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What happens in Jeremy’s coaching session?

Hello, Jeremy here. I wish I could answer the title question with a simple sentence. But since a coaching session includes vocal technique, performance coaching, intuition and diagnosis geared towards each individual person, that's a little tricky! And if it's not possible for me to describe a coaching session, what would possess anyone to book one for [...]

The 16-bar singing audition performable unit

How do you find a 16-bar singing audition performable unit? The 16-bar audition is a newish feature of life as an actor/singer/dancer in the West End. It’s a way for the casting panel to see new people but without taking the time to hear whole songs. The point for the actor is to show a very [...]

Bella Signora, classical scales and other anomalies

I've been working with a lot of singing teachers in the past few months. They teach in as many genres as you can name. Most have a performing background. A few have performed exclusively in CCM genres, most have had some classical training and/or performed as classical singers. On our recent Singing Teacher Training in Australia, [...]

A great singing lesson has Feedback

Giving Feedback You have the Form of your lesson planned, you’re Focusing on your student in exercises and in songs, you’re analysing what energetic state they are in today, but your lesson will still not be great unless you perfect the art of Feedback. Feedback is... Feedback is the life energy of the lesson. And feedback [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:38:16+01:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Interpreting stroboscopy – what do you see?

  Interpreting stroboscopy - what you see isn't always the truth. How do you translate what you see as a singing teacher or vocal coach? A World Voice Day special Singing and speaking are the manifestations of sound - as a listener, we don't have to see what's happening to understand the sounds. After all, it's possible [...]

What is music anyway?

I've been thinking about music and what it is, how it's written and how we perform it. I first showed the following sequence in a workshop at Chichester University in 2018. Let me know what you think! What do you see? The image above contains a number of white dots. There is very little meaning in [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:42:20+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

What is pitch?

When Gillyanne and I were writing our book This Is A Voice, this question appeared in an email from our (non-musician) editor. And it got me thinking. What is pitch and how do we think of it? In the acoustic/scientific sense pitch is defined as something creating noise that has a regular number of vibrations per [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:43:49+01:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , |26 Comments

A great singing lesson has Focus

What makes a great singing lesson? Part 2 Finding Focus in a great singing lesson In the second of this three-part post, internationally renowned vocal coach and author Jeremy Fisher shares his top tips for a great singing lesson Whether you're a singing teacher, a vocal coach or a singing student, a great singing [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:47:55+01:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

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 can [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:48:23+01:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|4 Comments

Teaching girls to sing through adolescence

Teaching girls to sing through voice change Teaching adolescent girls to sing - 7 tips 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 [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:48:49+01:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments