A to J model of singing

Health

Dec 2019 – I will start blogging about this soon. Articles will include: vocal loading – managing how you use your speaking and singing voice throughout the week what can stress the voice medical challenges – respiratory infections; acid reflux; menstruation; IBS; side effects of medications; intubation during surgery; muscle-skeletal conditions smoking, recreational drugs, alcohol …

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Gymnastics (advanced singing)

Dec 2019 – I will start blogging about this soon. Articles will include: pitch extremes (high & low); extending range managing dynamics / volume:  loud & soft; extremes (fortissimo & piannissimo); getting from one to the other; sudden loudness or softness vibrato long, sustained notes fast singing: rapid syllables; rapid pitch change (semiquaver runs, riffs) …

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‘Mr Bojangles’ (Singing as storytelling)

This is the third in the blog series Singing as Storytelling. There are many big name singers doing cover versions of the classic hits. It’s easy money, because the songs are already well known favourites, and the singers already have a fan base who are prepared to buy whatever the singer records, and attend whatever …

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‘Cry Me A River’ (Singing as storytelling)

This is the second in the blog series Singing as Storytelling. The majority of singers – famous ones as well as amateurs – work hard to produce a stylish and technically excellent performance in terms of musical delivery, whatever the genre. However, it is rare to find a singer who genuinely delivers the lyric in …

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Understanding resonance with MRI scans

This blog post is all about resonance, and how singers manipulate it to their advantage. I recently discovered these fabulous videos on YouTube showing people singing inside an MRI scanner, meaning that we can see what is happening inside their mouth and throat when they are singing. The singers have done wonderfully, considering they had …

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