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Voice Loss Remedy- Sea Buckthorn Oil May 3, 2013

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skin and voiceThe Food for Better Voice & Radiant Skin
• If you are concerned about voice loss -first of all, stop talking, especially on the phone, avoid yelling and do not whisper because your vocal chords will be experiencing even more tension.
• Simple voice loss remedies might include the following. Drink any milk along with mineral water. The best mineral water for this recipe would be “Borjomi” offered through selected Whole Food markets. This mineral water contains natural salts and many minerals that are essential for your well-being.
• Reading is very important. Dr. Oz in his book ” You being Beautiful” offered useful advice that is based on his true business expertise, relevant education and on decades of his sound experience.

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is one of the most useful plants on Earth. Its orange colored berries are not only yummy; they are an unsurpassed natural source of vitamin E, A and several other carotenes. Sea Buckthorn, which contains vitamins B1, B2, K, and P has the quality of healing stomach ulcers, burns, sore throats, and voice loss, and it can also treat your skin so that it looks royally radiant. Take a 1/2 of a table spoon or 1 tea spoon of Sea Buckthorn Oil and swallow as slowly as possible or just let it run down your throat. For more tips click here and see the video clip.

If you have any further questions – just ask us.

 

Music is Painting in the Air

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The last week of April in New York was influenced by a plethora of extraordinary music events dedicated to the International Day of Jazz and to the celebration of the Birthdays of Barbra Streisand, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald. Many gifted singers and musicians showcased their talents on various stages including Lincoln Center, Blue Note, and other Jazz & Blues halls and clubs.
What an extraordinary occasion to learn about blues & jazz and, if you’re lucky, to jam with some renown jazz musicians who gathered together to pay a tribute to music!!
During one of our ‘after-concert’ coffee hours the question: “Are Gospel music and Blues the same thing?” was asked.
While there is an evident distinction between Gospel Music and the secular solo Blues, Blues is also an important root of jazz music and to this day is considered to be an essential part of a jazz repertoire.

“Blues is many things: a musical form of bars and measures, a whole body of melodies and themes. It is a harmonic system. It is a system of call and response. It is a bunch of moans and groans, and shouts and cries, dissonance and consonance; and it can interface with music all over the world”. Wynton Marsalis in “Jazz, a History of American’s Music”
“The Blues is a feeling and when it hits you, it’s the real news.” – said Huddie Ledbetter (1888-1949) who was called the” King of the twelve –string guitar” and had a repertoire of some 500 songs.
I would also add that Blues is Improvisation – the ability to find a new fresh and radiant melody (motif) and avoid being repetitive, simple, ill-mannered or predictable. Developing the motif and improving voice is not something that is done overnight. Listening, practicing and respecting the standards of notorious Jazz Kings and Jazz Queens is a time-consuming but an awesome and luxurious entity. It is also important for jazz students, teachers or well-known jazzmen and jazzwomen to create new music that is in harmony with our recent time, human values and our hearts.

 

Vocal Health during Allergy Season April 5, 2013

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VOCAL WORKSHOP: Vocal Health during Allergy Season.

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Attention all practitioners- musicians, actors, teachers, public speakers, sport advisors, sales representatives and others: It is allergy season and it’s time to talk about saving your voice.
I love the springtime and summer, but the pollen and various grasses tend to make people stuffy, sneezy, and, eventually, hoarse. Of course, there are consequences for all practitioners including singers and vocal teachers because the pollen in the air and other air impurities can make singing more difficult.

I spent a decade studying about music, art, voice and how to keep your voice healthy. I can tell that being able to overcome the dirty environment is important for good singing, teaching or presenting. This means that during this time of the year, I’m simply putting extra thought and energy into protecting and preserving my voice and I encourage everybody to do the same.
Here are some major things I would recommend to keep the voice during any allergy season:
Nasal Irrigation
This is my #1 tip for anyone dealing with sinus issues. You may have heard of neti pots – yogis all around the world do not neglect its benefits. Use any method you like and do the nasal irrigation every morning year-round, and twice a day during allergy season. It Works. Wonders!

Hot Herbal Tea
I usually choose something with lemon or peppermint, honey, ginger or licorice especially when my throat is sore. The recipe is simple, yet the tea is tasty, delicious and it smells good. From time to time I put anti-inflammatory Turmeric or a mix of pea protein to my morning or afternoon drink.

Food for a Better Voice
Fish, Meat and Almonds all serve as high protein foods that will fuel your body and keep your vocal cords working well. These foods are good for the vocal cords as long as they are organic and not served with heavy spices. Spicy foods will increase acid in the stomach and that acid can rise up through the esophagus and damage the vocal cords.
Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits, such as apples, are good for vocal cords because they are high in protein as well as vitamins A and C. Yellow vegetables are also good for the vocal cords. Most green vegetables should be avoided when preparing for a speech or a performance as they can make you bloated.

Vocal Stretching and Vocal Warm –Up
Being hydrated keeps the vocal cords supple. But after your morning glass of tea you can start stretching your voice by singing (or speaking) one note and holding it for as long as you can before you run out of breath. You can change the notes, or the shape of your mouth to stretch the muscles as well. You can also stretch the range of your voice by singing scales, or by scooping a note from low to high or high to low. Do not overdo this though- the human voice is a sensitive organ. If you are experimenting with no limits you should be responsible for the injury(s) or damage that you created or encouraged. Immediately consult your doctor if you start experiencing negative sensations while producing notes.

Vocal healing and training provides more than just preserving your vocal folds or the removal of some negative sensations in your throat. This is a unique and luxurious opportunity to treat the whole body with the healthy vibrations of sound created by the most precious musical instrument-your own voice.

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