Historically, it has taken the dedicated and fully committed singer 7 to 10 years of performing combined with ongoing serious study with a master teacher to become a virtuoso. A virtuosos has mastery over their voice under all conditions and will never have a vocal issue. Once achieved, you will always sound fully yourself, authentic, relaxed, natural and unique. without ever forcing or over-exerting, ever.

I went this route. It took me well over 10 years from professional acting school and then finding a master singing teacher and spending years in the voice studio and performing to become a virtuoso.  Why did it take so long?

This is a piece from my 1993 one man show in New York City entitled, “Love, Desire and Growing Pains” at the Avalon Theater. It will give you a sense of what I teach.

I had some unresolved trauma that prevented me from using my emotional muscles and expression system, what I call the singer’s muscles, to maximum potential.  I had some rehabilitation to accomplish before I regained the natural ease that Nature intends for our vocal apparatus and expression system.  Sophisticated, skilled bodywork and intrinsic exercise conditioning is key, as well as training in the audio-vocal loop, or the right ears ability to control your voice (voice production).

I will get to the point! IT IS YOUR EAR THAT SINGS (neurologically).

Today, I train singers & actors to find the voice that Nature intends for them that is unique and like no-one else’s. I do this by first assessing their listening profile because if do not have a ‘musical ear’, it will limit your ability.

A MUSICAL EAR  A musical ear has to be able to attune itself to the entire sound spectrum. It must be capable of knowing how to perceive and analyze every part of the frequency spectrum with maximum speed and precision. (The range critical for musicality is in a bandwidth located between 500 Hz 4000 Hz).

A listening profile is a picture of how you listen (way more than simply hearing). Below is Dr. Alfred Tomatis (ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT)) many decades experience of working with professional singers.  The top “Balanced Curves” show someone’s listening profile that has an ease of expression and a good balance between how they hear their own voice through the air (tympanic membrane) and how they perceive their own voice in their skeleton (bone conduction and the basis of your authentic voice). This is called bone conduction (red line) and it 10 times faster that what we hear through the air. It is therefore the basis of your voice and most of us must be trained how to discover it and master it. Without knowing how to generate this bone conduction, you will never achieve the voice of a virtuoso.

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