One way to test whether your air stream is concentrated is by blowing out candles. A concentrated and supported moving stream (as if through a straw) will blow out a candle fairly easy. A wide stream with no support will make the task much harder. TRY IT YOURSELF!  Light a candle and see how easy it is for you to extinguish the flame.  If you are under 18 please ask your parents before you do this experiment and everyone be sure to put the candle in a safe place! If you struggle with your airflow abilities and holding a vocal tone, why not take a quickRead More →

© Yvonne DeBandi, BME If you have talked, studied or read about singing anywhere, no doubt you have heard at least once that singing well comes down to breathing. Why? Because your airflow is what breathes life or energy into your tone. Your breathing abilities as a singer creates the airflow that is somewhat responsible for the creation of your vocal tone, the quality of your vocal tone, the length of your vocal tone and the power of your vocal tone. I say “somewhat responsible” because there are many other factors in the vocal tone game, but one thing is true. If your breathing isRead More →

Balancing the Physical, Mental and Emotional Aspects of Singing © Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi Singing is a beautiful, athletic artform; the result of the balance of physical, emotional and mental choices of the artist. Some artists focus on the technical side of singing, others focus on delivering their message and mind-blowing performances; but the true artist will work at achieving a personal, unique synergy between all three. Some singers make it much more difficult on themselves than it has to be by confusing the issue with two words, “right” and “wrong.” This is especially true for young singers training with personal coaches. You must rememberRead More →

INTRODUCTION Breathing properly for singing is the most important foundation technique. Each and every tone we create is carried on the airflow of our breath. The more control you have over the air flow, the more control you will have over your singing tone. Imagine a kite flying high in the air. When the airflow is consistent, the kite will fly smoothly and steadily on top of the air current. When the airflow is inconsistent the kite will bob and dive with no rhyme or reason. Your singing tone is much like that kite. If you provide a strong steady airflow, your vocal tone willRead More →

© Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi, BME Many singers believe if they do not perform regularly they do not need to worry about vocal health and singing “properly.” Unfortunately, just like an unexpected fall out of a tree can cause a broken bone that aches when it rains the rest of your life, one impromptu karaoke performance and improper vocal belt on that high note can cause irreparable vocal damage. A more common condition and resultant situation, however, is Vocal Hyperfunction and Muscle Tension Dysphonia, or hoarseness. Vocal tone is created when air bursts through the cleft created by our vocal cords and vibration occurs. ToRead More →

© Copyright 2015 Yvonne DeBandi, BME There are many reasons why singers might not have breath control at a performance. Whether you suffer stage fright, haven’t been diligent with your exercise routine or been sedentary that particular day, getting your vocal performance power source to work at it’s very best sometimes requires a kick-start: a quick set of Jumping Jacks can do just that. You see, it isn’t always about the singer’s ability to breathe properly for singing and sometimes it doesn’t come down to breathing technique at all…sometimes you just need to get your heart pumping to really take those deep breaths required toRead More →