Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chris Rowbury’s monthly music roundup

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Monday, June 29, 2015

How to pace a long singing workshop effectively

If a singing workshop is just a couple of hours long, then singers’ energy and concentration will probably be fine.

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But for workshops which last a whole day, energy, concentration, focus, boredom, etc. all become factors. What’s the most effective way to pace a long singing workshop?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Have you got what it takes to be a singer?

There’s a lot of nonsense out there about what it takes to be a singer.

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The fact is, you already are one! Let’s unpick some of the myths and misconceptions.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Choir and workshop leaders: make sure you’re on the receiving end from time to time

I like being in charge, as do most choir and singing workshop leaders. Our job mainly consists of telling people what to do and helping them to sing the best that they can.

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Trouble is it’s easy to forget what it’s like to be on the receiving end of that. Which is why I always try to attend other singing workshops as a normal participant.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Coming back to singing after a long absence or a bad experience

Whether it’s bringing up a family or long-term illness or a bad singing experience, many people find it hard to get back into singing when they’ve been away for a long time.

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Here are some ideas for ways of gently easing your way back into singing after a long break.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Singing with a group of strangers – mixing and mingling ideas for learning names

It always amazes me how surprised people are that a group of strangers can sing harmony together in just a few minutes. It’s not necessary to know the other singers to be able to sing well with them, but some people feel that they need to be introduced.

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How can you get a group of strangers to get to know each other quickly without taking up too much time? Here are a few ideas.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Four powerful ideas guaranteed to help you learn to sing better

People are always asking me how they can learn to sing. Everyone is already a singer of course, but it’s always possible to learn how to sing better.

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Here are four simple but powerful ideas that will help you be a better singer, whether you sing in a choir or a band or are a soloist.