vocal technique

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Adolescent voice change in teenage girls

Adolescent voice change in teenage girls Teenage girls between about 10 and 16 go through adolescent voice change. They can get frustrated when their voice doesn't sound exactly the same as their favourite pop stars. The five stages of change that boys go through during adolescent voice change are very well documented - I've included details in my [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:50:11+01:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments