Why doesn’t my voice stay the same? I think I’m a finished product then something new happens.
My mentor Ken Nielsen used to say to me, “Your voice is like a puzzle. As soon as one piece shifts the whole puzzle shifts.”
Like life, your voice is never static. It’s always changing.
Even now after over forty-five years of singing my voice continues to change. As I demonstrate the low register for my male students, my lower range improves, giving my upper notes more fullness. How exciting is that? If I had stopped changing a mere 20 or even 5 years ago I would not experience the rich diversity available in my voice today. Your voice can change too.
One of my students is a successful lawyer. He has a rich, resonant , compelling speaking voice.
I asked him “Why are you coming for vocal coaching?”
He replied, ” My voice cracks when I speak.”
“No problem” said I. “We’ll use that crack to your advantage.”
Imagine his surprise as I had him yodel his way to vocal health. As an added bonus he’s learning to sing. He never thought he would ever sing “Danny Boy”. . Now he
is realizing a dream that he never thought possible before starting our vocal sessions together.
No matter what your age you can learn something new.
Years ago, I recorded an interview with my mentor Ken Nielsen and a three fellow students. I still have a few DVD’s left. For a donation of $20 to the National Music Centre; Studio Bell in Calgary you can own your own copy of “Ken Nielsen a Teacher’s Perspective. ” nmc_gift_form
Contact me . I’ll be sure you get a DVD to you..