Category: Sally Morgan’s Singing Tips


Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Some of my voice students have not yet developed a vibrato. To convince these singers that ‘chasing down a vibrato’ or trying to ‘make it happen’ will never work, is the first step.

Vibrato is natural – when the voice is free to vibrate. Freeing the voice is what voice lessons ought to be all about. They certainly are when you study Sing Like You Speak.

Vibrato is a slight variation in pitch, a shimmer of overtone. You’ve heard forced vibrato also. It’s a very quick, tense with a slight variation of pitch. There’s also the warble vibrato – a slow and wide variation in pitch. Neither of these vibratos is natural. And neither will make a song sound better.

To develop a vibrato from straight tone – no vibrato – or from a ‘manufactured’ vibrato, the singer must free the voice to do its’ natural vibrating thing. As a singer develops the freedom required vibrato magic can happen.

I have a few students who are new to singing and have not yet developed a vibrato. As the voice becomes more free a slight shimmer begins to happen as a note is sustained. One student calls this ‘vibrato pixie dust’. There’s a sweetness to the sound as it begins to release.

To find your vibrato pixie dust, begin with an opening inhale to open your vocal instrument. It’s NOT about getting breath into your lungs, it’s about opening the airways and engaging the right muscles. As you sing, release the sound without any control or manipulation. No pushing, shoving or struggling allowed. Remain open and RELEASE your voice to the freedom of your natural instrument. You will begin to hear your vibrato pixie dust.

Of course, there is much more to learn about freeing your singing voice. I’m here to help sprinkle the pixie dust. I love what I do every day! http://SingLikeYouSpeak.com

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Sing Like You Speak technique uses the natural ease and power of the speaking voice to ‘teach’ a singer how to sing just as easily and naturally. This is because most of us have some very strange habits around our singing. So ask yourself, “What if I talked like I sing?”

As you will see in this video, talking like you sing can have some pretty funky results! Enjoy.

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Are you a singer who struggles and stains for high notes?

Are you a singer-songwriter who dumbs down your writing because you’re not comfortable singing in a higher range?

You must be longing to belt out the high notes easily and powerfully and to watch the crowd go wild.

I understand. It really does feel amazing to let loose with a high note that impresses and makes you feel powerful.

The truth about high notes is that There’s No Such Thing as High Notes. That’s a pretty radical statement for a vocal trainer who wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique with 30+ years teaching experience. But it’s absolutely true.

There are no high notes. There are no low notes. There’s no mid-range notes. There are just different ways of expressing what you want to say.

Of course when you look at a ‘high note’ written on the musical staff, it looks higher. It vibrates higher in your body, higher in your head. Thus we get the term ‘head voice.’

But ‘high’ is only a label that helps us identify the quality or pitch of the sound.

‘High’ is just a label and nothing more.

The problem is that the label of ‘high’ has absolutely nothing do to with how to produce a great ‘high note.’ Most singers think that because it’s a ‘high’ note they have to come up higher in the body to produce that note.

You get tense when you know the high note is coming up. And physical tension in the body – your instrument – will never help you sing well.

So your first step in to singing easy high notes is to let go of the idea that they are high. Let go of the concept that they are difficult or different from other notes.

Instead, think of those notes as a different expression. When you are speaking and you get all excited, your voice pitches higher. And your speaking voice gets higher without any extra tension in your body because it’s a very natural thing to do.

It’s very natural when you are singing also – if you allow it to be so.

Singing ‘I love you’ in a low range is a different expression of love than singing ‘I love you’ in a high range. That is why the composer writes that specific word on that specific pitch – because s/he is looking to express a certain emotion.

From now on when you know the high note is coming, open up your instrument and inflect to that pitch and express what you need to say.

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Time to smile at a success story in the music biz where success is scarce and hard-won.

Women in Music is a terrific networking/support group that I have been privileged to be a member of for about a year now. I’ve been building relationships in this organization for that year. To meet more of these wonderful women I am always jumping in to help out where and when it’s needed and I also gave a Sing Like You Speak Master Class for the group.

At a recent WIM event I met two lovely young ladies who just started Gold Standard Collective, a management firm. These ladies had terrific energy and a real passion for good music. Two of my favorite qualities in people.

In the follow up emails after the event, we got to know each other better: I asked how I might help them grow their business. And they are actually looking for talent! She wanted to know if I had any students that were great performers. It just so happens…

I’ve been teaching a very talented young man for about 4 yrs now. Raw talent is what he had when we first met. And talent is a necessary component of any successful artist. But it takes more – a lot more.

Edmerald and I worked to find the sweet spot for his voice, to release the best part of his voice that was “trapped

Emerald Gan

Emerald Gan

inside” of him just bursting to get out. We got his phrasing, stage presence, connection with the audience, connection to the lyric and other aspects of professional singing to a high level.

At their request I sent a couple of Edmerald’s mp3’s to Gold Standard Collective. They love the tracks and met with him and love him as a person. They have a plan to market him here in the NY metropolitan area first and then begin to spread out regionally and then nationally. How cool is that?

Luck must be defined as, “being prepared when the opportunity opens up to you.” I had spent many years teaching and developing my vocal method, Sing Like You Speak when Edmerald came to me for lessons. I also had put in my time networking and making a good name for myself in the music biz.

Edmerald put in years of practice and study to polish his raw talent. He was open and ready to take it to the stage when opportunity knocked. He will continue to practice and study and grow as a performer, singer, musician as his career blossoms.

Nothing makes me happier than helping my students find the success they deserve. Well, maybe actually helping them develop their raw talent comes first, but only by a sliver.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Edmerald Gan. Click here to listen.

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

I’ve been teaching singing for a lot of years now and I’m still surprised by its’ magical spiritual power. The power of music is a mystery.

My constant companion for 15 years was my very special Welsh Corgi, Tucker. I lost my beautiful dog to old age complications just 12 days ago. We were partners, Tucker and I. He could wake me up in the middle of the night just by looking at me.

My grief has been debilitating. My brain refused to work. Teaching was very difficult because music tugs at your deepest emotions. You feel vulnerable and on the edge of loosing it sometimes when your singing is most free.

Here’s what really surprised me…

Teaching a student yesterday I sang a few bars to demonstrate how to achieve different effects with phrasing. As I was singing, it felt powerful and sure. Most of all I felt, actually felt, healing taking place.

When I’d finished teaching for the day, I sang some of my favorite music. I sang my heart out for a couple hours. Now I’m feeling like my strong, happy self again. There will still be tears and mourning, for sure. But each time I sing, more healing will take place and the loss will hurt a bit less.

Why this is such a surprise to me I don’t know. I’ll say that it’s healthy to be in awe of the mystical power of singing because then I simply trust.

Just think of how much positive energy you contribute to the world each time you sing with freedom – straight from your heart. Think about how much healthier your body is because you sing from your heart with total connection to the lyrics.

Celebrate the New Year with singing! And keep singing and singing and SINGING!!! Sing Like You Speak!

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Students sometimes come into their lesson with me and say, “I got it! I know the ONE thing I have to do to ‘fix’ my voice! If I do this (drop the jaw or breathe into my lower back or open the throat etc.) Then I’ll never have to worry about my voice again!”

When I ask for the student to enlighten me about this ONE magical thing that will fix her voice, the answer is usually a good partial solution to their singing challenges. I caution students against this instant gratification thinking.

Usually a week or 2 later the same student is complaining that the ‘fix’ doesn’t work any more. Then s/he gets so discouraged because If there was ONE fix for everyone’s voice Then singing would be easy.

The reality of the vocal instrument is that no ONE thing is going to ‘fix’ it for all time. The voice is alive and constantly changing and continuously responding to signals from the brain and the environment. The vocal production involves the respiratory, auditory, and neurological systems. It involves muscles from above the hard palate to the thighs. How can ONE thing possibly be the entire solution to good singing?

Do not be discouraged by this. Actually the complexity of the human voice is why it’s so captivating. As singers we have so many choices of expression through music.

If you want just one thing to do that will Then change your singing forever, begin with your inhale. Think of you inhale as opening your vocal instrument from the tip of your nose to the top of your ears to your tailbone, keeping in mind that your jaw must be loose to get an open inhale.

I’ve spent my entire career exploring my inhale. I find it fascinating and constantly rewarding to continue finding yet another small adjustment that opens my voice even more.

A true professional never ‘finished’ with her vocal training. There’s always something new to learn that will take your singing to a whole new level.

Grab on to the fascinating study of your singing voice. You’ll always be happy you did.

breathe,
Sally

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.


Steps on Broadway Presents:
Grover Dale / Donna McKechnie / Randy Skinner

Steps on Broadway is one of the two top dance schools in New York City. Many, many successful performers have been trained at this professional school. I am honored to be on staff as their Voice Teacher, training dancers to sing like you speak.

Steps wowed us all with a panel of 3 amazing musical theater performers, Grover Dale, Donna McKechnie and Randy Skinner, who shared their love for the craft and the wisdom of their years in the biz. I want to pass on one juicy tidbit from each of the three to you.

Randy Skinner has had a diversified career as a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, director and teacher. His word to the wise was: diversify. Be open to any opportunity that comes along. Always be learning and growing and take the jobs that are offered even if you’re not sure you will ‘like’ the job. You just never know…

Take singing lessons, take acting lessons, take dance lessons. Never stop taking classes if you want to work on the Broadway stage. That was Donna McKechnie advice. She told several wonderful stories about jobs she never would have landed if her craft had not been honed with all those classes.

And what can I say about Grover Dale except that he’s a force of nature. In his late 70’s and he had more energy than the rest of the room combined! His gem of wisdom was this: when you walk into an audition or a dance class or even a party, let your energy fill the room. Fill the room! It’s fascinating. Try it.

Being a successful performer is not about talent. There was not one mention of talent from this illustrious panel. Success requires constant learning and practice – taking your raw talent and developing craft. That’s how you stay in the biz until you choose to hang up your tap shoes. All the best to you.

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Singing is natural. Your body is already the perfect musical instrument. However, your instrument may have developed some bad habits. That does not mean that your voice is bad just that you have some bad habits that cover the natural beauty of your singing.

To uncover the natural awesomeness of your singing voice and to ensure vocal health, you must embed good habits of vocal production. Open to inhale and release to exhale (while singing).

Sally Morgan

This voice lesson video is one of the lessons from my online singing lesson website SingLikeYouSpeak.com. From this video voice lesson you will learn a simple yet very powerful tool to help you find that clear, healthy path through your instrument. Click here to see the voice lesson.

Enjoy! Comment below about your experience with the ‘hand jive.’

breathe,
Sally Morgan

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Your voice in fact, is constantly vibrating and alive. It’s a real high when you can let your singing go.1285755480FOplQ7

Before I developed Sing Like You Speak I always had the feeling that my real voice was trapped inside of me – frozen. I knew it was there but I could not figure out how to release the best part of my singing.

Now with Sing Like You Speak technique my voice is free and powerful and released. I see this same vocal freedom in my students. It’s very exciting!

Sally Morgan

Click here to watch the singing lesson video.

Click here to begin to learn how to sing like you speak with a lesson my online singer training website, SingLikeYouSpeak.com. The vocal technique you will learn about in this video lesson will help you let it go!

I look forward to your comments and questions and to hear you sing.

Visit me at SingLikeYouSpeak.com

breathe,
Sally

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Singers are always wanting more power from their voices. It is the best feeling when your singing is grounded and strong – using all the right muscles to free your voice. Understand that the purpose of singing lessons is to create good habits so that you can be free to express yourself through the music.

So I’m going to share a voice lesson from my online singing lesson website. In this video lesson you will learn an exercise that, simply by the nature of the exercise, encourages using the correct use of deep muscles to produce a healthy sound.

Sally Morgan

Click here to watch the singing lesson video.

Enjoy! I look forward to your comments and questions and to hearing you sing.

breathe,
Sally

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