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I had a lot of speaking and singing students (especially in the past) with quite severe lisps and some stuttering. It is a known fact that when the stuttering person begins to sing, the stuttering disappears. But the objective here is to reduce that stuttering not just during singing, but also while speaking on an everyday basis. Similarly, when the person lisps and pronounces “F” instead of “S” (for example, “Fnow” instead of “Snow”).

Over the years, by osmosis, I discovered that the Vocal Science Technique eliminated that lisp practically on the root, as by “biting above the air”, it produces sound which puts the voice in complete balance when it enters the facial cavities, provided that the lift to those cavities is supported by the abdominal muscles. The enunciation and pronunciation becomes crystal clear due to all the vowels and consonants getting placed in the right set of muscles.
So when the support, structure, placement and projection of the voice is accomplished, the lisp is definitely not going to be present and even the stuttering will become much lighter and may also even disappear altogether.
Those people who possess those aforementioned voice disorders, most of the time, are also emotionally very fragile. A lot of them had been teased and even bullied during their school years which made them more silent then they should have been. Needless to say, those people are very insecure and lack a lot of confidence. They think very low about themselves, and due to that factor, their personal and business relationships are greatly effected. They try to find jobs which do not require any speaking. They are shy and timid and their confidence is often just nonexistent.
So, in those cases, my work is definitely cut out for me. As not only I need to fix their voice, I need to work on them as a whole, carefully catering to their emotions and insecurities. The overall work that needs to be done is definitely holistic. Nevertheless, these people are experiencing an inconsistency between what they want to say and feel and what comes out of their mouths. Needless to say, it is extremely frustrating to the person in question.
So if any of you suffer from anything that I had described above, please be advised that we can help you a great deal to become the best you can be and regain your self-esteem, self worth and your confidence overall, which by itself (would be right to make a statement), is priceless!
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Due to this digital and very chemically polluted world, we are receiving more and more inquiries about various vocal disorders which people experience on a day by day basis. 


Our fruits and vegetables are chemically altered and our chickens (for example) are double-sized, due to be fed and raised with hormones and antibiotics. 


All of the above weakens our immune systems and makes us susceptible to all kinds of diseases; and unfortunately, cancer is one of them. Almost on an everyday basis, we are hearing about peoples’ thyroids being removed (usually due to cancer); and then, as a result of that, one (or even both) vocal cords  become paralyzed!


Also, people who have their regular diets consisting of a lot of fat, mucus and acids, could get a problem with the excess of gastric acid in their bodies, which could produce what’s called acid reflux; and which, in turn, may burn ones’ vocal cords and (on top of it) restrict the persons’ breathing.


And lastly, the improper application of the voice for speakers and singers, could lead to a serious voice damage.


So, especially for singers, the proper vocal technique should be a MUST so (by the application of the latter) the singer could save and protect his/her voice for a lifetime.

As for regular speaking people, I would suggest to be also in check with their speaking voice, i.e., not to scream or yell on a regular basis; keep your throat protected out of the cold and out of outer pollutions (such as smoking, drinking and drugs).  Also, beware of second hand smoke, which also could be very harmful to you in general and to your vocal anatomy in particular.


So, if some of the above had happened to you, but you managed to fix your voice, (hopefully, non-invasively and non-surgically), at that point, you will be able to enjoy the positive side-effects of that occurrence!


Once you have regained and restored your voice back to normal, (or almost back to normal), your happiness and your confidence will rise to the max (and rightfully so). 

I have a true belief that your voices IS your spirit; and once you lift your voice, you will uplift your spirit!

What do I mean by “lifting your voice”? 

I mean that, in any case (voice repair or not) the sound of the voice has to be restructured to the different set of muscles located in your facial cavities. By removing the pressure of the sound from the vocal box, it will allow the vocal anatomy to be free and healed (if needed).


The above will facilitate a “true vocal rest”.


Those facial muscles will play the role of the natural amplifier (or what we call, resonator); provided though that the lift of the voice to those muscles will be supported by the abdominal muscles; and thus, the voice will “blast off”!


My book is named “Vocal Science – Flight to the Universe”, and the very first picture of a space shuttle illustrates the blast-off of a rocket, which separates from the launching pad and flies on top of its fuel.


The caption of that picture in the book allegorically suggests that the launching pad represents the human body, the fuel underneath of the rocket represents the breathing, (and finally) the rocket represents the soaring voice which is flying to its aimed destination and upon design. When the rocket is launched, it’s being aimed to either the Moon or to Mars…


The flight of such rocket is regulated by scientists and engineers who are staying put on earth. Respectively, you can only become an owner of your voice when you predominantly are able to know how to launch your sound and where that sound will land.

Once you acquire such knowledge, you will acquire a very pleasant side-effect of it… YOUR CONFIDENCE! 

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Spending over 32 years running my own professional voice/vocal business, I have been working with (estimated) over 20,000 clients on their speaking and singing voices. Luckily, the mechanics (which are applicable for the speaking and singing voice) are exactly the same.

Surgert Bog Pic 3 - Singer

Both my speech (The Total Communicator Course) and singing course begin with exactly the same speech exercises. Those exercises have a very important purpose, as they are designed to relieve the pressure of the sound from the vocal anatomy as a whole.

The wholesome mechanism takes place to allow the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy. The voice, restructured to the facial muscles, begins to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, which play the role of the support for the lifted sound. And the upper diaphragm muscles (rib cage) assure the width and the body of the sound.

When all of the components of that wholesome mechanism begin work simultaneously, the voice then becomes supported, structured, placed and projected to its aimed destination. The speaking voice begins to sound clearly enunciated and projected.

The latter is good preparation for embarking upon the singing voice development. Utilizing the same mechanics as for the speaking voice, now it is the time to address the musical side of it.

In this case, the singer-to-be represents the “Instrument” and the “player” at once. The physical body and its emotional makeup would represent the “instrument”. The proper application of the speaking and singing voice will represent the “player”. If the “instrument” is in good physical and emotional balance, the voice (which will be bouncing off of it) will sound that much better. The future singer should know the parameters of his/her “instrument” to be able to apply the sound above the physical anatomy (an out-of-body experience, so to speak…)

Therefore, needless to say, before attempting to sing any song, the music analysis of the chosen song should be applied. Any song consists of certain combinations of sounds, duration and pitch, (i.e., intervals). During the singing exercises, all possible combinations of sounds, duration and pitch, should be addressed.

Also, the situations where those combinations may exist will also have to be addressed.

With that said, once you are aware of all of the combinations and all of the situations (where those combinations may and will exist), you will become the owner of your voice. (Speaking and Singing).

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Lately, for some mysterious reason, I hear more and more from people who used to be able to sing (or even professional singers with voice issues) contemplating to receive the treatment for their voice problems from speech therapists or speech pathologists…?

How logical is that?

Honestly, to me, it does not make any sense, as none of the above were ever trained how to become a singer or, nevertheless, knowing how to sing and, furthermore, how to treat singers from vocal diseases. Moreover, some of them actually suffer themselves from MTD (Muscle tension Dysphonia) or even SD (Spasmodic Dysphonia).

So their “claim to fame” is that they had (and majority of them still have) such vocal disorders themselves. They brag about it, trying to convince a potential sufferer that they know all about it, since they have been suffering from the same thing…? My question is: if they have been suffering from such disorders described above, how did they get it in the first place?

My wild guess would be that they (probably themselves) did not use the voice correctly; i.e., spoke a lot, spoke forceful and loud, had a very intense lifestyle and had no idea that all of that could effect their voice and bring it to such disorder…

If that is the case, how in the world could they help a person (especially a singer) with a voice disorder when they themselves have gotten in trouble with their voice (not knowing anything, at the time, about the consequences). And the best they could do is to pretend that nothing had happened; and if they even admitted that it had happened, they would use that occurrence to convince the potential clients (with similar vocal disorders) that they could help them. My fear is that “they will help them alright”… to enhance their disorder and not to treat it or cure it by any means.

We, on the other hand, will help the vocal disorder to be treated (or even cured, in some cases) via our revolutionary Vocal Science ™ technique combined with our customized natural herbal and homeopathic remedies.

We have also developed complete beginner singers to well-known professional recording artists, performers and winners of numerous international vocal competitions. To learn more, please refer to our extensive client list on our website: www.vocalscience.com.

We certainly hope that you come to your senses and realize that if your singing voice is out of sorts and in jeopardy to be lost for good, you will have to find a voice specialist who (nevertheless) had been a singer and educator (with extensive experience) specializing in singing voice mechanics and voice health.

For example:

Let’s suppose that an individual needs brain surgery.

Would they hire an orthopedic doctor to perform it?

Sounds funny, doesn’t it?

Indeed!!

So those speech therapists and pathologists, for that matter, presumably know something about the voice (if at all, it would be about the speaking voice), how in the world, when they never had sung a note themselves, they could help you, a singer with vocal problems…?

This is your riddle and daily digest.

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Evidently, there are a lot of ways to get into vocal problems, but there is only one way to get out of them. And that is by utilizing the Vocal Science ™ method –, proper speaking and singing voice application and The Unique Non-Surgical Voice Repair approach.


The components of the Vocal Science™ technique have been scientifically researched for nearly four decades. In this instance, the sound has been treated as a physical material body. Since, nevertheless, any physical material entity travels in circular direction, the sound itself travels in the same pattern.

When we are talking about a human being producing sound, the sound will travel in circular direction, (relatively, respectively and prospectively to the person’s height of the body and the width of the body), which will be consistent with the circumference of the circle.

The Vocal Science method is totally congruent with the laws of physics and geometry.

As we speak now, in Boston US, there are the best of the best, world class figure skaters, competing against each other. (Figure Skating World Championship 2016).

Unfortunately, the figure skating field became very physical and very circus-flying-acrobats-like (to my dismay). Being a big fan of figure skating, I used to enjoy it more when it was more artistic rather than (almost all) technical.

However, it is what it is.

Now, in this equation, the multiple triples and quads are required to be present in their program; and, believe me, it is extremely tasking on the body and, nevertheless, it is prone to very serious bodily injuries.

Skating is precision and, believe it or not, so is speaking and singing. The triple or quad jumps consist of 3 or 4 revolutions (fully rotated circles). The skater needs to jump off of the ice (not with the ice), and jump high enough to accommodate those revolutions.

The skater also has to be “dead-on” center, otherwise their landing will never happen and the skater will end up flipped over down the ice. Same goes for the sound of the voice.

Using the abdominal muscles for the sound support, taking for consideration the central line of the body (nose and bellybutton), sending the sound to the absolute height and using the upper diaphragm to achieve the circumference of the circle, the utmost vocal performance (technically speaking) will be achieved.

If to (all of the above), add a natural talent of the artist, as well as his/her artistic abilities, the marriage of two will be unprecedented.

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  • Do you know how to be true to your vocal problems and to yourself for that matter?
  • Do you also know that any drugs, injections or even some natural remedies often, thus delay proper voice treatment and recovery?

If you feel any changes in your voice whatsoever, please don’t ignore it! See a natural health/voice specialist as soon as possible! Don’t convince yourself that everything is fine and almost as good as before. You are experiencing some changes and (let me tell you) there is definitely no change without change.

Something had happened!

Maybe you had a virus, strep throat or just a simple flue? After recovering from any of the above, suddenly, you have discovered that your voice, per say, had not recovered.

You are still speaking raspy and your voice still sounds hoarse. You, meanwhile, continuously trying to justify your voice condition by saying, “Oh. I’m just having a cold, or I just had a cold and my voice is still recovering”.

So, some time passes and your voice is still scratchy and your throat is still sore. You are experiencing difficulties with communication and trying more so to write then to speak..  (Thank God we all have computers and “smartphones” now)

Eventually, your family doctor is referring you to the ENT specialist…? And then, you suddenly find out that one of your vocal cords is… paralyzed..?

“WOW! How could that be???” you ask yourself and your doctors.

Unfortunately, it happens more and more often then ever before.

“What should I do now?”

Now you have to embrace the fact of the matter and act accordingly.

The majority of medical professionals offer all kinds of surgeries and also offer implants, injections & what have you.

The alternative solution is such that you will have to learn a whole new application of the voice and learn to speak (or sing for that matter, which is much harder and could be completely impossible) from the different set of muscles (your facial cavities) and coordinate those facial muscles with your abdominal muscles, so that your voice would be supported for its lift off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords.

Special speech exercises (in my practice, used with special body movements) will allow the voice to be channeled and projected to its aimed destination.

All of the above will be happening upon the method of visualization; and thus, upon design.

Your paralyzed vocal cord may begin to move a little, but that is still not the main objective.

The focus is to make you speak utilizing different sets of muscles other then the vocal cords per say; and make you sound as close to your original voice as possible.

The sooner you come to terms with the fact that you do have a voice issue, the better chances you will have to get a full (or close to a full) recovery of your voice, but, unfortunately, not necessarily your vocal paralysis… which is (in the above case) luckily just a “labeling” diagnosis.

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