"Contact Artist" Page Technical Problem Solved!

For those who have tried – unsuccessfully – to contact Carolena during the past 1.5 months – and did not receive a response – we were unaware that there was a technical error occurring with the "Contact Artist" page.  Consequently, your messages were not getting through.

Thankfully, the issue has been resolved!  So do please reach out again, and you will receive a response.  :O)

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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Visit the Videos page to see Carolena and her musicians in action!

Upcoming Public Gigs

The Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival
May 30, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
w/ Bill Anschell (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave., NE
Bellevue, WA  98004


Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via the platform Zoom in real time.

 

What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  External speakers for your computer are likewise helpful.  Then you can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.

As some know, the great Carl Fontana (world renowned JaZz trombonist) was a friend of mine in Vegas.  Observing Carl was a great gift to me as I was first beginning to learn about JaZz.  Carl would fall in love with a tune and dissect it. He would ferret out it's depths, discovering all that it had to offer.  I would watch and listen, gig after gig, week after week, as Carl's affaire with his newest love would evolve.  He was unrelenting in his investigation of each and every minute detail as he romanced each new tune to life.  This was not a quick process by any stretch of the imagination ...


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The very best advice that I can offer in regard to what to do with your life, is to tell you to follow your calling and do whatever it is that you love to do most.  You will do yourself no favors in life if you force yourself (or are forced by others) to do something that you either hate or about which you feel apathy because in doing so, you will choose a life of misery ...


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Correct vocal mechanics are essential.  Without that foundation, you'll never be able to sing with physical ease and you will always be at risk for vocal damage. However, another essential part of the equation is artistry.  Artistry encompasses 

 

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There are no halfway measures in music.  If you really want to go pro, you have to do what it takes to get there.  TV programs like "The Voice" and "American Idol," etc., give the impression that stardom can be instantaneous but that is a fallacy, a one in a billion chance.  And even if you were one of the lucky few, you would still have to master the skills to maintain your success.  Either that or risk being a "one hit wonder" or one of those whose voice has to be electronically altered via artificial means, which in turn would mean that you cannot stand on your own two feet musically-speaking.

 

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Upon occasion a prospective student will ask me, in regard to singing mastery, "How long will it take?"  In America we definitely have an "instant gratification" mentality and TV programs like "American Idol" and "The Voice," etc., perpetuate that mindset.  (Not to mention the encouragement that is given to unhealthy and even damaging vocal practices through the avenue of the judge's standing ovations.)  My answer to this question is always, "It depends, how good do you want to be?"

 

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I have been thinking a lot about limitations recently and how they relate to our preferred experiences; about how we tie our own hands with our self-talk (the dialogue that runs, mostly uninterrupted, in the back of our minds throughout each and every day).  I recently read a book by Richard Bach entitled "Hypnotizing Maria."  In Mr. Bach's book, among many gems, I found this:

 

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In music, when we first begin learning, there is a tendency to imitate.  It's not a bad thing; it's part of the natural learning process.  However, in the long run, imitation is the kiss of death.  You can never really sound like someone else because you aren't in their head, neither do you have their ...

 

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When I initially saw this Will Smith video, I flashed on past students who were talented and rested on their laurels (i.e., skated by and didn't practice) and those who were fond of the phrase "It's hard" or "I can't." As author Richard Bach once put it, "Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours."

 

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I have often said that I would like to keep a sterile bucket by the front door so that my students can deposit their brains in it until their weekly lesson is over. Over-thinking can cause a whole host of problems for your music and your self-confidence. Instead, rely upon your ear and TRUST the process. Those two things, combined with diligent practice, will get you far along on your path!


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Passion is essential in music.  A performing artist who lacks passion might as well pack it up and go home, i.e., don't give up your day job.  What we do is all about passion!  If you really pay attention to the best musicians, you will find that they reveal a little bit of their soul when they are performing.  That's what it's all about.  To have the courage to reveal yourself and a passion so deep that it doesn't matter that you've laid yourself out there for all the world to see because you love the music so much that expressing it in the best way possible is the only thing that really matters.


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