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Vocal Warmup: Improve your singing voice!

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Hi I’m Peter founder of Vox Singing Academy.
I started singing for many reasons but the main one was it was just purely and simply fun. I started singing at the age of 6 at the local church choir and formed my first band at the age of 13. This led me to the United States to study my craft for 4 and a half years from the age of 18, performing extensively and song writing. I have trained with some of the worlds most sought out and renowned singing teachers.
Vox Singing Academy has been established for 20 years and I have taught many prominent and successful students with major label record and performing contracts including Dead Letter Circus, Rob Mills, Airbourne , Gyroscope, The Panics, Paris Wells, The Butterfly Effect, Dream On Dreamer, Cut Copy just to name a few. As you can tell I can teach a very broad spectrum of contemporary singing, from screaming to crooning and everything in between.
I’m always looking for new ways and techniques to build and improve our vocal coaching syllabus. “There’s not a day that goes by that I am not developing new and different innovative techniques to push the boundaries of singing and vocal tuition and I want to share as much of my knowledge as I possible with you in these future columns.

So let’s start this column with one or most frequently asked questions, how do I warm up my voice?
In simple terms, your instrument, your voice is physical, you are like an athlete, and you use muscles to make a sound. Your vocal chords are two white tendons brought together, then when air is passes through them they vibrate together to make a sound. They oscillate approximately 440 times per second, that’s 26,400 times per minute, and that’s only when speaking, if singing in your higher vocal range the vocal cords can oscillate more than 1000 times per second. That is an amazing 60,000 plus times a minute.
We at Vox Singing Academy gets so many people coming in with incorrect technique and damaged vocal chords, which purely and simply could have been avoided by correct warm-ups, scales and breathing techniques that can be taught in a very short amount of time! This is why it is very important to warm up and cool down before and after you sing, perform or do scales. Just like you would stretch, limber and warm up before and after you play sport and the same thing should be done with you as a singer.
Stand up when singing or doing your scales workout in a relaxed posture. If you are sitting please try to keep your upper torso relatively straight and relaxed. Let’s start by taking a conversation sized breath into the V of the rib cage or what’s known as the diaphragm area. If you feel this area move out slightly that is fantastic, but if it’s not moving that’s fine as well. As we will be covering breathing techniques in depth in next month’s column. It will greatly help you out if you can look into a mirror when you’re doing your singing, scaling and breathing to see and monitor what you are doing.
Stay hydrated, drink room temperature water before, during and after scales and singing. Room temperature water will keep your vocal chords lubricated as we have already spoken about, they will be vibrating together at an extraordinary rate.
For beginners and intermediates I recommend warming your voice by gently humming with the lips closed. Personally in my classes I would do this with a major 5th scale and start at the lowest point of the students range and work my way all the way through to the very highest falsetto (false voice) until the voice naturally stops. If you do not have access to a piano, guitar, teacher or a program that can play this, I recommend that you hum at the lowest point of your voice and begin raising & sliding up slowly towards the top of your for vocal range then come back down your range again in a circular motion. This circular motion is also called in singing in terms “sirening”. Please keep the sound very light and pure. Do not force the sound down or onto the throat. As you go higher gradually tighten your stomach a little bit to support the sound and let the sound resonate (vibrate) to the back of the head or in between the ears as you are going higher.
Please do this for 2 to 5 min. After you do this you should feel that your voice is warmed up, invigorated and stretched out, as you would feel if you stretched are and limbered your body for playing sport. After this I would highly recommend doing some open mouth vowel scales, such as Art, See or Soul. Again on a major 5th or a triad down (5, 3, 1 scale). Do these until you feel YOUR voice is warmed up. After you feel your voice is warmed up, eased into a song.
For my Advanced/ professional students I recommend that you spend 5 minutes doing some mild stretching and limbering up of the body. As we are going to be using most of the muscles in the body when performing. The stretching will consist of some light stretching of every major muscle in the body, but let’s spend a little more time stretching the abdominal and core muscles and loosening up and stretching the neck and shoulder area.
Then I would start with the Ung warm-up exercise for as long as is necessary and until your voice feels limbered, flexible and warmed up. The Ung exercise is the same as the humming exercise except we will block off the back of the uvula (throat) with the tongue to make a light Ung sound. This exercise resonates and circulates warm air around the most important parts of the vocal cords which are the true and false vocal chords.
Then you would continue to do some scales that are going to warm up the specific parts of the voice that I’m about to use in my performance. E.g. if you are going to use a lot of falsetto , do more falsetto exercises, if you’re mainly singing in your higher register, use some higher range scales like crying scales, if you are mainly singing down lower, do some lower range scales, if you’re screaming, do some screaming scales. Warm-up what you were going to use.
Then 10 min before I go on stage would have another light limber and stretch of my body, then very importantly I would proceed to sing the 1st half of the 1st song I am about to sing on stage so that I know I have complete confidence in what I am about to do in 5 min. Then the bottom line is get up on stage and have some fun. That’s what it’s all about in the end, is just having some fun and enjoying what you’re doing.
After the show I recommend a light body stretch and vocal cool down with the hum or Ung vocal exercise, with plenty of water.
Thank you for taking the time to read my 1st column. If you have any suggestions for subject matter that you would like to know more about for write-ups or any questions regarding singing please have no hesitation to contact me at [email protected]
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40 Easy Guitar Songs You Can Learn Overnight

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When you want to entertain your friends, bring out a guitar and lead them in a medley of these easy guitar songs. There are tunes from many musical genres that you can seemingly learn overnight to make sure you’re ready for the next singalong. Each of these popular songs has a unique history and no more than four chords.

Country

European settlers brought acoustic guitars to America when they emigrated. Country music then developed in regions surrounding the Appalachian Mountains, evolving as the melodies absorbed elements from other types of music. Guitars were popular as they were both inexpensive and portable.

Two-Chord Songs

“Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus spurred a renewed interest from younger listeners who had not formerly paid much attention to country music.

Three-Chord Songs

“You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash almost lost its country-music identity when it was absorbed into the mainstream pop culture, and it is considered one of the state songs of Louisiana.
“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock is considered a country-rock song. It has been featured in a video game and was the official theme song for a World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view event.

Rhythm & Blues

The history of using the guitar when playing rhythm and blues can be traced back as far as the 1920s. Using the electric guitar became more popular in the 1940s. This popular genre features basic, yet complex grooves with a driving beat, muted strings, and a clean tone.

Two-Chord Songs

“Fallin” by Alicia Keys is about falling in and out of love with someone. It features a moderate blues tempo.
“Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone, the group’s first number one hit, calls for equality and peace between races and social groups.

Three-Chord Songs

“Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” by Bruno Mars is an R&B pop song that can be considered an ode to a woman’s beauty.
“Hound Dog” has been recorded over 250 times by a wide range of artists and is best known because of the Elvis Presley recording that topped US R&B, pop, and country charts.

Rock and Roll

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Rock and roll music originated in the United States in the early 1950s. Its widespread popularity is partially due to how the music has drawn from such a wide variety of other musical genres, including rhythm and blues, folk and jazz. Many famous musicians who embraced rock and roll, such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard, are still known for their iconic poses featuring their guitars. Rock music encompasses many subcategories such as psychedelic rock, progressive rock, glam rock, heavy metal, new wave, punk and alternative rock.

Two-Chord Songs

“Fire on the Mountain” by the Grateful Dead has been played at Dead shows since 1977 and appears on numerous albums.
“Jane Says” by Janes Addiction was inspired by the band’s namesake and is one of their most famous songs.  It often is the last song played at their concerts.
“Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon is an anti-war song that was the first solo single issued by Lennon.
“Break on Through to the Other Side” by the Doors was the first single released by the band. The word “high” was deleted from many recordings before 1960.
“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen was the title song on Springsteen’s most commercially successful album. This album was also the first compact disc manufactured in the US for commercial release.
“A Horse with No Name” was performed by the band America in the 1970s. It was banned by some radio stations at the time because of alleged references to drugs.

Three-Chord Songs

“The Tide is High” by Blondie was accompanied by a music video of lead singer Debbie Harry trapped in a flooding apartment while being monitored by a space alien.
“Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen often takes listeners back to the glorious, youthful times of their high school days.
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak gained nationwide fame when it was featured in the David Lynch film, “Wild at Heart.”
“Walk of Life” by British band Dire Straits is one of the group’s most recognizable songs. At one time it was licensed to be used nationally in television commercials about a diabetes drug.
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet is named for the cocktail that the artist discovered in an Austin, Texas, bar. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame because of its cultural and historical significance.
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd was written in response to two Neil Young songs. Its misunderstood lyrics incited controversy about civil rights activism in southern states such as Alabama.

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“Beat It” by Michael Jackson was one of the popular singles that propelled the album “Thriller” into becoming the bestselling album ever. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo is reported to have caused a monitor speaker to catch fire during a recording session.
“Evil Ways” by Santana has been covered on numerous occasions and was named in movie credits for “The Fast & The Furious” and “Home for the Holidays”.
“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen is about a Jamaican sailor returning to see his lady love on the island. As one of the most recognizable songs ever recorded, it almost became Washington’s state song and is the reason that April 11 is International Louie Louie Day.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow became one of her most popular radio hits in the early 2000s, and it was featured on hit television series “The Sopranos” and “One Tree Hill.”
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison has been played more than 10 million times on American radio stations and is the most downloaded song from the 1960s.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol was referred to by the songwriter as the purest love song he’d ever written. It’s been featured on several American television shows.

Four-Chord Songs

“Hey, Jealousy” by the Gin Blossoms was once referred to as “manna for radio” in a Rolling Stones magazine review.
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by punk rock band Green Day did not originally include guitar. The string track was recorded separately while other band members were playing foosball.
“Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen features the lead singer Freddie Mercury yelling, “Get on your bikes and ride!”
“Creep” by Radiohead was inspired by a girl that lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood followed around in England. Coincidentally, she did end up attending a Radiohead concert.
“Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones features the chant, “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” and can be heard at sporting events of all types. It sits at number 18 on the 2008 Rolling Stone Top 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time list.
“Free Fallin” by Tom Petty was written about what Petty and collaborator Jeff Lynne saw when they were driving down Ventura Boulevard in and around Los Angeles, California.

Pop

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The guitar, one of America’s most popular instruments, has been prevalent throughout the history of pop music. The look is iconic, and the sound is unforgettable. While some pop music has veered away from guitar sounds, there are many examples of how guitars remain a staple in modern music.

Three-Chord Songs

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars is frequently used as a proposal song, with lyrics focusing on spur-of-the-moment marriage.
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, one of the best-selling singles in history, has been called a “club-ready anthem” with lyrics that address self-empowerment of minority groups.
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars became a worldwide phenomenon after it was released in 2014. Its video has been viewed more than three billion times on YouTube.
“Hey, Ya” by OutKast was influenced by funk, rap, and rock music. The Polaroid Corporation used the song’s lyric, “shake it like a Polaroid picture”, to re-energize the public’s perception of its products.
“Red Red Wine,” originally written by Neil Diamond, was recorded by UB40 with a reggae-style beat. Diamond often uses the UB40 arrangement when performing the song at concerts.
“Wonderwall” by Oasis has been described by the songwriter as a song about “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.”

Four-Chord Songs

“The Winner Takes It All” was recorded by ABBA in the early ‘80s. The topic of this pop ballad reflects on the ending of romantic relationships.
“Pompeii” by Bastille is one of the English pop band’s most well-known international hits, with lyrics about the Roman town that met its fate when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, the all-time fourth best-selling digital single, is about seeking the attention of a cute neighbor who is attracted to someone else.

Go Out and Play

According to some historians, people have been singing to guitar music in some form since ancient times. Playing the guitar can be a very rewarding experience, easy guitar songs can make you look like a pro. Bond with friends and family while playing and singing at social gatherings. Pick your favorite easy guitar songs from this list, practice for a few hours, and you’ll be the life of the party when leading the group in song at the next event.

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7 Vocal Warm Ups You Should Start Using Today

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A career in singing is much like a career in any other field: You start out by taking small steps and gradually climb your way to the top. One important step that many inexperienced singers tend to skip is the vocal warm ups, but just as an exercise routine is necessary to keep the body in shape, vocal warm ups are important to keep the voice in shape and functioning properly. What follows are some helpful vocal warm ups that you should get in the habit of using on a daily basis.

Why Are Vocal Warm-Ups Important?

Before you start your warm ups, you should understand why they are important:
Vocal warm ups help prevent acute injuries to your vocal cords.
A regular warm-up regimen helps keep your voice in shape and prevents damage over time.
Warming up right before a performance can help you prepare mentally as well as physically.
Singing may not seem very athletic, but it is as much a physical activity as running, swimming, or skating. Just as athletes demand a lot of the muscles in their arms, legs, and core, vocalists demand a lot of the muscles that they use to sing, particularly the vocal cords, but also the muscles of the face, neck, and abdomen. Athletes are at greater risk for injury if they don’t warm up and prepare their muscles before a competition; similarly, singers are at greater risk of vocal strain or acute injury if they do not warm up before a performance.
To become a runner, a swimmer, or a figure skater, you need to practice and train to build up your strength and ability over time, and it’s the same with singing. You wouldn’t try to run a marathon your first day out the door, would you? Of course not! Likewise, with singing, a regular warm-up routine will build your vocal strength and stamina gradually.

Reminder to prevent damage to your Voice

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A healthy warm ups routine also helps you to prevent damage to your voice over time. To use another analogy, think of your voice like a car engine that needs regular maintenance, such as oil changes, to keep running at peak efficiency. If an engine doesn’t get regular oil changes, the moving parts rub up against each other, causing wear and tear, and will eventually give out. Your vocal cords are similar to the moving parts of your car: To produce sound, the vocal cords need to come in contact with one another. Vocal cords that are improperly maintained rub up against each other and cause wear and tear the same way that the moving parts of your car engine do.

What is Phonation?

Phonation (making sounds with your voice) requires intense vibration of the vocal cords, which are lined with a delicate tissue. If you don’t maintain your voice with exercise and hydration, the constant stress on the lining of your vocal cords can cause vocal nodules, calluses on your vocal cords that can prevent them from operating efficiently. Vocal nodules are a common medical complaint among singers, and the condition’s effect on a singing career can be devastating. Nodules can sometimes be treated with surgery, but the postsurgical recovery can take a long time, and many singers who have undergone it feel their voices are not the same afterward. Some singers report a loss of vocal range due to treatment for vocal nodules, while others have had to stop singing altogether. It’s best to prevent vocal nodules from forming in the first place, and vocal warm-ups are an important preventative measure.
The benefits of vocal warm-ups aren’t just physical, however; they’re mental too. Like other exercises, vocal warm-ups stimulate the production of endorphins, natural chemicals in your body that improve mood. Warming up before a performance can help you focus your mind and cope effectively with any anxiety or “jitters” that you might feel before performing.

Your New Vocal Warm Ups Exercise Regimen

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Now that you know why you should  do vocal warm ups for your voice, you should next learn how. Your vocal cords are your “instrument,” but as you probably already know, there are other muscles involved in singing. Ideally, you should do vocal warm ups before a practice session or performance. The following exercises warm up the muscles of face all the way down to the abdomen.

1.Solfege

If you’re a beginning singer, the term “solfege” may be unfamiliar to you. “Solfege” is another word for the “Do, Re, Mi” scale demonstrated in the song featured in The Sound of Music. This is a basic exercise that helps train your ear to recognize the proper pitch.

2. Lip Trills

With your jaw relaxed, close your lips loosely together. Think of blowing bubbles underwater to create a buzzing sound. Start on a high-register note that you can sing comfortably. While buzzing your lips together, perform a vocal fall, or “glissando,” down one entire octave, then hold the bottom note for a few seconds. Take a deep breath and start again, this time one half-tone lower than you did before, and perform the same octave-long glissando. Continue in this way by half-tones until the low notes become difficult or uncomfortable for you to reach. If you are able to trill your tongue, as is done when pronouncing a double “R” in Spanish, that’s a variation that you can try to improve your vocal flexibility.

3. Sirens

In this exercise, you imitate the sound of a siren. Start with a low note that’s comfortable for you to reach and sing the syllable “oo,” making your lips into a very small “O” shape. Next, you have your choice of singing up the scale in an ascending arpeggio or doing a glissando up as far as you can comfortably go. Regardless of which you sing, as your pitch becomes higher, open your mouth wider, and as you come back down to the original note, close your mouth back down to an “oo.” Repeat the exercise, beginning one half-tone higher, and continue until the high notes become uncomfortable.

4. Abdominal Staccato

Open your mouth very wide and sing the syllable “haw” on an arpeggio. “Haw” may sound like a laughing syllable, and that’s a good concept to keep in mind as you cut off each note with your abdominal muscles. Keeping each note staccato, sing the arpeggio three times and then sustain the last note. Start again a half-tone up, and keep going as high as is comfortable. When you’ve gone as high as you can go, go back to where you started and begin the exercise again, this time going lower by half-tones until you can’t go any lower.
This exercise or vocal warm ups the diaphragm, which is crucially important because that’s where your breath should be coming from. If your vocal cords are your engine, oxygen is the fuel, and if you strengthen your diaphragm, you’ll never “run out of gas” in the middle of a song.

5. Vowel Runs

Vowel placement and shape are crucially important for proper singing, and this exercise helps you cultivate both, as well as breath control. In this exercise, you sing arpeggios again, but this time you go all the way up to the top of the scale and come back down again. For example, if you start at middle C, sing arpeggios up to the next C and then come back down to middle C. Start with the vowel sound “ah,” and go through your entire range by half-tones, then switch the vowel sound to “eh” and repeat the exercise. Do this for all the vowel sounds.
As a variation, you can do a different vowel sound for each note and even add a consonant sound at the beginning, for example, “Mah, Meh, Mee, Moh, Moo.”

6. Resonant Humming

This exercise is similar to the vowel runs discussed above, but instead of singing on different vowel sounds, you hum. As you hum, create as much space inside your mouth as possible while keeping your lips loosely closed. Your lips should be relaxed during this exercise; don’t try to clamp them shut. As you hum, you should feel your lips vibrating.

7. Tongue Twisters

Singing tongue twisters warms up the tip of the tongue and the teeth and the lips — which, by the way, is a tongue twister that you can use as a vocal warm ups. Tongue twisters can help with enunciation and dictation, which are important if you want people to understand the lyrics you’re singing. Any kind of tongue twister can work for this, but short phrases like “Red leather, yellow leather” or “Aluminum linoleum” may be best to start out with. Tongue twisters often work best with scales; pick whatever tongue twister you like and sing it on the first note of the scale, then repeat on the next note, ascending up and then descending down the entire scale. Go as slowly as you need to in order to pronounce the phrase correctly, making each syllable distinct. Gradually try to increase speed without sacrificing accuracy.
Just as exercise is necessary for a healthy body, warm-ups are necessary for a healthy voice. To prevent vocal damage, be sure to do your vocal warm ups every time you practice or perform.

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How to be Mentally Ready to Train Your Voice!

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I’ve recently completed some research as part of a Post Grad Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy with Voice Workshop and Cardiff Met Uni. (This is an amazing course, and I highly recommend it to any fellow Voice Geeks!) I was motivated to do this research as I wanted to have a better understanding of the ‘bad’ singing habits that I saw in my students. As a result, I can now help them move past them as quickly and painlessly as possible.

These habits included things like:

  • Speeding up when going for high notes or during trickier passages of singing
  • Exerting unnecessary amounts of muscular force (known by most as ‘straining’)
  • Language such as “I can’t do it!”
  • Pulling faces when singing, as if to communicate that they don’t like what they hear
  • Stopping entirely if they feel they aren’t doing well

In my day to day teaching I found that the singers who frequently engaged in these habits made slower progress and weren’t as adaptable when given verbal instructions.

For example, asking the singer who was straining to ‘relax’, didn’t help at all (and actually made us both more frustrated at times.) I knew that these singers hadn’t simply reached the peak of their singing ability, and I really felt that the key to their progress was somehow connected to their thoughts and focus.

Below I’m going to share with you some of the key points from my research so that you can put them into action in your own singing practice.

 

Human’s are wired with a tendency towards ‘end gaining.’

This means that we tend to focus so much upon our desired end goal that we lose sight of the method that will actually get us there.  In order to make progress in vocal training (and probably many other things) we need to focus consistently upon the method, no matter how removed it may seem from the end goal.

An example of this may be that for a singer who tends to strain, they may actually need to sing more quietly in order to reduce tension and develop more flexibility in their upper register. The end goal and the method are two separate things, and by sticking to a method, we are able to take tangible steps in the right direction.

 

SingingSinging is a sensory experience and learning to use your voice differently requires ‘implicit learning.’

Learning to sing is not the same as learning facts. You can’t intellectually will yourself to be able to do something with your voice. Vocal training requires awareness of how our body feels and moves, and getting a good handle on this is a gradual process.

I like to compare it to dieting – the process may require a lot of mental will power and you won’t see the results each time you turn down a doughnut, but if you persist there will be a moment down the line when you realise your clothes are too big/you are now smashing that high note that used to be impossible.

 

Our self image and our motor skills are inseparable entities.

Every time we learn a new motor skill, we are changing our brain’s sense of who we are. We can understand this better by thinking about when babies first develop the motor skills to touch their feet, or suck their thumb. Their anatomy hasn’t changed but their new motor skills have led them to discover a part of themselves that they were previously unaware of.

With each new movement, we are building a sense or ‘map’ of who we are, physically and mentally. Vocal training will require you to make sounds you haven’t heard yourself make before and move your body, mouth, face etc in ways you might not normally, and this can feel really weird at first!

 

How can I turn these into actions?

1. Commit to sensory learning

One way to be more in tune with your body is through the art Mindfulness. Being mindful and aware is hard, particularly if you have a tendency to be anxious, or if you have a job that requires you to think in a different way. However, it has been proven that singers who practice the art of Mindfulness are much better at correcting tensions within their own voice and will therefore progress more quickly in their training.

Recommendations:

Book – Mindfulness Plain and Simple, Oli Doyle

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App: Headspace

 

2. Trust. In the process, in yourself and in your teacher

If you find a great teacher (and stick with them) the only reason for you not to progress is if you don’t practice the exercises they give you, or if you give up entirely. There may be times when you doubt whether you are progressing and this is very normal. However, remember that emotions are subjective and are not an accurate gauge of how well you are actually doing.

 

3. Stick it out for longer by avoiding ‘black and white’ thinking

If you notice yourself having a thought such as ‘I can’t do it’ or ‘My voice is bad,’ change the thought to something more realistic such as, “I can’t do it yet” or “I don’t like xxxx about my voice, but I’m working on it.”

Recommended reading:

The Inner Game Of Music, W. Timothy Gallwey

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Rob Wilson

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Singing is an art form that requires training of both the body and the mind. By understanding this we can make the process of learning much quicker and more enjoyable. Try out the tips above and let me know how you get on!

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Pop Music and People are my two greatest passions, and I take pride in offering a highly individualised approach to working with singers. In popular music there are no fixed rules as to how singers ‘should’ sound and I use my wealth of training in vocal science and technique in a creative way. I experienced vocal difficulties after completing my undergraduate vocal studies and as a result took a break from singing. Although I missed it terribly, this break gave me the opportunity to explore my passion for working with people with Learning Disabilities and subsequently became a Person Centred Planning Specialist. This experience has undoubtedly had impacted upon my coaching style, allowing me to offer unique and in-depth support to all of my singing clients.
As an Authorised Instructor for Vocology in Practice, I am committed to offering the highest standards of vocal training to my students, and consistently furthering my own development as a singer and a vocal coach. In my spare time I can be found singing power ballads, doing yoga (badly) and mooching around coffee shops.

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Gemma Milburn

Pop Music and People are my two greatest passions, and I take pride in offering a highly individualised approach to working with singers. In popular music there are no fixed rules as to how singers ‘should’ sound and I use my wealth of training in vocal science and technique in a creative way. I experienced vocal difficulties after completing my undergraduate vocal studies and as a result took a break from singing. Although I missed it terribly, this break gave me the opportunity to explore my passion for working with people with Learning Disabilities and subsequently became a Person Centred Planning Specialist. This experience has undoubtedly had impacted upon my coaching style, allowing me to offer unique and in-depth support to all of my singing clients.
An an Authorised Instructor for Vocology in Practice, I am committed to offering the highest standards of vocal training to my students, and consistently furthering my own development as a singer and a vocal coach. In my spare time I can be found singing power ballads, doing yoga (badly) and mooching around coffee shops.

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1 min read Studies show that three in five immobile, older patients in hospital had no medical reason requiring bedrest. ...

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Our readers respond to this week’s top stories

Contents‘No other country agrees with Britain’s demands’Highest number of top grades for six years despite ‘tougher’ exams‘This is absurd. How can...

Patients should be treated by admin staff and case managers Patients should be treated by admin staff and case managers
Health5 days ago

Patients should be treated by admin staff and case managers

3 min read Patients should be treated by teams of administrative staff and case managers instead of expecting to routinely...

Health5 days ago

The last British veterans of Korea: the Forgotten War

4 min read “It was a very dark night. We had tremendous fire power orchestrated: the American 155 howitzer and...

Manchester Imam 'called for armed jihad' at mosque where Arena bomber prayed Manchester Imam 'called for armed jihad' at mosque where Arena bomber prayed
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Manchester Imam ‘called for armed jihad’ at mosque where Arena bomber prayed

2 min read After the arena bombing Didsbury Mosque called for anyone with information about the bombing to contact the...

Pain-relieving drug 'reduces need for epidural during labour' Pain-relieving drug 'reduces need for epidural during labour'
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Pain-relieving drug ‘reduces need for epidural during labour’

1 min read A pain-relieving drug could help halve the number of women needing epidurals during labour, a study has...

Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff
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Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff

2 min read A prisoner was reimbursed 57 pence as compensation after a magazine they owned was lost or damaged...

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Scottish aristocrat warns divorce tourism across the border will soar after ex-wife was allowed to fight for a slice of his fortune in England

1 min read The legal battle is the first reported cross-border case under EU Maintenance Regulation, introduced in 2011, which...

Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care
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Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care

1 min read The mother was said by police to be an active member of a women’s circle closely associated...

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