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Welcome to the Studio of Deborah Boily
DEBORAH BOILY is an international performer, vocal and speech coach and voice teacher. Deborah performs regularly for private events in and out of Texas, is a headliner on exclusive cruises and performs her Cabaret shows all over the country and world. Click here to learn more about Deborah, the performer. She is also a recording artist of 4 CDs and the author of a manual on teaching French with her French song CDs.
For the past 12 years Deborah has been making a name for herself as a vocal & performance coach working with young singers whose passion is to perform, with students preparing for auditions and performances, and with Executives and Business professionals looking for help with their speaking requirements.
Please feel free to peruse these pages and get familiar with Deborah Boily's personal philosophy about singing, how she teaches and what results a student will see in working with her. Studio offerings are: private on-going lessons, individual coaching sessions for audition and performance readiness, group and Master classes.
Remember, notes don't float up high in the air above your head. The note comes from your body and how you are using it. When you try to "reach" for a high note, you are working against yourself. Stretching the neck upwards is only putting stress on your vocal folds (chords). If you stand tall, breathe in deeply to your "bottom" or abdominal wall, and keep your focus on that space when you go to sing, the note will be free and relaxed thus creating a lovely sound. It takes time to get used to and to trust this but it's the key to healthy sound.
Relaxation and focus are essential to having a good lesson and a good practice session. If you are impatient and trying to get a new technique by beating it to death, by trying over and over in a frenzy, forget it! It won't happen. Remember, effective 'control' comes from your set up and posture, not in the execution. Control your preparation to sing and let go mentally when you let your sound go physically..
Rehearsal creates confidence. I see so many people think that they don't have to rehearse a song or they wait until the last minute to learn it and think the performance will be great. NOT true. The more you explore your music not only technically i.e. notes and rhythms and breath marks, but emotionally too, the better. What is going on for the character? Ask the who, what, when, where questions for your character and most of all the WHY....what is their motivation to be revealing this information? Once you decide what it is, go there with them and feel it. Make it authentic and as real for you as you can. This takes going over the song again and again until you are totally intimate with it. The payoff is self-fulfillment and an audience who has been moved to laughter or tears and loves what you have shared with them.
When you plan for an audition, plan to do the best work you can and show them who you are. That is your goal and all you can control. Getting the role is icing on the cake, but the real self satisfaction comes from focusing on doing a great audition. Then when you do, you'll be proud of yourself, winning the role or not.
This is a performance tip. When you are on stage and are a bundle of nerves, the one thing that will ground you and keep you focused is to stay in the moment. Be in the "right now" of your song, the story, the words that you are using to tell that story, go to the place your character would go and stay there in the truth of what they are feeling. This will help you disspell all the extraneous thoughts coming through to distract you.
The most important aspect of healthy singing is in knowing how to breathe. It may sound really dumb and simple, but taking the time and giving respect to your breathe creates the foundation of a beautiful sound. Without it, you create tight and uncomfortable feelings in your throat, chest area and whole body. What you feel is what an audience will hear: tightness, strain and unappealing sound. The more relaxed and deep your breath is, the more relaxed and deep your sound will be and hence, very pleasing to the listeners' ears.
Get used to the idea that you do not have to "do" things to your self or voice when singing a song. When you try to help, you get in the way of the organic process of breathe, exhale and sound production which we call singing. Let the controls go and trust your body to know what to do. Need more on this? Contact me!!
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