Category Archives: Voice and body

Sing better by relaxing your body

In order to sing freely and to find the resonance you are looking for, your body has to be relaxed. This does not mean that you have to be slumping, it’s more about finding the balance in your muscles, that allows your sound to travel throughout all your body.

 A tense body blocks the sound you are producing. Try tensing all your muscles as if you were really angry and try to make a sound. Notice how difficult it is to make a sound while your body is so tense!

 Most of the time we don’t even notice how tense we are. It is important in order to build a rich and dynamic sound with your voice, that you start developing your awareness and sensitivity in relation to your own body. This way you will notice when you are more tense than you should be and it will be much easier to fix it.

 There are some things you can do right now to start improving your tone simply by making certain adjustments to your body and the positioning  of your muscles in order to better facilitate your sound:

  • Find a posture that allows you to be relaxed. Check how you sit, stand and walk and see if it is currently helping you. Remember that your posture can influence your emotions and your emotions can influence your posture too! Play around it and listen carefully, your body will tell you what you need.
  • Try balancing your weight until is centered, then align your hips with your shoulders and ears and let your jaw drop relaxed.
  • Be mindful of your emotions. Emotions are expressed in the body with different breathing patterns and postures. Also, repressed emotions get trapped into the muscles as small tensions. This is a whole topic itself!
  • Play around a bit moving all the joints iyour body: fingers, arms, jaw, vertebras, hips, knees, ankles… giving the joints space and movement helps a lot to keep your body relaxed and free.
  • Move! If you don’t do any regular exercise, start walking, dancing or at least stretching from time to time. If you are super motivated and want to really get into it, there are lots of amazing techniques for body awareness such as Feldenkrais and Eutony.
  • Get a massage! It also helps amazingly!

Have fun in the process of finding your unique voice and really making the most of it!

Image by Andrea Passoni

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Is my kid too young to start lessons?

I often get enquiries from parents whose children love singing, and they are concerned about if they are too young to start their training.

In my studio, I teach children from the age of 4. Of course the training is different, much gentler than adult voice training, but still very beneficial for them.

How does a class for very young children work?

First of all, of course the goal is not going higher and higher on their register. Their vocal folds are tiny and soft, so I wouldn’t take the risk of damaging them.

We work on developing their voice within 1 octave of range, this way they are using mostly their speaking register plus a few extra notes.

The training is very gentle, and mostly done through short games. At this age, the children’s concentration spans are usually very short, so games are a fantastic way to keep them interested while developing their singing voice.

We also work all the different aspects that we develop with older students, such as: breathing, posture, resonance, music theory, ear listening skills, solfeggio and interpretation. Of course, everything in an age-appropriate manner.

The most important thing to have in mind when you bring your very young child to singing lessons is the repertoire chosen to work on in class. I work with children’s songs that use from only one note to a whole octave, progressively of course as the child gains listening and voice skills.

Often children want to bring in pop songs that they hear on the radio, many times encouraged by their parents. I don’t recommend working with most of these songs in class (the child will sing and enjoy them at home anyway!). First of all, they are usually sung by adults and there is no way we can compare the vocal system of an adult with that of a 6-year-old child. Secondly, and very importantly, children usually bring in these songs having no idea what their lyrics mean. A huge part of singing is expressing a message clearly, this usually requires intense work with emotions, which you need to be completely familiar with.

In conclusion, yes: your young child can learn singing techniques, keeping in mind these tips to make sure that they are doing so in a safe way!

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Sharing the joy of singing!

Last Saturday 9th September, we had our first group session at Albany for adults!
I’m so grateful to all the brave singers that came to share their voices. All the attendees contributed to create a lovely atmosphere where everybody was allowed to make mistakes without judgement… we had a really fun time too!

Join us for the next session! we will learn group singing techniques, new vocal techniques to develop your singing skills and you will have the opportunity to sing a song by yourself and receive feedback if you wish 🙂
When: 23th September

Where: 14 Mills Ln, Albany

How much: 10 NZD

Contact me to book your space!

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New group singing class! North Shore, Auckland

I’m so excited to announce a group singing class for adults!

Where: Albany, North Shore (contact me for exact location)

When: Saturday 9th of September – 2 pm

How much: $10

It will be a fantastic opportunity for you to try the singing lessons for a very affordable price, or to start your training in a friendly and fun environment with other people.

We are going to explore some techniques to start exploring your voice expression. We will cover topics like: breathing, resonance, voice and body, voice warm ups, voice projection and expression.

You are also encourage to bring a song to sing if  you wish to have some feedback or if you just want to practice singing in front of others.

Get in touch to get more information or to book your space!



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