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The Singer's Newsletter


The Guide for Singers, Speakers and Musicians


Teri Danz       

Recording Artist & Pro Vocal, Audition & Performance Coach



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 Pay $185 for four 45 min lessons. 

Sign up by Oct 5th:  Call Teri at 310-281-1856 for appointment.

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Vocal Tip:

Think phonetics, not words. Know which vowel you are singing on.


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Hollywood Sheet Music Reopens

Congrads! Their grand re-opening last Friday night was a resounding success! They have supplied sheet music for some of the most legendary performers of our time! BTW, they are awesome, and have every title of sheet music you can imagine. Oh... and they carry Vocal Essentials, too!




Artists/Bands- Sign up for Sennheiser's Contest

Sennheiser is running a great contest; offering artists a chance to win performance slots and gear at several festivals. Next one is CMW in Canada in March ..plus another one will be announced soon for here in the US.
Info at www.heariam.com



For a complete listing, check out: http://openmikes.org/calendar/CA

Pig 'n Whistle

West Coast Songwriters Open Mike
Every Wednesday at 8pm
Hosted by Mike Rof

6714 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA


Canter's Kibbitz Room 
Every Sunday at 8pm
Hosted by Sean

419 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA


Karma Coffeehouse
Every Tuesday at 7pm
Hosted by Tony

1544 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 

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From Music Connection Bulletin:


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Volume 111

          IN THIS ISSUE:


Singing Technique: Key to Vowels & Diphthongs

Book Update/New Reviews - Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing form Good to Great

New Vocal Exercise CD, New Class (Sat, Oct 22)

Sennheiser USA Update   

Thank You to our Readers & Sponsors 





Singing Technique:

Key to Vowels and Diphthongs


Since I have so many new readers as well as requests about these, here's an update. My students always ask me how to approach certain words they are having difficulty with. When they're off-pitch or choking on a note, they immediately think it's that they can't hear the pitch or the note is funky, etc... Though it absolutely could be those things, more than likely it could also be something else. Singing on the vowel and knowing which vowel to sing on is essential to the pro singer. It's easy to have a vowel get distorted (i.e. unclear, vague, off-pitch, swooping) when you sing on the consonant.

For example, r's, n's, l's and m's will color the vowel and make it distort, if you let it. Think of the word CLEAR. it's an E (like she or bee) vowel. The way to sing this is to sing on the E vowel and close with the R sound at the very end of the word. Singing on the R always sounds worse (unless it's an angry rock tune or you're Courtney Love in her punk days) because you have to close up to sing on it (easy to sound choked or nasally). L's at the beginning and end of words are also treacherous for singers as L's always pull the sound back and up. The best way to sing a word like FELL, is to sing on the eh (eh as in bed) and hit the L at the end of the word. Keep the tongue down for more control. Pulling your tongue all the way up will make it more difficult to control the end of the word.

Of course, rules are meant to be broken, but learn how to do this FIRST, then modify. It is not an "art" to have no choice. Be in control. Listen closely to singers like Chris Cornell, Maynard, Tori Amos, Aretha Franklin, Bono, the Dixie Chicks... in every genre, singing on the vowel is essential. How you sing on them can define the genre you're in.

Ground vowels with a consonant to get the exact placement and get them clear and concise. You can add a g or k to an "oo" or "o" (goo or go), add a b or g to an "ah" sound to open up the vowel. For nasal consonants (m or n), to reduce nasality, try opening out the vowel first (buh for muh, for example), then add the consonant.


What is a diphthong? A diphthong is two vowels put together to make one. They start on one sound and end with another. Generally in pop music, you will hold the first vowel longer and end with touching the last vowel briefly. Again this depends on the genre (country can be different).

Here are some of the most common:

    A-EE(ah-bee) words like I, mine, fine, kind, sublime, right

    A-OO (ah-goo) words like round, found, sound, down, out, about,

    Eh-EE (bed-bee) words like bake, make, way, stay, day, ate

    O-EE (oh-bee) words like boy, annoy, joy

    Sing on the first vowel and close the word with 2nd one (some singers hardly touch the second vowel). This will give you more vowel clarity and a way to hold the note.

Think of the vowels/phonetics, not the actual words. Don't be deceived by the spelling of words. It's the phonetics that count. The word "on", for example, is pronounced ah-n. "World" is "wuh (like bug) rld". Stay on the "wuh" and touch the "rld". Don't sing on the "rl" or it will sound like you're choking. Also, holding a note on an "r" is not a good thing (trust me) unless you're going for punk or country. Once you're in control of this (meaning you can sing it open), then you can experiment... if you want to sing on the rld, then, go ahead. The choice and control is what makes the difference.

Other difficult vowels:

A (A-eh) -like cab, bad, cat

OO -like good, wood, should

i (h) - like if, live, win

Another example: In country, you may close up the diphthong or even sing on the second vowel as well. A country singer may sing WAY (eh-e) with equal strength. In most pop singing, you would sing more on the "eh" and just hit the "e".


***This is an excerpt from Teri Danz's upcoming book Nail It Every Time: The Pro Singer's Guide to Everything Vocal with singing tips and more. Reprinted only with permission. All rights are reserved.



A big thanks to our sponsors -Sennheiser USA and The Modern Vocalist for their continued support!



Please feel free to bring your current mic to a lesson - you can try out Sennheiser vocal mics and see the difference! If you don't have a performing mic of your own, you need one. It's part of the A Game Dave Isaac mentions. Mics are different and can either help or hinder your performance. One of my students bought the e935 for performances with his band, and finally, we (in the audience) and he could hear his vocals!

Congrads to Sennheiser for the induction of its classic MD 421 microphone into the TECnology Hall of Fame.

The MD 421 was originally introduced to the pro audio market in 1960 to widespread international acclaim. It is still in production as the MD 421 ll and is one of Sennheiser's best-selling microphones for decades due to its durability, versatility, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels.


The Modern Vocalist (themodernvocalist.com) is the ultimate resource site for all things vocal. Sign up top become a member and part of a fast growing community with forums, resources, and blogs (mine is www.themodernvocalist.com/teridanz.com)



Teri Danz News: Book Release

My book with Hal Leonard, VOCAL ESSENTIALS for the POP SINGER: Take Your Singing from Good to Great, is out now! I have copies for purchase now, and books are for sale at www.halleornard.com and Amazon (going fast!)

New article/review: A special thanks to John Scott G!!www.johnscottg.com



http://musicconnection.com/digital/ - July 7th issue



Buy it:

Warm-up/Exercise CD for students - The first installment is for altos, sopranos and tenors. The second one will be for bass, baritone and lower tenors. I know many of you are waiting for this, but like Dr. Luke said no compromises! I'm listening to the final right now and you can preorder it by contacting me.



Check out some of the new tunes on www.myspace.com/divateridanz 

-teri  :) 


Cool Things: Performing Opportunities


Resources: Vocal, Health & Style 

l Vocal Health: If you're having vocal problems (including acid reflux, congestion, etc...), please contact Dr. Randoff Schnitman at 310-275-5432 and mention Teri Danz and The Singer's Newsletter. Dr. Schnitman is the vocal doctor to the stars (Mariah Carey, John Rzeznik to name a few). He is awesome!

Singers are athletes: If you're having trouble standing up straight or holding your chest up, alternative health methods do work. Dr Brandon Takahashi has a life saver for me and below is a free exam card. his office number is 310-445-1050.



l Scott Parker, hairdresser to the stars (and me, too!) is now offering specials to Singer's Newsletter's readers. Not only is he amazing with color, cut, and (of course) curly hair, he was the resident stylist for IRS records (The Police), many rockers (including Rodney) and his celeb clients include Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) and many others. Call him directly at 310-765-0315 for a consultation/appointment. 


Vocal Class/Workshop:  Next Class Saturday, Oct 22nd at 11am

Sign up now- last class of the year!

Class Description: Whether you're a natural singer, a singer/songwriter, a musician who sings back-up, or a closet singer, this class is for you! If you have some vocal technique or none, learn to use your body as an instrument from a pro recording artist and vocal coach. Have fun & get the basics of breathing, stamina, and vocal technique.

The class will focus on all aspects of basic vocal technique from breathing to pitch control, singing as a group and harmony. Beginners welcome.

Next class - Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 11am

$35 for the class, $110 for 4 classes.

Please preregister through Paypal.

Call Teri for info/registration 310-281-1856. Please include a current phone # and best time to reach you.




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Individual Vocal Lessons:

Pitch problems, breathing, stamina? Great singers have a technique that supports their talent. Learn from a pro and get a technique that really works. The difference is in the training. Learn to use your body as an instrument. Expand your talent, and get the chops you need for the next step in your career. Artists to beginners welcome. Learn basics and get your voice in shape for your band, demo/recording, audition, or upcoming gig! Studio vocal production, studio/live coaching also available. 

Rates: Rates are $125 an hour, $65 a half-hour, and discount monthly packages are available at a substantial savings. On a monthly basis, four 40 min lessons is $240 and four one-hour lessons is $300 ($75 an hour). More packages available. Also, I have openings for students on a sliding scale. If you truly want to work on your voice, there are always possibilities. Please call 310-281-1856 for more info and to discuss what works best for you.


  • "Teri Danz has proven to be a strong force on the LA music scene. A brilliant songwriter and well-known as teaching mastermind, if you want to pursue a singing career - Teri will get you there. Now her amazing talent can be shared with the masses. Do yourself a favor, and listen to what she has to offer." -Monte Pittman, Madonna's guitarist and guitar teacher, Prong guitarist, former Teri Danz Band fill-in guitarist
  • "The real world experience of Teri Danz both on stage and in the studio is vast. When working with her in the studio, her vocal expertise, love of music and her dedication shine through.  Beware: Teri's enthusiasm and creativity are  infectious." -Buddy Halligan, Chief Audio Engineer - USC School of Cinematic Arts, Recording engineer for Ray Charles, Barry White, Anita Baker, Diane Schurr and Steven Stills
  • "If you're a professional in the music business then you know the importance of having a great support team. Teri has provided that for artists I have worked with and the results have proven that she knows how to guide a vocalist to give their best performance, in the studio as well as live. Having the benefit of her knowledge and experience can move you forward in finding your voice."-Matt Forger, Producer/Engineer/Mixer (engineer/production team for Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney)
  • "Teri is definitely the best vocal coach ever! She taught me how to sing on a whole new level, which is being able to sing on a professional level. She helped me find my voice and have full control over it technically and emotionally.  I'm also growing and evolving as an artist with Teri. She is truly an inspiration!! Thanks Teri!!  - Kara, Recording Artist

  • "Teri is a coach who really knows her stuff, she showed me vocal techniques I didn't even know existed. I recommend her to any professional or hobbyist."-Yogi, singer/songwriter

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**Please check our myspace page for updates, booking changes etc... www.myspace.com/teridanzband

News Crate (Loud Technologies) and Sennheiser are band endorsers/sponsors as is Guitar Center for all of our festival and large events .

What They're Saying:

"Teri Danz is a club owner's dream band. They not only bring a hardy crowd of their own, but they can win over any audience with their infectious tunes and engaging performance. But don't miss out! I suspect that it will not be long before they are snatched up by a major booking agency, and that very soon they will not be playing in clubs anymore." - Ian Copeland, Music Agent (The Police, Sting), Owner Backstage Cafe


"I'm always impressed with the heart and soul Teri and the band put into their performances, both on record and on stage. TDB shows are always chock full of the kind of emotion and sincerity that's infectious and inspiring. I wish all artists worked it as hard and cared as much." -Mike Moore, Music Connection


"Teri Danz rocks the house at Tower on Sunset! Great band, great stage presence, good marketing! Positive, upbeat, dynamic with untapped energy, Danz and her band seek to be larger than life and succeed." -Jay Smith, General Manager, Tower Records Sunset


"Teri Danz and Sennheiser are a perfect marriage of artist and product. Performing in our booth at last year's NAMM Show, Danz and TDB guitarist, Tim Weber, played a passionate and inspired set. Their talent, mastery, artistic vision, and great songs make them artists to see and be seen. We are pleased to have them on our roster." Greg Beebe, Vice President, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation



Teri Danz, Ed.M. is a pro recording artist, LA premier vocal, audition and performance coach with record credits, national press (Women Who Rock Magazine), a degree in Speech and a Master's in Education. Her act has PRO Endorsements by Sennheiser and Crate (Loud Technologies).

Credits include: 12" dance/club hit, BMI songwriter, songs in Indie films, Tower records in-stores, new acoustic recordings with Buddy Halligan (Barry White, Ray Charles, Anita Baker), student of Raz Kennedy (Bobby McFerrin, Counting Crows) and many others. Vocal producing/coaching clients include recording artists Jared Lee, Kara, Orson (signed in UK), Adam Bones, and many others. She received a nomination for Best Female Vocalist of the Year, All Access Music Awards 2005. Danz & TDB guitarist, Tim Weber, played the Mackie Booth at NAMM 2007 and the Sennheiser Booth in 2005.

Danz is a published author, having written articles for music magazines and websites. Her articles have appeared in Electronic Musician, LA.com, Roland and Boss Users Group Magazines, Guitar Player's Christian Guitar & Bass, and many more. Check out her articles in Music Connection Magazine and EQ Magazine under Techniques. Her new book for Hal Leonard Corporation entitled Vocal Essentials for the Pop Singer: Take Your Singing From Good to Great is out now!

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For Info: Bleach Records 310-281-1856 cybergrl@earthlink.net, vocalcoach@teridanz.com