Singing Advice

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    A Cautionary Tale

    "I can't think of another profession where what they teach you in school is so completely different from what you have to do in the professional world," says Stephen Tobolowsky.

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    The Seven Deadly Singing Sins

    As a voice teacher, I have seen students come to my studio with many of the same problems. I have traced quite a few of these problems to a basic group of mistakes and incorrect beliefs.

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    The Air of Songs

    Sara Louise Lazarus had been building a strong résumé as a singing actor while being prevailed upon for coaching by colleagues impressed with her work.

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    A Master Class With Michael Feinstein

    By the time the two hours had elapsed in Michael Feinstein's master class, he had encountered—and made strides to correct—just about every problem faced by both new and seasoned singers.

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    Modern Melismas and More

    In contemporary styles such as pop, R&B, and jazz, vocal improvisation is a vital component of an exciting performance. But many well-trained singers can freeze up when asked to improvise.

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    The Pleasure of His Accompaniment

    Musical director Garry Dial gets technical about how to work with the band. The Manhattan School of Music staffer and independent coach has worked with big names in the business.

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    Mistakes Better Not Be Made

    Michael Shannon navigates 100 minutes of roller-coaster speech in his Off-Broadway triumph. How does he do it? Lots of water and no phone calls.

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    Becoming a Voice Teacher

    The professional life of a performer can be feast or famine. Even the most gifted can have downtime between gigs. Working as a voice teacher can be a good way to keep your finances stable when you're not performing.

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    Rocker on Broadway

    Reeve Carney talks about the vocal challenges of being Spider-Man in Julie Taymor's megamusical with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge of U2.

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    Developing Dialects

    The ability to speak convincingly in different dialects is an important part of an actor's tool kit. No matter how well you connect emotionally with a role, a false or inappropriate accent can diminish the final result.