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Your Body is Your Instrument

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Your Body is Your Instrument: 7 ways to use your body more in singing.      THE SOFT PALATE Does your higher register sound too airy? Even when you’re really engaging your belly muscles? The reason why is…your placement is off. When notes are really high, they get their strong resonant quality from the soft […]

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How To Sing Pop

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How To Sing Pop There’s no denying that pop music brought us the greats; Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson to our beloved Spice Girls and who could forget our royal pop princess Britney. How do they do it? Firstly, there is definitely some intense cardio involved for all that crazy dancing, which we can’t give […]

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Singing Posture and Balance

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Singing Posture and Balance As vocalists, we spend a lot of time in the practice room, finely tuning the various skills and techniques of singing. Studies show musicians tend to measure their worth through the success of performances, the arena where all the hard works pays off! As a coach, one specific technique that I […]

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Looking After Your Voice

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Looking After Your Voice Jackie gives you some tips on how to keep your voice in shape. So you’re a fully trained singer, you know how to warm up your voice before rehearsal or a show and how to belt out those high notes. Although what about when it comes to the not-so-loud moments? After […]

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Jazz Improvisation For Singers

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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, […]

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A Guide to Belting

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A Guide to Belting So 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 […]

How to Be Pitch Perfect

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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

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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 […]

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Singing in a Choir

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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

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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 […]

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Why You Need a Voice Coach

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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 […]

Breathing Technique

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Breathing Technique As a singer, I hear plenty of discussions about technique, and 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 extraneous details, singing […]