What makes a good performance?

I recently gave a presentation to the NHS on the subject of Performance Anxiety, as part of a wider day on Social Phobia. We discussed the physical responses to stress (irregular breathing, constriction etc) and simple solutions to deal with those triggers. But the part that caused the most debate was when I asked them… Read More »

Stop reaching for high notes

Quite often I’ll see singers lifting their chin or even standing on tip toes as they approach the top of the range. Partly, I think this is because we describe them as ‘high’ notes and ‘high’ means ‘up’. In all string instruments, pitch is determined partly by the tautness of the vibrating string. Stretch an… Read More »

How can you place your voice?

All sound is vibration. In other words, waves moving through the air, like ripples on a pond. Singing is no different – when you sing, you disturb the air between yourself and the listener. That’s a scientific fact, and not one that many people – even singers! – would dispute. But when it comes to… Read More »

Stop singing, start explaining

A common problem I encounter when working with voice coaches is the difficulty they face when trying to demonstrate to their pupils. “It’s too low for my voice” “It’s too high for my voice” “I get tired singing in falsetto all the time” “The tone is just ‘wrong’” At a fundamental level, teaching by imitation… Read More »

Stop hurting yourself

Clap your hands. Clap louder. Clap REALLY loud. What do you feel? You probably feel your hands stinging. The fingers and palms are packed with nerve endings, which is why we’re able to do so many various tasks with our hands, from stroking a baby’s cheek to pounding nails with a hammer. Imagine if your… Read More »