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Jul 262017
 
After Estill - the speech they couldn't wait to hear

Dr Gillyanne Kayes and the “After Estill” speech On July 21st 2017 AOTOS (the Association of Teachers of Singing) invited Dr Gillyanne Kayes to give the Keynote speech – “After Estill: a conversation we need to have”. In the hour-long presentation Gillyanne talks about her own relationship with Jo Estill, the context of Jo’s original […]

Feb 272017
 
Singing teacher or vocal coach?

What’s the difference between a singing lesson and a vocal coaching session? Is there a difference between a singing teacher and a vocal coach, and does it matter? Gillyanne and I are a singing teacher/vocal coach duo combination, and we have been team teaching for 20 years. We think there IS a difference, and that […]

Feb 082017
 
Vocal Technique Clinic: What is belting?

What is belting? Belting is the “high” in contemporary singing. West End actors, Gospel divas, and Rock singers use belting to raise the performance temperature and give voice to the strongest emotions. It’s an exciting, dramatic, loud sound that is based on a chest voice vibration: the vocal folds are vibrating with a thick texture […]

Aug 142016
 
Singing from the Inside Out - a book review

Book Review Singing from the Inside Out – Exploring the Voice, the Singer and the Song. A Practical Guide for the Expressive Singers Ineke van Doorn “This rather lengthy title, which the author describes as ‘a mouthful’ nevertheless sets out the stall for the book’s remit and for Ineke’s own teaching philosophy. The three main […]

Jul 212016
 
Tuning and pitching - To Bb or not to Bb

Why do some people find it difficult to pitch notes? What’s happening when people sing out of tune? Let’s break down the question of tuning and start with what “pitch” means. Pitch Pitch as we think of it is a regular oscillation of airwaves. If the airwaves are oscillating at 220 times per second, we […]

Jun 302016
 
eZINE 78 - Voice Special

eZINE 78 – Voice special In our 78th edition of the Vocal Process eZINE we’re backing a new documentary called Voice Messages (more about that below). Our book “This is a Voice: 99 exercises to Continue reading

Apr 142016
 
eZINE 76 - This is a Voice!

  eZINE 76 – This is a Voice! Our new book is out on April 14th, just in time for World Voice Day. “This is a Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the Continue reading

Apr 142016
 
This is a voice book

This is a Voice 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice Our latest book of voice techniques is out. “This is a Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice” was commissioned by the Wellcome Collection for their exhibition of the same name. Cerys Matthews […]

Aug 242015
 
Let's communicate. Talking your student's language

Context is everything Gillyanne here. Jeremy and I are always saying that ‘context is everything’ and this applies to how you communicate in singing teaching. We both believe you need to be student-focused in a singing lesson. This includes being aware of age, level of experience and their potential as well as desired goals. Are […]

Jun 082015
 
Easy top notes - how to stretch your voice

Today I’m focusing on finding easy top notes in a young male voice Interesting lesson today with a young singer songwriter about to go to LA on contract. He’s 19, writing good material, and his voice wasn’t doing quite what he wanted from his writing. Could I help? We had a single Skype vocal coaching session […]