Tips and advice for learning how to sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolosky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
the political situation nowadays, we have decided to increase our travel regimeto our clients.
course, we have done it before when clients were requesting us to do so. Now
we are coming to you, (our potential clients), and are offering it to you
outright to save you the hassle of traveling to a foreign country and,
concurrently, to give you an opportunity to pursue your everyday routines with
your children/parents, spouses and, if needed, work.
also understand that with the advisory being issued for international air
travel, it became a little scary for some of our potential clients. We, (operating
under the “Royans Universe”), feel quite safe to travel to you to fix your voice.
if the fear of terrorism is preventing you from traveling to us, (nevertheless,
for a very good deed – to conquer your voice problems), we are more than willing
to come to you to solve all of your voice issues. We are reaching out to you to
make a New Year’s Resolution, (no matter what is happening with you personally
or around the world globally), and reward yourself with a new voice, a new rejuvenated
spirit and enhanced health overall.
all, if you are lacking any of the above, you are not going to be as happy as
you can be achieving your goal of becoming a better, well understood communicator or a better singer/performer for that matter. If your spirit is
low and you feel (most of the times) upset and depressed, (due to your voice
issues), then your life may seem to be losing its meaning. The Voice, in fact,
(by my definition and common sense in general), is your spirit. It certainly identifies
and reflects the state of your being.
had voice repair clients in my practice who were trying to take their own lives
(multiple times), as nobody could help them with their voice issues or even
simply identify their voice problem to begin with, and for many years on end. If
the person feels that way and has suffered enough due to their voice disorder, their
everyday life becomes a burden to them and, in the majority of times, the fear of never
being able to fix their voice and to bring it back to its normal state, supersedes
any other fears they may have.
advisory and restrictions due to terrorism, or anything else serious like that (for
that matter), will ever stop these types of individuals from pursuing their
voice treatment or, moreover, a possible cure.
And, I think, (understandably), rightfully so.
for everybody like them and everybody like you, we are still ready to “carry
the torch”, so to speak.
We are here if you really
need us and we will be there if we are needed.
Yes, of course, you can convince yourself to postpone it until next year, as you now will be busy with the holidays, holiday shopping, your children and whatnot. But should you really wait and put it on the back burner? Some things in our lives can not wait for better days or better weather.
I would like to offer you one of the examples which I can not forget for, already, a few years now. I have received an email from a very distraught woman who is a singer/songwriter and a solo guitar player.
This is her story:
Few years before the email to me, she got diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord. She didn't think much if it, as she was busy with her shows and performances. She, of course, felt that her speaking voice and her singing voice was not the same, but she learned how to hide it and how to get around it.
Then, eventually, there came the time when it was not possible to ignore it any longer. Her higher range virtually disappeared and thus she had to transpose her songs two tones down. Her speaking voice started to go noticeably and her singing voice was also reducing it's quality and range exponentially.
So she had no other choice but to go to a ENT specialist who ordered an immediate vocal surgery. At that point, she had no other choice but to agree to to the surgical interference.
I'm the medical world, it is a protocol to take any removed growth (from any organ, for that matter) to pathology.
When the results came back, they reviled that the polyp, which they have removed, was malignant (cancerous).
With that said, if that poor woman would agree to deal with the growth on her vocal cord surgically or non-surgically, nothing like that would have happened.
After the e-mail, we have connected over the phone and mainly have spoken with the husband and not her. When I asked her to pick up the phone (at that point, it was 3 months after the vocal surgery), she still could not speak and was, at best, whispering.
Honestly, I could not understand a word she was saying and asked to put her husband back on the phone with me. After he picked up the receiver, I had to outright tell him that I would not be able to help his wife at this point.
It was simply too late and out of my jurisdiction.
And frankly, in my opinion, anyone else's for that matter.
Over the years, I have possessed a lot of singers (or
wannabe singers), and also speakers who originally came to me for non-surgicalvoice repair to restore their speaking and singing voices.
Now, after certain amount of hours spent with me restoring their voices and re-learning how to really speak and/or sing, they naturally became
very excited and began to practice on their own, in spite of my warnings to
them to keep it in moderation.
I do understand that they are very excited to reach the new
higher grounds with their speaking and singing voices, but they do not
understand that the bad habits, which got them in trouble in the first place,
are still there and have been there much longer then the newly – found good
There is a saying: “Bad habits die hard”.
So what happens is; once my clients start practicing on
their own sooner than they were advised, the bad habits kick in and knock down the
newly-instilled good habits.
So the process begins all over again.
We have made three huge steps forward, but unfortunately,
one or even two steps back, which obviously had slowed down the process.
Everybody knows that if the alcoholic, while in recovery,
will try just a drop of alcohol, in no time, he will come back to drinking and
even heavier than before.
Also, the person (like myself) trying to lose weight and
adopt the new lifestyle, would go to a party and eat some sweets, convincing
herself that it will be only for that party time, will come back to eating the
wrong foods, which made her overweight in the first place, and which will bring
her weight to the same point when she had started, and possibly even higher.
The latest example is our Canadian figure skater, Kaetlyn Osmond who,
unfortunately, was sidelined for 6 weeks due to a broken leg.
Prior to that, in September of 2014, shebroke her ankle. She
went back to the competition and ended up with a broken leg. Just a few days
ago after a surgery, she came back to the Canada Skate Competition and ended up
landing each and every jump down on ice.
It was very painful to watch how this young beautiful girl was
desperately trying to prove to herself and everybody else that she is OK and
healed now and able to meet very high physical demands required by today’s
rules and regulations set by the Figure Skating Federation.
In my opinion, understanding how eager she was to come back
to what she does best, she came back too soon not once, but twice, got more
injuries and, no doubts, felt humiliated and extremely upset.
Her ankle, and respectively, her leg, simply could not
bear the weight of her body. At least not yet.
In my opinion, she should have stayed off of the ice a
little longer to make sure that her leg was completely healed and the strength of
the leg and the physical body overall had been fully restored.
The injured, (vocally or otherwise), people should
understand that they can not run ”marathons” right after the next day leaving
the rehab. Any injury requires proper healing and restoration of the strength of
the effected body part and recovery of the entire body as a whole.
So the conclusion of it is: If the unfortunate president happened,
please have patience to fully heal it and also, correct the bad habits which
brought you to the injury in the first place. Learn the new healthy habits and
store it in memory in such a way that you would not be able to act otherwise.
That will assure and insure your health and longevity… in
whatever you do.
We are not trying
to spook you for Halloween. This is actually the truth!
to the Internet being so accessible virtually by everybody, a lot of people
think that they could find the answer and the solution to every problem they’ve
majority of cases, they might; but in some cases, it’s just simply not
just got yet another client who literally explored all the internet sites
available on earth, and ended up coming to us with an obstruction on the right
vocal cord/larynx and, somewhat, mild symptoms of muscle tension dysphonia.
was pushing and pulling his voice to the max, (almost to the point of no
followed numerous methods and instructions and had done lots of speech and
singing exercises, which lead him to the obvious damage of his vocal anatomy.
born and raised in New Zealand having a specific accent, his voice was very low
positioned and his speech was hardly understood.
to say, he spoke very softly and was hardly heard.
after less then 14 hours of voice repair and concurrent speech and vocal
instruction, his volume increased quadruple times over (speaking and singing),
his annunciation and pronunciation became completely clear and he was able to
embark on 2 sets (beginner and intermediate) of singing exercises, being able
to reach over C of the second octave!
was nothing short of a miracle!
person who hardly spoke on Sunday and could not sing anything, (even a very
simple melody), today, is heading towards a semi-professional singing level.
originally booked us for 30 hours of voice repair and vocal instruction.
seeing and experiencing the huge progress, he changed his flight back home and
booked an additional 10 hours which, in total, will make 40 hours.
projection is (literally pulling him out of the “swamp”) that we could bring
him to a semi-professional level now; and on a later date, when he comes back
to refine his newly found skill and take it to a professional level, we will be
able to record a great demo with him, giving him a head start to realizing his
dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter.
have to note that this particular person wrote numerous songs and even learned
how to play a guitar, but basically had to “pack it in” so to speak, as his
voice was no longer reciprocating towards his desires and goals. We are putting
him back to his “vocal shoes” and we hope that he will have a “good run” with
his newly found skills and rejuvenated voice and spirit.
on this note, we wish you to come to your senses and stop experimenting with
your voice and your health in general.
would not want you to feel like a Dracula outside of the Halloween celebration.