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Guide to Vocal Health

Guide To Vocal Health This guide has been written for the complete beginner and the more experienced singer, and is in answer to the countless times singers have come to me because they have a problem with their voice. The vocal cords (also known as vocal folds) are two bands of elastic muscle tissue. They […]

Choosing the perfect audition song

Choosing the perfect audition song Choosing your perfect audition song can be pretty overwhelming. Not only do you have one chance to prove your talent, but you probably have less than 5 minutes in which to perform it.   You need to choose a song which will showcase your vocals and make you stand out from the crowd.  Choose your song […]

Tone and Resonance

Tone and Resonance Singing is produced by the same anatomical structures.  Sound made by the vibration of the vocal cords as air from your lungs passes through The vocal cords/folds) are two bands of elastic muscle tissue. They are located side by side in the voice box (larynx) just above the windpipe (trachea).  These membranes […]

Voice Registers

Voice Registers Voice register is a term used to describe the difference in tones produced by the human voice in varied ranges. People who sing may have noticed that they experience sensations in different parts of the body, depending on what range they sing in. This can be attributed to the presence of different vocal […]

Positive Effects Of Singing

Positive Effects Of Singing Whenever you sing, you’re not only just making a beautiful noise, you’re also improving your health and giving your body a total workout. The positive effects of singing, show it doesn’t matter what level you sing at, whether you sing in the car or a choir, science is proving that singing […]

Scales and Vocal Exercises

Scales and vocal exercises Singing exercises will improve the strength, flexibility and stamina of your vocal cords.  We have included a few exercises here that will help you learn to sing, but they don’t replace advice from your own vocal coach/singing teacher/choir leader if you have one. You should always gently warm-up your voice before […]

The Voice And Ageing

The Voice & Ageing By Sara Harris, Speech and Language Therapist specialised in Voice Disorders.   How do we change with ageing? Ageing is natural and affects us all. People’s voices do change with age, but the age at which these changes become noticeable is very variable, and many people weather ageing extremely well. The […]

Vocal Nodule

Vocal Nodule A Vocal nodule develops as the result of repeated trauma to the vocal chords.  An example would be if you wear shoes too tight, they are going to rub , get sore and eventually will cause a blister or callous. With regards to your vocal chords, a small, soft swelling will develop at […]

An Introduction To Opera

An Introduction To Opera Opera was developed in Western Europe in the late 16th century. A combination of mixing music and drama. The Baroque period developed in the last decades of the 16th century. It is distinguished, above all, by the development of what has become known as dramatic monody. Here a simple form of […]

About Performing

About Performing See our guides about singing and performing.  With helpful tips and great advice Audition Advice Whether you wish to be the next superstar, or just want a place in a band, choir or musical production, having a successful singing audition will help you achieve your dream. Using Backing Tracks Backing tracks are audio recordings or […]
glossary of singing terms

Glossary Of Singing Terms

Glossary Of Singing Terms: Our definition guide to some of the words you’ll hear that are used within the singing community.   A Cappella:              Singing without any form of instrumental accompaniment. Absolute Pitch: Ability to determine the exact pitch of a note as played on a musical instrument just by listening to it Accelerando: A […]

Audition Advice

Audition Advice Whether you wish to be the next superstar, or just want a place in a band, choir or musical production, having a successful singing audition will help you achieve your dream.   So many people turn up for auditions totally unprepared and are just setting themselves up for failure, yet with a little bit […]

About Your Voice

About Your Voice.   Your voice is the sound made by vibration of the vocal cords caused by air passing out through the larynx bringing the cords closer together. The vocal cords (also known as vocal folds) are two bands of elastic muscle tissue. They are located side by side in the voice box (larynx) just […]

Breathing

Learn To Sing – Breathing Breathing One of the cornerstones of learning to sing is knowing how to breathe correctly and learn to control your breathing , so that it is used to optimum effect when you sing. When we are born, our breathing is naturally correct: babies can breathe, yell and scream with optimum […]

Singing With Emotion

Singing With Emotion Singing With Emotion Vocal Exercise to What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor Instrumental Karaoke Backing Track with sheet music and lyrics. What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor is such a well-known Children’s Song, and it is incredibly wordy, which is great for warming up lips and facial muscles. […]

5th & 9th Scale – Free Singing Lessons

      This scale works on the agility of your vocal cords.  Your voice may well feel tired at first, but persevere.  It will become easier over time. Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) Leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh,leh Law, […]

5th & 11th Scale Free Voice Training

    This scale starts working on the agility of your vocal cords.  You’re voice may well feel tired at first, but persevere.  It will become easier over time. Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) Leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh,leh Law, […]

5th Interval Scale Improve your singing – free singing lesson.

    This scale starts working on the agility of your vocal cords.  Your voice may well feel tired at first, but persevere.  It will become easier over time. Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) Leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh, leh,leh Law, […]

6th Arpeggio Scale – scales for singers

6th Arpeggio Scale – part of our free singing lessons and scales for singers.       This arpeggio scale starts working on the agility of your vocal chords.  Your voice may well feel tired at first, but persevere.  It will become easier over time. Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, […]

Triplet Scale part of our online vocal coaching

Triplet Scale – part of our free vocal coaching     This scale starts working on the agility of your vocal cords.  Your voice may well feel tired at first, but persevere.  It will become easier over time. Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) […]

Free Guide to Mic Technique for Vocals

Mic Technique for Vocalists   This is just a basic guide into microphones.  I’m not an expert on sound, but I hope this will give you an insight about microphones, and how they work. While most people think that they know how to hold a microphone, I’ve often noticed that when you actually give someone […]

Tongue Twisters For Singers

Vocal Warm-Ups -Tongue Twisters Singers often consider their tone to be the one of the most important parts of their voice.   Stage presence, confidence, vocal range and agility also feature as important areas. Often singers do not consider the need for crisp, clear and precise articulation to complement and add to their vocal delivery. Know […]

Choosing A Singing Teacher

Choosing A Singing Teacher. Good singing teachers are able to teach you the right technique and habits from the start and is a very good way of making progress, especially if you are a beginner. Learn To Sing books, CD’s or Videos are great for introducing you to singing lessons, and if followed correctly can […]

Singing With An Accompanist

Singing with an accompanist As a singer you may want to seek out an accompanist that you can work with. So here are a few tips to help build a good working relationship with each other. Relationships It is important that you both get along and can work as a team as you may well […]

Stage Fright

Overcoming Stage Fright You hear yourself being introduced.  Your mouth runs dry.  Your heart is pounding in your chest.  There are butterflies in your stomach and you’re ready to flee… We’ve all been there. We all have different personalities; maybe you are shy, maybe your worried that the audience wont like you, but you just […]

How To Be More Confident Singing

How To Be More Confident Singing Feel too nervous to get up and have a go? – You are not alone. Many professional singers suffer with nerves before they sing live!!!    To sing with confidence? Try the following tips!! 1. The most difficult part is getting up to sing in front of an audience for […]

Singing in a choir

Have you ever wanted to be part of some kind of entertainment but were too embarrassed to be on a stage by yourself? Well a choir might be just the thing for you. This guide will help you get started singing in a choir. Consider the type of choir you want to join. Whether you […]

Posture for Singers

Posture It is very important to consider your posture when you sing.   You use your voice as an instruments, and like all instruments, you should know how to hold them correctly.   When we sing, we use our heads, throats, chest and abdomen to create our sound, so it is important that we maintain a posture […]

Learning Lyrics

Learning lyrics In some styles of singing eg choral or band you would probably need to have your music in front of you.  However if you were a solo cabaret artist for example, then it doesn’t look too professional if you buried your head a music book. Learning lyrics can be a hard task for […]

Sing With Confidence

Sing With Confidence Feel too nervous to get up and have a go? – You are not alone. Many professional singers suffer with nerves before they sing live!!!    To sing with confidence? Try the following tips!! 1. The most difficult part is getting up to sing in front of an audience for the first time […]

Diction For Singers

  Diction for Singers.   Diction is the art of speaking so that each word is clearly heard. In music, this is very important as without it songs may lose their meaning to the listener. So what is diction for singers? Although both music and lyrics are important, if the words cannot be understood, the song […]

Charisma – the X Factor

The dictionary describes Charisma as: ‘A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm’. ‘Personal magnetism or charm’. ‘A personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others’. Charisma or Stage Presence is an indefinable ‘something’ that identifies a unique or captivating performer  -that elusive X Factor . You may not […]

Chromatic Scale learn how to sing better

Chromatic Scale     This exercise is more tricky as it’s using all the in-between notes, to what we have practiced so far.  It will take a bit more practice to accurately pitch each semi-tone interval Again using the same consonant/vowel combination of La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) Leh, leh, […]

Octave Scale. Increase your vocal range

Octave Scales       Lets continue warming up your voice with this octave exercise. We are going to start with some vowel sounds, but using the consonant L to help you along: Gently sing-  la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, (keychange) Again la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la […]

Forgotten Lyrics

Forgotten Lyrics We’ve all forgotten our lyrics at some point or another.  You’re mind’s gone blank.  A cold sweat is quickly breaking out on your back, Your audience is looking up at you. What do you do now? Have a back up plan: The main thing is don’t stop singing. To buy yourself some time […]

Breathing Exercises for Singing

Breathing Exercises for Singing Breathing well will support your voice. Singing when there’s no breath left is a common way of tiring your voice.  For more details about your diaphragm and breathing To breathe properly for singing, you must breathe deep into the bottom portion of your lungs, engaging the diaphragm.  This will support your […]

Singing In Tune

Are you singing in tune? The human voice is capable of producing many different sounds.  Singing out of tune means that the note is unintentionally not being sung in recognition to what is expected.    I’m pretty sure most of you have heard some excruciating examples of this in many of the TV talent shows out […]