October 3, 2011

Straw Poll

Bill Clinton

Remember Bill Clinton? The two-term President who left office with a surplus? What you may not know is that when he was campaigning for President he experienced vocal problems. All those hours talking, reflux and low placement? I wouldn't be surprised if those were some of the particulars. A student at the time, I knew the voice teacher who was brought in to work with him. Not privy to the specifics regarding Clinton's treatment, the advances that had been made in treating vocal dysfunction since that time have resulted in one curiously simple exercise that probably would have helped him. And what is that? Blowing and vocalizing through a straw. Ingo Titze, the esteemed voice scientist, explains how to do it below. Not just for campaigning Presidents, singers, actors and voice teachers who talk too much will benefit from using this technique.