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Thanksgiving When We Disagree

My free eBook, Everyone’s Life Has a Soundtrack, contains over 40 conversation-starting questions, a long list of well-known songs that are easy to sing, and some of what I’ve learned in my years of music-making at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Click through to download it and share with loved ones.

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Vocal Remedies that Really Work

If you’re buying tea or lozenges over the counter, look for these known effective ingredients, as evaluated by Germany’s Commission E (the FDA doesn’t endorse or regulate herbal medicines).

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I throw things at my students

One of the things humans worry about is Getting it Right – singing the right notes, being Perfect.

An unintended consequence of worrying about whether we’re Getting it Right is that we sometimes try to sing without actually letting any sound come out of our bodies.

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Simple Habits for Singers

Adopting these five simple habits will help you and your voice feel ready-to-sing more often than not. You might also notice they increase your overall level of happiness! There’s a helpful workbook you can download right here:

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How can you help my speaking voice?

In four introductory one-on-one lessons, I can show you how to • release unnecessary tension that makes speaking harder than it needs to be • connect with your breath and a grounded sense of yourself • speak louder or softer without feeling like you’re shouting or whispering • apply what you’ve learned, so you can […]

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What are lessons like?

Lessons include all kinds of vocalizing, a lot of play, and also music theory and ear training, when that would be interesting or helpful for you.   If you have a song you’d love to work on, please bring it. If you have something to prepare for an audition or a presentation coming up, we […]

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Can anyone learn to sing in harmony?

Yes. I believe that anyone can learn to sing in harmony. It will be easier for some than others, but it’s possible for all of us. A great way to start is by learning to sing rounds – a short song where everyone is singing the same melody, just at different times.

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I don’t know what I should sing

You should sing whatever you are moved to sing, really.

If you’re coming for a first lesson with me, bring whatever feels easy, real and true. If that’s just yourself, that’s just fine.

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