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OCTOBER 2017


A MASTER CLASS LETTER


I thought I might share this letter with you, regarding a Master Class I was asked to give, working fifteen to twenty minutes each, with twelve singers, while I was singing The Merry Widow, with the Portland Opera.

I started by giving, the audience of some 80/90 attendees, my Breathing/Support technique-my first Tip, in August 2007-effectively doubling the size of every participants voice, in about ten minutes, just as I did with my impromptu Master Class at Juilliard, a few years before. That got their attention ...

Each participant sang sixteen or so bars of a selected aria and then I discussed their individual strengths and areas that needed attention. Live, on stage ... from taking a "wobble" and turning it into a smooth flowing "vibrato", to double or tripling the size of the voice with increased support and a sense of lifting and growing through a phrase-with flexible breath-pressure on demand-as well as explaining how the tongue is the instrument of focus, high notes and pure vowel ... and I added some high notes to each of the young and eager singers. And ... we had a lot of fun doing it! The result was the following letter. RF

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CLICK LINKS BELOW TO VIEW PREVIOUS TIPS...


AUGUST 2017 - REVISITING BREATHING/SUPPORT

FEBRUARY 2017 - A REVIEW FROM A VOICE OF CONSEQUENCE!


November 2016 - THE FOREWARD ... PRELUDE TO MY BOOK


August 2016 - MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION; SINGING AIDA WITH MY STUDENTS


July 2016 - MY FIRST JOB WAS IN EQUITY CHORUS, MUSIC CIRCUS


June 2016 - FRANCO CORELLI SHOULD HAVE SUNG MUCH LONGER


April 2016 - SO... YER SINGIN’ WELL ... HOW DO YOU GET ON STAGE?


January 2016 - JOHNNY CARSON Part 2


December 2015 - JOHNNY CARSON ASKS ME A QUESTION ON MY FIRST TONIGHT SHOW


October 2015 - RANDY IS A VERY FINE ATTORNEY


July 2015 - A WONDERFUL LETTER FROM NORWAY


June 2015 - RANDY IS A VERY FINE ATTORNEY ...


March 2015 - A NOTE FROM THE PAST

December 2014 - PLACING THE VOICE


OCTOBER 2014 - JUST “GIT HER DONE”, NOW!”

AUGUST 2014 -
SINGING WITH/FOR THE COMPOSER!


JULY 14 -
RUNNING THE REPERTOIRE GAMUT WITH BUT ONE VOICE

MAY 14 - WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EARN A LIVING

APRIL 14 -
GET TO YES FASTER

MARCH 14 - MY VOCAL CREDO

JANUARY 14 -
A THE FIVE C'S REVISITED

DECEMBER 13 -
A CHALLENGE FOR SERIOUS SINGERS 

OCTOBER 13 -
LARYNGITIS, ANYONE?

SEPTEMBER 13 -
WHAT TO WRITE.... RENATA SCOTTO?

AUGUST 13 -
HOW TO FIX YOUR “WOBBLE” AND SINGING UNDER PITCH!

JULY 13 -
FROM THE LIPS OF OPERA GREATS OF THE PAST

JUNE 13 -
ROTATING EVERY HIGH NOTE

APRIL 13 - MY HIATUS

OCTOBER 12 - BACKWARD BREATHING (CONTINUED)

SEPTEMBER 12
-
BACKWARD BREATHING

MAY 12- WHY GOOD SINGERS GET INTO TROUBLE (And retire early!)

APRIL 12- THE FIVE “C’s!” (REVISITED AND MARGINALLY UPDATED)

MARCH 12- PROACTIVE

FEBRUARY 12- PROACTIVE

JANUARY 12- PROACTIVE

DECEMBER 11 - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN (Revisited)

NOVEMBER 11 - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

OCTOBER 11 -  MY CORDS AREN’T WORKING
 

SEPTEMBER 11 - HELLO FROM CRESTON, BC, CANADA

AUGUST 11 - PERSEVERANCE THE OTHER SIDE-(RESPONSE)

JULY 11 - PERSEVERANCE THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

JUNE 11
- PERSEVERANCE

MAY 11 - ENERGY!

APRIL 11 - EXTERNALIZING SUPPORT

MARCH 11 - THE IMPORTANCE OF DICTION

FEBRUARY 11 - RESPONSE TO LAST MONTHS TIP

JANUARY 11 - LET'S TRY THIS

DECEMBER 10 - THE FUNCTION OF THE MOUTH... IN SINGING

NOVEMBER 10 - BOY SOPRANO TO YOUNG MAN’S VOICE

OCTOBER 10
- TOOLS OF THE TRADE (i.e. LEARNING REPERTOIRE)

SEPTEMBER 10 - TOOLS OF THE TRADE

AUGUST 10 - JOIN A CHORUS (Addendum)

JULY 10 - JOIN A CHORUS

JUNE 10 - HI THERE SINGERS!
 

MAY 10 - SINGING IS WORK

APRIL 10 - THE FIVE “C’s!”

MARCH 10 - LEARNING REPERTOIRE

FEBRUARY 10 - THE TIGHT JAW

JANUARY 10 - BALANCING THE VOICE

DECEMBER 09 - LOVE CAN REIGN - LINK

NOVEMBER 09 - ABSENCE OF EXCESSIVE TENSION

OCTOBER 09 - YOUR OTHER BEST FRIEND - YOUR MIRROR

SEPTEMBER 09 - EVERYONE CAN SING!

AUGUST 09 - LATENT HERNIAS AND OTHER SUPPORT PROBLEMS

JULY 09 - PRINCE IMRAN RAZA STATESMAN/ROCK STAR

JUNE 09 - ANOTHER NATURAL SINGER - DAVID BURKE

MAY 09 -DISCOVERY OF VOIC
E

APRIL 09 - I'M SICK, BUT I HAVE TO PERFORM TONIGHT  Part 2

MARCH 09 - I'M SICK, BUT I HAVE TO PERFORM TONIGHT

FEBRUARY 09 - SINGING IN ENGLISH

JANUARY 09 - GETTING AN AGENT AND/OR MANAGER (Part 4)

DECEMBER 08 - GETTING AN AGENT AND/OR MANAGER (Part 3)

NOVEMBER 08 -
GETTING AN AGENT AND/OR MANAGER (Part 2)

OCTOBER 08 - GETTING AN AGENT AND/OR MANAGER (Part 1)

SEPTEMBER 08 - HEAVY BREATHING ADVISED FOR JOCKS

AUGUST 08 -  THE VAGARIES OF AUDITIONS AND AUDITIONING (Part 3)

JULY 08 -
THE VAGARIES OF AUDITIONS AND AUDITIONING (Part 2)

JUNE 08 -
THE VAGARIES OF AUDITIONS AND AUDITIONING (Part 1)

MAY 08 - ABSENCE OF TENSION

APRIL 08 -
THE FLAT TONGUE TECHNIQUE AND HOW DO YOU MAKE A VOWEL

MARCH 08  - THE VOICE COACHING THAT  MADE MY CAREER

FEBRUARY 08 - WHAT ARE YOU SINGING?

JANUARY 08 -
VIBRATO/WOBBLE

DECEMBER 07 - BREATHING REVISITED

NOVEMBER  07 - HOW TO KILL A COLD IN FIVE DAYS

OCTOBER 07 - A BIT MORE SUPPORT

SEPTEMBER 07 - MORE SUPPORT

AUGUST 07 - INTRO & BREATHING/SUPPORT