Monday, January 15, 2018

Not everyone will like your singing voice – but that’s OK

Your friend plays you one of their favourite singers and you just don’t get it. To your ears it sounds pretty awful.

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Liking a singing voice is very subjective. We all know that. However, it can get us down when it’s our voice that’s being considered.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Can you join a choir if you can’t hit a note?

I had an enquiry this week: “Am I correct in believing that, to join your choir, it isn’t necessary to be able to hit a note?”

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I said that yes, that was the case. But it’s important to unpick what “unable to hit a note” means.

Monday, January 01, 2018

New year, new plans – how to get what you want

Many people use the turning of the year as an opportunity to reflect on the past and make plans for the future.

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It’s easy to go overboard though and end up trying to become a completely different person or making unrealistic plans which will inevitably fail.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Making a good impression is what counts whether you’re a business, singer or choir leader

I’ll let you into a secret: I’m not glued to my computer on this Christmas day!

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photo by Nigel

I wrote this piece a while back and have scheduled it to be published on 25th December.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A little praise goes a long way for both singers AND choir leaders

When things aren’t going well, it’s noticeable. That’s when you give constructive criticism.

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But when everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to take it for granted. That’s when a word or two of praise can work wonders.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What to do if you catch a cold and a concert is looming

At this time of year many of you will be singing in Christmas concerts.

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It’s also the time of year when there are plenty of bugs around. Here’s a timely reminder of what you can do if you catch a cold and a concert is coming up.

Monday, December 04, 2017

12 false beliefs about singing that can prevent you from even trying – don’t let them stop you!

Many of us had bad singing experiences at school. You might have been kicked out of the choir or told to stand at the back and mime.

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Experiences like that can put you off singing for years, and even if you really want to give it a go in later life there are many ridiculous myths which may prevent you from even trying. Time to explode them!