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Vagus, baby

The vagus nerve is IN CHARGE. It makes up the parasympathetic nervous system, which you probably learned about in high school biology, but researchers have been paying a lot more attention to it in the last 30 or so years. But why, as performers, do we care? In short, the vagus nerve (or one part…

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On discomfort and breath

This morning I decided to meditate with my legs crossed the opposite way, just to play with discomfort. Right away I noticed I couldn’t find ease in my breath, and I got curious: if I sat this way tomorrow and the next day, etc., would my body and breathing adapt? I’m guessing they will, but…

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How concentrating too hard on singing can wreck your singing

You’ve no doubt heard the admonitions to work harder, practice more often, and get your technique dialed to be able to sing better, and of course these things are important. However, engaging with a preference¬†instead is an oft-neglected superskill that solves a multitude of problems. Let’s try an experiment together around concentration. Hold up one…

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What would you choose?

How would you sing if you knew that the audience felt everything you felt? If they breathed with you, moved with you, danced with you? What if they also felt all the worry, the trying, the fixing, the conscious shaping of vowels and crisping of consonants? The *obsessing*? How would you choose to sing? Aiming…

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Stage Fright = Energy

If you have a voice and you use it, this workshop will lead you to your powerfully authentic expression. We will use Fitzmaurice Voicework to deal specifically with the energy (nerves!) that arrives in a heightened situation such as performance or public speaking. May 24th, 10am-4pm Green Thumb Theatre, 5522 McKinnon St, Vancouver $99/person Register…

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Après-Contest Track Sale

Now that contest is over (for most Regions), I bet you’re hungry for some new music! To celebrate the successful culmination of another contest season, I’m offering $25 of all learning tracks for the next week. Sale ends May 12th! As always, if you’d like to hear something in its entirely, just send me an…

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