Singing is more than pulleys and levers

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

Sound is Movement

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

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?

Robert Lunte talks head voice onsets!

Our good friend and colleague Robert Lunte of The Vocalist Studio, Seattle has just released a new video talking about 6 different onsets to get you into head voice. Check it out here.

New Product Launch for Robert Lunte / TVS

Our good friend and colleague Robert Lunte, founder of TVS (The Vocalist Studio) in Seattle, author of the very successful Four Pillars of Singing book & DVDs, and CEO of The Modern Vocalist - the world's largest forum for contemporary voice, has launched a brand-new range of products for vocalists everywhere. Rob's outstandingFour Pillars of … Continue reading New Product Launch for Robert Lunte / TVS

Why Should You Bother Doing a VIDLA Course?

Distance-learning isn't for everyone, but there are a lot of good reasons why you may benefit from taking one of our courses if you want to expand your knowledge of vocal pedagogy under the guidance of one of our highly-experienced tutors. We have many students who come to us with very, very impressive qualifications - … Continue reading Why Should You Bother Doing a VIDLA Course?

New Article by Dena Murray!

VIDLA's Patron, author and vocal coach Dena Murray, has been kind enough to write an exclusive article for VIDLA this week. The article is called 'Dispelling the Myth - Proper Engagement of the Diaphragm', and is a tantalising glimpse into the focus of her latest book, which is available to order via Amazon, or via … Continue reading New Article by Dena Murray!

Which vocal system is best?

Singers and trainee teachers often ask which 'system' they should be studying in order to be the best possible singer or singing teacher that they can be. At VIDLA, we believe that all of the well-known systems have a great deal to offer, along with many of the smaller ones. Speech Level Singing, Estill, Jeannie … Continue reading Which vocal system is best?