Monday, July 15, 2019

How slow can you sing? – using speed as a rehearsal tool

Doing anything too fast can result in errors and inaccuracies.

By slowing a naturally fast song down, you can reveal all kinds of mistakes and problems.

Monday, July 08, 2019

When did you last tell your singers how grateful you are?

Your singers turn up to choir week after week without fail. It’s very easy to get caught up in the music-making and forget that they don’t have to be there.

It’s good to show your gratitude to your singers from time to time. Don’t take them for granted!

Monday, July 01, 2019

What do you do if you’ve not finished teaching a song before the end of the session?

Last weekend I ran one of my monthly drop-in sessions. I had underestimated the time it would take to teach a song so couldn’t finish it by the time the session ended.

What can you do in situations like that?

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.