Category Archives: Voice and body

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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Steps to learn a song

I want to share with you some tips on how to learn a song.

Learning a song is more than just singing it again and again. Very often I see students coming to class with a song and they don’t even know what the song is about. It is said that there are 3 interpreters in every song: the composer, the interpreter and the listener. That’s why you will never hear a song sung in the same way by two different singers. When you sing a song, you have to make it yours, and therefore have an intense knowledge of it.

 Here are some suggestions:

  1. When you pick a song, the first thing is to listen to it carefully, with an open heart and relaxed breathing, and identify what is the main emotion and message that you are receiving from the music.
  2. Listen to as many versions as possible of the same tune, Youtube and Spotify are your friends here.
  3. Learn the lyrics! Memorize them, you shouldn’t spend more than one week singing with the lyrics in the lesson. If you have to read the lyrics, you can’t focus on other important things like your vocal technique and interpretation, so save your time and learn the lyrics as soon as possible.
  4. Learn the melody. Go through all the song and learn the entire melody. If you can read music and you can find the sheet music of the song it will be really helpful at this stage. Make sure that you learn the correct pitch and rhythm. Once you master the melody, you can make changes to it to make your own version that suits your style.
  5. Work on technique. Identify which parts of the song need work from you, and work on that separately with your teacher.
  6. Work on interpretation. This is a whole topic itself. I definitely consider it the most important part of singing. You have to engage with the song first: if you are clear with your message, then the audience will connect with it too.

 

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How to improve your singing with everything you do

Singing has always been my main passion. Along with singing and music, I have always been trained in movement and holistic – spiritual techniques.

This has allowed me to improve my singing skills in other important areas, that can’t be developed with only vocal warm ups.

In my lessons, I’m always interested in knowing what other activities my students take part in. Every activity they practice regularly, has a tremendous impact on their voice and way of singing, and all of them can be really helpful, if you know how to use it consciously!

For many years, I trained singing and ballet dance at the same time. During the first years, it was really hard for me to solve some of the issues in both disciplines: for ballet, I was asked to tighten my abdominal muscles, and for singing I was asked to release my abdominal muscles! At the beginning this posed quite a challenge for me and I thought that I would just have to stop doing ballet, but then I decided to use it as a tool instead, and see it as an opportunity instead of as a blockage.

Ballet and dancing in general helped my singing in so many ways, for example:

-I gained a lot of body awareness, which is really necessary to develop when you are a singer (as a singer, your instrument is inside you, therefore an important part of the training is to actually feel your body)

– I learned to communicate and express myself much better and to sing from my whole body instead of only using my voice.

-I learned to integrate my skills instead of only seeing them separately. Music and dancing were actually created together, as a popular expression. The one did not exist without the other. If you see the popular expressions around the world, they always integrate dancing and singing / music, spontaneously!

-I learned to use my body to help my vocal technique. When you sing, you have to know what part of your body the energy is coming from. Through dancing, this process has been much easier since I am actually in control of it.

-It made it a lot easier to use my breathing properly.

-Dancing made me feel the music with my body. This is really helpful for a musician to learn, as it helps with the accuracy and sensitivity towards rhythm and melody.

I can also see a lot of benefits from other techniques, and I believe that everything you do is helpful if you can be creative enough to find out how it is helping you. I observe this with each of my students, without exceptions:  Computer, designing, acting (I love this one), running, psychologists, modeling, yoga teachers, writers, dancers of any style, massage therapists…

how are your other abilities helping your voice?

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