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 […]

6 strategies to overcome stage fright aka performance anxiety

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

If you haven’t already I highly recommend you read my post Warning: stage fright can ruin your performance. It will give you a background to the cause and symptoms of stage fright also known as, performance anxiety. The next step is to accept that this condition is natural and normal. What you don’t want is […]

How to become an expert solo vocalist.

Posted on Categories: Artist Interviews, Education, Expertise, Goal Setting, Learning Strategies, Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Practice techniques, Singers, Talent Development

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 […]

From session singer to icon, Whitney Houston RIP

Posted on Categories: Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Personal Development, Singers, Singing

‘One of the greatest singers that ever stood behind a microphone’. Aretha Franklin 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 […]

The Performer’s Edge course sum up

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Hello, I must apologise for not being able to keep up with the Performer’s Edge blogs. So much to do, so little time! 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’d grown and […]

Artist focus: Carrie Haber

Posted on Categories: Passion, Performance Skills, Performing Arts, Singers, Singing, Slider, Talent Development, Top TipsTags: , , , ,

What do you use your singing voice for? To perform my original songs to a live audience as well as to record and sell my music. How long have you been taking voice lessons for? Roughly 8 – 9 years And How often? I started off with an intensive course of lessons while being at […]

Yes, I’m talking to you…communication

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

(There had to be a dog picture at some point…maybe nearly as cute as Dexter…maybe) So this week on the Performer’s Edge course we looked at communication. Firstly we discussed verbal and non verbal forms of communication. A singer needs to be able to communicate using both forms. Body language is a vital form of […]

Success, what does it mean to you?

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On the Performer’s Edge course we start off by looking into the meaning of success. I start here because often when I ask singers what their ultimate goal is with their singing I get vague or unfocused answers such as “I just want to sing” or “I want to be famous”. These statements could be […]

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