The reality of long term relationships When you start playing an instrument, voice, piano, guitar, really any instrument, you are hopefully entering into and going to maintain a long-term relationship with your instrument. My goal as a coach is to maximize the likelihood of students acquiring and retaining music as […]

Music & Long Term Relationships

How do we learn and what is Muscle Memory? You might have heard the term ‘Muscle Memory’ before. It’s quite often used in the context of learning a new skill. It’s not that our muscles really have an active memory. What we do memorize is the kinesthetic coordination of our […]

Muscle Memory and Vocal Practice

Vocal Strain – My Voice is feeling tired and strained Recently I had a question from one reader about Vocal Fatigue, Vocal Strain and what to do when the voice is feeling tired. Vocal fatigue can result from many causes, but when the vocal folds appear normal, fatigue is most often due […]

Vocal Strain and Fatigue

VOCAL TERMS – PART 1 There seems to be some confusion going on with different terms used by singing teachers, singers and the general public. This blog will hopefully bring some clarity. Part 1 of the Voice 101 series.   TIMBRE Timbre refers to the sound quality or ‘colour’ of […]

Vocal Terms – part 1

Resonance and Articulation – part 1 The human voice is mainly a wind instrument but has functionalities of a string instrument. It is important to recognize the voice as an instrument to facilitate learning the skills of playing that instrument. We train the muscles of  the larynx, assisted by facial and […]

Resonance and Articulation

Songwriting – how to write songs “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” – Chuck Close, American painter and photographer   “Which do you write first, […]

Songwriting – how to write songs

The Respiratory System The respiratory system is essential for life, speech and singing as the larynx and respiratory system work together to create vocalization. Sound is generated in the larynx, and that is where pitch and volume are manipulated but in order to produce sounds with our voice, we need […]

Respiratory System

Laryngeal Anatomy 101 Singers don’t necessarily need to know how the voice works in order to sing, however a basic knowledge of vocal function and anatomy can be beneficial for the longevity of a voice and can assist in a healthy sound production. Knowledge of the larynx plays a key role in understanding the voice […]

The role of the Larynx