How Broadway Stars Power Through Colds, Flu and Fatigue

Playbill.com
JAN 21, 2015

Sick before the show? Too tired for the audition? Got the winter blues? Broadway pros provide an expert guide that everyone can use to stay in top vocal and physical health.

The first and most important rule is to try to stay as well rested as you can. Getting fewer than eight hours of sleep a night makes you and your immune system far more vulnerable to any bugs that come along. Try to fit in those extra zzzs, especially before a big performance or audition. Keep in mind, too, that there is no such thing as paying off a sleep debt; one night of twelve hours of sleep after three nights of four will only serve to disorient your body. Keep it as consistent as you can, nap when you can, and keep those cords happy. ~Liz Caplan

Read the full article on Playbill.com by Michael Gioia

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Recommended Books & Articles

Helpful resources for vocal technique

Books

Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers Recommended on Amazon.com – talks about breath management, posture, laryngeal functions, resonance, nasals and consonants, vibrato, registration, healthy singing, pedagogy issues, and performance concerns.

The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique (Berklee Guide) – If you’re singing in contemporary musicals with pop/rock score, this book could help.

For a long list of books: SHOP at Amazon.com: Helpful Books on Voice, Singing, etc 

General

Head voice, chest voice

Vocal coach Yvonne DeBandi includes details and diagrams in her advice posted online. “….When addressed with the question, ‘Should I sing this in my chest voice or head voice?’ my answer is always the same: sing the note. My coaching goals include teaching the student to balance all of the vocal components to achieve the best sound….” See her whole article at Should I Sing This with a Head Voice or Chest Voice? article from vocalists.org.uk

From another article on Using Your Full Range: When there’s a song you’re working on, decide what you want your voice to express. Is it tender and intimate? Is it aggressive? The lower end of your chest voice has more warmth and more bass tones-it tends to sound sexier, more vulnerable or personal. . . .As you work up toward the higher end of chest, the sound becomes more urgent, more intense.

Tone and Emotion

http://www.vocalist.org.uk/tone_emotion.html

Breathing for singers

http://www.vocalist.org.uk/breathing101.html

Performance: Staying Present in the Moment

The Inner Game of Music  Excerpt: “When you pay more attention to how you feel as you are doing something, it heightens your sensitivity to the feedback you are receiving. This increased sensitivity helps you to learn more rapidly and allows you to adjust your performance to help you achieve your goal…” p. 27

Acting technique

A Practical Handbook for the Actor Inside Flap Copy: 6 working actors describe their methods and philosophies of the theater. All have worked with playwright David Mamet at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.