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Motor Learning Theory, or How to Get In the Zone

A fascinating new area of research has captured the attention of some visionary voice people such as Lynn Helding, teacher and regular contributor to the NATS Journal. Her article in the latest issue of the Journal is an engaging expository of her work in motor learning theory in relation to voice training, a promising new way of understanding how singers learn and a better way to teach. I was introduced to the basic concepts of the theory when I attended Helding's presentation of her research at the Voice Foundation's Symposium in June.

Interpreting Garcia, Part One

It’s been made clear to me in the voice studio that many aspiring singers, especially young ones, come to the art ignorant of the truly amazing possibilities of the human voice in all its acoustic glory. Recorded pop vocals in the mainstream entertainment industry have eclipsed the true art of singing, influencing the collective opinion of generations. I may sound like a vocal elitist, but let’s look at the facts. You can find plenty of media reporting about the use Auto-tune by major pop stars, and the reality check may leave you pretty disappointed in your idol. No recording artist, pop or classical, releases a track that is not digitally edited for absolute perfection, and many who know about the golden age of Broadway wonder why a current Broadway star can’t project his or her voice without amplification that leaves your ears hurting for more than 24 hours after seeing a show.

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