Your Voice is Yourself

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

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

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

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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 tools that I’ve developed over the decades. I describe some of these tools 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, a surprisingly effective medium.

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.

My colleague Peter Jacobson interviewed me for his blog. I share some suggestions on how to work on yourself as you sing.

In August, 2017 I gave workshops at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden. Here's a little trace of my adventures.

"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.

10. Slide! Work on your sliding, also called glissando.

11. The Yo-yo, Part I. Two little sounds close together . . . you can do a lot with them.

12. The Yo-yo, Part II. Two little sounds . . . you can do even more with them!

13. Nu-nga. Everything is about vibration. This is a good starting point.

14. Mommy (Beginner). For devotees of the "mmm" sound.

15. Mommy (Advanced). More "mmm" sounds, plus a couple of silly jokes.

16. High on Hi. Take a short little word and enjoy exploring it vocally.

17. Love Thy Neighbor. Let's talk softly but audibly.

18. Loudmouth. Let's grow that voice, organically.

19. Lemony. Exploring the world of tongue twisters.

20. Motormouth. Pretending to be a motorbike is healthy for you.

21. Amlala One. A simple word becomes a deep chant.

22. Amlala Two. Good exercises can be varied endlessly.

23. Amlala Three. By varying an exercise, you own it.

24. Jaws. Free your lower jaw, stabilize your upper jaw.

25. Hey Hew One. Five syllables to make you feel good.

26. Hey Hew Two. Five syllables, varied intelligently and making you feel great.

27. Hey Hew Three. Five syllables, affecting your mood for the better.

28. Master of the Clock. Control time, and you'll feel "in control."

29. Out & About. Don't be shy about expressing yourself in public.

30. Bounce. Syncopations can help you free your energies.

31. Ha ha ha! Gain control, or lose control? Both have merits and demerits.

32. The Traveling Voice. Let's work on shaping our vowels.

33. Mindful Schlump. You can feel many interesting things when you relax.

34. Málaga. Take a simple word to work on your consonants and vowels.

35. Hi Lo. Stretch your melodic range, and you'll "stretch yourself."

36. Ah Eh Aw. Pass from vowel to vowel, and feel how supple your voice becomes.

37. Caruso Takes a Shower. A new take on the old exercise: singing in the shower.

38. Crazy Exercise. Nah, not crazy; just a way to direct and spread your voice.

39. Rubber Band. Make your voice elastic and resilient.

40. Dagger. Work on yourself and enjoy your consonants.

41. Skullery. Get your skull to vibrate, together with the rest of you.