Students often ask me for advice on learning a new piece of music for the first time. Although this varies so much depending on the instrument and difficulty of the piece, when faced with a new aria or song to learn I always consider the following before even looking at learning the notes:
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I recommend the following resource:
Sing Together! 100 Songs for Unison Singing by William Appleby
This is a useful book to use when teaching young vocal beginners. The book contains lots of well known nursery rhymes and folksongs that are easy to learn and teach. With the simple piano...
Singing is happiness. You can find the best of your self when you sing. It is an act of generosity for yourself and for others when you sing onstage. I believe you can experience a huge number of emotions by singing and make others feel those emotions and interact with you. Singing is an art you...
Postural Alignment – Head and neck tension
My postural alignment has been poor all my life with a slightly curved spine but it was made worse by a fractured collarbone from a cycling accident when I was 19. At the time the doctor just allowed to set causing new bone to form under the crack...
Primal sound is a connection between the voice and the emotional core.
A laugh, sighs, cries, shouts and howls, grunts and yawns are all primal sounds. These sounds are natural and happen without thinking of breath, onset, placement or resonance. One of the best ways to warm up the voice is to...
"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing!"
This article is focused on the benefits of Singing and how it really can help you all year around!
So, how exactly can singing help me I hear you ask!
Singing can help you:
Improve your Concentration
Singing, at its roots, is so simple. We can all do it from birth - listen to how loudly babies cry considering their tiny size !
As we learn more about the world this natural reflex can diminish. But all is not lost ! With good teaching and coaching, anyone can learn about their voice and...
I recommend the following books:
The Structure of Singing - Richard Miller
Great Singers on Great Singing - Jerome Hines
Hints on Singing - Manuel Garcia
Three very different and interesting books about singing!
As with any subject, practice is of the essence. So many people do not take this into account and cannot understand why they don't progress or at least very slowly. Exercises for fingers and voice are a must. Pieces and songs come later after a technique is established. Unfortunately, most...
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