The Blogging Begins

posted Mar 6, 2014, 1:55 PM by Leah Allen

Hello All!
I have taken a very long hiatus from this (hopefully) informative blog.  My goal is to give you a little information every week to help you improve your vocal technique.  This month's topic....VOWELS!!!  Check back periodically to catch the new blog posts!  


posted Nov 5, 2012, 11:39 PM by Leah Allen

Hi all! Most of you know my Doctoral recital is coming up Wednesday. I'd love it if everyone could come and hear me do my thing! ...Evan is also playing on the recital!
November 7th, 2012 7PM @ Holsclaw Hall, Music Building at U of A
It is easiest to park in the garage on Park and Speedway and walk under the underpass. The music building and Holsclaw Hall will be right in front of you as you exit the underpass. 
Let me know if you have any questions! and hope to see you all there!

My Next Performance

posted Oct 16, 2012, 4:48 PM by Leah Allen

I will be performing my doctoral ensemble recital in Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona on November 7th at 7pm.  It is free of charge!  Please attend and experience a night of amazing music.  

There will be several guest artists playing with me.   
Percussion - Evan Williams
Cello - Rebecca Bartelt
Trumpet - Andrew Stuck
Clarinet - Daniel Becker
Guitar - Steven Lerman
Trombone - Kyle Schaeder
...and as always Ms. Bonnie Bird on the Piano

Feel free to call or email if you would like to see the program or need directions!

Joining the Twittersphere

posted Sep 24, 2012, 10:59 AM by Leah Allen

I have joined the social media bandwagon!  My studio now has a Twitter feed as well as its own Facebook page :)  

Get updates on upcoming performances and events, as well as vocal tips on LWilliamsVoice

The Breath Machine

posted Jul 11, 2012, 3:39 PM by Leah Allen   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 3:41 PM ]

The breath is the core of our singing voice and developing the muscles used in the breathing process is essential for healthy singing.  There are four steps in the breathing process: Inhalation, Suspension, Exhalation and Release.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be covering each of the step in detail.  Before I start on the steps of breathing I thought it would be helpful to go over the anatomy of our "breath machine" I find it valuable for developing the control and coordination needed for our vocal development.  
To go over the tedious steps of learning our anatomy, I have included a set of four videos.  They are from The Singer's Voice, a video series by Joan Wall and Robert Caldwell.  Keep in mind these videos are extremely dry, but very informative.  As soon as I find an exciting way to teach the anatomy of the breath, you all will be the first to know!!  ENJOY!!

A Good Reminder to Singers :)

posted Jul 5, 2012, 12:42 AM by Leah Allen   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 2:57 PM ]

“Singing is not a natural process; it is a highly skilled art, and requires highly developed muscle reflexes.  Singing does not demand much muscle strength, but it does call for a high degree of muscle coordination.  At the beginning of vocal study, establishing vocal freedom is more important than learning to sing high or low.  Warmup exercises should start in the most comfortable part of your range.  Avoid singing any high notes until your voice is thoroughly warmed up; it is better to start with exercises of limited range and then move to wider and wider ones as the voice becomes more responsive.”
~James C. McKinney, The Diagnosis & Correction of Vocal Faults (Waveland Press 1994) pgs.109, 179

The Importance of Posture

posted Jul 1, 2012, 2:46 PM by Leah Allen   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 3:01 PM ]

Posture is very first thing we should pay attention to.  As singers our bodies are our instruments and correct positioning of the body allows for accurate, easy vocal production.
While singing we strive for a flexible erect posture.  The easiest way to remember the ideal posture is the alignment of the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.  The image below shows four common postures.  Notice the strait line created in example A.  When we are aligned, it frees the voice to produce the best possible sound.  Would you ever want to play a guitar with a bent neck or misshapen body?  We need to constantly think of our bodies as our instruments and treat them the same way we would treat any other instrument.

Intro Post

posted May 30, 2012, 7:59 PM by Leah Allen   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 3:08 PM ]

My blog was created as a body of knowledge for singers.  It will include singing tips, upcoming performances in Tucson and Phoenix, as well as things I find especially interesting.  I hope that it will create an opportunity for my students and others to comment and ask questions about all things related to the singing voice.  ENJOY!

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