Jeremy Fisher

Mar 072019
 
Understanding versus belief in singing teaching

What’s the difference between understanding and belief in singing teaching? Is it cut-and-dried or subtle? Are they interchangeable? Been reading an interesting book on power v force this week. The way I see it in singing teaching, power equates with understanding and force equates with belief. So power = “I share my truth so we […]

Feb 202019
 
Teaching girls to sing through adolescence

Teaching girls to sing through voice change If you’re teaching adolescent girls to sing, you already know that there can be some vocal challenges. The singing voice of a teenage girl will change quite substantially between the ages of 10 and 16. The changes can be subtle, but they are usually sequential. Here’s what you […]

Jan 312019
 
Adolescent voice change in teenage girls

Adolescent voice change in teenage girls Teenage girls between about 10 and 16 go through adolescent voice change. They can get frustrated when their voice doesn’t sound exactly the same as their favourite pop stars. The five stages of change that boys go through during adolescent voice change are very well documented – I’ve included details in […]

Jan 222019
 
Adolescent voice - teenage male singers

Adolescent voice – myth busters! Let’s bust some myths about adolescent voice, and male voice change in particular: “Boys’ voices break.” Nothing breaks during puberty. A boy’s larynx and vocal folds go through five distinct and sequential changes, and the pitch and tone of his voice will deepen and darken in a series of gradual […]

Dec 182018
 
Singing coaching - 5 teacher types to avoid

I’m surprised how many vocal coaching experts and singing teachers talk so much in lessons. Usually that makes me think the coach is waiting to hear themselves say something important or useful. Or as I call it, blaguing. There are some really gifted blaguers out there, but they’re gifted in blaguing rather than in… Continue reading

Dec 112018
 
Patter songs and good diction

I’ve always been a fan of patter songs – the type with speedy text or long lists of items. Think “Modern Major General” (G&S), or one of the most difficult written for a woman – “Not Getting Married Today” (Sondheim). I’ve sung them and I’ve coached them for years. The thing… Continue reading

Sep 292018
 
Teaching boys through adolescent voice change

Teaching boys through voice change can be a challenge What can you do as a teacher working with adolescent boys’ voices? Adolescent changing voice is going to happen whatever you or they do, so how do you make the experience as good as possible? The singing voice of a teenage boy will change quite substantially […]

Sep 242018
 
How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably We’ve described how important it is to sing in your vocal comfort zone. But there is a place in performance for uncomfortable sounds. Think of the sounds you make in an extreme emotion: yelling, screaming or breathlessness… Continue reading

Sep 062018
 
Extend your singing comfort zone - 7 steps

Extend your singing comfort zone – 7 steps This article gives you advice on how to extend your singing comfort zone in 7 steps. Just adding one semitone to your comfort zone will increase the number and type of songs you can perform. -says Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. In… Continue reading

Aug 302018
 
Choose the right warm-up - 5 Tips

Choose the right warm-up Here’s another article we wrote a couple of years ago for the Voice Council Magazine. This one’s on vocal warm-up techniques and advice. A new client told us the other day that when she did a YouTube warm-up, her voice was… Continue reading