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VIDEO TIP - Top 5 'Learn to Sing' Channels on YouTube for 2015

TOP 5 ‘LEARN TO SING’ CHANNELS 2015 Who has Dr Dan been following on YouTube during 2015. We’ve put together a ‘Top 5’ list of ‘Learn to Sing’ channels that Dr Dan can recommend as ‘fact-based’ and trustworthy. How many of Dr Dan’s top five are on your subscription list already? —   TOP 5 Channels 2015 — 1. Felicia Ricci – http://bit.ly/1ObI3Z4 2. Eric Arceneaux – http://bit.ly/1ObI9jk 3. Mark Baxter – http://bit.ly/1ObIbYt 4. Kerri Ho – http://bit.ly/1ObIi6s 5. Roger Burnely – http://bit.ly/1ObIkLs — Honourable Mentions — * Kimberley Smith – http://bit.ly/1ObIrqj * Nicola Milan – http://bit.ly/1ObIthX A link to the original article (and many more that delve deeper into the world of vocal care) can be found here, courtesy of Dr...

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VIDEO TIP - Top 5 “Must Do's” for every singer by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

TOP 5 “MUST DO’S” FOR EVERY SINGER Do you want your voice to perform at its very best every time? The following five “Must Do’s” are habits that every singer should live by. These five simple habits are going to transform your singing. A link to the original article (and many more that delve deeper into the world of vocal care) can be found here, courtesy of Dr Dan: www.djarts.com.au/singing-tips/5-must-dos-for-every-singer/

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Vocal Warm‐ups by Daniel K. Robinson

In my last article “Bare Essentials” I discussed many issues that a singer can’t do without; among the list was Vocal Warm-ups. Actually I’d put it at the top of the list! Why? Well a vocal warm-up has so many pay-offs for the singer that it’s hard to ignore as a ‘must do’ discipline. Now before we tackle the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ let’s get something straight – Warm-ups are a professional discipline. Many singers feel intimidated by their instrumental peers when conducting a warm-up. I know that when I do my warm-ups it draws snide remarks (often in jest) which can leave me feeling a little bit nerdy. I have even had colleagues remark, “Who do you think you...

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Learning to Love Nerves By Dr Daniel K. Robinson

Performers love to perform. Performers don’t always love the nerves that accompany performance. Recently, while watching a student performance I was reminded of the levels of anxiety that can accompany new performance experiences. One student, in preparing for his first ever public performance, reported that the anticipated concert had left him sleepless the night before. Nerves, clinically known as ‘performance anxiety’, do not randomly choose their victim. Scholars estimate that between 50% (Tree, 2004) and 69% (Wingate, 2008) of performers experience some form of stage fright. Anecdotally, I believe the figure to be much higher. David Roland (1997) in his book The Confident Performer writes “Every professional artist I have spoken to confesses to experiencing some anxiety before performing, even...

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Nodules by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

The one vocal health issue that seems to haunt every singer's dreams is vocal nodules. "Vocal fold nodules or nodes can be compared to calluses, usually appearing as a result of friction because of an incomplete closure of the glottis: singing with a hoarse [or breathy] voice can produce nodules. Forcing your voice to do things it can't, and providing inadequate breath support (causing 'wild' air to escape through the glottis) are other potential causes. You can get nodules after just one night of overusing your voice! Nodules [generally] develop in pairs, one on each fold. Women are more at risk than men." (Pinksterboer, H. Tipbook Vocals: The Singing Voice. 2002) Over the years it has been thought that any...

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