Your Voice is Yourself

To work on your voice is to work on your deepest inner resources.

You don’t need to be a singer or actor to benefit from coordinating and freeing your vocal energies.

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Your body and your mind, your words and emotions, and the vibrations you put forth all collaborate to make you connected, present, attentive, and creative whenever you speak—and also in silence, which happens to be an important part of how you use your voice.

To help you unlock the power of your voice, I use many different practical tools that I’ve developed over the decades. Some of these tools are described in my books Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique and Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, both published by Oxford University Press. Other tools come from my explorations as a singer and instrumentalist—which you can hear by visiting my SoundCloud page, where I perform my own compositions and improvisations.

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My students have included classically trained professional singers, amateurs, men and women who wanted to express themselves better in public, and plenty of curious individuals who just wanted to do something fun and life-giving.

Lessons can take place in Paris, where I live most of the time; during my worldwide travels, when I might be passing through your hometown; or through Skype/FaceTime.

Contact me if you're interested in finding out more.

Suggested Reading

An Alexander Teacher Reads The Free Voice, His Mouth Agape, an essay about the Alexander Technique and singing published in The Modern Singing Master: Essays in Honor of Cornelius L. Reid.

 

"The 5-Minute Voice" Video Series

In 2017, I'm posting a video clip every week, with simple and easy exercises that everyone can practice. Each exercise is self-contained; you don't have to practice them in any specific order.

1. Linger. Lengthen some of your sounds, and you'll gain control of space and time.

2. Good Vibes. Sense the vibrations you produce when you speak and sing.

3. La La Land. Exercise your skills in making the "el" consonant in many variations.

4. Don't Die. Not exactly a breathing exercise, more a sort of meditation on running out of breath.

5. No, no, no! Exercise your skills in making the "en" consonant in many variations.

6. Moving vowels. This video shows the interest in constraining a habit in order to free your voice.

7. "Oh, it's you again." Making friends with that famous stranger, the glottis.

8. Hum. An exploration of humming and its many benefits.

9. Hong. The "ng" consonant yields delicious sounds.