Tips for Vocal Health

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These are things that have helped others and myself stay healthy. 


This is not medical advice.


1. Run a humidifier or vaporizer, especially at night. It can help prevent colds and sinus infections as well as reduce congestion. This is especially important in the dry months.


2. Use a neti-pot to wash your sinuses. This moisturizes the nasal passages and cleans dust and bacteria out from the sinuses, thus preventing sinus infections and colds. DO NOT use tap water. There is a chance of infection from micro-organisms that might be in the tap water. Instead, use bottled or distilled water. Warm it up a bit.


3. If you feel a cold or sinus infection coming on, use Alkalol diluted with water and gargle with it. I have also diluted it in my neti-pot. You can find it at most drug stores and Albertsons. It is not prescription, but you sometimes have to ask for it at the pharmacy counter. Personally, I have cleared sinus infections using only my neti-pot and no doctor visit or prescription. This is not medical advice, I am, however, sharing what has worked for me.


4. Keep a saline nasal spray and spray your nasal passages from time to time throughout the day, especially in the dry months. This is especially important while flying. The air in airplanes is VERY dry and can set you up for a cold or sinus infection. The saline mist will help wash out bacteria and can even denature some viruses, thus reducing the possibility of picking something up.


5. Expect to be healthy. If you see reports of flu outbreaks on the news, say things to yourself like, “Some people do get the flu, but not me.” Or if people in your house are getting sick, remind yourself, “Just because other people in the house are sick, doesn’t mean I have to get sick too.” Expect that you will be healthy all of the time. If you feel a cold coming on, say things to yourself like, “I remember when I was getting a cold and it went away”.


6. Do vocal exercises every day or almost every day. Expect results. Practice the throat stretches throughout the day. Practice breathing from the diaphragm throughout the day. When you are stuck in traffic, take a minute or two to check in on your breathing. It will re-inforce what you are working on and will help you clear your head.


7. Have an “I can” attitude at all times. If an exercise seems hard or you are struggling with a passage, take a break from it and remind yourself that you can do it. Imagine yourself having already succeeded. Then resume your work.


8. Trust your instincts. All of these things combined will help keep you healthy and accelerate your achieving your goals!


9. If you are sick and not getting better, consider seeing your doctor.

-Paul the Voice Coach, Los Angeles-

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What do you look for in auditions?

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 Chances are, at some point, you will be auditioning to sing with a group, whether it be a choir, show, or band. Here are things that I look for when auditioning. I have read a few others and have found similar answers, so these are fairly universal. There may be some things specific to the project. For example, if you are auditioning for a musical theatre part, there may be specifications for the look and sound.


Personality:

Are they easy to work with? Are they kind? Do they work well with others? Are they flexible? Are they confident? Are they on time? If they are late, did they call ASAP and let me know? If they arrive late and have called, are they relaxed and confident?


Musicianship:

Are they technically proficient enough for the project? Are they prepared for the audition? Can they sight read? Can they read sheet music and learn by ear? Are they familiar with different styles? Can they improvise? Can they learn new music quickly?

The more yesses to these questions, the better.

Be sure to take singing lessons so you are at the top of your game!

-Paul the Voice Coach, Los Angeles and Online.

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Danniel Giraldo is rocking it in Miami in rehearsals for Pirates of Penzanz. After 2 months of singing lessons with Paul the Voice Coach, he was cast!


Annie Dutoit (Happy Birthday!) has been travelling the world narrating Liszt melodramas, Stravinsky's "Histoire du Soldat", her mother's performance of "Gaspard de le Nuit" among other many great performances.


Timothy TV Cao from Broadway's Matilda has been dancing in San Fransisco, NYC, and Houston and preparing music for college and conservatory auditions. After a few years of Broadway material, he is embarking into the world of Schubert Lieder.


Jason Heath has released an EP and is rockin everything from his original works to A. Webber's "Heaven on Their Minds" to Handel's "Every Valley Shall be Exalted" He is not in Los Angeles, but takes lessons online.

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