Tag Archives: Vocal Technique

KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #20

EFFORT VERSUS ENERGY (part deux) Today I admitted something to Kim.  When I watch singers sometimes I secretly think their physicality is over the top.  But I’m starting to learn that’s not true.  As Kim pointed out, you see an … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #19

EFFORT VERSUS ENERGY (part 1) Kim talks to me a lot about using more energy and less effort.  This week I came back from family vacation with still more family in tow.  There has been lots of running around New … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #18

SINGING IS ATHLETIC Transcript from today’s lesson: KS:  ”What kind of exercise do you do?” KY:  ”You mean like working out?” KS:  ”Yeah.” Kim then asked me to sing a belty song while doing push ups against the wall and … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #17

FINDING THE JOY Kim teaches practical technique, but she also encourages something deeper.  She’s about the business of mining free communicative expression using the human voice.  That’s much trickier than just saying, “lift your soft palette”.  But this week, everything … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #15

OLD HABITS My family is from Houston, Texas (hurray, H-Town!).  And every summer I vacation with them on the beach.  This summer this has affected my singing in two ways.  A)  I drop right  back into that Houston accent (which … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #13

 TRUST THE PROCESS There are so many things to think about.  “Is my breath low, is my breath stacked, am I breathing at all, are my shoulders relaxed, how about my knees, is my jaw dropped, what’s happening with my … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #12

CHANGE Change takes change.  This may sound obvious to you, but it’s new news to me.  Kim asks me to do new things and then I wonder why if feels different, or why it feels uncomfortable or why it’s difficult.  … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #8

CONVERSATIONS I was at dinner with some longtime friends who I hadn’t seen in a month and I was just about to tell them about the Summer Vocal Intensive when one of them asked, “How do you feel about broadway?”  … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #3

SINGING IS OPEN  Here is a recap of the take aways from my first few lessons: Open my chest. Open my lower back. OPEN MY MOUTH!!!! Singing is expression.  It’s more effective when that expression comes from openness.  As performers, … Continue reading

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KSVS Summer Intensive Blog: #2

SLOW START I was so excited about taking the Kim Stern Summer Intensive and packing a year’s worth of voice lessons into one summer!  “Imagine the progress I’ll make.”  “My voice will be in the best shape of it’s life.”  … Continue reading

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