Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia in the Harbor of Tripoli by Edward Moran "Hang on a tick! What have boats got to do with singing?" I hear you cry. Well, let's just ignore the entire history of sea shanties, side-step my love of the sea in general and glorious old sailing ships in particular, and … Continue reading Why Singers Need to Burn their Boats
Last December, I lost my voice. Totally. I was unable to sing or speak, other than the tiniest strangled squeak. I hadn't had any signs of a cold or virus, and the only warning that I had was a slight sensation of what I can only describe as “splitting” of my voice when singing some … Continue reading When Your Voice Stops Working – My Story
A guest blog from our new team member, #maninthehat Mark James Music has to be perfect right? Every note has to be right, every beat on time and every word sung on pitch, right? WRONG! We are starting to lose sight of what music is and what is has been for thousands of years. The … Continue reading Music has to be perfect, right?
Actors and directors talk about “taking a beat” when working with action or dialogue. In essence, it’s a way of changing pace, or emphasis, or direction. In recent years, I’ve come to learn that taking a beat in life is one of the most important things we can do. It’s so easy to become submerged … Continue reading Take a Beat
It's nearly show time! Less than a week to go to the big day, and butterflies are flapping up a storm. Members of Voices Unlimited (Worcestershire's biggest independent adult contemporary vocal group, led by college boss Ria Keen), are gearing up for our show at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. We have just two more rehearsals … Continue reading Your Body Is Your Musical Instrument
Hypnosis is nonsense, right? We've all seen those stage shows where people are made to squawk like chickens or do Elvis impressions in the name of "entertainment". How can something like that possibly have any credence or use in the real world? Well the fact is, hypnosis is just an altered state - a … Continue reading Can Self-Hypnosis Help You To Sing or Teach Better?
A tale of scales, sorcery and science… In a world where many things are regulated to within an inch of their lives, and where hoop-jumping and form-filling masquerade as ‘standards’, it would seem to be a blessing that singing teachers are an unregulated bunch. And it is, sort of, because regulating creativity is a tricky … Continue reading What Makes A Great Singing Teacher?
We've just launched a new series of bite-size videos which will be updated monthly, and the first ones have been uploaded today! The TMTs are chatty, 2 - 3 minute videos recorded by members of the team talking about all things singing, teaching, music, gear and industry, from our very individual perspectives. Kinda like a … Continue reading Two Minute Tips series launch
We're very excited to tell you that we're going to be offering a very special course created and recorded by top coach Gido Schimanski, who has worked with some fabulous top-end artists in helping them to overcome their self-limiting beliefs. Most people go into self-limiting overdrive when it comes to auditions, and this is what … Continue reading “Successful Auditions for Creative High Achievers” – Coming Soon!
Words of wisdom from long-standing friend of VIDLA, Robert Lunte of The Vocalist Studio. In this video, Robert talks about the poor mental conditioning that makes singers think that they have to 'hit high notes' when in fact notes are just notes... it doesn't matter whether they are high or low in pitch - it … Continue reading Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes