What should and shouldn’t singers eat and drink?

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Confused about what you should/shouldn’t eat? Are you tired of trying to keep up with the latest diet fad or “must have” superfood? Are you wondering if you have an allergy or intolerance to a particular food? Are you unsure if you should be investing more in organic foods, supplements or that newfangled juice maker? […]

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 […]

Do pop/rock singers need vocal technique?

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Over the years I’ve been teaching and working in the music industry I have never really got to the bottom of why, as a whole, contemporary singers don’t think they need vocal technique or training. That is until it’s almost too late, the damage is done, the tour cancelled, gig lost, money rescinded and confidence […]

Hypermobility and singing – is it relevant?

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I’ve been learning a lot of interesting things about performers and medical issues. One topic which piqued my interest and gave me an ah-ha moment was that of hypermobility aka double-jointedness This condition can be an advantage for some performing artist but if you are a singer and have it in your larynx that could […]

Vocal care DOs and DON’Ts

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DO + Keep well-hydrated 1-1.5l/day. More if energy output increases or you’re in a hot environment. + Maintain good general health with a balanced diet. + Consider planning your eating around your performance needs. + Maintain regular vocal practice and training. + Get a vocal instructor who understands how to train and exercise the voice […]

OMG it’s TMJD! Temporalmandibular Joint Disorder and the singer

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I recently answered a question in “Singing Coaches/ Teachers“, on Linkedin, from a teacher who has a student who’s jaw clicks and dislocates when she sings on an AH sound. This clicking could be due to Temporalmadibular Joint disorder, in other words, a disorder of the jaw joint. The symptoms can be in the form […]

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 […]

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