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Outdoor concert in Evigheten

Outdoor concert coming soon

Hi everyone,

I want to invite you to a wonderful outdoor concert (respecting the safety rules and everything corona-related) where I will be singing as well! Alongside my fellow colleagues and skilled singers Malin Karlsson, Markku Lorentz, Mathias Dümmatzen and accompanied by The Spectacles jazz trio, we look forward to seeing you there!

It has been such a long time since I’ve sung live on a stage and I am soooo nervous and excited about this! I have prepared a selection of jazz standards and bossa nova and I would love to have you there to sing along! The event is taking place at Evigheten, Ystad in Sweden on 22nd of August at 7.30 pm.

You can find out more about the concert, the singers and the place where it will all happen by visiting www.pipedream.se.

Take care of yourselves, stay consistent with your practice in hope of better days with many more outdoor concerts, shows and other singing activities!

Hugs

Edge. Sing loudly and clear

Hi everyone,

If you need guidance in using the CVT App and singing in the 4th vocal mode -Edge- from the Complete Vocal Technique method, this video is a must-see!

Kaare is a great voice teacher (CVT authorised teacher) that I had the pleasure of working with, and I recommend with all my heart listening to his tips:

“Edge is a metallic mode and has a clear and sharp character. It could be described as direct, bright and unrestrained, yet lighter and sharper than Overdrive. Edge is a non-breathy mode.

Edge can be found by maintaining a clear character and adding the distinct twang of the epiglottic funnel (as if imitating a duck).” – extract from CVI website.

Happy and healthy practice!

Vocal warm-up with straws

Warm-up for singing: straw exercises with Delia Ivan vocal coach

Studies show that straw phonation has so many amazing benefits for singers, such as:

  • improving the efficiency of the vocal mechanism and balancing the alignment of the vocal folds
  • reducing vocal fatigue and improving the quality of the voice
  • improving breath management
  • building flexibility and stamina
  • reinforcing healthy resonance
  • reducing unnecessary tension and strain
  • vocal therapy

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Find out more about the specifics of this weird trick here and don’t hesitate to implement these exercises into your everyday warm-up routine and you’ll see (and feel) the results in no time!

The following video is a fun and great warm-up routine posted by voice coach Whitney Nichole Cytryn that I use every day to maintain my voice strong and flexible! I recommend it to everyone out there (singers, actors, speakers, teachers etc.) who wish to improve and maintain their voices healthy and reliable!

As always, if you need one-on-one guidance, do not hesitate to contact me!

🙂 Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Online Articles:
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Two Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract Voice Therapy Protocols
Voice Training and Therapy With a Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract: Rationale and Scientific Underpinnings
Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract Postures and their Application in the Singing Voice Studio

Sing in Neutral

Complete vocal technique with Delia Ivan vocal coach

Being able to sing softly is a vocal skill every singer must have in her/his toolbox. It is used in so many different genres and it has a feeling of ease, suppleness and gentleness.

Julie Lindell, an amazing singer and CVT authorized teacher, will guide towards a better understanding of how to find and practice your Neutral in the video below.

Keep in mind the loose jaw and the basic principles of healthy sound production when working on your Neutral. After you found the centre of the mode, feel free to experiment with different colours and densities to find the sound you desire for your songs.

“Neutral is the non-metallic mode. It is a very extensive mode that contains many different sounds and sound colours. The sounds are softer and milder than the metallic modes. When starting out, Neutral can be found by establishing a loose jaw.

The Neutral mode extends from notes that are soft and breathy to notes without air added. The two extremes within Neutral are called ‘Neutral with air’ and ‘Neutral without air’.” – Complete Vocal Institute website.

Have you downloaded the CVT app? In the app, you can read everything about CVT, hear sound examples and learn to sing and practise the Complete Vocal Technique! There is also a free version of the app, so you have to try it out today!If you need one-on-one guidance in your singing practice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Happy and healthy practice, everyone! 🙂

Sing with distortion

Sing with distortion with vocal coach Delia Ivan

Add more expression to your singing by using vocal effects, such as distortion.

Julie Lindell, an amazing singer and CVT authorized teacher, will guide towards a better understanding of what distortion is and how to work with this effect in a healthy and sustainable way.

“Effects are sounds that are not connected to melody or text but are sounds that underline the expression or style of a singer. All effects are produced in the vocal tract. Besides controlling the technique for the effects singers have to take into account her/his fitness, energy level, and temperament.” – Complete Vocal Institute website.

If you need one-on-one guidance in your singing practice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(: Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Sing higher notes

Higher notes with Delia Ivan vocal coach

Find the freedom of reaching higher notes to sing the songs you love the way you want to! You can absolutely do it, just look for the proper techniques to help you out whilst also maintaining your voice healthy!

Julie Lindell, an amazing singer and CVT authorized teacher, will guide towards a better understanding of how to work safely towards reaching higher notes:

“In the upper section of the middle part of the voice and the lower section of the high part of the voice you have to drop your jaw to open your mouth. The aim is to open the mouth gradually and concurrently with the pitch. The higher the pitch, the more you need to open the mouth.

In the high and very high part of the voice it is no longer sufficient to open the mouth by dropping the lower jaw. At this pitch, You have to open the mouth sideways, as though to widen it into a smile, whilst dropping the jaw.”- Complete Vocal Institute website.

Have you downloaded the CVT app? In the app, you can read everything about CVT, hear sound examples and learn to sing and practise the Complete Vocal Technique! There is also a free version of the app, so you have to try it out today!

If you need one-on-one guidance in your singing practice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(:Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Riffs and runs

Riffs and runs with vocal coach Delia Ivan

Add more expression to your singing by using vocal effects, such as riffs and runs (which are ornamentation techniques).

Julie Lindell, an amazing singer and CVT authorized teacher, will guide towards a better understanding of how to work with ornamentation and speed up those lazy riffs!

“Effects are sounds that are not connected to melody or text but are sounds that underline the expression or style of a singer. All effects are produced in the vocal tract. Besides controlling the technique for the effects singers have to take into account her/his fitness, energy level, and temperament.” – Complete Vocal Institute website.

If you need one-on-one guidance in your singing practice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(: Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Support exercises

Work on support with vocal coach Delia Ivan. Complete vocal technique

Controlling the airflow in your singing depending on the pitch, volume and sound quality is crucial for a healthy voice and sustainable career. Finding the support value for your vocal task is a must-learn technique to achieve the vocal freedom you desire.

The amazing Julie Lindell, singer and CVT Authorised Teacher will guide you towards a better understanding of the support muscles, how to activate them and how to work with the resistance and movement of the support in sustaining your singing.

1. Activate the support muscles with the following exercise:

2. Exercises to get familiar with the movement of the support:

For further information, check out the Complete Vocal Institute website and download the CVT App to stay in touch with latest voice research and tools for voice improvement!

Book recommendation

The latest version of theComplete vocal technique’ book by Catherine Sadolin is actually a Mobile App equipped with lots of sound examples, very clear explanations and instructions in working with: basic principles for healthy sound production, vocal modes, vocal colours, vocal effects and many more! Don’t hesitate to download it from here! There is an Introductory version of the App which is FREE, especially for helping all the passionate singers and voice educators out there!

If you need one-on-one guidance in your singing practice, don’t hesitate to contact me!

(: Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Extreme singing

Extreme singing and vocal effects with vocal coach Delia Ivan

Are you curious about how one can explore the rough vocal effects such as Distortion, Rattle, Growl and Grunt?

I kindly invite you to watch this great video of Kaare Thøgersen – Authorised CVT Teacher from the Complete Vocal Institute presenting some rough vocal effects (research, examples, practical tools) and how to approach them in a safe way.

“Effects are sounds that are not connected to melody or text but are sounds that underline the expression or style of a singer. All effects are produced in the vocal tract. Besides controlling the technique for the effects singers have to take into account her/his fitness, energy level, and temperament.” – extract from the Complete Vocal Technique book.

For more theoretical information and practical tools and tips towards healthy practice of rough vocal modes, download the free CVT – Introduction App (App Store or Google Play) or the full version Complete vocal technique – Full App (App Store or Google Play).

In case you need some guidance on the way, feel free to contact me and book a lesson!

Happy and healthy practice, everyone!

Vocal acoustics

♫ Check out this great video explanation of vocal acoustics that is so fun to watch!

“It is important to understand the two components of sounds that are present when we sing: harmonics and formats.

Harmonics are produced by the vocal folds and are whole number multiples of the frequency (pitch) being sung.

Formants are resonating spaces within the vocal tract. When we enlarge a space in the vocal tract, formants get lower. When we narrow a space, formants get higher.

An easy way to remember this is that a 2-litre bottle (large/wide space) produces a lower pitch than a 20-ounce bottle (small/narrow space) when you blow across the top of the bottle.” – Matt Edwards, Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Book recommendation

♫ For the voice geeks out there, I recommend Kenneth Bozeman‘s books `Practical vocal acoustics` and `Kinesthetic Voice Pedagogy`!

Feel free to share your thoughts on this in the comments section!

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