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.

Voice pedagogy – has teaching become more about science than singing?

A question was asked relatively recently in a voice forum by someone who had picked up on recent trends for voice teachers to dive heavily into voice research as opposed to practical vocal development.

“Has voice pedagogy become study ABOUT the voice rather than how to TEACH singing?”

This is a fascinating question, and one I think about a lot. I posted the following response in the forum, and a number of people suggested I follow it up as an article on my site. Here are my thoughts in response to the above question:

In my opinion, I think there has been an excessive shift towards pure intellectual knowledge over practical application. More importantly, there has been a drift away from a more objective and concrete understanding/appreciation of what makes good singing. Having objective science seems to matter very little if there isn’t something objective to apply it to, i.e. what does good singing ACTUALLY sound like? Continue reading “Voice pedagogy – has teaching become more about science than singing?”