VocaLab Blog

Mixed Belt And Belt’ – What’s the Difference?

Discover the intriguing physiological distinctions between mixed belt and traditional belt singing techniques in our latest blog post. We delve into the mechanics of vocal fold activity, exploring how open and closed quotients influence the intensity and quality of a singer’s voice. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or a curious enthusiast, this exploration offers valuable insights into the science behind these popular singing styles.

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Understanding the Risks of Vaping for Vocalists

Prolonged exposure to vaping can have significant long-term effects on a singer’s voice and overall vocal health. Chronic vaping is linked to the risk of developing vocal fold nodules, polyps, cysts and Reinke’s oedema which can lead to hoarseness, loss of vocal control and vocal fatigue.

Let’s explore some facts and studies about vaping.

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How to Choose Your Perfect Singing Teacher

Embarking on a musical journey requires the right mentor, someone who can guide you through the highs and lows of developing your singing voice.

Whether you’re aspiring to hit the high notes like Mariah Carey, longing to belt out ballads with the power of Adele, or seeking to soothe souls with the gentle timbre of Norah Jones, finding the ideal singing teacher is a pivotal step.

Let’s delve into how you can match yourself with an excellent singing teacher.

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The Science Behind Whistle Tone

Whistle tone, often heralded as the acme of vocal mastery, captivates audiences with its ethereal quality and astonishing pitch. This fascinating vocal technique, surpassing the 1000 Hz frequency threshold, remains shrouded in mystery and a subject of ongoing research. Groundbreaking insights provided by Kato et al. (2023) elucidate the vibratory mechanisms of the whistle register, demystifying its production and offering valuable implications for vocalists and vocal coaches alike. Let’s dive into the research!

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The Impact of Pregnancy on the Singing Voice: Insights and Advice

Pregnancy is a time of significant change for any woman, but for singers, these changes can directly influence their vocal performance and health. A recent study by Harper, Hazelton & van Mersbergen (2022) sheds light on the real-world experiences of pregnant singers, offering invaluable insights for those navigating this transformative period.

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The Surprising Science Behind Vocal Warm-ups

Are you a singer, vocal coach, or someone passionate about unlocking the full potential of your voice? At VocaLab, we’re dedicated to offering cutting-edge singing lessons and voice therapy, backed by the latest research. Today, we’re delving into the transformative power of Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract Exercises (SOVTEs) for singers during their warm-up routines.

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The Benefits of SOVTE Back Pressure for Voice Therapy

When it comes to optimizing vocal health and performance, both singers and individuals with voice disorders can significantly benefit from understanding and utilizing semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVTEs). At VocaLab, our aim is to bring the science of voice therapy into clear focus, explaining complex principles like back pressure in a way that benefits our clients. This blog explores the concept of back pressure created during SOVTEs, offering insights into how these exercises facilitate improved vocal function.

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Everyday Voice Care

Whether you’re a professional singer, a vocal coach, or someone who uses their voice extensively every day, maintaining vocal health is crucial. At VocaLab, we understand the importance of vocal care and aim to provide our readers with practical tips to keep their voices in top condition. Here are some essential everyday voice care strategies.

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The Secret to Effective Voice Training

Are you interested in understanding the most efficient ways to train your voice, whether for singing, acting, or even recovery from a vocal injury?

This blog post delves into a recent scientific study by Steinhauer & Eichhorn (2023), on the most effective methods to train and retain vocal skills. The focus is on two main principles: Practice Structure and Knowledge of Results (KR).

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Which type of straw should I use for vocal exercises?

Long or short?
Wide or narrow?
Deep or shallow?
And do they target different things?

Straw Semi Occluded Vocal Tract Exercises (SOVTE) work off a pressure-flow relationship and are guided by the principles of fluid dynamics. This relationship creates static back pressure that helps to reduce the collision between the vocal folds; bringing them together gently, whilst concurrently preventing less air from escaping.

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