vocal technique

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 [...]

Bella Signora, classical scales and other anomalies

I've been working with a lot of singing teachers in the past few months. They teach in as many genres as you can name. Most have a performing background. A few have performed exclusively in CCM genres, most have had some classical training and/or performed as classical singers. On our recent Singing Teacher Training in Australia, [...]

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: , , , , , |2 Comments

Patter songs and good diction

I’ve always been a fan of patter songs – the type with speedy text or long lists of items. Think “Modern Major General” (G&S), or one of the most difficult written for a woman – “Not Getting Married Today” (Sondheim). I’ve sung them and I’ve coached them for years. The thing you don’t do when singing patter [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:56:20+01:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Teaching boys through adolescent voice change

Teaching boys through voice change can be a challenge Teaching boys singing during puberty: 7 tips What can you do as a teacher working with adolescent boys’ voices? Adolescent changing voice is going to happen whatever you or they do, so how do you make the experience as good as possible? The singing voice [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:58:41+01:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably We’ve described how important it is to sing in your vocal comfort zone. But there is a place in performance for uncomfortable sounds. Think of the sounds you make in an extreme emotion: yelling, screaming or breathlessness. Now think of the patterns people make with those sounds – the yell hits [...]

Extend your singing comfort zone – 7 steps

Extend your singing comfort zone - 7 steps This article gives you advice on how to extend your singing comfort zone in 7 steps. Just adding one semitone to your comfort zone will increase the number and type of songs you can perform. -says Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. In Gillyanne’s PhD research the singers with [...]

By |2019-05-27T23:27:10+01:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments