Voice Liberator

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You are looking for some intangible, indefinable something that will enable you to break through barriers you have felt in your voice for years. Otherwise, quite frankly, you never would have found me here.

I remember feeling that way myself and I remember what it felt like to think that no one would ever understand what I needed.

Fortunately, you do not have to feel that way ever again.

I will keep this short because we are both very busy people. All I can say at this point in time is that if you are here, it is for a reason. It is to discover how to liberate your voice.

For personal expression, for speaking, for singing.

Your voice is the most powerful communication tool you have a the truth is that there never has been and never will be a voice that is exactly like your voice.

You want to use it without hesitation, fear or breaking points. You are tired of feeling like it is trapped inside you forever and want to set it free.

I am called the Voice Liberator for a tangible reason…I simply do what that phrase means. I liberate voices.

Contact me for a free voice liberation consultation.

Morning Peace Music

image for Morning Peace piano music by Joy SiorskiThis won’t exactly be about singing, but I thought I’d let you know about a new solo piano project I’m creating called “Morning Peace.”

I have composed 20 pieces but will be choosing between them to see which ones feel right to me then editing the chosen ones before I release them for sale.

Here is a sample of one of them for you to enjoy. I created it improvisation-ally in one take and with no edits. This is the type of music I make in the moment.

Let me know what you think! And like this post if you like the music!

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How to Practice Singing

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Singing Practice Time: How Much is Enough?

10 minutes? 20? An hour or more?

I often get questions from people who want singing help about the best amount of time to practice a particular singing exercise or exercises.

Recently, jeanpaulfelix on Youtube asked me these three important questions (thanks jeanpaulfelix!):

  • How long do we have to practice like this everyday?
  • Any number of optimal sets that we can do?
  • Is something too much and can hurt you in the long run?

He asked those questions in regards to my “Slow Leaky Tire” exercise for improving breath capacity, which, of course, improves ease in singing for longer periods of time. On the page linked above, I suggest repeating the exercise 2-7 times.

However, I have a more detailed approach that I would like to share with you here. It is an approach that can be applied to any singing exercise and it is based on your singing mindset as well as how you best learn something.

For instance, some people like to be random in the way they approach something. They might ask questions about practicing but then go and do their own thing. This works best for them and is not a wrong approach. Others thrive with more structure. They want to know if they should practice something a certain amount of time for the best results. Other people don’t want to be told how to practice at all.

In the end, how you practice any of my singing exercises (or any others that you utilize) will depend on how you best learn. And that depends on how well you know yourself.

So, in this case, I would answer the above questions (thanks again jeanpaulfelix!) like this:

  • The amount of practice time (or sets) is not as important as the type or quality of practice time.
  • What do I mean by that?

    Simply put, it means that a few minutes of practice in which you know yourself—have fully focussed awareness of your muscles, your mindset, your intentions, your obstructions (tension anywhere in your body or mind)—is better than a longer period of time or number of sets in which you are distracted or not paying full attention to what is going on.

    Often, we are so hurried or stressed about the results we want (right now!), we actually miss the clues our body/mind is giving us and end up unwittingly sabotaging ourselves. We don’t mean to, but we do.

    The Best Way to Practice Singing

    The best kind of coach or teacher will tell you that there is no “one size fits all” for any pursuit in life. In other words, what works for one person may not work for another person. That is the reason I insist on personalized attention with the people I help. It is why I am answering jeanpaulfelix in a detailed blog article rather than a short Youtube blurb.

    I want you to learn to have what I call “Fearless Voice Power.” That term fearless means being unafraid of doing what it takes to discover how you best “tick.” It means pursuing something with every ounce of energy you have inside yourself to dream big about yourself and take down all barriers about what you “should” or “should not” do.

    If you learn basic principles that work for you about “how much,” “how long,” “how many” of a singing exercise, you will get the best training possible.

    Now the big question is how do you do that? How do you find out what works best for you?

    Experiment

    Become an explorer, a detective, an observer of your human nature, your body, your thoughts, your beliefs about yourself and your place in the world. In other words, delve deeply into what your body/mind tells you when you are doing a particular singing exercise. Observe what happens with your muscles and thoughts. In particular, notice when your tongue or throat or belly muscles being to tighten or relax. And when they tighten, hold back a bit until you figure out how to adjust a muscle here, a thought there so that you can go further without tension.

    And imitate no one. Well, you might, at first, while you are getting your feet wet, but when you are at the point where jeanpaulfelix is—where you are asking excellent questions and hoping for excellent answers—it means that you have already begun your exploration.

    And so, jeanpaulfelix, here is what I suggest for you and all others who read this:

    • Take as many minutes per day as you need to become keenly aware of your muscles and your thoughts while you are doing the singing exercise.
    • Close your eyes and feel what is going on inside of your belly, your throat, your tongue, your brow and even your toes!
    • Most of all, follow your thoughts. Are you frustrated? Impatient with yourself? Feel like you can’t take the time? Think you will make a mistake?
    • Next, relax.
    • Next, relax more deeply.
    • Observe what happens if you let go of the tension that may be occurring anywhere in your body or mind.
    • If you learn best by keeping track of practice time or sets and that works best for you, note on the first day how many times doing the exercise at one sitting (or standing) worked best for you. Jot it down if that helps. Stop doing the exercise when you feel like you are starting to strain something.
    • The next day, observe whether practicing the same amount of time/sets is comfortable for you or not. You may be able to do more or you may not feel comfortable doing as many.
    • Continue observing and making notes to yourself about what works best for you, gradually increasing the length of time or sets that you do each day until you are fully comfortable.

    And finally, the only time doing an exercise is “too much” is when you sense your body/mind telling you to stop and then you don’t stop. You must learn to trust yourself, to pace yourself, to do what works best for you!

    It is how I practice and is the basis for what I teach in my affordable singing lessons course, “Fearless Voice Power,” in my private lessons and in my online live streaming lessons.

    Be absolutely true to what you discover about your best practice time and you can’t go wrong!

Holiday Special


Hi Everyone.

Thought you would want to know that I have a holiday special going on for my Fearless Voice Power Affordable Singing Lessons!

If you have been wanting to take my professional online singing lessons course, now is the time to do it!

It makes a perfect gift for you or someone you know and love and gives back a lifetime of benefits.

Check it out!

Sing well, be well,
Joy

Chia Seeds for Singing Health

singing health for chia seedsChia seeds have made a big splash since 2011 because of Dr. Oz, but the fact is this superfood has been around as a domesticated food source since before 2600 BCE!

And, according to Dr. Oz and others, chia seeds have “the highest antioxidant activity of any wholefood – even more than fresh blueberries.”

So what does chia have to do with singing health?

I have written elsewhere that one of my first voice teachers told me that singers need to be like athletes. That’s because we burn up so much energy! Not only physical energy, but especially mental energy.

Think about it! To sing well and in front of people successfully, you have to overcome fear, doubt and self-consciousness, not to mention memorizing melodies, rhythms, words and dynamic nuances. If you sing with a band or orchestra, it requires an intensive sense of timing. And then there is the work of expressing yourself authentically without straining your voice PLUS giving everything you’ve got on top of it all!

The brain has to work super hard to do all of this and it requires the right kinds of nutrition and hydration in order to meet the demands that you put on it when you practice and perform.

The good news is that the little chia seed is power-packed with omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, protein and much more! And, they have this amazing ability to increase your energy levels and stamina over the long haul, AND, when soaked, they hold 10 times their weight in water.

There is a lot more to these little seeds than I tell you about here, but if you want to find out more, you can check out my chia site that I made a long time before Dr. Oz ever spotlighted chia seeds for the masses to discover.

The tiny seeds are easy to add to many or your favorites dishes, like salads, smoothies, mashed potatoes, soups and they even make a wonderful pudding! If you are not already using chia seeds for singing health, now is the time to go for it!

Singers need stamina and loads of energy, so check out my page about more of the benefits of chia seed for your singing health. I’ve been eating them most of my life!

Also, be sure to check out my page on Herbs for Singing Health too. These are things I personally use, and if you have questions about them, post your question in the comments section.

Be Well ~ Sing Well

Herbs for Singing Health

Recently, I have been posting articles about ways to improve your singing health.  But today I want to specifically mention herbs for singing health.

That’s because I’ve taken my health much more seriously than ever in my life because I know how crucial good health is for singing.  Plus, I have been discovering many new things about how you can pro-actively nurture and protect your singing health.

One of my first voice teachers used to say that you had to be an athlete to sing well. She was right. And what do athletes do? They work hard, they discipline themselves, they make sure they pay attention to what they eat and drink and they focus on improving their mindsets.

I have posted many things about singing mindsets, but I want to make sure that I give you more information and resources about how to keep your lungs, bronchials, nasal passages, tongue at peak performance levels.

Of course, we can’t isolate just those areas when we talk about your singing health, but I want to focus on a few herbs for singing health that I myself use.

You have seen a couple of them recently, but now I have now created a page that is only about herbs for singing health and where you can find them.

Almost everything you might need can be purchased through Amazon, so I have only included those resources because not everyone can find the kinds of things I use at a store in their area. Some of these herbs for singing health are unusual but they work.

I know because, as I mentioned above, I use them myself.

So I am making this a quick post because the page has more information on it and you can always come back to it when you need to.

And please ask any questions about what I suggest either on this post page or on the herbs for singing health page.

Healthy Head for Healthy Singing

You need a healthy head for healthy singing!

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Recently, I have been corresponding with a singer who is primarily self-taught, but has also utilized my Singing Tongue digital lesson and taken my “Fearless Voice Power” affordable singing lessons.

He has been having some pretty serious problems with excess mucus and a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop.

I take the liberty to speak about this with his permission and without mentioning his name because I want to write about this important subject so that anyone who sings or is working on their singing voice, their singing tongue, singing breath, etc., can take direct action to insure longterm healthy singing habits.

You see, when we isolate certain parts of the body and attend to them from the traditional Western medical approach, we do not usually address the root causes of the imbalances that cause the symptoms, i.e., excess phlegm, drippy nose, cracked lips, unstoppable nose bleed, dry throat, panic breathing, etc.

I want to address your head problems!

Yes, inside and outside your head is part of it all, but your singing mindsets begin to deal with the inside of your head (your mind) and I have written and taught about this before (extensively), so I want to deal with one particular part of the actual physical parts of your head in this article.

What I have found over the years of singing performance, teaching, composing, writing, etc., is that I have to know how to preserve my voice for the long haul.

In other words, I can’t be unhealthy in body, mind or spirit and expect to preserve my singing health. It wouldn’t be logical to do so nor would it follow what common sense indicates.

Back to the singer I mentioned above. He has a great voice, by the way, and continues to work super hard to learn how to sing to his full potential for healthy and powerful singing.

However, he has had a number of serious physical problems that have caused him trouble and much distress, not to mention the amount of money he has had to spend on medical bills!

I will only speak about the nose bleed problem here though.

DISCLAIMER: Since I am not a medical practitioner and thus cannot give medical advice, I make no claims as to what will or will not work for someone else. I can only say what I would or would not do if I were facing a particular problem.

After he got the nose bleed that wouldn’t stop, his nose was packed with something by the doctors (I’m not sure what it was) until it stopped bleeding and then they cauterized it.

He wrote to me about this and told me that he was going to put Vaseline in it. I don’t know if the doctors recommended that or not, but I want to use this example as a way of speaking about body health – in this case the nose and what to put in it – and how it relates to a healthy singing voice over the long haul.

Again, I write from the point of view of what I would or would not do, and I would definitely NOT put Vaseline in my nose because it is petroleum based. Instead, I would use an oil.

Here’s why: my rule of thumb, which is logical and common sense-based, is to only put things on my body (or in my nose, mouth or ears) that I would eat. This is because the skin absorbs (transdermal absorption) whatever we put on the body (including nostrils, ears, eyes, etc.) into the body. I’m not sure why the Western medical doctors don’t tell you about this, but would you really want to eat Vaseline, for example?

Think about it.

Instead, I would use a high quality cooking oil, like un-toasted sesame, for instance, or coconut oil, sunflower oil or olive oil. I would use only organic extra virgin oils and cold pressed, if possible.

When I began doing this for my voice (the whole person and the whole body IS your voice!), I started out with olive oil. Since then I have learned about two other oils that are better than olive oil for the nasal passages. Olive oil tends to be very strong inside those delicate tissues, but it’s still better than Vaseline, in my opinion.

That is one of the reasons I am writing this article. I want you to know about what you can do to prevent and/or heal parts of your head in an easy and actually inexpensive way.

But remember my disclaimer and remember that I only write about what I would personally do in a similar situation.

This is what I would do:

  • Use a face reflexology chart to do a daily face massage in the morning before I start my day or at night before I go to sleep or both! This opens up all sorts of things in my head and allows many toxins to be dispelled
  • Using my pinkie finger dipped in an oil, lubricate the inside of my nostrils
  • Use an organic sesame oil or organic coconut oil, depending on whether I want to heat or cool the area
  • Sesame warms and Coconut cools
  • I sometimes use a combination of the 2 oils
  • My body let’s me know which is best when I pay close attention to it
  • Use Nasya Oil (see below) for deep cleansing and deep lubrication of my nasal passages
  • If I have excess mucus, I have to deal with a different part of the body to clear that up, but I cannot cover that in the scope of this article
  • I might steam using eucalyptus, camphor, menthol, peppermint, rosemary or cinnamon bark essential oil once a week but not daily, again, letting my body tell me what it needs by paying closer attention to it

So here are the things I use, in case you want to work on your healthy head for healthy singing. They are all available on Amazon so I have included links to them.

Nasya Oil has herb extracts in it that are used for healing. This type of oil has been use for centuries and I have found good success with it. The method of using it is to tilt back the head and use the dropper to put several warm (not hot) drops of it into each nostril then strongly snuff it up. This gets it up close to or touching the ethmoid bone, a spongy bony area that separates the nasal passages from the brain.

This is truly the fastest way to get healing essential herb properties to the brain. There is a ton of information on this elsewhere, but I don’t have time to get into it here. All I can say is that it helps with nasal health, which helps with singing health. I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t use it myself! Trust me, this oil has helped me!

These are the oils I use for massage (and eating and inside the nostrils): extra virgin organic sesame and coconut. I buy them by the gallon because I use a lot of it and it is less expensive by the bulk price.

Whatever you end up using, be sure it is extra virgin oil, cold pressed if possible (this keeps the nutrients in it) and certified organic.

If you have any questions, please write them below.

Enjoy your healthy head for healthy singing!

Your Yellow Singing Tongue!

The health of your physical tongue affects your singing!

I want to write a few short posts to update you on your singing tongue and how deeply it impacts the way you can free your voice.

That’s because I’ve been learning new things in the past few months about what impacts my own voice, and I believe that a singing voice teacher needs to keep growing in order to give the best possible service to those of you who are earnestly working to free your voices.

And that, of course means YOU!

In order to have increasing ease with your singing voice, it is essential that you continue to develop healthy singing mindsets, which in this case, means a healthier singing tongue mindset.

What do I mean by that?

If you have already worked with my Singing Tongue digital lesson, then you will know some extremely important things about your singing tongue and how to better use it.

You will also know about your singing tongue mindsets that will help you to overcome certain negative patterns that have impacted your voice.

But what you may not know is how the health of your singing tongue will affect your voice.

Yes, I mean the physical health of your singing tongue!

Why do I say that?

  • There are several observations about your tongue that can you quite a bit about your overall health for singing. I won’t get into detail about them but do want to emphasize the following:
  • If the surface coating (whitish in color) of your tongue is so thick that you cannot see the pinkness of the tongue through it, this negatively impacts your singing energy at its core
  • If the coating is thin enough to see the pinkness of your tongue, don’t worry too much
  • As I mentioned, there are other things to look for that can give you clues about the health of your singing tongue, but I won’t get into the others in this article. That will be in a future blog.

Look at your singing tongue in the mirror.

  • Stick it out as far as you can without straining the muscles in the back of it.
  • Do you have a whitish coating on it?
  • If so, is it thin or thick, meaning can you see through to the pink or not?

Either way, I want you to start cleaning your tongue. There are manufactured tongue cleaners made specifically for this purpose, but the cheapest and easiest way to clean your tongue is to use a simple teaspoon from your kitchen.

Follow these steps:

  • Clean the spoon thoroughly and then use it to scrape the white coating off the surface as much as you can without hurting the tongue.
  • Make sure you get as much off the back of the tongue as you can without causing yourself to gag.
  • Do this several times, rinsing off the white stuff that comes off before you gently scrape again.
  • Afterwards, use a combination of baking soda and turmeric (it’s an anti-inflammatory herb/spice) on a toothbrush and thoroughly brush the tongue.
  • Use a toothbrush you don’t care about because the turmeric will stain it yellow.
  • Rinse your mouth and swish a bunch of times then spit out the residue

Enjoy your “yellow” singing tongue!


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Another Live Stream Singing Lesson

Hi,

I want to drop a quick note to you today to let you know that I will be doing another FREE (one time only) live streaming singing lesson for 4 lucky people at the Modern Vocalist Forum. One space is already taken so that actually leaves 3 more spaces as of this writing.

In the class, you will be able to work with me live and with one another.

A true Singing Mastermind!

If you are interested in signing up for this class, it will be held on a first come first served basis, so leave a comment below if you are interested and I will give you details.

This is what you will need to do before you can be one of the people to sign up for the free class.

  • Check your high speed internet connection at www.speedtest.net. You will need the bare minimum speeds of 1 Mbps download and 384 Kbps upload.
  • 1.6GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista® Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.6 and above
    Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 6.0 and above, or Safari 5.0 and above
  • NOTE: Do NOT use Chrome for this beta test! It won’t work.
  • Flash Player 11.0 or above.
    The latest version of Flash can be found here:
    http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/

Class Best Practices & Requirements

  • Sit next to your Wifi or plug directly into your Internet connection with an Ethernet cable.
  • Shut down other Internet devices and make sure no one else is using your Internet during the class.
  • Turn off the energy saving feature or screensaver on your computer.
  • Do not download files right before or during class.
  • Connect your laptop to a power source.
  • Close all other browser tabs & other software before class.
  • Wear headphones to prevent audio feedback
  • Test your webcam before class and sit in a comfortable, quiet, well lit location.
  • Hook up an external mouse if possible
  • Please contact support@powhow.com if you have any questions at all about your set-up.
  • Looking forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Only 3 more students on a first come first served basis, so look here for the class titled “FREE Live Singing Lesson Beta Test for Adult Singers”

Click here to register for the FREE Live Singing Lesson Beta Test