applicable to any real singing, but rather destructive and dangerous to the vocal anatomy. They are drying out the throat, wearing out the vocal cords and disturbing the larynx by moving them up and down. Meanwhile, any song consists of certain combinations of sounds, duration and pitch, i.e. intervals. The vocal exercises are supposed to consist of those various combinations.

Once the singer learns how to approach those intervals, he/she will begin to learn the certain situations where those combinations of sound, duration and pitch will and may exist.

There are only so many combinations and only so many situations where they could exist. Once you become a master of that formula, you become the owner and master of your voice.

You also become mentally sound, as during those vocal exercises, they alignment of the subconscious and conscious mind is achieved. The upper abdomen is strengthened, as it plays the crucial role of the support of the sound, lifted and restructured (via the aforementioned speech and vocal exercises), off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords to the set of the facial muscles and away from the vocal anatomy.

Now the safety net and the invisible mending, so to speak, are built and the danger of damaging the voice and the actual vocal box is eliminated. The flora of the throat is now clean, as natural herbal remedies were applied to eliminate the impurities, such as mucus and gastric acid. 

The “instrument” is ready to be “played on”.

The “player” has all his “mental pages” (figuratively speaking), indexed via applicable voice/vocal exercises. So there is nothing that will prevent the person from singing well and from getting better for years to come.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Singing Lessons in Toronto… How could they Benefit your children?

The Royans Professional Vocal School, (a.k.a, The Royans School For The Musical Performing Arts), has been in existence for over 30 years now.  We opened it on February 15th, 1984 as The Children’s School Of Music. But then, several years later, it suddenly turned into the Adult School of Music with only a few children on our roaster.  In 1987, it, literally, turned into an adult Rock School.  We had a galore of rock bands, consisting of guitar, bass guitar and drum players.  All of them desperately wanted to learn how to sing, as singing is truly a good asset for a band musician to have, and it also makes them much more marketable for that matter.

Now we had “Big Children” in our roster, so to speak. And truly, when I was pulling out those voices that were often stuck in novice, (and not so novice) singers’ throats, necks and shoulders, the “little boy or girl” would practically appear in front of my very eyes, figuratively speaking, of course.  Interestingly enough, some of them could not “walk and chew the gum at the same time”, and thus were experiencing difficulties with taking the instructions. I could always rightfully guess if, in their childhood, they were actually taking any classes like Ballet, Gymnastics, Figure Skating, etc. Those who did, were by far more coordinated, more focused, and could connect the mental visualization with their motor skills.

The Vocal Science Technique requires the integration and synergy between mental, physical, emotional and vocal components. All of our speech and singing exercises are coupled with certain moves, which help with the alignment between the subconscious mind, conscious mind, physical body and the voice as an aimed outcome. If the child, or now the adult for that matter, have been accustomed to think and act simultaneously and already have had a good prerequisite with respect of connecting their thoughts, (with the speed of a bullet, nevertheless), with their physical movements, independently of their vocal abilities; they would be ahead of those who have not been trained with extra curriculum, and thus would not be able to follow the instructions with the same flying colors.

The moral of it is:
Give your child all possible opportunities to develop their mental and physical abilities to the max.
Singing lessons in Toronto, or anywhere for that matter, and at any age would be the perfect tool to achieve the above.
Keep them busy, keep them safe and keep them out of trouble.
They will thank you when they enter adulthood. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Your Voice will be sounding so good… You will shine! Natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies will play a significant role for your voice/vocal recovery.

Lately, more and more people have been inquiring about their voice/vocal problems.

It could be connected with enormous stress imposed on them due to the recession times, fear of losing their jobs, lack of financial stability and/or simply not taking care of their voices and themselves in general, or not knowing a simple voice/vocal technique which would empower their voice to the max, but would not promote the damage.

Be it people who have speech difficulties or singers with vocal problems, they all have something in common. Both categories of people are looking for some “magic pill” which upon consumption will supposedly solve all of their voice problems. 

We all wish it would be so. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. To repair the voice, be it speaking or singing, will take a lot more than just a “magic pill”, so to speak.
However, some of the herbal remedies are so good and work so well on strengthening the vocal box and the vocal cords themselves, lubricating the flora of the throat, getting rid of the impurities; such as mucus for example, and so on.

Those herbal remedies will nurture the “voice instrument” and indeed will make it “shine”, (of course, it is understood that it could not apply for all voice damage cases).
Will that be enough though?

In some cases, it could be, but in the majority of the voice disorders, it will not be enough. The victim of the voice damage would also need to undergo a special instruction to learn how to use the voice (speaking and singing) in such a way that it would work in the maximum capacity, but with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy.

Without it, natural remedies or not, the voice problem will be recurring, as the actual cause, in this instance, would not be addressed. The herbal and homeopathic remedies for that matter will work best when they are coupled with the proper voice/vocal instruction. The Vocal Science Method suggests to restructure the voice in the set of the facial muscles and thus to give a rest to the vocal box, releasing it from the pressure of the sound.

Then, in a manner of speaking, the vocal rest will be granted and the space in the vocal box will be provided to accommodate the natural treatment. This way, the “instrument” and the “player” will be totally taken care of and thus a complete voice/vocal recovery will be achieved.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mayor Rob Ford. On Behalf of The Royans Professional Vocal School, We Wish You a Speedy Recovery.

When yesterday I came home after a hard working day, I, as usual, tuned into CP24 - our most popular Toronto breaking news station.  For many years now, I established a habit to wake up with CP24 news and go to bed with the news update for the past day. I really like to know first what has been happening in my city and then embark on the international news. My husband, however, a native Torontonian, likes to know what’s happening in the world first and then maybe what’s happening in his city.

Go figure!

I guess, to each their own.

Anyway, out of all the Mayors for the last 35 years that I have been living in this city, I precisely liked two of them, Mel Lastman and Rob Ford.  Both have been very useful for the city and also have had very entertaining personalities. Rob Ford in particular, has been “entertaining” Toronto, and nevertheless, the whole world at large for the last several years.

I often felt really sorry for him, as the media really put him through the ringer. His and his families’ lives, for that matter, are still being watched constantly. He and his family virtually have no break from the public’s eyes. So the stress that the Ford family is going through is unimaginable. As we all know, all of our illnesses are emotionally induced before they manifest in the physical body. No doubts, whichever kind of tumor Rob Ford has, it has been contributed by the right and/or wrong accusations and constant attacks towards him via regular public and, nevertheless, the media. From where I sit - in the Arts business, I was really commending Rob Ford for trying to bring Arts back to our city. 

He even went to Austin Texas to “solidify the terms and scope of the Austin – Toronto Music City Allience”, wanting to learn how to draw the modern music scene to Toronto. 

His degree of devotion to this city, in my opinion, far exceeds the devotion level of our past Mayors, as it clearly shows within the Toronto streets and within the communities that we live in.

To further iterate, he clearly sees the value of the city as a whole and tries to improve its’ communities, its world standing and yes, even its culture and fun, as shown in the news when he created a “dance scene” within the council chambers. Most of our clients that come in for regular speech/vocallessons, or are in need of Voice Repair, have positive remarks towards Rob Ford if topics related to him come to light within our conversations. Of course, not all was positive in Ford’s world, as the media and news outlets attained information about Rob and his occasional substance habits. Nevertheless, being able to, “fight his demons, so to speak“, and at the same time attain international stardom, his ability  to maintain his position as Toronto Mayor is simply commendable. 

To conclude; thank you Rob Ford for making our fair city livelier and we wish that you will continue your good work onwards for many years to come.

Best wishes and best of health always from The Royans team.

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