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
The sun finally decided to show itself this year here in Guernsey, where I live, so I decided it was a good day to get back into running. I started running back in September after I was cast in a production of ‘Anything Goes’ as Reno Sweeney, and quickly realised that, although I could sing … Continue reading Are you ready to run?….
I've had a bit of a year of it, accident-wise. In October 2017 I fell from the top stair of a full flight and landed heavily on my butt, on the bottom step (oh the irony)! At the time I genuinely thought I'd broken my back, because the impact winded me so much that I … Continue reading Bowen Therapy – A Singer’s Secret Weapon?
One day last month, I was cleaning my studio ready for the next week of lessons and in an uncharacteristic departure from my usual OCD, I moved a few things around. I know, I’m a wild woman – stick with me! Anyway, my streamlining worked well but I was left with a little empty shelf/windowsill, … Continue reading Polishing, Percussion and New Perspectives
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
As a singer, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the act of making a tuneful and /or crowd-pleasing noise had been reduced in recent years to nothing more than a series of sciencey-sounding manoeuvres. Teachers appear to be obsessed with the muscles of the vocal tract and - even more exciting! - formant tuning, compression, … Continue reading Singing is more than pulleys and levers
Why Singers Need To Get A Wiggle On When teaching singing or watching others sing, it is a curious thing to note that very often, people who are animated and expressive when speaking become very still when they start to sing. I have seen this equally and often among performing arts students, nervous beginners, … Continue reading Sound is Movement
With the open day for our new course, "Sound for Personal Transformation" with Steve Balsamo coming up in November (news of that to follow!), we thought it was time for another post from our guest blogger, sound healer Gail Montague. Now, Gail herself says that this might be "a little whacky" for some of you, … Continue reading Sound Archetypes
At VIDLA HQ we've been trying out Jaime's new app for iPhone and we're giving it a big thumbs-up! It's worth the $6.99 investment (roughly four of your English pounds) to have a mega-accurate tuner for loads of instruments, a 7-octave pitch wheel which shows you exactly how in or out of tune you are, scales … Continue reading Jaime Vendera’s TUNED XD app for iPhone
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