DanielleHall-Dani Vox

Alcove Theater January 2013

29
Jan

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Last night was such a blast!  Thank you Monique for creating opportunities to perform.  I feel myself growing as an artist everyday and it is such an amazing release of this energy when I have the opportunity to perform.

Below are a few pics from last night.
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Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Alcove Theater TONIGHT!

27
Jan

TONIGHT!

I am singing at the Alcove Theater. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8 and it is free! Come on by!  I would love to see you! (children are welcome)

http://thealcovetheater.com/

See you lovelies tonight!

Dani Vox

Audition Pass

27
Jan

Guess who received her audition pass!  Counting down the days.

SO EXCITED!

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YAY!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

Voice Health 101

27
Jan

Oh boy!  OVER PRACTICE?!?!?!  Really?

Here is a great lesson to anyone getting into singing… practice, but DONT OVER DO IT!

I have been warming up and singing everyday since January 2nd.  My mindset since day one of preparing for my audition for The Voice has been to do everything I can to set myself up for success so that I know in my heart that getting on the show or not, I did everything I possibly could to give myself the best opportunity.

As you know, I have given up alcohol, coffee, and recently dairy.  I have been practicing 3 days a week with my vocal coach and everyday in between with my taped warm ups and tracks.  Well, it caught up with me.

2 days ago I started practicing, as usual, but this time it was like I had no control over my voice!  When I sang, it sounded like I was going through puberty!  I called my vocal coach and her recommendation was to rest.

She said, “It’s just like when you go work out in the gym.  You need to give your muscles a rest day.”  

I was kind of taken back by this because it made so much sense and I didn’t know how I would miss that important factor!  Especially since I LOVE working out and KNOW that the muscles need rest time to repair to actually build muscle.  At some point, my boyfriend had even asked me about resting my voice.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind for optimal voice health:

1. Drink water to keep your body well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

2. Allow your voice to rest.  You don’t need to practice for hours at a time.  Spend time not talking during the day.

3. Don’t smoke, or if you already do, quit. Smoking raises the risk of throat cancer tremendously, and inhaling smoke (even secondhand smoke) can irritate the vocal cords.

4. Don’t abuse or misuse your voice. Avoid yelling or screaming, and try not to talk loudly in noisy areas. If your throat feels dry or tired, or your voice is getting hoarse, reduce your voice use. The hoarseness is a warning sign that your vocal cords are irritated.

5. Keep your throat and neck muscles relaxed even when singing high notes and low notes. Some singers tilt their heads up when singing high notes and down when singing low notes. “The high notes are on the ceiling and the low notes are on the floor,” Rosenberg says. “Over time, you’ll pay for that”—not just with strained vocal muscles but also by causing future limits on the vocal range.

6. Pay attention to how you speak every day. Even performers who have good singing habits can cause damage when they speak.

7. Don’t clear your throat too often. When you clear your throat, it’s like slamming your vocal cords together. Doing it too much can injure them and make you hoarse. Try a sip of water or swallow to quench the urge to clear. If you feel like you have to clear your throat a lot, get checked by a doctor.

8. When you’re sick spare your voice. Don’t talk when you’re hoarse due to a cold or infection. Listen to what your voice is telling you.

9. When you have to speak publicly, to large groups or outdoors, think about using amplification to avoid straining your voice.

10. Humidify your home and work areas. Remember, moist is good for the voice.
(read more tips here: http://www.livescience.com/4078-10-tips-healthy-voice.html)

Here is a great website I found on voice health http://voicehealth101.com/singers

I have had two rest days and will be performing tonight at The Alcove Theater.  I am feeling great!  Resting my voice is on top of my list.  I hope you find this helpful.  Leave a comment below with any of your tips, tricks, of experiences!  I would love to hear from you!

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!

The Voice Countdown

24
Jan

Wow!  Even The Voice is counting down the days to my audition!
Dani Vox_The VoiceThe past couple of days I have been feeling anxiety mixed in with anticipation for my audition Feb 3rd for The Voice. I dont think I really knew the depth of how I felt about singing until this week.  What an amazing opportunity to perform for the chance of something bigger than I can even imagine.

Today, the Universe gave me exactly what I needed to snap out of this crazy energy with a polite SMACK IN THE FACE and said, “HEY LOOK!!!  YOU ARE AMAZING.  NBC is CASTING for a SHOW so get over yourself and GET BACK TO WORK!”
Dani Vox_ListenYeah… thats how the Universe talks to me.  :o)

It finally sunk in. Alright! Time to resume reaching for the heavens and enjoy the ride.  After all, that’s what its about.

So far, so AWESOME!

Love,

Danielle Hall
aka Dani Vox!