eZINE 84 – Amazon #1 bestseller
We excited to bring you the news from the last few months, including our Amazon #1 bestseller successes; updates on our current books; details of Gillyanne’s new post as Visiting Professor at UWL’s London College of Music; a conference on what it means to be a singing teacher; and a new article from Jeremy on things to look out for when changing your singing genre
What do you want us to write about?
You know that our mission is to clarify and simplify voice, singing and teaching. And one of the best ways we do it is in books and articles. We’re looking for new ideas to write about, so we’d like to hear what you want to find out.
We have a new publishing company!
We’re already published by Bloomsbury, Methuen, Oxford University Press and the Wellcome Trust/Profile Books. Earlier this year in addition to our writing commitments we decided to set up Vocal Process’s own publishing company to support new ideas and new writers – it’s called Canu Publishing.
As we’re now based in Wales (and Jeremy’s dad was born in Swansea), we named it after the Welsh word Canu. It looks like “can you” but it’s pronounced “canny”, and means
to state or say
to produce musical sound, to play or perform
to compose poetry or celebrate in song.
We’ve already started publishing with some success…
How To Sing Legato
Canu Publishing’s first ebook was Jeremy’s “How To Sing Legato: Practical exercises for smooth singing”. It’s an Amazon Kindle exclusive, and reached the coveted #1 bestseller spot in Vocal and Singing books on three continents on its first day.
It also got 5 star reviews, including this one from opera singer James Platt (ROH and La Scala Milan):
An excellent review of the building blocks of legato singing from an experienced repertoire coach and voice trainer. This book dispels many of the myths surrounding legato singing and presents functional structured exercises in clear English, enabling the singer (or teacher) to produce an efficient, vocally healthy, conscious legato line. The world of vocal pedagogy and performers would benefit from more books like this. Bravo!
How To Accompany Your Singing Students
Hot on the heels of the legato ebook came a collaboration between Jeremy and Vocal Process Accredited Associate Trainer Anne Leatherland.
“How To Accompany Your Singing Students: Tricks, Tips and Tools Every Singing Teacher Needs To Know About Playing For Lessons Even If You’re A Terrible Pianist”.
Anne wrote most of this ebook and Jeremy contributed thoughts, ideas, and some practical piano exercises to help non-pianists (or classically trained pianists) to find their way around pop song piano parts successfully. In this book he’s introducing the gentle art of piano ‘noodling’.
On 20th June, eight days before its official launch day, this ebook also hit the Amazon #1 bestseller spot, and we’re thrilled that Anne’s first ebook is a #1 bestseller.
What would YOU like? Tell us what you want
These are ebooks 1 and 2 in a new series called How To [Music]. We have a third one in the pipeline but now we want to know what you’d like us to write about. It could be vocal techniques, performance techniques, voice science topics, teaching advice, or anything to do with the magic of voice. We’re well known for breaking down complex topics into step-by-step instructions. Send us your thoughts to email@example.com, and if we use your idea we’ll thank you in the ebook preface.
Current book updates
This Is A Voice
We’ve just heard from the Wellcome Trust that our bestseller This Is A Voice is going into paperback.
This Is A Voice has 99 practical exercises for your speaking voice and your singing voice, and a whole raft of fun exercises for more extreme voice use in ventriloquism, mimicry and beatboxing. The hardback version has been in the charts for the last two years, so we’re delighted that it’s going to be accessible to so many more people (and at a lower price). Students take note! You’ll be able to get it from Amazon or from us at Vocal Process from August 16th.
Singing and the Actor
You can get both of these books from the Vocal Process store here
Gillyanne’s new role
Gillyanne says: “Earlier this year I was invited to take up the role of Visiting Professor to the London College of Music.
LCM is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK.
The college is now part of the University of West London with a smart new premises merged with some of the older buildings and there’s a wide range of courses offered on music performance.
You may imagine that my own interest is in developing something pedagogical – I am passionate about making quality training available to singing teachers, choral leaders and singing for health leaders.
In September we will be running a 1-day conference “Towards Best Practice: Teaching Singing in Higher Education – Core competencies”. Joining me as Keynote Speakers are Professor Johan Sundberg and Janice Chapman, with invited speakers Tori Burnay, Dr Susan Yarnall, Dr Denise Borland and Ali Bell.
Between us we will talk about being a singing teacher: examining the current model, myths and misconceptions, acoustics, rehabilitation, the psychology of one-to-one teaching, the BAPAM voice care initiative and new developments in France. We will be running focus groups in which delegates can brainstorm together as to the minimum requirements needed for a good singing teacher and we’ll finish off with a round table discussion.
The day will be relevant to teachers of all genres especially those working in higher education or preparing students to enter HE (including Musical Directors). Researchers and students of singing teaching will also benefit and there will be a call for posters with a prize awarded by Compton Publishing.
Saturday 22nd September 2018,
London College of Music, University of West London,
St Mary’s Road, London W5 5RF
Registration will open on 1st July 2018 on LCME.UWL.AC.UK/EVENTS
The fee for the day is a mere £50 including lunch and light refreshments. If you are in the UK or within easy reach from the rest of Europe I urge you to come and join this important conversation.”
Changing your genre
And finally, here’s a new article for you on changing your singing genre.
One of Jeremy’s most popular articles, written for Music Teacher magazine, is Style Conscious (seven techniques with exercises to change your singing style without changing your sound). You can read the original article here.
This new article takes the idea a stage further, with three areas to explore – changing the sound you make, changing the style features you add and changing the diction style you use. Focusing on these three areas makes singing in different genres so much easier. We think it’s essential if you’re a band singer, a musical theatre singer, or a classical singer wanting to ‘cross over’. And if you’re teaching in different genres, it’s vital to know what to listen for and what to teach in different vocal and music styles.
Check out the new article here, then let us know what you think! Changing Your Genre
Jeremy and Dr Gillyanne
PS We’ve just launched the new dates for our Summer Programme, with four singing voice Retreats.
Join us this Summer on the Performer’s Retreat, the Advanced Retreat or the Musical Director’s Vocal Technique Retreat in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Or find out about Vocal Process’s first course in Liverpool – Inside the Singing Voice: Vocal Technique Unpacked with Gillyanne and Anne.
PPS Remember to send us your ideas for new ebooks.