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  1. Jeannie Deva
    What is The Deva Method?



    It is an effective, comprehensive non-classical approach for singers that gives you an understanding of your voice and puts you in control. This method was developed from the premise that the body has a natural voice production process and if you understand and work with it, you can sing any style without hurting yourself.

  2. Jeannie Deva PerformingWhen you’re looking for a vocal method or a voice teacher, how do you choose the right one? This blog post is edited by Studio Staff from the works of Jeannie Deva.
     

    1. Working Professional

    Is your prospective voice teacher a working professional? Are they currently performing either live shows or in the studio? How does their voice sound? If they are retired from live performance, have they at least had a professional singing career and does their voice still sound good?
     
    A professional singer has to demonstrate competence and actually apply the theory of their voice technique to achieve results.

  3. Deva Method Vocal Exercises and Warm-upsBy Jeannie Deva

    Do you want to sing effortlessly with a strong wide vocal range? Do you want to sing with confidence and freedom to express your emotions and touch your audience? Well, you can do that if you are willing to do the work developing the natural function of your voice.
  4. Contemporary Vocalist by Jeannie DevaBy Jeannie Deva

    In my blog post Register Break – What Causes It?  I said that “the keys to singing without register break are:    

    1. A properly regulated air stream is sent to your vocal folds.
  5. Contemporary Vocalist Improvement Course by Jeannie DevaThe next cause of throat muscle tension is:

    3. Over-Articulation


    Articulation is essentially saying words clearly. If you want to be understood when you sing, you articulate, however it can be overdone. One way to over-articulate is to tighten your lips and stretch your jaw wide to emphasize consonants while you sing.
  6. Contemporary Vocalist Improvement Course Volume OneBy Jeannie Deva

    “More vocal range” is the most frequent wish I have heard from the thousands of singers I have coached. Yes they want more control and better tone, but it is range, range, range that is the illusive gem they seek. When I speak of expanding range, I mean having a wide continuum of notes from high to low that you can use to create varied volumes, colors, textures and emotions.

  7. Deva Method Vocal Warm-upsBy Jeannie Deva

    In Part 1 we began discussing vocal range expansion from the perspective of some basics such as how the voice works and breathing versus singing. If you don’t know such fundamentals, you may try to expand your range by doing things that are counter-productive.

  8. Contemporary Vocalist Improvement Course
    By Jeannie Deva

    In teaching thousands of singers around the world, I have never met one who did not have more potential range than they knew and were using. Sometimes factors such as smoking cigarettes or marijuana, heavy drug or alcohol use, etc.

  9. Contemporary Vocalist DownloadMany singers lack the confidence to be fully expressive performers because of either a small vocal range or a "breaking point" that segments their range. Still others have come to believe that the "breaking point" in their range, otherwise known as register break is a natural part of a singer’s voice.

  10. This week's Blog post is a short sample video lesson from Jeannie Deva's Online Vocal School at Artistworks.com. The school features over 200 video lessons recorded by Jeannie and more.

    This three minute video lesson teaches you a simple exercise that will help you sing with more accurate pitch.
    Watch, enjoy and learn. 

    Check out the curriculum and other free lessons at the 

  11. Relax Lips to Sing Better FastWhen you sing do you tense your lips? Are you exaggerating their movement or that of your cheeks or the opening of your mouth? Do you try to form your vowels with your lips?
     
    Try this with a song you like to sing or perform.
     
    Stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself as you sing. Really put yourself into the song and watch your face, especially your lips and mouth.
  12. Rib Cage and SingingBreathe into your back.

    Have you been taught to push your stomach forward when you take a breath and then hold it still or push it​ in as you sing? Or ​perhaps you've been told to slowly exhale as you sing​ or "sing on an exhale"​?

    If you experience strain, tension or register break​ when you sing, it could be coming from tensing your ​belly in some way.
  13. Does your tongue tense as you sing? Does the back of it pull up as you go for a higher note? Does it push down into your throat?  (That will cause your voice to get tight and lose tone.)

    Here is a quick tip to relax a tense tongue. Do this as an exercise, not when actually performing.
     
    As you sing a song, rest the tip of your tongue behind your bottom teeth.
  14. Opera Singer PavarottiThank you for your comments to last week’s blog post. I hope you don’t mind me using one of them to lead into this week’s wrap-up of our discussion of Classical vs. Contemporary technique.  

    “Isn't there really just one singing technique? - diaphragm regulates airflow….”  

    I believe that there is just one singing technique and that it’s based on how the body works and needs to work to create vocal sound.
  15. Opera Singer PavarottiSinging with a "Yawn"

    Some Classical techniques focus on lifting the soft palate and maintaining an open throat as you would if you were yawning. To get some idea of this, yawn and while holding your throat in that open position, try sustaining an "Ah" sound. Now say "Ah" like you would in normal conversation and without manipulating your throat, sustain an "Ah" as you would normally speak it, letting your throat shape itself.
  16. Opera Singer PavarottiQ: "Dear Jeannie… I would like to know if there is a difference between Classical and Popular music vocal technique. Thank you for your (magazine) column. It keeps a lot of us out here going." A.T. Boston, MA

    Are you really studying Contemporary Technique?

    When I began teaching voice nearly 40 years ago, there was no one teaching a really contemporary technique.
  17. Relax Your TongueSing Easier - Relax Your Tongue

    Does your tongue tense as you sing? Does the back of it pull up or push down as you use more range? 

    When the back of the tongue is pulled up or pushed down, inner throat muscles are being tensed. Sometimes this is done by a singer trying to open the space of the back inside of the mouth, perhaps thinking it will provide more resonance.

  18. Contemporary Vocalist singing technique - Jeannie DevaIn my nearly 40 years as a vocal coach and voice teacher, I have worked with thousands of singers. They are all individuals but have one thing in common. Nearly all of them have been confused about vocal technique and have been unsure of what to do or not do when singing.
  19. contemporary vocalist singing technique Teachers have always coined terms to explain and classify the voice in an attempt to add credibility to vocal pedagogy (teaching). Trying to make an art form sound more credible by using impressive terms unfortunately does not make it scientific. Not being scientifically sound, some of these terms would occasionally clarify concepts for a singer but more often they would generate confusions which actually hinder one’s understanding and potential.
  20. contemporary vocalist singing technique
    1. Pulse Vibrato is achieved through changes in the volume of the note. The rapid interruptions of the tone that create the wavering effect are caused by increases and decreases in volume, not pitch. This type of vibrato is stylistically appropriate for rock, pop and some R&B.
  21. contemporary vocalist singing technique The word vibrato is Italian for “vibrate.” It’s a pulsating effect created within a sustained tone. These pulsations are created through a slight wavering of the pitch.
  22. Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances Jeannie DevaWhen you blend vocal harmonies you are not only bringing together the pitch of each voice but also its tone, pronunciation, phrasing, volume and rhythm. Tone refers to the timbre or characteristic sound of your voice. For the best blend, work on matching your tone to one another.
  23. contemporary vocalist singing technique - jeannie devaHaving worked with thousands of singers over the years, I have found that many are confused about technique and what they should be doing when singing. They are uncertain whether the directions they have been given are correct because they are usually based on opinion or personal taste rather than on fact.

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