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.

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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

Throughout 2017, I posted 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. I'm now editing these video clips into a book project. Until the book is ready, I'm keeping most of the clips offline, but I've left five of the 52 clips online. Enjoy!

I blogged about the use of these exercises on the road to mindfulness. Click here.

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

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

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

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

52. 1, 2, 3 . . . A very simple and rewarding exercise.