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Not too long ago, I was approached by a very loving and caring mom who told me a story of her teenaged son, who really loved singing, but was constantly frustrated while trying to learn from different American vocal coaches how to sing properly.
His mom described him as a nice and sweet boy, but, however, experiencing throughout his life not only vocal problems, but problems in general.
His mom told me that he had a speech impediment and he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
So, it sounded like her son did not have exactly an easy time and thus, definitely, he was trying to express himself to, so to speak, feel emotionally relieved through music and singing,which is not unusual, and I see it in my practice quite often.
Given all that, I did not know what to expect because vocally speaking, the young man himself, at the day of his arrival, made me aware that he also had severe pitch problems.
Great, I sighed.
But they drove to me for over 11 hours from the United Sates and the course was fully paid.
So I had no way out. lol
I have to say that I right away liked the whole family and their energy and love for one another.
It is a good sign, I said to myself, because in my work, the positive attitude and positive energy play a crucial role.
So we started the course and almost right away and to my surprise, the young man was following instructions to the tee and was opening up like a flower.
His mom mentioned that alot of teachers and especially vocal coaches were previously upset on my, by now already, precious student.
For the life of me, I would not know why…?
The only guess I could take that they did not look and thus, did not find the key to the beautiful teenager to open up his heart and soul and thus, to discover his beautiful voice.
I have to say that this course of 14 hours so far (we were able to add 4 hours to my regular 10 hour course) was one of my favorite courses for the last while, as I was able to give somebody with so many labeled problems and diagnosis a hope to realize his dream to be able to sing and not to feel outcasted, but rather feel like a dignified person and performer.
Throughout that course and after the completion of the 14 hours, his mom has expressed her attitude of gratitude:

Below are excerpts from various e-mails to me.

“Your services are amazing and we are very grateful.”

“You have no idea what an impression you made on him. He has struggled for so long… you are
like a light in the wilderness.”

“I know he has issues but I also believe those issues can be addressed which is why we brought him to you.”

“We are very grateful to have found you and appreciate the gift you are giving him.”

Needless to say, the journey soon to be continued.

My now favorite student headed back home on Friday and by the following Tuesday, his mom has booked the next 20 hours of our vocal development upon her son’s very strong request.
Him and I are both looking forward to reach the next heights in his vocal, and overall development.

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While still being in Canada, I got a call from a regular person, (not a singer), who was pleading for help, as she already has undergone two vocal operations and not even done by the laser, but performed by a scalpel. She told me that she was running out of the options.
Both times, the nodules on her vocal chords were literally scraped, and thus, she ended up with scar tissue as a side effect of the surgical intervention.
Now, her nodules showed up the third time!

And yet again, my at the time future client, was offered the third operation!
Clearly, the vocal nodules were recurring themselves over and over again.
In between of the operations, my client attended a course of treatment which was called the Buteyko breathing technique.
Unfortunately, it did not produce any results with respect of the improving the voice situation, but rather produced the opposite result where the person now acquired a quite pronounced raspy cough.
Once I met with my client in my hotel in London, I right away saw that she looked kind of bloated and sounded quite raspy and hoarse.

After acquiring the information, which I described above, I made my assessment and evaluation of this case not only from the vocal point of view, but also from the holistic point of view.
I recommended a mucous-less and non-dairy diet and supplied my client with natural herbs and remedies, which are also designed to clear out the mucous and strengthen and lubricate the vocal anatomy.
My client had the herbs with her at all given times, including the time during her sessions, as by a protocol, in such acute condition as hers, I recommend to take those herbs throughout the instruction time.
I returned back from the UK on Thursday, June the 7th.
Today, on June the 11th, I got a text from my client where she is saying that she is “feeling stronger by the day “, and on that note, she has been sending me “many thanks”.
If she did not find out about me in time, she would go for the already scheduled operation number three.
And that, unfortunately, would leave her with even more scar tissue in her throat and still, evidently, would not solve the problem.
Now, via my sessions, she acquired a skill of how to use her speaking voice via Vocal Science™ technique and she got an understanding that the voice is an identification of the state of your being…
And, nevertheless, her physical being also required some close attention.
Now she is on the way to her complete recovery with full understanding of how to speak properly, utilizing the facial muscles in conjunction with the abdominal muscles, instead of forcing the sound from the throat and heavily engaging the neck and the chest muscles, which if to use excessively, would lead the person to the inevitable dysphonia on top of the already existing problem.
The saying that “you are what you eat” also applies that you are “what you speak and sing…” INDEED.

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