minstrel: Music lessons...

M. J. lawteller at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 9 17:05:55 PST 2004

Considering I do not know where the shire of Rokeclif is, I am sure I too,
am too far away to offer my services (though I do give gratis workshops at
whatever wars I am at, like Lilies). I too am a voice teacher that is
worried about your throat pain. A suggestion I can offer is: relax. I
know: easier to say, harder to do. But Your discomfort might come from the
over-exertion of tense muscles because you are trying too hard. Let the
throat relax, especially when you are hittng the ends of your register.
Doing that will help ease tension and should ease your discomfort. Please
let me know how that helps. Also: DRINK! (though I shouldn't have to say
that on 'this' list heaven knows... ;) Keep your throat cool and hydrated.
Don't drink alot of milky stuff or soda that will coat your throat or dry
it out. Lemonade works wonders for me, as it keeps me hydrated, the sugar
helps me maintain engery, and the citric acid removes excess phlem. Hope
that helps.


> You might check out local colleges and see what they have available.
> Some
> do offer private voice teachers. You might be able to audit classes in
> sight singing and music theory, etc.
> As a voice coach and a vocal consort director, it concerns me that you
> end up with a sore throat every time you sing. This should not be
> happening, and when it does happen usually indicates that you are
> putting
> too much force of air on your vocal chords and not letting the air come
> up from the bottom of your lungs to flow through your vocal chords.
> Singing should not hurt. If you need to retrain your body as regards
> correct breathing, you might consider taking a beginning hatha yoga
> class--it's very good exercise (provided you have no physical conditions
> which might bar you from it), and excellent for improving your breathing
> capacity and breath control, as well as teaching you how to breath
> correctly.
> Good luck!
> Arlys, in faraway An Tir

--- Cynthia J Ley <cley at juno.com> wrote:
> > Unfortunately, I'm just able to carry a tune and that with ending up 
> > with a sore throat now, heh, of course I'm 30 now and it was quite a
> while since 
> > I've done any amount of singing outside a campfire singalong.
> > 
> > I was wondering, just possibly, if you knew anyone who was giving 
> > lessons in, perhaps, singing?  Admittedly I'll need a bit of practice
> in reading 
> > musical scores again, i'm out of practice with that.  I know, I know,
> the 
> > whole thing about writing music for me  to put lyrics to.. but I
> figured I would 
> > have someone play it for me so I could hear it then I could write to
> it.  
> > Ok, before I make a putz of myself I'll end this letter.  But, advice
> would be 
> > nice.
> > 
> > In peace,
> > 
> > Lady Brigid Caomhánach
> > Shire of Rokeclif

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