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Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 04/04/12 @ 10:36PM

The most important preventative measure for having a healthy voice, is
 taking care of your voice. This involves properly hydrating your body with at least 64 ounces of water a day, using adequate support from your abdominal muscles when you speak or sing, and avoiding vocally abusive behaviors such as throat clearing, coughing, yelling, screaming or prolonged loud talking. You should warm up your voice before you use it, just as you stretch before exercising.

Eating a healthy diet, exercising your body and your voice regularly, and getting enough sleep are also important factors in vocal health. Managing your stress level can also help in maintaining vocal health. Be careful of taking over-the-counter medications such as aspirin products (Aleve, Motrin, Advil, Aspirin, and Excedrin) as they are blood thinners and can put you at greater risk for sustaining a vocal fold/chord hemorrhage (bleed). Other medications such as antihistamines can be very drying to the voice. Caffeine and alcohol actually remove fluid from your tissues (including your vocal fold/chord tissue!) Minimize your intake of these beverages, and drink an equal sized glass of water for every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink to counteract the drying effects. (This is in addition to the 64 ounces of water you should already be drinking)..

The ONLY way to help repair most damage caused to your voice is…REST! Take care of yourself and your voice will love you!

Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 03/02/12 @ 9:57AM

It amazes me how "modern rock" music stretches the boundaries of the world. Check out Avial  an Indian alternative rock band from Trivandrum, Kerala, India. The band is named after the popular South Indian dish Avial. The band consists of Tony John (vocals), Rex Vijayan (guitars), Mithun Puthanveetil (drums), and Binny Isaac (bass). The bands music is a fusion of native folk music from Kerala and Alternative Rock. The band was formed in 2003 in Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) in Kerala, and focussed on rock performances only in Malayalam language....ENJOY!

Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 02/20/12 @ 4:41PM

Check out this interesting way of creating music using vintage appliances in Germany. Arranged like a symphony orchestra, approximately 200 antique vacuums, mixers and washers are transformed into musical instruments. They form an ensemble that the conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann, alias weiserrausch.de, has now completed after eight years of preparation: The Stupid Orchestra
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 01/26/12 @ 11:38AM

Hope you are all well. A good friend of mine Kevin  and ( the other half of my acoustic duo Simple Cell) turned me on to this great article. It outlines a musicians experience with club owners. He very eloquently points out that restaurant, bar and club owners have it completely ASS Backwards when it comes to hiring us for their venue...I will guarantee that this is very familiar..Check it out. Have a great day!!
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 01/18/12 @ 9:15AM

Abdominal Breathing

If you are a vocalist or not, breathing in the correct manner will maximize your lung capacity and help reduce stress.

Let’s try an exercise together. Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. Are you:
·        breathing rapidly or slowly?
·        taking deep breaths or shallow breaths?
·        feeling the breath in the center of your chest, or down around your abdomen?
Most people tend to breathe in a slightly abnormal way, they tend to hold in their stomachs, make little use of their diaphragm, and breathe using the muscles of their upper chest, neck and shoulders. This is not the most effective way to get the needed oxygen to our brain and muscles. If you watch babies or animals breathe, you will notice that they breathe with their whole bodies, their bellies rise and fall with each breath. For some reason, we stop doing this when we outgrow diapers. No one really knows why.
The good news is that we can relearn how to breathe properly – learning to breathe using our abdomens. This can help us control our feelings of stress. In fact, abdominal breathing is the single most effective strategy for stress reduction! A person’s normal breathing rate is 8-12 breaths per minute. But if someone is stressed, or having a panic attack, they tend to breathe faster (up to 20-30 breaths per minute) and more shallowly. Although we may seem to be breathing more when this happens, we are not actually get much oxygen in, and the breathing is not as effective as it could be.
Abdominal breathing means breathing fully from your abdomen or from the bottom of your lungs. It is exactly the reverse of the way you breathe when you’re anxious or tense, which is typically shallow and high in your chest. If you’re breathing from your abdomen, you can place your hand on your abdomen and see it actually rise each time you inhale. You’ll find that abdominal breathing will help you relax any time you are feeling anxious.
To practice abdominal breathing, follow these steps:
1.      Place one hand on your abdomen right beneath your rib cage
2.   Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose into the bottom of your lungs. Your chest should move only slightly, while your stomach rises, pushing your hand up.
3.   When you’ve inhaled fully, pause for a moment and then exhale fully through your mouth.  Purse your lips and imagine that you are blowing on a hot spoonful of soup. As you exhale, just let yourself go and imagine your entire body going loose and limp. It should take you twice as long to exhale as it did to inhale.
4.   In order to fully relax, take and release ten abdominal breaths. Try to keep your breathing smooth and regular throughout, without gulping in a big breath or exhaling suddenly.
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 01/11/12 @ 2:21PM

Hope you all had a great Holiday.....I think I am still full!....So far I have had an awesome start to the new year. I am looking forward to working with a couple of great young artists, Stevie Bryant and Jon Pocklington. They blew me away with some  passion driven songs that we will dig into.  I also  worked with Alessia Collarile(my cousin) who is in her last year in music at Western. We recorded some original music and covers for her application  to Belmont in Nashville and the Berkley Music Program in Spain!!!.....NICE!...Check out the tune we co-wrote..."When I Look at You"
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 12/20/11 @ 11:31AM

Experience the remarkable, and easy-to-use Capo interface, now on your iPhone and iPod touch1. Learn to play the music in your iPod library2 by slowing it down, without changing its pitch.
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 12/13/11 @ 10:43AM
Breathing is life, of course. It is truly amazing how passion and creativity  can transform our breath into the most interesting sounds and exotic  music. Check out this video of artist Sxip Shirey using breathing to do just that!
Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 12/06/11 @ 12:17AM

BIG thanks to all my family and friends who participated in putting together this video for my song " Cant Wait to see you this Christmas".

Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiCiFYISTaw

VIEW, COMMENT and Absolutely SHARE with EVERYONE!!!!

Posted by: Joe D'Avanzo - 11/28/11 @ 11:55AM

Its that time of year again!! Joe from and Lotus Magnet and Mikey from the Fairmounts have released 2 original christmas songs this year. Go visit my Reverb STore and support by downloading these future Christmas classics to be shared with family and friends this season.

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