Monday, June 20, 2016

What you can learn from singing workshops to become a better singer or workshop leader

None of us is perfect. There are always things we can do to improve our singing or teaching abilities.

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We can learn how to do that at every single rehearsal or singing workshop we attend. Here’s what I learnt from a recent singing workshop – and how you can too.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 3: the advantages of a good committee

I’ve written about the things that can go wrong with choir committees, now it’s time to celebrate the good bits.

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A good committee can be a huge benefit to any choir.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 2: when committees go bad

Having a good committee can be a huge benefit to a choir.

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But having a bad committee can be horrid and even destructive. Here are some common problems and how to deal with them.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 1: what is a committee for?

Many choirs have committees. These are usually made up of choir members and exist to help the choir run smoothly.

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At least that’s the idea, but sometimes things can go wrong and your committee can become a hindrance. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your committee.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.