The A2Z Smart Music Group is always looking for new and improved methods to teach singing and help others FIND THEIR VOICE. In 2014 we began working in avatar based virtual worlds, opening a free music academy in SecondLife.com and in 2016 in Kitely.com. Why do we do this?  3D examples for vocal concepts can make a huge difference in your understanding. Unfortunately, setting up your computer for access to these virtual worlds can be a challenge.  Due to these challenges we recognized that we needed to continue looking for virtual options. Check out our first BETA EXPERIMENT in virtual training — all you have toRead More →

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It’s true. You are stuck with the voice you were given at birth (**See exceptions below).  The size and shape of your vocal cords, along with the size and shape of your resonating cavities determines your unique and personal vocal fingerprint; but, that is also what MAKES YOUR VOICE SO SPECIAL. The GOOD NEWS is — if you don’t like the way you sound when you sing, YOU CAN CHANGE THAT! Most people who ask this question are singing with inferior technique, resulting in poor voice.  This is not the fault of the vocal instrument …it’s because of the unskilled musician playing it. Singing well requires a balance ofRead More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS in Virtual World Environment. Inspiration Island on Kitely.com is currently building A2Z SingSmart™ Music Virtual Academy (Virtual Campus #2). Virtual world campuses provide an opportunity to learn concepts with 3D visual aids and also allows you to communicate with Coach Yvonne and other singers on their vocal training journey. Access to the A2Z SingSMART Virtual World Campuses is FREE! Virtual world campuses also provide the opportunity for singers to perform in front of world-wide audiences.  Using an audio stream (from your living room computer), you can sing live concerts! Join us today. Stay updated on our progress and learn how to joinRead More →

Preparing the Mind Body and Spirit is the one step most singers skip, sad to say, as not preparing to sing by relieving stress and bringing oxygen into your body is like playing a violin or guitar without tuning the strings first. There are many ways to accomplish this Singing Step from yoga, to physical cardio exercises of your choice to meditation.  Everyone is a little different and needs to find their own method to accomplish the tuning … but there are also constants.  Meaning…every singer will provide a better performance if there is less stress in the shoulders, jaw, face, neck, etc., and everyRead More →

Hello Singers! I have been asked a lot of questions lately about how the BODY, MIND and SPIRIT is connected to the sound a singer produces on a daily basis (why are some days harder than others) and how STRESS affects the singing voice. As a performer myself, as well as vocal coach, I understand these questions very well. Every day can be a little different, especially when STRESS is added to the equation. The best way to deal with anything that stands in your way and makes singing harder than it should be is to apply BETTER CHOICES. Over the next couple of weeksRead More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Copyright Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME Have you ever been on a long road trip and wished the tank in your car was larger so you didn’t have to stop so often to fill up? How about singing long notes? Is your tank full enough to hold the note to the very end? In the last couple of tips and lessons we have talked about making better choices for breathing and gaining control over your airflow. Today we are focusing on breathing capacity. Unlike a gas tank in your car, you can build your capacity to bring in more oxygenRead More →

BREATHING FOR SINGING Improving Breath Control for Singing In SingSMART™ Singing Lessons 0201-0203 we learned about the best overal choices for breathing during the act of singing and also concentrated on HOW the diaphragm is supposed to function during inhalation and exhalation. We recommend these lessons as prerequisites in order to completely understand the concepts and exercises presented in SingSMART™ Singing Lesson #0204. In this singing lesson we learn how to increase our skill level of breath control. The act of breathing is a voluntary/involuntary action.  Meaning we can choose to hold our breath, but when our body decides it needs oxygen it will “trump” conscious free will and force air intake.Read More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME Many students have been asking for videos of how the diaphragm works, so I ventured into YouTube to find a video that showed the internal workings. One video in particular showed the diaphragm movement better than any other, and also explained the benefits of taking deep and slow breaths. Yes, singing is good for your health – deep breathing being only one of the reasons! This particular video focuses on BELLY BREATHING which is a technique taught by many vocal teachers. The SingSMART&8482; Vocal Training Method focuses on FULL BODY BREATHING, which includes bringing airRead More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi I’ve had many singers ask me lately about sinus issues and sore throats. This article is not by any means supposed to replace a doctor’s visit or their instructions, but thought I would share a technique I have used for years to help reduce inflammation and take care of my personal issues with sinus congestion and throat irritations >> Humming. My favorite and seemingly most effective exercise is humming a pitch in the middle of my comfortable range (feel vibrations in your mouth), or just slightly higher (feel vibrations more in your nose – theseRead More →

© Copyright Mark Baxter Reprinted with permission. The voice is both the most important and misunderstood instrument in popular music. On the local scene the vocals are often an afterthought, barely touched on in rehearsals, under-mixed live and hurried in the studio. On the national scene the singer IS the band. On top of this pressure, many performers are insecure. The prevailing, idiotic, mentality that a REAL singer should be able to make anything work causes people to dwell on their weaknesses rather than their strengths. I call this the impostor syndrome. True, singers are strange animals, but a little less so if you considerRead More →