When to Seek Medical Advice and Who To See

Here is some guidance for when to seek medical advice. Watch more great top tips from the rest of the V team on the Vocalzone Channel

Touring and the singer

Not so long ago I received an email from a singer by the name of Vanessa Murray. She was gathering information to help her with her MA dissertation on the topic of how touring affects the voice. I thought you might find this information of use too so have published the answers I gave her […]

Did you know not all doctors are equal when it comes to the singing voice?

It’s seems more and more singers are developing voice problems as they embark on their singing careers. Several recent famous examples include Adele, Sam Smith, Jess Glynne and John Mayer. In this video Dr Steven Zeitels talks about surgery like Adele’s and the use of voice in the modern day. Unlike the elite singer most of […]

Hypermobility and singing – is it relevant?

I’ve been learning a lot of interesting things about performers and medical issues. One topic which piqued my interest and gave me an ah-ha moment was that of hypermobility aka doublejointedness. This condition can be an advantage for some performing artist but if you are a singer and have it in your larynx that could […]

Vocal care DOs and DONTs

DO + Keep well hydrated 1.5-2l/day. More if energy out put increases. + Maintain good general health with a balanced diet. + Consider planning your eating to suit performance needs. + Maintain regular vocal practice and training. + Get a vocal instructor who understands how to train and exercise the voice for singing. + Get […]

OMG it’s TMJD! Temporalmandibular Joint Disorder and the singer

I recently answered a question in “Singing Coaches/ Teachers“, on Linkedin, from a teacher who has a student who’s jaw clicks and dislocates when she sings on an AH sound. This clicking could be due to Temporalmadibular Joint disorder, in other words a disorder of the jaw joint. The symptoms can be in the form […]

In which I find myself doing a masters in Performing Arts Medicine!

So guess what? I am doing a Masters degree! Yes, I am back studying again, and I’m very excited about this course. I feel like it’s been created just for me! This is a MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, think, sports medicine for performing artists. As I am discovering this subject encompasses a very wide […]

Exercise tip for tired voices

                  These exercises, by voice scientist Dr Ingo Titze of the National Center for Voice and Speech, may help alleviate these symptoms.Please see a ENT consultant if the problems persist or worsen.

Bad influences on the voice

Our vocal cords (also know as vocal folds) are amazing. Approximately 12.5 mm to 17.5 mm (0.5″ to 0.75″) in women and 17.5 mm to 25 mm (0.75″ to 1.0″) in length in men, they are the second second fastest set of muscles to the eyelids. Pretty impressive right? They can do so much for us from protecting the airway so […]

Singing teacher training course: Module 1 getting started. Book now for Jan 18th

Are you interested in becoming a singing teacher? I am running a 10hr course to introduce you to the job requirements along with some basic skills and strategies to help you to get started. You will cover basic anatomy and physiology, how to assess the voice, vocal exercises to address common vocal issues, setting up […]