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10 steps to finding authenticity in singing

This article gives 10 steps to finding your own authenticity in singing songs, arias and roles. While this was written with classical singers in mind, the steps can be used by musical theatre singers too. Tl;Dr? How to be you, singing any piece. What is Authenticity? "Authenticity" is drummed into singers. But whose authenticity are we [...]

By |2020-06-21T16:20:28+01:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach? The audiobook voiceover – a sneaky peek

While Gillyanne and I are on lockdown in beautiful sunny Presteigne I thought I'd add to my new book's capabilities. So I've built myself this voiceover booth and I've just recorded the whole book "Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach? Stories, tips and hacks from the studio of a voice expert". I've got some editing [...]

Understanding Musicals part 6 – Vocal style

Vocal style Knowledge of vocal style can be used to inform any performance element of the exam and project work. It will also contribute to appraisal skills and understanding of form. The vocal styles prevalent in the genre have arisen from two directions. Since the vast majority of performers have trained first as actors, the emphasis [...]

Understanding Musicals part 4 – Musical Influences

Musical influences Even in the 1920s, the merchandise connected with a musical could bring in a large amount of money for the backers. Before cast albums caught on, sheet music of songs from the shows was available in all the large towns. Tin Pan Alley in Manhattan was a street given over to music publishers, who [...]

By |2020-01-21T18:05:33+00:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Understanding Musicals part 5 – Multi-character Song

The multi-character song An important feature of musical theatre writing (as with operatic writing) is the opportunity for a multi-character song, where several characters to speak at once, portraying different emotions or reactions to situations. Setting multi-character texts to music enables the audience to multi-task, processing different layers of information. Here are two pieces that demonstrate [...]

Understanding Musicals Part 2 – Song & Subtext

Song and subtext Musical theatre, more than any other genre, relies on a moment-by-moment portrayal of the character's thoughts and actions. Every successful performance of a musical theatre song has a subtext – the thoughts and emotions that lie behind the character’s words. Singing the same words but changing the subtext can alter the emotion, atmosphere, [...]

By |2020-01-21T16:10:51+00:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Understanding Musicals part 3 – Function of song & text

Here's part 3 of our substantial piece on musicals written for Rhinegold Publishing. This section is on the function of song in musicals, and was written as a starting point for a class discussion on song and singing in real life. Check out the exercises on song & text, and the role of music and word-setting, [...]

So practising is now unnecessary? Jeremy’s third rant

Recently on a Facebook group thread I read a comment that said: "practising is unnecessary if true learning occurs. What we know how to do we know how to do". OK, so it seems that having learned a skill in the past that skill does not need practising again. Why do I disagree with this? I'm [...]

By |2019-12-29T12:20:32+00:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Modal, falsetto and everything in between?

Gillyanne and I have worked for years to understand the deeper techniques of working with voices in different genres. The sound palettes required, the techniques to fit the singer's performing context, the expectations of the genre. In this extended article I'll be focusing on one aspect of vocal performance and training - the mode of vibration [...]

By |2019-12-12T17:31:25+00:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss

Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss There is a moment in the summer when I realise that my transition to singing teaching geek is finally complete. I am driving about the country on holiday with my five year- old daughter listening to the CBeebies Songs Album for the umpteenth time (singing teachers, note that younger children [...]

By |2019-10-06T15:36:56+01:00October 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments