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Tara delves into some basic definitions and terms that make up parts of the vocal tract and the sound. She breaks down each part to give singers more confidence in exploring their own voice and the physical parts of their body that make up their vocal tone. My vocal course is NOW OPEN! Click here for access: https://tarab.vipmembervault.com/product…
 
Tara interviews Valerie Gabail, an amazing classical French singer and teacher. Valerie shares her musical journey from child to adult, with giving us a glimpse into what it was like to have a vocal injury and how she moved through it into recovery and beyond. Valerie was influenced to love music as a child through her father, who brought so many s…
 
Auto-tune has been used in music circles for over 20 years as an audio processor for the voice to help keep it in tune. The question for today’s show is: should it be used by singers in their studio recordings and in live recordings if they are professional singers?This question Tara addresses and gives some insight into finding the answer based on…
 
If you are a voice teacher and have struggled with using Zoom for online lessons, then this platform is for YOU! Tara talks to the creator of Muzie, a newer platform that hosts online teaching with amazing sound, video and so many other teaching tools that make life easier for both the teacher and the student! Join her as she and Sam Reti (the foun…
 
If you struggle with finding time or motivation to practice voice, Tara has you covered in today’s episode. She brings you 6 ways to help you get motivated and stay motivated so you don’t just let your singing voice get out of shape. Practicing voice doesn’t have to be a negative or hard task! And… here is the link to grab your FREE vocal helps and…
 
In today’s episode, Tara delves into the topic of what happened to many people’s voices when they were not singing at concerts or in choirs or other gatherings this last year. Because much of singing was actually not allowed or cancelled during the pandemic, singer’s found themselves with voices a little bit different than they had known before. Ta…
 
In today’s episode, Tara gets to interview superstar backup singer Jana Anderson. Jana’s resume is incredibly full of experience, having toured with Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley, Sheena Easton, and so many more. She shares parts of her amazing journey and what it does take to be a backup singer. The Start of Jana’s singing: Jana remembered singing at …
 
In today’s episode, Tara dives into the world of studio singing. She talks about 8 helps that can make your experience as a singer be fun and productive, instead of having fear or feeling frustrated. Tara’s knowledge of the studio comes from much experience and she wants singers to enjoy this platform, whether it’s their first time or 25th time in …
 
In today’s episode, Tara interviews professional songwriter/guitarist/producer Michael Elsner. Michael has been in the world of sync licensing for many years now and has had such placements for shows like American Idol, The Voice, and The Ellen DeGeneres show. Plus commercials like Audi, Verizon and a Super Bowl ad, as well as trailers like The Man…
 
In today’s episode, Tara focuses on why it’s good to work on a song until it’s ready for a performance, instead of just stopping when you are only halfway through the process. Listen to today’s episode for the reasons why this can become your practice! For those of you who would love to also have The Singing Straw, please go to my link here: http:/…
 
In today’s episode, Tara talks with singer/vocal coach Tiffany Van Boxtel all about training the voice and why it’s so helpful to have a plan. We also discuss the value of one-on-one trainings and letting them be a foundation for all that we build on vocally. Tiffany’s first love of music might be traced back to playing a monster game in elementary…
 
Here are the exercises you can get for free to practice with: https://tarab.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/4 In today’s episode, Tara talks about one of the sicknesses singers dread the most: laryngitis. She talks about how we get it, what are the symptoms, and what we need to do to get better and in some cases, sing at at gig! What cause…
 
In today’s episode, Tara gets put in the hot seat as Lisa Gebhard asks her unusual questions about the voice and singing! Nothing is off limits here and we talk everything from animals vocal folds to how does your nose fit into your singing sound? You will definitely gain some knowledge this episode! Lisa Gebhard (Tara’s cousin and content creator …
 
In today’s episode, Tara talks with music educator/performer/songwriter Carol Nicodemi all about children’s voices and what it was like to work with children in the school system for 25+ years. Carol shares from personal experience how she worked with children ages 5-11 years old. You will be inspired by her ideas and the ways that she got children…
 
In today’s episode, Tara tackles some of the reasons that people don’t sing or stop singing. There is often a basis for people not engaging in an activity that seems like anyone could do. Singing has been going for thousands of years, but many people in today’s world do not engage in this practice. Why is that? Join Tara for a discussion about the …
 
In today’s episode, Tara looks at 10 different questions that vocalists frequently ask about singing. She tackles each one in detail to help all of our listeners. Can anyone learn to sing? Yes. It takes a willing spirit! How do I sing louder? Resonance is the key to make sound with more volume. Should I use my mouth or nose for breathing? As we let…
 
In today’s episode, Tara talks about what it looks and sounds like when a voice ages. This is a topic that hasn’t been talked about enough and yet there are ways to do something to help stop some of aging effects. And to keep singing through the years with your best voice! Do you notice when people’s voices sound different as they age? UT Southwest…
 
In today’s episode, Tara talks about the subject of being a good singer. What does that even mean and what really makes up a singer to say that they sing well? Listen here for today’s discussion on this often avoided topic. What does good singing mean? Good definition: “of a favorable character or tendency”, “competent, skillful” Good singing might…
 
In today’s episode, Tara shares many of the books that she has used in teaching for different ages and types of singers. She gives you lots of practical resources and where to purchase books so you and your students have a library to choose from. Tara has taken the pain out of trying to look through tons and tons of repertoire and nailing it down t…
 
Today’s episode features many of the different and vast benefits there are with singing. From physical benefits to emotional, social and more, this is an episode for the people who like singing but don’t do much of it themselves. Physical Benefits of singing: Posture can be improved. spacecoastdaily.com says this about singing: “When you sing, you’…
 
Are you a person who just knew that you would be a singer? Or did it come later in life? Well, my special guest’s journey started as a wee child telling people that she wanted to sing. Here is her story from having that deep desire in her heart to how it came to be a real vocational pursuit! Her trek will inspire you! Anaité’s journey started as a …
 
Ever feel like your voice has definite changes in it? That when you sing in different registers, they can sound very different from one another? Is it hard to switch between the chest and head voice or getting a mix in the middle? This episode Tara gives you lots of vocalises to help smooth those transitions and feel like your voice is one whole se…
 
Do you wish that it was easier for you to improvise while you sing? Do you wish you had the tools to know what to do to make up parts for your singing? Are you a classical singer who isn’t sure how to do cadenzas? In this episode, Tara breaks down improvisation and makes it simple even for the beginner. Improvisation for singing can really be broke…
 
Today’s show is all about figuring out how to pick songs that best fit your voice. Sometimes we sing a song that doesn’t match what our voice can do. Tara shows you 7 ways to get it right so you can thrive in your performing. Resources for you for getting sheet music online: sheetmusicplus.com and musicnotes.com Resources for apps that can be for a…
 
In today’s episode, we focus on the concept of resonance in singing. Does everyone have it? What is it and why is it needed in singing? What does it do for the singer? How can we find it? Tara gives you the low down and some exercises to boot for getting resonance! Definition of Resonance (according to the dictionary) “(of sound) "deep, clear and c…
 
In today’s episode, Tara chats with Anne-Sofie Søby Jensen—a Danish singer. They speak about how Anne-Sofie’s musical trek took her from Denmark to the UK and the journey of really learning to own and love who she is as a singer. Her story may inspire any singer who struggles with comparison and trying to find their own niche in singing. Anne-Sofie…
 
Please go to Apple Podcast and click on RATINGS AND REVIEWS to rate this podcast. I would be so grateful! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-engaging-voice/id1448497465 On today’s show, Tara dives into something that probably every singer has faced at some point of their career—being nervous right before you sing! She gives 10 sol…
 
We’ve talked often on this show about the health of our voice and the technique behind it. Today, Tara dives into the other parts of our life that can affect our vocal health and what to do about it. This includes foods to eat, those to avoid and other practices that we can add to our lives to keep our voices going strong. Building our immune syste…
 
Tara pivots this week to chat specifically to voice teachers who have been affected by this COVID-19 time. She looks at different ways to help teachers transition into online teaching smoothly and with practical helps to get started. Online teaching can be a blessing to students who need the consistency and structure. It’s a way to continue that an…
 
Music Artist and Voice teacher Whitney Cytryn shares today all about the company she founded called The Singing Straw. She show us how this tiny straw tool can change the ways that we take care of our voices—both for singers and for speakers. Whitney teachers us how a straw/straws can help our singing be easier, more efficient and very healthy! In …
 
Music Therapist, Sandra Holten, talks with Tara about the use of auditory tools that help with some of life’s physical disabilities, including the voice. The brain is used to bypass some of these ailments and therefore create change for those who struggle daily. “The brain is our big motherboard”, she says. This approach is educating the brain but …
 
Today is an episode where YOU get to sing. Whether you are on your way to audition, warming up to sing in a choir, or doing cool downs after singing at a gig, this episode will be perfect for your voice to keep up optimum health! Tara includes SOVT’s, vocalises for flexibility, and a special blend of exercises for maximum effect on maintaining a st…
 
What comes to your mind with the word opera? For many people, it can be a negative thought or at best neutral. Tara shares with you today some history and snippets on what opera is really about and why it can be a very likable entertainment option. She also talks about the singers and what makes them so amazing! Tara didn’t really grow up with oper…
 
Think of your own voice – how it sounds and how it comes across in your performing. There is such uniqueness in it because you are, YOU! In this episode you will find help to narrow down your very own niche. It may lead you into more assurance of your style and possibly may launch you into even other genres of music that fit your voice and lead to …
 
To continue with the subject of harmony, Tara takes us deeper into the different ways it can be put together. If you know what is happening in a musical piece, it will help you to hear individual parts and then be able to make it up. She breaks down the components that you hear in everyday songs – the complexity is inviting and a delightful challen…
 
Today's episode explores that wonder called Harmony. It takes some practice, but to the active listener or performer, harmony bursts out of its "shadow" and is found. Tara gives example sound bites to help aid the listener to find that sometime-hidden harmony in so many songs. You will learn the beginnings of harmony and that it really is an attain…
 
Bree Noble is a well known name in the music business industry in mentoring other singers and artists. In today’s show, Tara chats with Bree about her own singing journey and how she still stays healthy and motivated in continuing to be a performer alongside being a marketing and biz expert. Bree’s first public outlet for singing was in a kid’s chu…
 
In continuing the journey of wholistic health for our voice and body, Tara chats with a pro musician who takes us on a little different journey of the singing voice. This episode features Fiona Flyte, the Singer’s Biz Coach. Fiona shares her story about how she became a singer and entrepreneur and how her journey has led her to help other singers. …
 
Today, Tara shares her journey of singing—how it started when she was a wee little girl and how it was woven through the years of being raised in a Minnesota pastor’s family. Her growing up years gave her a love for singing that eventually solidified to became her passion. She shares how she got into teaching and the journey from teen pop singer to…
 
In this episode, Katie Zaccardi helps us look at what it means to have wellness in our life as a musician. She talks about how mindset and beliefs can affect our physical health and cause anxiety or stress. In singing, this can exacerbate having tension in the voice or the voice not working properly. Join us for this discussion about our life as mu…
 
In today’s episode, Tara explains what SOVT exercises are and then gives the listener a sampling of these type of exercises to sing along with at home. Singers can use these vocalises for warmups or cool downs on a daily basis. (1:02) SOVT—semi-occluded vocal tract exercises Semi-occluded = partially blocked (2:23) Voice Science Works says without …
 
At 81, Micheal Trimble is still helping the vocal world with his great knowledge of the voice and singing in operas through the years. He reiterates time and again how breath is the core of the everything in singing—how the way you take the breath and where you take it affects everything! (2:30) MIchael didn’t sing until he was 19. He had been on a…
 
This episode dives into the world of vibrato. Many people have different ideas on how vibrato is made. Tara B explains healthy ways of producing vibrato, which can be a lovely addition and facet to our unique voices. Find out how to create a vibrato that lets you feel free in the process. (3:22) The 3 parameters of vibrato (from Richard Miller’s Th…
 
(3:00) The back story of Dr. Melody started with living in Taiwan and then in San Antonio, TX, where she was exposed to other languages. (6:25) When Dr. Melody took voice lessons in high school, she really was inspired by her own voice teachers. “All I wanted to do was do what they did…and help other people.” (10:35) She tells how she really had a …
 
In today’s episode we discuss the Feldenkrais Method with the help of Voice Professor Karen Clark. She takes us first on part of her journey in music and how the Feldenkrais Method came alive to her. She shows how it can be a foundational part of singing. (3:25) Karen shows how music was a part of her growing up since she was young. This included h…
 
In this part two of vocal diction series, we focus on consonants today. Many consonants can be helpful in our exercises to help engage breath, give more clarity to our tone, help in our enunciation of words, and help us sense where resonance can happen. A consonant connected to a vowel sound in warmups can help us become more efficient and conscien…
 
Today’s episode goes into the realm of vocal diction—specifically vowels. Our use and pronunciation of vowel sounds in English can affect the tone of our actual singing sound. These vowels, when sung correctly, can give our voice added warmth, fullness and resonance. (1:55) A PURE VOWEL IS WHEN ITS SOUND CAN BE SUSTAINED WIHTOUT MOVEMENT OF THE ART…
 
On today’s episode, Tara gives singers many exercises to help keep their voices limber, flexible and free. As we age, it takes more effort to make sure that our voices are able to be agile when we sing. The vocalises here are to help each person maintain a youthful, healthy voice. (1:55) Some of the ways our voices age are: slower vibrato and vocal…
 
Tara interviews speech and language pathologist Dr. Anita Kozan. She specializes in helping people with their singing and speaking voices when they run into vocal issues. She discusses how our voice works, some of the differences between male and female voices, what can happen to aging voices and how vocal therapy can help people even without surge…
 
Ever wondered how pitch is actually made in our voices? Where do you think it starts? In the vocal folds? Or is there somewhere else? Join Tara today in this episode to see how incredibly complex our body is in producing specific pitches and yet the dichotomy of how easy it is too. Tara shares the journey how pitch is made and then gives tools to h…
 
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