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 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 [...]

A True Tale of Pirates on the High Cs

Pirates! As a creative artist it's the thing you dread. At 8am last Friday morning I discovered my #1 bestselling ebook How To Sing Legato (2018) had been cloned and was being sold under six different titles by six different "authors" on Amazon, all of whom published on the same day (May 18th 2021) The pirates [...]

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: , , , , , , , , , , |5 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 [...]