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Ralph Schatzki-The Voice Station-Core Melody Voice Studio The Voice Station-Core Melody Voice Studio Questions you should ask about your voice. Be observant, and pay attention to what the body is telling you when it comes to how to take care of your voice. Here is a list of questions and answers that may be applicable to your needs.

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Why should it matter how I speak? How does that affect my singing?
Speaking and singing use the same mechanism to produce sound. If your speaking habits are flawed, then the damage caused to it will adversely affect your singing.
How much attention should I pay to my vocal health? What's the big deal?
Speaking is something we do every day and is integral to our functioning well in the world. The results of any bad habits we might have often won't appear for months or even years, by which time it might be too late to do anything about them.
Does what I eat affect my voice?
Your body is your instrument and needs to be cared for, so almost everything you do to and with your body will affect your voice, but eating particularly so. If you have any kind of digestive problem- for example, gas, heartburn or reflux- you run the risk of experiencing potential vocal distress because these effects occur so close to your vocal mechanism. Watch what you eat!
I was born with a talent- isn't that enough?
You're lucky: talent is the one thing that can't be taught. To achieve real greatness, though, requires lots of hard work on your part in order to enhance and polish it. Even diamonds don't come out of the ground perfectly cut and polished, and it's not an accident that the term "raw" talent is used to describe one who has unrealized potential.
Why do I wake up in the morning with an unclear throat?
There are many reasons for this, any or all of which might have contributed: our sleeping position may have allowed some drainage into the throat, or we might be ill or experiencing an allergy. The room in which we sleep could be too dry- or too wet- or we might have misused our voice the day before. Only through careful examination of every possibility will you find the answer, which will then enable you to implement a solution.
My voice is so tired by the mid-afternoon. Why is this, and how do I prevent it?
When one experiences chronic vocal fatigue the reason is almost always that he is using his voice improperly. If left unaddressed, this can become a lifelong problem and even lead to disease. Learning to use your voice properly can usually alleviate the problem, although in certain instances the initial cause is a pathology, in which case a medical professional should be consulted.
When I'm sick I'm told to stop talking and singing. I can stop singing, but not speaking: what should I do?
Anytime you must compensate for a condition you begin to create a new problem. For example, if you favor one leg because it's sore, then the other one soon experiences discomfort because you are walking on it differently. When you are sick you are often quite congested, and speaking becomes a chore. Then, even after you're better, your voice takes a very long time to return to its normal state. Speak if you must, but- as much as possible- try not to alter your speaking, so that when you are well your voice doesn't need to "unlearn" the bad habits it acquires.
Should I whisper to save my voice?
If your speech habits are flawed then whispering may not be as bad for you as when you speak. It does not remedy any vocal problems you may have, however, because when you whisper you do not use your vocal cords nor your resonators- it's almost as if you are hiding from your voice. If you find that you are often whispering in order to "save" your voice then you might want to consider finding a better way to speak: one which allows you to whisper when you want rather than when you must.
My daughter is nine. I want her to sing like (name). Can she start lessons?
There are two different questions to answer here.

First, is you daughter emotionally mature, enough so that she will be able to concentrate and work throughout a one hour lesson? This is not a matter of her passion for singing, but whether or not she is capable of applying information she learns, as well as how quickly she gets frustrated when she encounters difficulties and how she deals with them.

Second, your daughter's voice is unique, just as anyone's is. She needs to learn how to sing - not how to sing "like" someone else. Once she has developed a solid foundation, she will then be able to make the stylistic and artistic choices that wil define her, but this will not be established for some time.
I love to sing along (artist's name) CD while I'm driving. I think she's incredible!!! I want to learn how to sing just lke her.
Why do you like this certain artist above all others? This is a personal preference on your part - the artist is doing something you think is better than what other artists do. Remember two things: first, when this artist was working to make herself the best she could be, she did not end up mimicking someone else. She became a unique artist, worthy of the admiration of many, including you. Second, your instrument -like hers- is just as unique.

You cannot sing like your favorie artist, but you can make your voice the best it can be - and, if you're smart, you'll take from your favorite artist all the things she does that you like.
How can I not sound pitchy? I want to enter American Idol next year. Can you coach me so I can get pass the preliminary?
No one can guarantee what judges will say, so anyone who guarantees that he can help you pass the preliminary auditions of American Idol just wants your money. You can learn to sing better, including eliminating intonation problems -"intonation" is the proper term for "pitchiness"- through a course of directed study, and the speed of your progress depends on your ability and desire.
Why seek an assessment?
If you use your voice in any way other than normal, everyday speaking, it is very easy to overuse it. Your voice might easily tire, and often you begin to compensate for the fatigue, and speak or sing in an unnatural manner. This change is often so gradual that, by the time you notice something is wrong, it has become a habit and very difficult to identify, much less eliminate.

On the other hand, you may not be experiencing any problems whatsoever and just have a desire to improve your singing or speaking. Perhaps you do a lot of talking at work- even to the point of giving speeches and presentations- or you belong to a choir and want to become a better singer.

Having an experienced teacher listen to and advise you can help you eliminate bad vocal habits, heading off potential medical difficulties in the future, or save you immeasurable time in leading you quickly to finding your optimal speaking or singing voice. At Core Melody Voice Studio, we have years of experience in helping people sing and speak better, and we can do the same for you!

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