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Singing Tips from Jeanie LoVetri

The following tips and pieces of advice were originally posted in a Facebook Group by Jeanie LoVetri
1) No one can teach you to sing. You have to teach yourself through trial and error. A teacher is only able to give you suggestions that either make sense and work or not. Even the best teacher is only someone with a more sophisticated piece of advice.
2) No one has ever “invented” a vocal sound. Human beings make the sounds that human beings make. A teacher can configure a philosophy or an approach and show it to others. Making up names of sounds or categories of sounds to show that someone has discovered something “unique” is pointless. A brand represents a philosophy, that’s all.
3) It is never, ever necessary or even a good idea, to deliberately try to move anything in your throat on purpose. You do not need to “hold your larynx down low” or “pull it up high” or “squeeze this or that” or “make your vocal folds dance a jig”. Run away from such ideas.
4) All good teachers approach “resonance” and “breath support”. No two teachers say the same thing about either. Contemporary Commercial Music relies on electronic amplification, not human throat “resonance.” Learn to sing an efficient vowel and control your body’s ability to breathe and “resonance” will show up.
5) Ethical teachers DO NOT EVER describe themselves of their work as “the best,” “the only,” “the most popular,” or “the right way.” They understand the process of learning to be a better singer takes time — years. Quick fixes don’t hold up over a lifetime of singing. The most famous, respected teachers are the ones you never hear about.
6) Life experience singing and teaching singing is of more practical value than degrees given by various universities because singing is a physical behavior. You may or may not know useful things to do when you sing no matter what your degree is. You learn to sing by singing. You learn to teach by teaching. If you are a lousy singer and you have no biological impairment in your vocal mechanism, why haven’t your approaches worked on your own voice? If you want your students to sing better than you with your own poor sound as an aural example, good luck.
7) If you do not belt, and you have not belted, and you are not willing to learn to belt, DO NOT ask your students, “Are you belting now? Does that feel OK? Is that how you do it?” and then charge them money. You should pay them.
8) “Classical” training is not a thing. No two “classical” teachers agree on anything except maybe some kind of breath support and resonance. Some classical methods are conducive to crossing over to other styles and some are not.
9) If all “classically trained” singers could sing all kinds of music successfully at a professional level, then why haven’t they? Mostly those that try, fail.
10) Twang is a term used in Nashville to describe country music. It has been describing that music since the music industry emerged in the early 1920s. It is NOT a term that describes belting. That word is “brassy”. A twang sound represents a plucked banjo string and brassy sounds like a trumpet. They are not the same and the only people who use them as if they were the same are devotees of one specific philosophy. The music industry has its own parameters. Don’t take my word, look it up.
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