Private Voice Lessons
You have always wanted to sing. Perhaps you've been a "shower singer" or you regularly serenade yourself singing along with the radio, or your favorite playlist on your iPod. Singing is part of human culture and is deeply rooted in our psyche. We learn to interact with our environment from birth by making vocal noises and learn songs and chants quite easily as children. If you've found yourself wanting to explore the possibilities of becoming a more accomplished singer by learning some of the basics, please don't hesitate any longer. Start singing today!
Karen offers expert guidance to beginning, as well as more advanced singers through private instruction. Lessons are for anyone (children through adults) who wishes to improve basic singing skills, gain confidence as a performer, expand song repertoire, and participate in quality musical engagement and learning.
Tips for Singers
Here are some articles that have lots of helpful information for keeping your voice (and yourself) healthy and in good singing condition:
Winter vocal care:
10 Cold Weather Tips for Singers
Help for laryngitis:
11 Home Remedies for Laryngitis
Karen's ABC's of Singing
Attitude: You bring everything you are to your singing, including your thoughts, feelings, facial expression, gestures…each time you sing, be aware of the inner motivation, and how all of you is interpreting the music, as well as your intention in singing.
Breath: Your breath connects you to your inner being and to your spiritual source. The word “inspiration” means literally to breathe in spirit. Breathing is the first thing we do as newborns and the last thing we do as we leave the physical body. Use the breath to empower your singing - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Connection: Music is a powerful force for connecting with others. It is part of almost every culture on the planet in some form. Chanting, toning, singing, and vocalizing are part of what makes us human. Barbra Streisand called music “the connective tissue of humanity”. Before you sing, make a connection with those for whom you are singing: use eye contact, smile, touch (if appropriate) and even your body posture and stance. All will help to bring a circle of energy to lift up the experience for all.
Diction: Words are a very important part of what we communicate as we sing. The voice carries the words directly into the listener’s psyche, skipping the “filters” that are used for the spoken word. Music is stored in a different part of the brain and it can activate feelings and memories even when much of the brain is damaged or diseased. Therefore, constantly strive to make all your singing understandable for the listener. Keep the consonants crisp and clear while singing on the vowels.
© 2016 Karen Bonnell
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