The Coach Needs a Coach!

I’m a singer and have been all my life. Although I’m classically trained, the music I most often sing and truly enjoy is musical theatre.

In my 20’s and 30’s, I was frequently hired by theatrical producers to sing the “money note.” That’s the very high, top note you hear at the end of some big chorus numbers.

As I’ve aged, my voice has darkened and those notes don’t have the same quality and “ring” they used to – if I can hit them at all! Fortunately, I have a wide range and can sing the low notes of the older women characters I’m now able to play. However, I’ve  discovered that I’m missing the vocal technique to “belt” some of the higher notes in their songs.

A couple of weeks ago, I was learning new songs for two upcoming auditions and thought I was doing okay with my “belt.” When I sang them for my husband, he mentioned that the high notes sounded too operatic. NOT what I was trying to sing! So, off to YouTube to find videos on how to “belt high notes.” I got some good advice and was able to get through the auditions with the appropriate sound, but not with ease. My throat got very tired, very quickly.

Since I really want to sing these songs and be prepared for the times I’m cast in these types of roles, I realized I need to find a coach to teach me specific “belt” technique. So, the voice coach is getting a voice coach.

No matter how much we know about our areas of expertise or where we are in our careers or lives, there may come a time when we need outside help. I love learning new things and tweaking my skills. If I can help you do that with your communication and/or voice skills, give me a call. I’d love to work with you.

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