Performance Tips: Eye Contact – with Josh Check out Josh’s top performance tips to really connect with your audience using eye contact.
9 Tension Busters For Better Singing Jackie, vocal coach at Sono Music, gives you these top tips for busting tension! 🙌 NECK TENSION If you see lines on your neck or you are feeling strain whilst singing. You have neck tension this can be from improper placement of the voice or even lack of […]
Developing Speed: Slow and Steady Wins the Race Lots of drummers, whether they are just starting out or have been playing for a while should stop and consider their speed. Most drummers want to be able to play fast, but how do we get there? This article outlines key processes which drummers should engage in to […]
Jazz Improvisation For Singers Jazz improvisation is a defining aspect of the jazz genre. It gives us the opportunity to showcase our abilities and really impress our listeners. For singers, the improvisation that we do is called scatting. A good scat consists of a range of different nonsense syllables (e.g. Doo, Ba, Dee, Bup, Zoo, […]
A Guide to Belting Before we talk about how to belt, we are going to do the how to not ever, ever, ever belt. Seriously, I have seen it so many times, people pushing out notes that their vocal chords aren’t used to; straining, cracking, breaking. It’s horrible – beyond horrible – and I don’t […]
Singing Mythbusters! Fact or Fiction Only Opera Singers Need to Breathe from Their Diaphragm Fiction. Humans are lazy, we can’t even be bothered taking a proper deep breath. Using the diaphragm in our singing is essential! It ensures that we project clearly, it helps to support our voice, to sustain notes and it allows […]
Performance Anxiety Preparing yourself for the Sono School of Music Concert! With the Sono School of Music Concert coming up in December, I am writing this article to shed some light on the topic of performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is something that I have been personally affected by in the past, and is now something […]
Film Music Everybody loves listening to their favourite bands or artists, or going to concerts and sharing their favourite songs with friends. But music can also have some more subtle, practical uses, especially in the world of film and TV. Early Film Music Since the beginning of film, music has played an integral part of […]
A Guide to Music Streaming Technology is rapidly advancing. Now, more than ever, we have a wealth of musical gadgets and services. No longer do you have to listen to the same CDs or sit through the same Top 40s hits the radio stations play week after week. Music is something to be discovered and […]
How to Be Pitch Perfect So you’ve been avoiding your friend’s karaoke nights ever since you were old enough to go to out. SingStar is your enemy and you dread campfire singalongs because you’re absolutely tone-deaf. Not anymore… It’s very common to have pitch problems, particularly if you haven’t grown up learning a musical instrument […]
Warming up Your Voice Taking time to engage, prepare and ‘switch on’ your voice is vital. Warming up your voice properly helps your voice during lessons, practices and performances. It can even increase your vocal stamina and energy, and it reminds you to sing with solid technique. But what exactly does properly warming up your voice […]
Singing in a Choir So your solo singing skills are great! You have solid confidence, you get lessons from a skilled coach to improve your technique and you practise efficiently. This is super impressive, so well done! BUT… Have you ever tried singing in a choir? Think about some of your favourite solo artists, and […]
Learning to Sing a Song It’s honestly crazy how many songs exist. And there are more being created every day. The choices that singers have when choosing their repertoire is virtually limitless. There will always be something to suit your voice in the massive canon of international music. It just takes a little time and […]
Jackie’s Top Tips: Kill Those Nerves So your hands are trembling, your palms are sweaty, your voice breaks. That’s it, it’s all over. NO!!! Pick yourself up and dust yourself off. If you just watched this year’s latest Super Bowl Halftime Show you probably saw Beyonce slightly stack it in her dance, but did she scratch […]
Preparing for a Performance Do you have a big performance coming up? Sometimes, the right preparation can be half the battle. Effectively preparing for a performance can be split up into three main areas. Your mind, your body, and your instrument. Let’s take a look at some strategies that can be employed in each of […]
Why You Need a Voice Coach A lot of young (and older) people who have a genuine interest in singing will take many different steps to fulfill their desires and reach their goals. The two most common and practical methods which people choose to better their vocal talents are taking lessons and practising. Combining these […]
How to Master Breathing Technique As a singer, you may hear plenty of discussions about technique. Quite often these can be confusing. There are so many things to think about. It can sometimes feel like there is never enough time execute all the technical procedures you are meant to. However, if you strip away the […]
Vocal Care For Singers by Katie Green, Sono School Of Music Those new to singing lessons may not realise how important it is to take care of your voice so that it is able to function at its optimum. As your voice is a highly delicate instrument, as a singer you must take measures to […]
In this week’s VLOG, Jess discusses the all important topic of RESONANCE, and in particular, “forward nasal resonance.” Jess shares with you some tips on how to engage resonance and achieve clear and beautiful tone.
In Part 2 of our Correct Diaphragm Use vlog series, Jess shows you how to strengthen your diaphragm so that it can function at it’s best!