vocal technique

What magicians can teach us about vocal pedagogy

Rabbits live in top hats People store coins behind their ears You can saw people in half without hurting them. Magicians rely on fooling us and making us, for a split second, doubt our own eyes and beliefs. They do it consciously. It’s a trick, there’s a gasp and a round of applause. When does magic [...]

By |2021-05-07T17:01:13+01:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Podcast 14 – More SOVT AMAs part 2

We had so much material on SOVT straw techniques and AMAs that we had to split it in 2! Here is SOVT Singing Straw creator Oren Boder's return visit, part 2. All three of us answer questions on: Athletic vocal exercises - what does that mean? The difference between athletic, therapeutic and agility SOVT work A/C [...]

Modal, falsetto and everything in between?

Almost a year ago I wrote this article (November 2019) on the misunderstandings between M1 and M2, or modal and falsetto vibrations. I'm sad to say that the confusion is still out there, with teachers saying "you can't get a clear sound in falsetto" or "countertenors sing in the same way as baritones, just higher up". [...]

By |2020-10-30T15:33:07+00:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Podcast ep 7 – Stories behind the stories part 2

In the seventh episode of our This Is A Voice podcast we're sharing more stories behind the stories - in this case two extremes. How and why we wrote a series of singing books for children AND two chapters for an academic book at the same time, and how they differ. How we found our writing [...]

Podcast ep 6 – The Singer in the Room

In the sixth episode of our This Is A Voice podcast we're focusing on the singer in the room, and why it's important to pay attention to the person you're working with. Every singer is individual, with their own voice, skills and background. Does your singing teacher work with "the singer in the room" or do [...]

Podcast ep 2 – Singing Teacher versus Vocal Coach

The second episode of our new This Is A Voice Podcast arrived on 8th July. Gillyanne and I slug it out on the difference between the singing teacher and the vocal coach. Why our focus is different, what the differences and similarities are in the way we deal with lessons and students, and what happens when [...]

TIAV Podcast ep 1 – Who we are

The first TIAV Podcast (This Is A Voice) launched on 1st July where Gillyanne and I chatted about teaching singing, coaching performances and what we do. We also answer AMAs on piano playing in singing lessons, teaching the opposite gender, and do we get our singers to sing the whole song or just snippets in a [...]

Voice Research and how to VET it

What exactly is voice research? How does voice research fit with voice training, and how do we know whether it’s relevant or not? The answer is to VET it - using Validation, Extrapolation and Triangulation   Let’s start by looking at voice training Voice training is by its very nature experiential. You can of course read [...]

Theories, beliefs and your reality

EVERYONE carries theories and beliefs. Theories and beliefs are what help us stay sane in this world, to navigate the extraordinary flow of information and experiences in which we are currently living. As singers, we carry beliefs and theories about techniques for singing - they help us step out into the scary world for performers and [...]

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