Sound Archetypes

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

Jaime Vendera’s TUNED XD app for iPhone

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

Sing Deep Notes, Don’t Hit High Notes

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

Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

I'm a huge fan of the musical theatre talent that we produce in this country. In the MT schools and on the West End and touring stages stand and sing some of the greatest voices we have. It infuriates me when shows like X-Factor / The Voice tell the hapless contestants "Well really you don't belong … Continue reading Why aren’t we looking after our Musical Theatre students?

Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

In speaking to and mentoring our students, we get to discuss a lot of interesting things, and one of them is what to do when a student appears to over-analyse everything when approaching new techniques, or who physically freezes when asked to try something. It turns out that this is "a thing" and that many … Continue reading Singing, Teaching, and Not Living in Your Head

Looking after your voice

All of our students work extremely hard, not just to pass their courses, but also to produce resources for their own students. Samantha Laurilla, the 2012 recipient of The John Owen Jones Award, has recently produced a great guide to looking after your voice on a day-to-day basis. It's packed with easy-to-follow, common sense advice, … Continue reading Looking after your voice

Steve Balsamo Harmonic Healer Workshop 28/4/12 – an inside view

Three of the core VIDLA team (Ria Keen, Cordelia Lewis, Melanie Winterflood) travelled to Swansea last weekend to attend Steve Balsamo's workshop on healing via chant and toning, and it was worth the trip! The workshop was held at the Academy of Psychic and Spiritual Studies in Swansea, which is on the first floor of … Continue reading Steve Balsamo Harmonic Healer Workshop 28/4/12 – an inside view