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With an upcoming choir and piano concert looming I’ve been thinking hard about what makes a good performance. How can we make our audience feel glad that they spent their hard earned cash on a ticket and made the effort to take time out of their busy lives and show up on the day? And […]Read More
You wouldn’t lift weights without first warming up and you wouldn’t do an aerobics class without first warming up, so why would you sing without first warming up? When we sing we are using our vocal cords (soft tissue) and the larynx muscles and if we don’t stretch and warm them up before starting to […]Read More
If you have a performance coming up, no matter what it is, from making a speech, to singing a solo or playing in an orchestra, you might be feeling a little bit nervous right now. There’s nothing unusual about this, I certainly am; many performers, some with years of experience, and novices alike, feel the […]Read More
Picture the scene: it’s Christmas; the hall is filled with proud parents and grandparents; the choir is lined up, wearing knee socks and school colours bobbles; and then they start to sing and there isn’t a dry eye in the place. Because everyone loves a children’s choir at Christmas. My children are too young to […]Read More
1. Ukuleles are a great instrument for beginners and veteran musicians alike. You can just pick one up fairly inexpensively and start strumming. 2. Ryan Gosling plays the ukulele; the ukulele is cool. 3. Kids love them - it’s a great educational thing to experiment with - and they love the noises they make. Whether […]Read More
The internet is full of stories of famous actors, singers and personalities who suffer from stage fright. I wanted to know how they deal with those nerves and how they manage to get themselves to give the performances that have made their careers successful. Stage fright can result in sufferers sweating and trembling and experiencing […]Read More