Monday, June 24, 2019

Why are so many people afraid to open their mouths and sing?

I believe that everyone can sing. But despite encouragement, there are many people who think that they can’t.

photo by Sophia Spring/The Observer

For them, just opening their mouths can be scary. Why is that, and what can be done about it?

Monday, June 17, 2019

Why alcohol and good singing don’t mix

Performing in public can be nerve-racking. Some singers have a drink to take the edge off their nerves.

But that often results in very bad singing. Here’s why should avoid it.

Monday, June 10, 2019

How to stand and sing without getting backache

I always encourage my singers to stand. It’s the most effective body position for singing.

However, some older singers or those with back problems can be resistant. Is it possible to stand and sing without getting backache?

Monday, June 03, 2019

How to adapt singing warm ups if you have limited mobility

Like many choir leaders, I get people to loosen up their bodies as well as their voices when preparing to sing (see Preparing to sing: what should a warm up consist of?).

But we also need to be aware of those who have limited mobility. Here are some ideas for making sure your warm up is as inclusive as possible.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Having a “no music day” can improve your music-making

I’ve just returned from a week away. During that time I heard virtually no music and didn’t sing a single note.

It got me thinking about how having a break from music can reinvigorate our music-making practice.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Choir leaders: how to give yourself a break and not feel guilty

We all need a break from time to time. Even choir leaders.

But some of us find it hard to prioritise downtime. Here are some ideas for how to take a break without feeling guilty.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Why I record the songs at the end of every singing workshop I lead

Some years ago I began to record the songs learnt at the end of each of my singing workshops.

Here’s why I continue to do it, and what the benefits are.