Monday, May 23, 2016

Front, back or side? The best place to stand in your choir

When you first join a choir it’s very tempting to stand on the back row and hide until you feel more confident.

odd one out
photo by Pam Fray

But did you know that’s the worst place for a beginner to be? Here’s why.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Why learning songs with foreign lyrics need not be scary

I teach songs from all over the world, often in foreign languages. But people are always asking me for more songs in English.

Globe_of_language

Why is this? Especially since singers usually find the songs with English lyrics harder!

Monday, May 09, 2016

How male singers can successfully pitch from a woman (and how women can pitch from a man)

As we saw last week, many singers struggle with finding (and keeping) their starting notes.

Conchita
photo by Albin Olsson

What can make it even harder is if a man is trying to pitch from a woman, or vice versa. Here’s what happens and how you can overcome any difficulties.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Finding (and keeping) your starting note

Many singers struggle with finding their starting note. Once they’ve nailed that, they’re off and it’s no problem.

piano keyboard

How can you make sure you’ve got the right starting note and, more importantly, how can you keep hold of it before the song sets off?

Monday, April 25, 2016

I know over 600 songs so how come I can’t think of one when somone asks?

I added it up the other day and I’ve taught over 600 songs in 3- and 4-part harmony over the last 15 years or so.

scratching head
photo by Eric Kilby

But when someone unexpectedly asks me to teach or sing a song, I can’t think of one! What’s that about?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Neither fish nor fowl – why most singers don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes

You know the situation: one harmony part goes too high for you, but the other option goes way too low.

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The fact is that most of us don’t fit neatly into SATB boxes. What are we to do?

Monday, April 11, 2016

When nobody comes to your concert or workshop – how to avoid or recover from a marketing fail

You’ve put all the time and hard work into publicising your next concert or workshop, but then hardly anybody turns up.

empty room

How do you figure out what went wrong? It’s all about the what, the when and the where.