How does our environment influence our voice? There’s a very good reason why the way you were brought up has a bearing on how confident you might be as a singer. People’s social networks and relationships can have a tremendous effect on their confidence when it comes to music and often help […]

Singing and the Power of the Social Circle

Voice Break – Does everyone have it?!   Recently a client of mine asked me ‘Does everyone have a break in their voice?’. Let me explain what they even mean with this question. Generally speaking people refer to ‘voice break’ in 2 cases. In one case they mean the transition between […]

Voice Break

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