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How to Never Lose Your Voice

Mark Baxter reveals a simple equation to help all singers.

Singers need their voice to function well for long periods of time – day after day.

Yet, so many vocalists find themselves with swollen vocal folds, a reduced range and even complete voice loss.

That’s why it’s imperative, says Mark Baxter, that singers learn the effects of time and friction on their voice.

When singers understand the special equation, then the roles of vocal warm ups, vocal rest and advice from doctors and coaches begins to make sense.

Just look at this equation for yourself in this video:

See Mark’s Article: Herbs to the Rescue for a breakdown of which herbs and drugs really do help your voice.

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids

Cassie Graves Thumbnail Cassie Graves – “He Don’t Care” (Original)

Damn girl! What a voice! It’s great to hear a singer with no inhibitions deliver a chorus like that. Great tone. Great pitch. Great connection to lyrics. Ironically, I would have been even more moved if the song was shorter (3:30). Less is more with you – it will make people want to hear it again.

Maddie Linyard Thumbnail Maddie Linyard – “I Don’t Believe You” (Cover)

This is a great song for your voice Maddie. You’re unafraid to let the phrases linger and pause – that’s very mature. I think the only problem is that you’re singing in your bedroom. The small size of the room is influencing you to hold back your volume. You’ll get a deeper richer tone on those choruses if you sing them louder. Don’t let your voice reflect the size of the room – let it reflect the size of your heart.

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Mark Baxter Professional Shoot

Mark Baxter has worked as a coach with Aerosmith, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls — and many others. He is the author of The Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival, creator of The Singer’s Toolbox instructional DVD, Sing Like an Idol instructional CD. Mark operates vocal studios in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and online via Skype. Visit his website: VoiceLesson
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  • Fantastic video / info and advice Mark! And you kept it humorous – GREAT!

    – Been a long time since we saw each other in Boston. I’ve been in LA for the past 11 years.

    All the Best to you,


  • Since 1945 when I commenced my love affair with music and song,I seem to remember having seen countless erudite vocalists perform their vocal art seemingly effortlessly and with little or no sign of fatigue or visual perspiration. Their delivery was non-raucous, moderate in volume and pleasant to listen to. You only have to look at the likes of Doris Day, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Mel torme et al et al.

    Nowadays it seems that the accent is upon having singers almost “shouting” instead of singing, along with the inclusion of vocal acrobatics that are hardly distinguishably different between one singer and the next.

    The picture used in this very Voice council medium of a guy (singing?)with mouth so wide he could swallow a train, and apparently shouting at the top of his voice, says it all.

    No wonder there is all this concern with vocal health and injury after-care.

    © ♯♪♫ ♂PM


  • Jonathan

    Bloody brilliant video!! Answers a lot of questions and gives me hope. I’m a trainer who for the past three years has been talking four hours a night on three consecutive nights plus every other weekend, talking eight hours a day for two days straight. I talk fast and I talk LOUD normally (my wife often tells me, “Hey, I’m in the same room,” meaning bring the volume down a notch or two). A couple of months ago I started to experience voice loss, pain, hoarseness, etc. Since I’m not a singer and have had no training, I had no clue what the heck was going on. Have just started to figure this all out this week and your video is a big help. Thanks for putting it out there!

  • Molly

    Mark Baxter is great! I felt really miserable today and Mark has cheered me up no end with this. What a superb teacher🎵