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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 Read more


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 Read more


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 Read more


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 Read more


Octave Scale. Increase your vocal range

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 Read more


Chromatic Scale learn how to sing better

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, Read more


Charisma - the X Factor

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 Read more


Diction For Singers

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 can Read more


Sing With Confidence

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 Read more


Learning Lyrics

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 Read more


About Your Voice

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 Read more


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 Read more


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 Read more


Choosing the perfect audition song

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 Read more


Diction For Singers

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 can Read more


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 Read more


Learning Lyrics

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 Read more


Positive Effects Of Singing

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 Read more


Posture for Singers

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 Read more


Scales and Vocal Exercises

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 here that will help, but they don’t replace advice from your own vocal coach/singing teacher/choir leader. We use a combination of consonant and vowel sounds when using vocal exercises. The main vowels sounds Read more