For those coming from the Guardian

August 12, 2017

Based on the article from the Guardian   https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/aug/10/adele-vocal-cord-surgery-why-stars-keep-losing-their-voices#comment-103515538

Thanks for visiting.  I’m trying to find out….

Hi, will you please help me with reference sources?

I’m working on possibly inventing a way to learn how to sing, derived primarily from Hinduism’s ideas of the inner divine, posture alignment (as these relate to the Asian healing arts), contemporary psychology, trigger points, and muscular tensions. Where I begin is, if according to Hinduism, the divine is within, then the divine voice is also, and can be restored, rather than technically trained, as is frequently suggested here.

My current reference books from pedagogy literature are: The New Voice, by Alan Greene (the best of the bunch), Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking by Dimon Jr., Theodore, and Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education by Marina Gilman. Recall having also scanned the book Voice and the Alexander Technique.

Thank you for others’ here on recommending Born To Sing: A singer’s journey toward mind-body unity by Ron Murdock. Will quickly order this.

Are there other books, videos, training, etc. like these? Basically how the body ties into the voice physiologically, and evidence supported by by time-tested religious or philosophical literature. And on how restoring-revealing the divine voice supports ancient sages’ ideas on that the divine is within? That is, restoring a divine voice gives evidence to that other characteristics of the body-mind also have a divine self.

E.g., when Nietzsche says the overman can be created by learning past literature and then overcoming past mostly psychological encumbrances. Overcoming past encumbrances is analogous to overcoming past singing habits and tensions. Learning past literature is learning past singing techniques. Result is a super singer (an overman of voice).

Thanks! Feel free to contact me at <a href=”http://www.vocalposture.com”>www.VocalPosture.com</a&gt; , a temporary blog. Also, at WebAndNet.com .

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How to repair compression stockings’ soles

July 17, 2017

Repairing compression stockings’ soles is a tremendous waste of my time.   Compression stockings are expensive and holes in soles form easily.   Here are some tips.  If you know a better way, please let me know.   I would appreciate any help.

For a run or a very small hole on the legging portion, Beacon Fabri-Tac washable fabric glue is an imperfect solution.    First, make sure the glue is thin and flows easily.   If not thin, add acetone as thinner.   Acetone can be purchased at women’s beauty supply stores.

On a run, put a small streak at the end of the run.   On a very small  hole, overlay torn sides of the fabric over another, and glue,  using tissue paper underneath.  A small amount of tissue paper will become glue-stuck.

Beacon Fabri-Tac often stays on, sometimes doesn’t, and this causes constant regluing.
Beacon is not a stretchable glue, and this means graduated compression is affected,  if a large amount is applied.

Aleene’s Flexible Strechable Fabric Glue was not strong enough to hold my Sigvaris compression stocking.   I couldn’t get Aleene’s Fabric Fusion glue to work.   Thank you, Aleene for sending me samples–these are quality glues, but apparently not for compression stocking.   Never tried nail polish, as described in many others’ recommendations.

For big holes, as often found on the stocking soles, here is my experience.   Cut a patch about half to 3/4 inch radius from the hole.   This large radius distance is because otherwise,  the hole may extend further.    Previously used, thin compression stocking fabric patch stayed glued much better than thick compression stocking fabric.  And on the sole,  this thinness was far more comfortable.

First, place tissue paper under the hole or thinning part of stocking.   Some paper will remain glued.

Patch should go on stockings’ outside, and place glue on the smooth side of the patch.   Use thin disposable gloves when applying glue.   Apply generous amount of glue onto patch, except where fingers hold patch.   Press and hold patch onto stocking for about 30 seconds.   Add glue to finger hold portion of patch.    Press patch.   Dry out for a couple of days.  Inspect for failed gluing.

If the holes are on the sole, you’ll have to analyze how the holes form.   What part of the shoe is causing excessive pressure on the foot?   Then, try to relieve this pressure.    I’ll write on this topic later.

 

 

July 13, 2017

https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/50393/how-to-rough-sing-at-quieter-levels

 

Singing “roughly” has several different meanings, and I don’t know which you mean.

In general, singing roughly can be accomplished by pulling down on the vocal tract above the larynx. In another word, when one’s angry or sad, the entire vocal tract is pulled down slightly, and this produces a rougher sound.

The reason this causes loss of high range is because when pulling down on the vocal tract, the sounds are blocked off, quite a bit by the pulled down muscles, this methodology is more difficult for the vocal tract, and upper resonant cavities are blocked off.

To achieve AC/DC requires: 1. a very high tenor voice or 2. very capable control of the entire vocal tract, including excellent control of the head register resonant cavities. If you’re voice is naturally #1, this will simply lots of practice. If you want to learn via #2, this takes a lot of work.

If you mean, by rough highs something else…..

Highs can be achieved with volume by great resonance. All one has to do then is to roughen up the vocal tract a bit by throwing in some grit. But achieving great upper register resonance takes some special knowledge.

Guitar and wrist position

July 13, 2017

Reply to

https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/8347/what-are-the-dos-and-donts-of-positioning-your-thumb-on-a-guitar#new-answer?newreg=6480ee6650b4495bb25e4afe8cd4ae8e

More of a singer-guitarist, and not much of a guitarist, but over many years, I have tried to figure out lots of issues regarding muscle tension.

Muscles can work for an extended period of time, provided one gives the muscles a chance to relax. That is, if one plays guitar with hands closed, and then doesn’t fully open the hands for an extended period of time, the muscles and tendons for the hand become overly stressed over time, resulting in diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Another example, if one holds bend of left arm for an extended period of time, and later does not extend the left arm fully, then the left arm muscles and elbow tendons and ligaments can become overly taut, later causing injury.

How to stretch these bends or taut hands is a bit more complex. If one has held a bent elbow for 2 hours, the solution is not just to straight stretch the elbow for 5 minutes. If one’s hand is taut for 2 hours, the solution is not just to backstretch the fingers for 2 minutes.

I’ll later describe how to do these at my somewhat currently inactive (7/13/17) blog, VocalPosture.com. Please subscribe, if interested.

As for placement of thumb– my current view is that much depends on how one plays the guitar and the degree of one kinesiology memory. As a singer-guitarist, I’m having enough challenges trying to remember lyrics, finger-picking pattern, vocal methodology, audience engagement….. So, what I think works best is a consistent thumb position, because there is then far less thinking as to what to do in wrist when shifting from chord to chord. That is, whether playing an open A or a bar B, the wrist stays in the same position (not wrapping the wrist thumb on open A and then placing opposite bar on bar B.)

Suppression on pain and thoughts

April 13, 2014

This is a natural part of the mind.    In case of CMP, pain can be suppressed a long time.  Tingling and other body signals are ignored.

If excessive pain builds up, then the suppression is overwhelmed.

Heat pads and CMP

April 13, 2014

In my case, Elastogel heat pads for knee, thigh, cranial.   Also, a shoulder heat jacket.    These really do work to reduce the taut muscles, so to then stretch the adhesions.   Also reduce the irritations of taut myofascia.

David Wise’s book, “A Headache in the Pelvis” claims that the taut muscles and adhesions irritates the pelvis, causing most of chronic prostatitis syndrome.   I agree, and his book lends evidence to how CMP further works.

Adhesions, tight muscles, trigger points

April 13, 2014

Left thight rear   — feel like ripples of strands.   These are adhesions.

Lear thigh side — apparently had very tight muscle band.   Feels hard.

Throat– taut muscle band and trigger points.

 

Myofascia roller cylinders and stick rollers

April 13, 2014

I didn’t find very useful.    Perhaps my myofascia was just too tight.

Handheld thumper massage thumper was useful.

Heat pads and then massage thumper or massage were helpful.

Diaphragm breathing and acid reflux

November 26, 2013

As proper supported diaphragm breathing pushes the diaphragm (and also esophagus) downward, the stomach acid will flow into the esophagus and irritate acid reflux.

1. Don’t eat before singing.

2. Don’t drink carbonated drinks with caffeine (most carbonated drinks have caffeine).

3. Don’t drink caffeine.

If must sing, then use an antiacid.   These usually last 30 to 60 minutes, so will be very useful for singing and diaphragm breathing while with food in stomach.

Lower back and pelvis as fulcrum

July 26, 2013

Source of prana and location of tan tien.

Is the base support for most of upper body and is the fulcrum point between upper and lower.

This must be in correct position and move correctly.  Otherwise, there will always be lots of tight tissues.

Also, this is the foundation for freely moving spine, which should be freely moving with the music and rhythm.

This part is also needed to coordinate between legs and upper body.