News: Singing advice


Is Prednisone A Performance Solution?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

If you have some Prednisone tablets left over from when you had a nasty chest infection a while back and they were  prescribed to you by your doctor and you used them to treat a cold and it was over within a few days and your symptoms were a lot less severe, as you all know this can be unheard...

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Effectively lube for hydrated singing

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Did you know that the water we swallow never actually touches our vocal cords? Everything that we swallow lands at the base of our tongue and travels around the voice box (larynx) and down into the food pipe (esophagus) just behind! It is the motion of our swallowing that helps to raise and tip the...

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Push Your Singing to the Next Level

Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you don’t have the time or money to have regular singing lessons, where do you start in structuring your vocal regime? With an array of vocal exercises available to develop your vocal ability it can be difficult to know which ones are right for you. Here are 7 simple and effective steps, applicable...

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Move ahead with your life and your singing

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Have you ever felt really embarrassed in a singing lesson for bursting into tears mid song and not being able to rationalize why? Have you ever felt like offering to pay your vocal coach more money to act as your counselor too?! Our voice is a pathway to the essence of who we are, it’s no surprise...

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A Bad Day Can Boost Your Singing

Friday, June 16th, 2017

So much of what we believe is real in our lives is so often just a concept that we decide is true. For example, it’s the most devastating thing (in your mind) that you didn’t get the leading role you made it to the finals for. Yet one month later it’s the best thing ever as you realise it frees...

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Things Singers Need to Know About Their Voice

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Voice box, vocal mechanism and vocal apparatus are terms commonly used to refer to the larynx (“LARE-rinks” literally “throat” in Greek), which is the cartilaginous structure in the neck that houses the vocal folds (A.K.A vocal cords). Unlike other instruments, the voice cannot simply be...

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Warm Up Mistakes Singers Make

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

We’re often surprised at the misunderstandings surrounding how to warm-up effectively. Here are the most common ones We encounter: Singing is an athletic activity. Not warming up at all can be a bit of a shock to the vocal cords (folds) and there is a risk of strain. I’m also convinced...

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Is a Vocal Warm-Down Important?

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Vocal warm-ups are important to get your laryngeal musculature ready for excessive use, by gently bringing blood flow to the muscles. But after these vocal acrobatics a 3 hour show with 2 encores (or aria after aria), should you “warm-down?” Most of the vocal damage in a trained performer happens...

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Qualities Singer-Songwriters Look for in a Vocal Tutor

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

What you read in this feature is quite probably true for all singers, but this is aimed especially at singer/songwriters as they have several defining concerns. In this musical climate, many singer-songwriters are called on more than ever to be their own everything: booking agent, business manager,...

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Warm-up exercise

Monday, May 15th, 2017

This warm-up exercise wakes up the resonance of your voice. It is also excellent for examining and developing the basic vowel sounds used in singing. Repeat this exercise until you notice adifference in the relaxation of the muscles and the resonance of your voice from within your mouth and throat....

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Save Your Voice

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

You’ve got a gig coming up and in the back of your mind there is a lurking fear: “What happens if I lose my voice?” This is not necessarily the phobic mind game of an insecure divo/diva, but a very real, potentially gig-cancelling concern. Without getting all medical on you, here are some...

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Increase Your Vocal Ability

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

If set at proper levels, a mic can enhance your sound with volume, reverb and EQ  but how you work with it makes all the difference in whether it increases or inhibits your vocal ability. If you’re going to perform with a mic, it’s important to rehearse correctly with one, or with a similarly...

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Have a Healthy Voice and Still Live

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

If we’re talking about the kinds of excesses portrayed in a Mötley Crüe video, then We will stop right about now. But if we’re talking about enjoying life to the fullest and being able to indulge ourselves while living a fabulous professional musical life, then here we go:

Yes,...

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Overcoming A Worn Out Voice

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Regardless of how loud or soft you are singing, duration is a big factor in fatigue. There are only so many hours a day the vocal folds can vibrate risk-free. We often adopt speech habits that aren’t best for singing. Besides the actual gig, you use your voice during rehearsals and singing lessons,...

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Take The Tension Out of Your Voice

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

You don’t want to ignore singing pain. Some singers may actually think pain is a positive sign of good, hard vocal work! This is not true. Learning to sing with technique that doesn’t strain the voice should a top priority on a singers’ journey. A vocal massage is no substitute for healthy...

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