Great talent is not equal to success

Posted on Categories: Education, Goal Setting, Inspiration, Learning and Memory, Learning Strategies, Mental Practice, Passion, Performance Skills, Personal Development, Practice techniques, Singing teacher, Slider, Talent Development

No, it is a growth mindset and sheer grit. And science concurs. Whilst I haven’t got my own stats on this, I can certainly vouch for these predictors antidotally. When I look at the success of my students and clients over the years I’ve taught, whether related to developing their voices, overcoming poor singing habits, gaining […]

Introducing the vocal workout app, VocalizeU.

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What is it? A practical software program for singers to add to their iPad, iPhone, Desktop (Mac and PC) with Android (on its way). What does it do?  Provides a set of individualised vocal training program or warm-up exercises. Plus it contains ear training exercises, video examples, quizzes, a piano app, records, and there are two […]

How to improve your intonation (pitch) and vocal tone

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My students and I have been having fun recently with a computer programme called Sing and See.  We’ve also noticed a marked improvement in tone and pitching when using this nifty bit of software. This revolutionary software that gives real-time feedback when singing! The software SHOWS your precise pitch and vocal timbre as you sing. […]

How to become an expert solo vocalist.

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Bobby McFerrin is without a doubt, one of the most accomplished vocalists of this century. He has lead the way in 20th/21st Century solo vocal performance through his unique use of the voice and body, combined with highly skilled musicality and improvisation. His style transcends genres, being equally comfortable and accomplished in classical, popular, folk […]

Setting Goals

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If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra Week 3 of the Performers edge course we address goal setting. If you want to achieve your dreams as a singer and performer you will have to set some goals. First decide where you want to go, dare to dream […]

Don’t forget the lyrics!

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The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant. Glenda Jackson (LH: This is as true for singing as it is for acting.) Techniques for memorising lyrics and songs A recurring nightmare for many singers is one where they forget the lyrics mid song. […]

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

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I love quotes, I collect them to inspire others and myself; as a teaching tool and to understand the world better. This quote, by the American football coach Vince Lombardi, has been proven to me over and over in my vocal studio.  I used to be quite baffled when I encountered singers who were focused, […]