Touring and the singer

Touring and the singer

Posted on Categories: Education, General Health, Inspiration, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Medicine, Personal Development, Practice techniques, Singers, Singing, Slider, Top Tips, Vocal Health

Not so long ago I received an email from a singer by the name of Vanessa Murray. She was gathering information to help her with her MA dissertation on the topic of how touring affects the voice. I thought you might find this information of use too so have published the answers I gave her […]

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 […]

Tips to deal with stage fright

6 strategies to overcome stage fright aka performance anxiety

Posted on Categories: Performance anxiety, Performance Skills, Performing Arts Medicine, Singing, Slider, Top Tips

Have you ever found yourself in front of an audience with your knees shaking and sweat trickling down your temple? Maybe you want to throw up, or suddenly there’s not enough air in the room. You may feel like your mouth is as dry as a sandy desert and your voice, normally controlled and strong […]

BobbyMcFerrin a great example of vocal expertise

How to become an expert solo vocalist like Bobby McFerrin.

Posted on Categories: Communication, Education, Expertise, Musicianship, Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Singers

Bobby McFerrin is without a doubt, one of the most accomplished vocalists of this century. He leads 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 and […]

Whitney Houston RIP

Whitney Houston, from session singer to icon

Posted on Categories: Creativity, Inspiration, Passion, Performance Skills, Singers, Singing

I was very sad to hear of Whitney Houston’s death last month. She possessed an extraordinary voice that appeared to have no limitations, her vocal style influenced thousands of singers of my generation and since. Unlike many chart singers of today, Whitney cut her teeth as a working singer before hitting the big time. She worked […]

Who Are You?

Brilliant question regarding my credibility to run The Performer’s Edge course

Posted on Categories: Artist development, Education, Performance Skills, Personal Development, Practice techniques, Singing

I received this question to a post I made advertising The Performer’s Edge Course in LindedIn. I thought it was very relevant, so I am posting the question and my answer here too: “It sounds fabulous although I would love to know more about your experience as a performer. It seems contrary but I have […]

The Performer's Edge

Summing up The Performer’s Edge course

Posted on Categories: Artist development, Education, Expertise, Goal Setting, Mental Practice, Mindset, Performance Skills, Personal Development, Singers, Singing, Talent Development

A group of performers and I have been working hard in The Performer’s Edge course. We were all so amazed this week to find we had come to the 10th and final class so soon. We all agreed it had been a great journey. We’ve all grown and everyone said they were walking away with […]

Communicating effectively on stage

How to improve your communication skills on stage

Posted on Categories: Communication, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Singing, Talent Development

In The Performer’s Edge course we explore communication on stage. To start we discussed verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. A singer needs to be able to communicate using both forms. Body language is a vital form of communication between humans, along with vocal tone and the words especially on stage where distance becomes a […]