Monday, February 19, 2018

Making the space work for you – how to cope with unusual venues

I have run several singing workshops recently in less-than-ideal spaces.

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Rather than being a problem, I found ways to embrace the situation. Here are some ideas you might find useful.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Leading your first ever singing group – a complete beginner’s guide

I am often asked for advice from people who want to start a singing group, but have absolutely no experience.

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photo by The U.S. Army

Or sometimes people have been asked to start a workplace choir or to take over their church choir activities. Here are some tips to get you started.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Why being ‘pitchy’ can be in the ear of the beholder

Sometimes when I watch TV singing talent shows like The Voice or X-Factor I think that the singer is out of tune, but the judges don’t seem to notice.

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At other times the judges point out that a singer is ‘pitchy’, but I think they’re perfectly in tune. What’s going on here?

Monday, January 29, 2018

What do singing and sex have in common? – more than you think!

Sex is (mostly) a private activity. If somebody were to observe you, you would (probably) find it embarrassing.

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Singing with others is an acceptable public activity, but it too can be embarrassing. Often in surprising ways.

Monday, January 22, 2018

A little self-doubt as a singer can help – especially if you’re a man!

There was an article in The Guardian about how women tend to experience more self-doubt than men.

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I’ve noticed that the men who come to my singing weekends are often not as good as the women. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s because men over-estimate their singing abilities.

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.