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May 082014
 
Singers need vocal technique AND performance skills

Jeremy’s thoughts on why singers need both their vocal technique AND performance skills to be successful Gillyanne and I were talking today about how singers learn. We’ve seen the difference between a singer or actor following a technical instruction, and actually knowing how to apply it to improve singing. This struck a chord with me […]

May 082014
 
Acting truth 8 shows a week for a year

Acting truth, being in the moment (whether you’re singing or speaking) and yet being able to repeat the piece for 400 performances, is a challenge. How do you stay faithful to the script yet keep the acting truth in your performance through wind, rain and illness 8 shows a week for a year? I came […]

May 082014
 
Lose the dead fish look, or how to sing the song intro

You sing well, you make great sounds and you can put a song across. Why do you look like a dead fish in the song intro? Song performance techniques from a West End vocal coach Most singers identify with melody, shape or lyrics, and many come alive when they are communicating through them. But the […]

Apr 282014
 
Celebrate our 15th Birthday with us

It’s official: it’s our 15th birthday! Gillyanne and Jeremy here. We’re proud to say we’ve been sharing information and promoting expertise with the voice community as Vocal Process since 1999. It’s been an amazing journey for us so far… How’s it been for you? We know that many of you have been with us for […]

Apr 172014
 
World Voice Day Quiz Answers

How did you do in our World Voice Day Quiz? Our World Voice Day Quiz had singers, actors, dancers, teachers and therapists from more than 30 countries take part. More than 450 of you filled in the quiz, and over 260 got all the questions right. If you got one of your answers wrong, here’s […]

Apr 162014
 
4 stages of competence in singing

Incompetence in singing – just a stage you’re going through Gillyanne gives advice on how to avoid singing extra syllables and shows you how to use the 4 stages of competence when you learn to sing In traditional singing lessons the teacher gives vocal exercises, demonstrates, and guides the student to make the sounds he […]

Apr 162014
 
Jeremy's first rant - No, Belting does NOT start on the A below middle C

Jeremy coaches a new client in London’s West End and has his first rant about Belting, range and vocal technique ignorance. Had a new client today. Young, slim, early twenties girl who looks a lot younger. Typical of the build, she has a high soprano voice (lowest note A below middle C, sits comfortably up […]

Mar 022014
 
Er...How is that useful?

Vocal tips for singers and singing teachers: improving your resonance with “er” Gillyanne here. Jeremy often complains about my erring and umming when he’s editing the Vocal Process videos and Webinars. Of course it’s a trait of an auditory processor, who makes a noise while they’re thinking. So is “er” ever useful? Er is often […]

Mar 022014
 
Vocal Warm ups

Vocal warm ups for Drama Teachers In a crowded timetable, how can drama teachers monitor their students’ vocal health? Jeremy Fisher considers the role of the vocal warm up. The act of warming up the voice falls into three broad categories: body and breath, larynx and vocal folds, and resonance. I asked three vocal trainers […]

Mar 022014
 
Teacher Nose Best - dealing with nasality in singing

By Jeremy Fisher Teaching Notes – Teacher nose best It can be frustrating to hear once-pure voices developing an unpleasant nasal twang. Jeremy Fisher has some suggestions that may help. “You know your students are perfectly capable of speaking with a clear sound, but they will insist on singing with a nasal quality. Is it […]