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Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

Find Your Signature Sound
by Sally

I love Broadway musicals and I love singer-songwriters and their creativity and I love pop music. But frankly I’m getting a bit bored by it all. Why?

Each genre has a vocal “sound” that has become the ideal and it seems that almost everyone sounds the same! What happened to unique voices? What happened to individuals sounding unique – sounding like themselves? Isn’t that what artistry is all about?

You can probably hear my frustration jumping off the page! I train singers. I train them to use their natural instrument as it was meant to be used and get out of the way. I train singers to find their unique, signature sound. Why be a bad imitation of someone else when your natural sound is so compelling?

You may be thinking that your voice isn’t all that compelling – unless you do something extraordinary when you are singing. That just ain’t so.

What is most interesting to an audience is simply – you. What makes your voice unique and how your voice sounds naturally.

The majority of the training I do with singers is to help them get out of the way so their natural voice can sound.

Here are some singing tips that help to promote your signature sound…

*Use your inhale to open your body, your instrument
*Open all the way to the pubic bone to engage the powerful low abs and back muscles
*Let those powerful muscles do their job without interference
*RELEASE your breath and sound as you sing
*Observe – do not judge – observe your voice and how it sound
*Observe – do not judge – observe how your abs are working
*Let it work without pushing or straining

Voice work is always best done with a great teacher because it’s counterintuitive. What you think should be right 99.9% of the time actually adds tension that strangles your signature sound.

SING OUT WITH COURAGE AND CONVICTION!!!

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Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

What Is Singing? Seriously. What Do You Think?
by Sally

Your body is smarter than your mind. Your body is your singing instrument. So why does singing seem to be so difficult? Sing Like You Speak™ is here to teach you it ain’t necessarily so.

Breathing is completely natural. You are reading this, so your breathing is working – you are alive.

And yet when it comes to singing, we second-guess or even doubt the body’s natural ability. We actually override nature by overthinking the process and relying on the mind to ‘figure it out’ instead of trusting the natural process of breathing and phonation. We actually invite the mind to participate in a perfectly natural process.

Does this sound familiar?

You take an inhale and you immediately think, that isn’t enough air to get through the phrase! So you push and pull at the muscles of your abdomen to “help” your singing process.

But guess what? You run out of breath even faster!

That’s what happens when you take a subconscious process – breathing – and make it a conscious process.

The purpose of your inhale is to open the whole instrument. It is to open your resonators, release the jaw and larynx and open all the way down to the lower back and abdominal muscles, thus activating those powerful muscles that will naturally work to propel breath and sound easily through your open instrument.

When I was developing Sing Like You Speak™ my contemporary vocal technique, I could not ignore the fact that singing is natural. And if singing is natural and breathing is natural – what makes singing so difficult?

Makes singing difficult…

Voice teachers who tell you to manipulate and force the physical instrument
Trying to imitate most singers recorded after 1997 where the singer has been recorded (first was Roy Vedas Fragments of Life) and then a sound engineer has manipulated the voice for better pitch, tone quality, rhythm. You are not listening to a voice but to an electronically altered sound that cannot be imitated by the human instrument.
Myths or false thoughts about the effort involved in singing
Trusting the mind and not the body
Sing Like You Speak™ always uses the natural physiological process for simple, healthy signing. Your inhale is to open the instrument. Done right, releases the jaw, tongue and larynx, opens resonators and activates the very intelligent low abdominal and back muscles. That sound like a lot to do but it can be achieve with one thought.

When I have new voice students who has studied voice with another teacher in the past there’s always a conversation that goes something like this.

Student: That’s it? That’s all you do to inhale?

Sally: Absolutely! A simple opening inhale.

Student: But how do I get enough air to sing a long phrase or to sustain a pitch?

Sally: With a simple opening inhale. It seems you want to feel how much effort you are using to breathe.

Student: Of course. The effort tells me that I’ve gotten a good inhale.

Sally: Aren’t you taking lessons to learn how your singing can be effortless?

Student: Well, I didn’t really believe that it could be easy. My last teacher taught me to push out on the inhale and pull in like crazy to exhale.

Sally: Yes, that’s typical old-school teaching. Let’s experiment with a simple, opening inhale.

First step is a simple, opening inhale…

Align your instrument collarbones wide, head on top of the body
Release the jaw and tongue
Feel as though you are opening your instrument all the way to your bottom
Blow the breath out and simply observe how the abdominal and lower back muscles are working – just observe to not interfere.
Use the above breathing process for our experiment proving how brilliant the body can be. No pushing or pulling of belly muscle allowed!

Experiment 1

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying an FFFFFF
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 2

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying a VVVVV (be a motorcycle)
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 3

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying a ZZZZZ (be a bumble bee)
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 4

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale sighing an MMMMM
Observe what muscles are working
What did you observe?

If you were able to perform the simply opening inhale then with each experiment you felt a different set of muscles working. The physical intelligence of your instrument chose which muscles to use. Your physical intelligence simply knows what to do. Your mind cannot possibly figure out how to use different muscles for different consonant sounds.

I love the fact that my physical intelligence takes over the singing process when I allow it to. Taking the process out of my mind and putting it into the body where it belongs lets me focus on the music, on phrasing, on character, on enjoying the massive vibration of my sound and having a blast doing so!

Click here for the best voice lessons on the web!


Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

What Is Singing? Seriously. What Do You Think?
by Sally

Singers all hold ideas in mind about what singing is and what it isn’t. I was leading a MythBusters for Singers workshop for the NY Singing Teachers Association, a workshop dedicated to examining those untrue thoughts we all have about singing, when the following exchange happened. It was the perfect teachable moment!

The singer had skipped a few measures of the song while singing the first 16 bars or so and I asked him to start again. This is the conversation that followed.

He was upset and said:
“Darn, I didn’t even start singing yet.”

Sally:
“Really? What were you doing then?”

Student:
“I was just telling a story.”

Sally:
“So what’s singing then?”

Student:
“Well… it’s certainly more than telling a story!”

Sally:
“Is it? Were you telling a story with music?”

Student:
“Yes I was.”

Sally:
“So what is singing then if it’s not telling a story through song?”

I could not have had a better set up to demystify one of the myths of singing. Myth: singing is something extraordinary – outside the norm of communication.

Truth: Singing is the most natural form of communication and the more real and natural and normal it is, the more engaging and amazing it is.

Minutes after this conversation with a redirect from me on how sing the song this man brought the audience to tears with his emotional honesty by simply telling a story through his song.

As he continued to sing the song, his simple honesty allowed him up to really wail and it was thrilling to hear! The audience told me they got goose bumps from his performance. The singer felt empowered.

It is amazing how simple, honest communication through song communicates volumes to your audience.

Is it time for you to examine what you think singing is? Let me know! I’ll help you change your mind about singing. With Sing Like You Speak™ singing is as simple and natural as talking to your best friend.

Click here for the best voice lessons on the web!


Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

Your Body-Your Instrument-is Smarter Than Your Mind
by Sally

Your body is smarter than your mind. Your body is your singing instrument. So why does singing seem to be so difficult? Sing Like You Speak™ is here to teach you it ain’t necessarily so.

Breathing is completely natural. You are reading this, so your breathing is working – you are alive.

And yet when it comes to singing, we second-guess or even doubt the body’s natural ability. We actually override nature by overthinking the process and relying on the mind to ‘figure it out’ instead of trusting the natural process of breathing and phonation. We actually invite the mind to participate in a perfectly natural process.

Does this sound familiar?

You take an inhale and you immediately think, that isn’t enough air to get through the phrase! So you push and pull at the muscles of your abdomen to “help” your singing process.

But guess what? You run out of breath even faster!

That’s what happens when you take a subconscious process – breathing – and make it a conscious process.

The purpose of your inhale is to open the whole instrument. It is to open your resonators, release the jaw and larynx and open all the way down to the lower back and abdominal muscles, thus activating those powerful muscles that will naturally work to propel breath and sound easily through your open instrument.

When I was developing Sing Like You Speak™ my contemporary vocal technique, I could not ignore the fact that singing is natural. And if singing is natural and breathing is natural – what makes singing so difficult?

Makes singing difficult…

Voice teachers who tell you to manipulate and force the physical instrument
Trying to imitate most singers recorded after 1997 where the singer has been recorded (first was Roy Vedas Fragments of Life) and then a sound engineer has manipulated the voice for better pitch, tone quality, rhythm. You are not listening to a voice but to an electronically altered sound that cannot be imitated by the human instrument.
Myths or false thoughts about the effort involved in singing
Trusting the mind and not the body

Sing Like You Speak™ always uses the natural physiological process for simple, healthy signing. Your inhale is to open the instrument. Done right, releases the jaw, tongue and larynx, opens resonators and activates the very intelligent low abdominal and back muscles. That sound like a lot to do but it can be achieve with one thought.

When I have new voice students who has studied voice with another teacher in the past there’s always a conversation that goes something like this.

Student: That’s it? That’s all you do to inhale?

Sally: Absolutely! A simple opening inhale.

Student: But how do I get enough air to sing a long phrase or to sustain a pitch?

Sally: With a simple opening inhale. It seems you want to feel how much effort you are using to breathe.

Student: Of course. The effort tells me that I’ve gotten a good inhale.

Sally: Aren’t you taking lessons to learn how your singing can be effortless?

Student: Well, I didn’t really believe that it could be easy. My last teacher taught me to push out on the inhale and pull in like crazy to exhale.

Sally: Yes, that’s typical old-school teaching. Let’s experiment with a simple, opening inhale.

First step is a simple, opening inhale…

Align your instrument collarbones wide, head on top of the body
Release the jaw and tongue
Feel as though you are opening your instrument all the way to your bottom
Blow the breath out and simply observe how the abdominal and lower back muscles are working – just observe to not interfere.
Use the above breathing process for our experiment proving how brilliant the body can be. No pushing or pulling of belly muscle allowed!

Experiment 1

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying an FFFFFF
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 2

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying a VVVVV (be a motorcycle)
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 3

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale saying a ZZZZZ (be a bumble bee)
Observe what muscles are working

Experiment 4

Perform a simple opening inhale as described above
Exhale sighing an MMMMM
Observe what muscles are working
What did you observe?

If you were able to perform the simply opening inhale then with each experiment you felt a different set of muscles working. The physical intelligence of your instrument chose which muscles to use. Your physical intelligence simply knows what to do. Your mind cannot possibly figure out how to use different muscles for different consonant sounds.

I love the fact that my physical intelligence takes over the singing process when I allow it to. Taking the process out of my mind and putting it into the body where it belongs lets me focus on the music, on phrasing, on character, on enjoying the massive vibration of my sound and having a blast doing so!

Click here for the best voice lessons on the web!


Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

My Audition Sucked!

Ugh! What a horrible feeling when you put you heart and soul into preparing for a vocal audition then you leave the room knowing that it sucked. Ugh!

A successful audition is not always going to get you the gig. You never know what “they” are looking for. I’m talking about an audition you can be proud of and feel good about.

The big question now is how do you prepare for a successful audition? Leaving the room high on that brilliant flow of energy knowing that you sang your heart out. What can you do to ensure all your auditions are successful?

I teach a singing audition prep class at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Here are the steps students walk through to ensure a successful audition.

1. Have a consistent warm up routine that opens your instrument, connects your singing to the powerful abdominal muscles that know how to move breath and sound freely through your instrument and to communicate through lyrics.

2. Establish a routine to keep you calm and focused.

3. Know your audition song. Really know the song. More importantly choose a song that you LOVE and can’t wait to sing.

4. Mark your music clearly for the pianist. Choose a cut that shows range and character.

5. Be prepared to sing the entire song if asked. (normal audition you’ll sing 16 or 32 bars of a song)

6. Communicate to your audience – the auditors in this case – tell the story of the song.

7. Keep your body open and your face visible. Body language tells the auditors a lot about how you will look on stage.

8. Be polite and personable – even if the auditors are rude.

9. Be yourself. You are the most fascinating when you are being natural.

You will do many, many auditions in your career. No audition will make or break your chances for a successful performance career. Start preparing for the next audition.

All the best! I love training singers and am always here to help you!

Sally Morgan

Visit Sally at http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook


Sally_newsfeedSally 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 love what I do every day! Last week I have the joy of teaching a Live Online Sing Like You Speak Class. We had singers from all over the world – Hong Kong, Rome, Geneva, and all around the US. Singing is the universal language. Such a thrill!

One of the questions asked during the class was, “How can you ensure you are correctly relaxed to sing, both doing exercises and singing?”

Good question. The answer I gave begins with an explanation of this instrument you sing with. It’s your body. It’s the only instrument that’s alive so it has emotions and moods and illness. In other words it’s constantly changing.

A thought such as, this song is hard, translates into muscular tension in the instrument – your body. So to begin with a relaxed instrument, begin with the thought that singing feels _________ (you fill in the blank with a positive word. Amazing, sensual, powerful, free, cool, awesome, divine, etc.)

Use a simple opening inhale that opens your instrument from your eyes down to your bottom. Opening your body opens the path that breath and sound must follow when you phonate and activates the powerful lower abdominal and lower back muscles that are the powerhouse under your voice.

If you associate your opening inhale with peace, life, freedom, etc then your brain is with the program and sending your body signals to be peaceful, lively, free.

When I’m teaching private students we begin every lesson with a meditative breathing exercise. Doing this guided meditation calms the body and mind and switches the focus from external chaos to interior calm. The voice is mastered inside the body and therefore that’s where you keep your focus.

Meditative breathing exercises are in CD form with my book, Sing Like You Speak™ and available for members of SingLikeYouSpeak.com along with other practice tracks.

Whatever you use to calm and open your instrument, it all begins with a thought.

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” ~ Stephen Sondheim

Sally Morgan

Visit Sally at http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook

Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

What is Your Vocal Warm Up Warming Up? Sally Morgan and Sing Like You Speak have some answers to that question.

Happy November!

When a friend says to you, I’ve got this amazing voice teacher… you first
question is usually, How much does she charge? The answer on this one is –
It’s A FREE Class! And you are all invited.

Most singers I’ve talked to say their biggest fear about singing lesson
is that they will end you “sounding trained.” No worries, because Sing Like
You Speak™ is the technique that makes singing to simple and natural it’s
like talking to your BFF.

So join us for the Free Sing Like You Speak™ Class happening in about 2
wks. Sing up here http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook“>http://bit.ly/2eZbbrI
After you sign up I will be sending a bit of training to prepare you for
what you will learn in the class.

Producers and directors are constantly instructing singers to, “Just sing
it like you’re talking!” The problem is they do not give any instruction as
to *how to sing like you speak*. Join me, Sally Morgan, for a free online
class where you will learn how to sing like you speak. I developed this
technique and wrote the book.

NOW I am excited to share with you the solutions I have developed for
contemporary singers. Sign up NOW to join us http://bit.ly/2eZbbrI

Please share this invitation will all your singing friends! Thank you!

breathe

Sally Morgan Visit Sally at http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook

Sally_newsfeedSally 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.

What is Your Vocal Warm Up Warming Up? Sally Morgan and Sing Like You Speak have some answers to that question.

Visit Sally at http://singlikeyouspeak.com and Facebook

Sally_screenSally 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 Praying Twice

Our spiritual director is always telling us that singing is praying twice. The vibrational level of singing calls out to the Universe on a higher wavelength. Our singing – your singing – is a great joy to Spirit.

There are those who would say to me – a voice trainer – that God would not find joy in their singing because it’s so bad. I respectfully disagree.

Everyone is born with the perfect musical instrument – your body. The human body is an amazing machine that functions automatically at a level that is difficult for the human brain to comprehend. When you ask your body to open up in a certain way, it will respond with, “Yea! You remembered! I can now support your voice.”

Last week I had a new-ish student who all of a sudden got the breathing and her voice completely opened up. She said, “Wow, I just had this flashback moment. It was like my body remembered breathing this way when I was a very small child.

YES! That’s it! The breathing was taking her back to Source.

The absolute perfection of the human musical instrument is yours to claim. With a bit of help to use your voice naturally, you can sing. You can feel the joy of singing your song and singing your affirmations.

I am leading a Master Class titled, Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™. Sing your affirmations for double the energy and possibly double the manifestation!

I am so excited about leading this Master Class! It brings together those things I care most about. I love to teach singing. I love how happy I feel when I’m singing my affirmations. I love the empowerment of prayers manifested.

Please join us for an empowering and joyful evening and discover for yourself the Singing is Praying Twice.

Sing Your Affirmations|Praying Twice™
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:15-7:45
225 West 99 St. NYC
$10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds

breath,

Sally

http;//SingLikeYouSpeak.com

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.

*The way you sing is a direct result of how you think about singing. *When someone yells, “Watch out!” your body tenses When you think, “Watch out! Here comes the high note!” same response Muscles tense to hold the voice-not let it go! Singer Training Video https://youtu.be/BEPtxcz8pGo

breathe,
Sally
http://SingLikeYouSpeak.com


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