Recording vs Live Performance – Which is harder?

This year I’ve been getting back into recording tracks, mixing them, making them sound as good as possible. It’s a skill in and of itself, but when it comes to recording your own voice vs doing a live performance, which is harder, and which is easier?

Well, it’s not that simple. There’s pros and cons each way. Let’s have a look at them in turn: Continue reading “Recording vs Live Performance – Which is harder?”

Vocal Tessitura – What is it? How is this helpful?

What is vocal tessitura? This comes up a lot, especially in the workshops I run (you can book on here if you’re interested in coming). Wikipedia defines vocal tessitura as:

“… the most aesthetically acceptable and comfortable vocal range for a given singer”

This is 90% of the story, but the nuances go deeper than this. Let me explain. Continue reading “Vocal Tessitura – What is it? How is this helpful?”

Putting in the reps

This is a simple tip this week, and that is the power of putting in the reps.

What do I mean by this?

So often people look for a silver bullet to either fix their vocal issues, or take their performances to another level, polish their songs, or whatever it might be. Now whilst there ARE certain things that can be done to radically improve any one of those things, the real development comes from putting in heavy repetition of those changes. Continue reading “Putting in the reps”

5 Reasons: Why singing is like clothing…

Hear me out… I’ve used this analogy so many times in lessons, I thought it was worth fleshing out why I relate to it so much here.

Building your singing voice, establishing your style, fixing things you don’t like and capitalising on the things you do, and finding songs that work for you, is very very similar to trying to find a clothing approach and fashion style that suits you. Let me give you five reasons I think so, and why I love this analogy. Continue reading “5 Reasons: Why singing is like clothing…”

How different is your singing from your speaking voice?

One of the key principles that our technique is built on is using the natural calibration of your speaking voice (i.e. chest voice) as a roadmap to build our singing voice. The greater the deviation from our speaking voice co-ordination/calibration (evidenced by a different sound), the greater the level of issues singers tend to encounter.

Such issues can be physical, acoustic, and/or psychological. Let’s get into the first one now… Continue reading “How different is your singing from your speaking voice?”

Doyle Bramhall II – Everything You Need

A great 70s soul sound from Doyle Bramhall II. This guy has done it all, with Clapton, Roger Waters, Jimmie Vaughn and many many more. It reminds me of Donny Hathaway but far more guitar led. Very easy-going vocals to be found here.