Thoughts from Vocal Process

Look after yourself!

Do you look after yourself? After writing the article “I have a superpower, what's yours?” I read more about Dr Emma Kavanagh and I came across this article written for the Guardian in October 2021. I read one line that summed up a particular worry: “the kettle does not go in the fridge, good grief.” You find yourself doing something [...]

By |2022-02-17T09:08:16+00:00February 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have a superpower, what’s yours?

An article arrived in my inbox from psychologist and author Emma Kavanagh and I discovered I have a superpower. I’ve always known something about it but it’s never been described as a superpower before. First of all, when we have nothing pressing to do “the midline of our brain lights up with activity. This is the area [...]

By |2022-02-10T18:41:31+00:00February 11th, 2022|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

This is a Voice - Golden Nuggets February 7th Each week we'll be tweeting about our #ResourceOfTheWeek (you'll see the tweets below), but on this blog we'll be sharing more "behind the scenes" details with you. We're mixing it up again this week with examples and excerpts from five different sources. So the Theme of the [...]

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Vocal Registers – what’s in a name?

We've only gone and done it. We've tackled the big one. Vocal registers. Have you any idea how much grief there is on the internet about registers and what they are/mean/sound like? From the 1840s when Garcia put forward his ideas about vocal registers to the "free and frank exchange" at the CoMeT conferences in the [...]

Can you have a voice family?

I read another thought-provoking blog from Zapier this morning (https://zapier.com/blog/a-company-is-not-a-family/), and it got me thinking. Singing teachers and singers are social beings, and social beings like being part of a "family" - for some it even defines who they are. So we have facebookgroupies, twitterfiends, instamates and a whole host of “family” replacement titles. What's the [...]

Are cytoplatekeetlets the next big voice science discovery?

Vocal technique and pedagogy have changed, even during my adult lifetime. We’ve gone from the Master/Apprentice model (“do it like me, dear”) and the personal sensation model (“feel the voice like a pink cloud, aim the sound down the elephant’s trunk, and sing from your little mary”) through to the pure physiological (“move your nasosternal muscle [...]

The Vocal Process Ziggurat, or What We’re Doing Now

In the final episode of Series 2 of our This Is A Voice Podcast, we're riffing about life after Lockdown, the Vocal Process Teacher Accreditation Programme, and how many different ways there are of working with us (it's all in the Ziggurat). We're chatting about How life has changed since our first podcast episode a year [...]

7 Ways To Deal With Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is real. The fundamental issue with Impostor Syndrome is not being able to internalize your own success. If you have it, you might believe that where you are/what you are doing is all down to luck and nothing to do with you and your abilities. It was first identified by Pauline Rose Clance and [...]

The missing Mastering Musical Theatre masterclass

We're actually quite excited (we're British, that's as ebullient as it gets). When we uploaded the Mastering Musical Theatre workshop to the Learning Lounge earlier this year, we'd forgotten that there was an hour missing from the videos. At that time I had over 500 videos to upload, so please forgive me for the oversight! One [...]

Covid 19, singing & lung health with Phoene Cave

In one of our most downloaded #ThisIsAVoice podcast episodes ever, we're talking about Covid and voice, breathing and singing. Our special guest is Phoene Cave, music therapist, singer, trainer and developer of the Singing For Lung Health sequences chats to us about her life, singing for people who have chronic lung conditions, and what she thinks [...]