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Taking Proper Care of Your Voice!

Mixdown Magazine Article

*Posture when singing

Stand up when singing or doing your scales workout in a relaxed posture. If you are sitting please try to keep your upper torso relatively straight and relaxed.

*Vocal care, health and general well-being

Stay hydrated, drink room temperature water before, during and after scales and singing.

Try not to consume dairy products before singing. Dairy products may create mucus and phlegm and therefore make it harder to sing and control notes.

Try not to eat spicy or heavy meals before singing. As you already know we will need to use the diaphragm and stomach muscles to support notes. So if you have a full stomach this will make it more difficult for you.

When doing scales and singing please do not feel any strain, hoarseness, scratchiness, irritation, pain or discomfort. If you are please stop and focus on the right technique and very importantly do not sing songs or scales that are out of your comfort zone or vocal range.

After you finish your scales work out your voice should feel invigorated and your body energized. Your voice is a muscle and should feel like it has had a workout, the same as if you had worked out a muscle in the gym or had gone for a jog etc. So please do not work your voice to exhaustion.

If possible try not to sing the 1st 2 or 3 hours after you have woken. Your voice will still be waking up, feeling groggy and have more phlegm and mucus on it than usual. You will feel your voice will react a lot better after you have been awake for 6 hours or so.

Alcohol will dehydrate your voice and make it more difficult for you to sing and maintain control.

Smoking is just plain bad for your voice and general health, especially if you have been smoking more than 5 to 6 years. After this time it will start to diminish your range and change the tone of your voice.

The bottom line is that the better you feel physically and mentally the better your voice will naturally sound

Taking proper care of your voice!
Taking proper care of your voice!

 

Taking proper care of your voice!

*Warming up and cooling down after singing

It is very important to warm up and cool down after you do you scales or sing. Just like you would stretch, limber and warm up before and after you play sport, the same thing should be done before you sing.

*Your physical regime and general health.

The bottom line is, the better you feel are your voice will sound. You are a physical instrument and you were using lots of muscles when you are singing e.g. your stomach and diaphragm, your neck, face and throat muscles.

Here are some physical exercise's that will greatly benefit singers.

  • Any cardiovascular work a few times a week is great.
  • Anything that gets the lungs going expanded and air into them. Remember you are a wind instrument being a singer. Walking quickly, running, swimming and martial arts are great.

If you are on the way to a lesson, rehearsal, recording session, show or audition you can warm up in the car and do a few of the easier scales. As I have mentioned before I strongly recommend doing scales and singing standing up or if you are sitting down, try to keep the upper torso relatively straight. A bedroom or living room with a mirror is generally good.

*General fitness and body awareness for the advanced singer

If you can, exercise at least four to five times a week and try to eat well.

Sit-ups or Crunches at least three times a week is an absolute MUST. If you don’t do any other exercise as a singer, please do these abdominal workouts. Anything that strengthens your core and abdominal area, such as Pilates, yoga or martial arts is also highly beneficial. Your abdomen is where all breathing, power, strength, stamina, support, projection and vibrato come from. The stronger your core and abdomen the better, as it is responsible for the majority of our work.

Cardiovascular work outs a few times a week are also great! Cardio will get your lungs moving and expanding, taking air into them and breathing it out. Remember the vocal chords are a wind instrument.

As a singer your whole body is a complex instrument that needs to be physically trained. I personally have found that walking fast, running, swimming and martial arts are the best exercises to do on a weekly basis.

If you put low quality fuel into a car it will run and perform badly. The same goes with your body. If you put low quality food and drink into it, you will ultimately perform badly! So be sure to eat a balanced diet high in fruit and vegetables. The better you feel the better your voice will sound!

Always keep tabs on how your body is feeling. Ask yourself each day, “How am I feeling today?” If you are feeling a bit flat before starting your scales or performance, eat or drink something that is going to pick you up and give you a boost such as a banana, green tea, or a vitamin B supplement. Never push yourself too hard if you’re not feeling well. A saying I often use is, “This too shall pass” and it will, whether it be mental or physical.

*Warming up, stretching and limbering the voice, body and mind

Before doing the Advanced Professional Module, I highly recommend that you spend 5 minutes doing some mild stretching and limbering up of the body. Again, we are going to be using most of the muscles in the body. The stretching will consist of some light stretching of every major muscle in the body, but let's spend a little more time stretching the abdominal and core muscles and loosening up and stretching the neck and shoulder area.

While I am doing my light stretching routine, I try to keep my eyes closed focusing on deep, slow diaphragmatic breaths, very similar to the breathing techniques I have learnt while doing yoga or meditation. Breathe in until you feel your lungs expand right down to the very bottom, then breathe out all the bad air and thoughts that you have in your mind. Try to clear your mind of all distractions. We want to be solely focused on what we are about to do and accomplish, and that is to sing with our whole body to the best of our potential. Once I am in a great calm state of mind, free of all distractions, I then put on some music to get my mental energy back up and focused.

With the music still playing, I’ll spend another minute doing jumping jacks, jogging on the spot, skipping or shadowboxing just to get the heart rate up and blood flowing so that I am energized and pumped up before I start my scales!

 

By Peter Vox


4 of the Best Vox vocalists on 1 bill!

Hi everybody!
I hope that you're having a great weekend so far and had a fantastic Valentine's Day yesterday!
I am very proud to have 4 Vox Singing Academy affiliated bands playing at the mighty Rock the bay music festival at the Explanada hotel today in St Kilda.
Be sure to get down there early at 4:30 to see the mighty Sang Real. Mark my words these guys are going to be one of the Prog Rock Kings in the years to come.(I have not been so excited about a singer and a band since I started teaching Kim from Dead letter Circus in regards to Sang Real)
At 8 PM be sure to catch the mighty Vocal Powerhouse of Lucas from the Queensland band Helm.
Stay in the Gershwin room to catch Head Filled Attraction directly after Helm. I spoke to Lee earlier this week from Head Filled and he told me that they are going to play this show like no other that you have ever seen!!

 Clint Bode
Clint Bode

Them immediately after Head Filled still in the Gershwin room catch the mighty vocal prowess of former Butterfly Affect lead singer Clint Bode in his outfit Like Thieves.
It is going to be one helluva Great day of entertainment and music.
For more info log on to facebook.com/rockthebay.

One love!


The Most Important 4 Facets to being a Great Singer!

The most important 4 facets to being a great singer!

The importance of the diaphragm, larynx, ear and mouth and how they all work simultaneously together to make a great voice.

The voice box, ear, diaphragm and the mouth all need to work together to create a fantastic voice!
People often ask me what is the most important one out of the four? They all need to work simultaneously. In order of importance we will discuss which areas have the most impact on your singing voice.

Number One is the Ear.
I know a lot of you might be thinking that it would be voice box or larynx but if you are singing out of key or not controlling notes, you're simply not going to sound good. End of story.
The ear controls what notes you're going to sing. It is like the steering wheel of a car. The ear sends signals to the brain instructing it on just how much air the diaphragm should be pushing through the vocal chords. This happens subconsciously for most singers. Your ear is in charge of your voice singing the right pitch.
Tip: To Improve your what ear. I highly recommend singing along with and doing vocal scales. As the chords and the notes that are being played will train you ear and musicianship to greatly improved your pitch dramatically. Make sure that you do all of your scales practice in a room where you feel comfortable so you can let your voice and desired volume come out as you ascend and desend the scales. Make sure that you are singing precisely and on the notes during your scales routine.

Number two would be the diaphragm.
The diaphragm supports the correct amount of air underneath the vocal chords at all times. Creating the right pitch and control of notes.The diaphragm is the engine of the car. For singers it’s the area that does the most work. If you're ever going to tighten anything or get something to work hard in singing it is the diaphragm. The diaphragm helps with your stamina, projection, support, vibrato, control, strength, power and projection just to name a few.
Tip: Make sure that you are taking a correct diaphragmatic breath for the line or phrase that you have to singing. The right amount of breath support and pressure underneath the vocal chords is imperative for the right pitch and control of all notes sung. I personally used more support and power as I'm singing higher and louder and less support of my diaphragm as I'm singing lower in my vocal range

Dukes of Windsor
Dukes of Windsor

Number three is the Mouth and Tongue.
The mouth and tongue do all your articulation, pronunciation and diction.
It Is like the body of the car. There are still a lot of good singers out there who do not use their mouth properly and are making a living singing or performing. However, GREAT singers use their mouth to form the correct vowel shape all the time and will always sound great because their mouth is forming, shaping and helping the right sounds.
Tip: Look in the mirror when you are singing and use your mouth. Try to pronunciation the words that you're singing correctly. Record yourself singing and listen out for your articulation, pronunciation and diction of all the words. If you slurring or cannot understand what you are saying, try to use your mouth more and pronunciation.
Also practise your Vowel mouth placements when doing scales e.g. AEIOU

Number four would be the voice or larynx.
You may be surprised that I have put the voice as the least important out of the four. The reason being is that it simply just sits there and vibrates when air is being exhaled through the 2 vocal chords. Much like the exhaust pipe of a car, the vocal chords don’t have to work that hard, they just need to stay relaxed and vibrate at the correct frequency.
Tip: Try to keep your muscles around your voicebox and larynx relaxed and let your voicebox do what it naturally does best, vibrate and make great sounds!

When these four parts are working together simultaneously, as one fluent mechanism, magic happens and your singing becomes easier, fluent, relaxed and most of all heaps of fun. And it does not matter what genre of music you are singing!

Have you ever looked at a great singer and thought to yourself, “Jeez, they make it look so easy!” The reason they make it look easy is because they have these four components fine-tuned, practiced, strengthened, rehearsed and working simultaneously for them! This is what all professional singers feel and do! End of Story!

By Peter Vox


Next Student Concert!

We are all very excited to get 2014 underway with our first Vox Singing Academy student concert.

Invite all your friends and family to join us for a relaxed Sunday afternoon of Singing entertainment. All students are welcome to come up and sing on the big stage with professional lighting and sound.

The show kicks off at 1 PM Sunday the 30th of March at Bridie O'Reillys, Crn of Brunswick and Sydney roads Brunswick. Great food and beverage is available. I would recommend  booking a table to avoid disappointment.

Look forward to seeing you all there!


How to scream, high in falsetto!

Extreme high falsetto screaming.

In this month's article I am going to guide and help you developed your extreme screams for hard rock/metal/black metal/screaming, growls, distortion and squeals.

We will be singing extremely high black metal tones (jet engine or pig squeals) distortion through your whole entire falsetto range and how to do it safely, pain free, with proper technique and to still have a voice left when you finish a show, song or rehearsal.

In last months article we spoke exclusively about distortion in true voice. In this months article we're going to talk exclusively regarding screaming/singing in higher register of the voice (falsetto).

This is a very popular form of singing in the harder genres of music e.g. Dream on Dreamer, I Killed the Prom Queen, House v hurricane, Airbourne.

1. Body stretching and limbering.

Before you start any singing it is a good idea to stretch and limber your body. But especially extreme forms of singing were you are going to be using your whole body as instrument and you're going to need a lot more energy and diaphragmatic support to project and get the desired sounds without hurting your voice.

I recommend some light stretching of all of the major muscles in your body then some jumping jacks, jogging on the spot or shadowboxing to get your heart rate and energy level up.

2. Posture when singing.

Your posture is also very important when singing. Keeping your upper  torso and spine relatively straight when singing is important. Singers use different acoustics, resonation chambers and resonance, similar to a piano or guitar. If you bend the spine of a guitar or grand piano it will alter the sound and go out of tune. This is also be similar to you as a singer. So try to keep your spine relaxed but straight.

I know that it is also very common to see hard-core singers bending over to get higher or harder notes. I am not disagreeing with this at all! To be honest with you I actually promote and teach it with one slight variation. The one variation is that when you are going for a huge note or scream, you should bend at the hips so that your diaphragm contracts and supports laterally. You should not be bending at the shoulders or upper torso area.

3.Warm up and cooling down for screamers

I cannot stress highly enough how important it is to warm up and cool down properly in all genres of singing but especially extreme forms of singing as we're covering here.

For screamers you should be warming up the fall range of your voice. Though especially focus on warming up the registers of your voice that you are using more of in your performance.

So for the extreme higher singers you should be starting off doing some light humming all the way through your range, then a falsetto major fifth scales on the ee vowel sound too warm the higher range. Then I would be doing some light Seagull or Fry in the top range, doing these on single notes or a major 5th descending scale.

When your voice feels properly warmed up, proceed with your normal singing routine.

4.Correct diaphragmatic breathing.

It is vitally important to breath into your diaphragm or stomach area with all the extreme forms of singing. As this is where your power, projection, support, control and stamina will all come from. Not from your throat. Put your hand on the upper part of your stomach in V of your ribs. As you inhale a breath, try to and get your hand and stomach to move out as you fill your diaphragm up with air. If you have mastered this, this is called a diaphragmatic breath. As you are singing higher and louder your stomach needs to tighten up to support all of the notes to insure that you are not going to damage your vocal chords. Always expel air through the vocal chords, do not inhale.

5.Microphone technique and vocal effects

It will greatly aid the distortion of your sound if you can cup the ball of the microphone in the palm of your hand when doing any higher screaming. Always put your lips as close to the microphone as you possibly can and hold the microphone horizontal.

If you are touring for an extensive amount of time or doing a big number of gigs in a row you can also look into vocal effects or a voice processes to help your voice out and get the desired tone night after night. Lexicon and Digitech have some fantastic products.

6. How to do it!

After doing all of the above from 1 to 5 you want to start off trying to sing one single note in you're clean falsetto voice. I like to start off with the words blah, whah or are.

Now you are going to have to start to use a lot of physical energy (get pumped up) and diaphragmatic support.

We now want to try to lower the falsetto sound onto the vocal chords and raise your volume. This sound is traditionally called a fry. Simply, I want you to try to get an aggressive seagull or an aggressive large cat sound in falsetto. You can also altar your sound by dropping it lower or raising it higher on the vocal chords and also lowering or raising the volume.

Once you have experimented with some different vocal placements and volumes, try different words, mouth placements and pitch. This should not be hurting your voice, though you should be expelling a lot of physical energy. This genre of singing cannot and should not be done with out a lot energy and focus.

Once you have experimented with of the above try to sing complete phrases.

I must warn that this is not an easy genre to do correctly, safely and for a long periods of time with out the right techniques. Though with the right technique and support this genre is actually very safe.

I wish you all much enjoyment with your singing and a fantastic 2014

Peter Vox


Singing with Distortion, Husk, Dirt, Grit, Throat or Growling.

In this month's article we're going to discuss a very popular subject!

Singing with distortion, husk, dirt, grit, throat, growling; call it what you will! But for this months article we are simply going to call  it singing dirty or with distortion.

But firstly let's just get a few facts and terminologies down so that you  know exactly what I'm talking about for this particular article in relation to singing dirty or with distortion.

There are only 2 forms/techniques of harder singing/screaming that are used.

1. True or chest voice distorted singing. E.g James Hatfield from Metallica only users distorted true or chest voice singing on all Metallica tracks.

2. Falsetto voice distorted singing.E.g Daniel Davey from Cradle of Filth sings predominantly in a falsetto voice distorted screams. There are also a lot of heavier artists out there that use a mixture of both true and false voices e.g Lamb of God, Dream on dreamer, Airbourne and Pantera.190px-Howard_jones_of_killswitch_engage

In this month's article we are only going to discuss true voice distortion, though please look out for January 2014's article on on high falsetto screaming!

Please always remember to completely warmed up your voice before you starting any distortion, husky scales or singing with some humming and then some clean scales or singing.

Ensure that to always remember to take a proper diaphragmatic breath whilst doing any singing but especially harder or distorted singing. To ensure that proper breath support is continually maintained, focus on correct diagram support of all notes and apply the right amount of breath pressure underneath the vocal chords at all times.

If you need to tighten anything, it should be your diagphram (stomach) area, NOT you neck, shoulders or throat. Always keep your neck relaxed so that your vocal chords have room to distort. We want to feel the vocal chords vibrate  and distorting, like a quiet dog growl.

Try for this for yourself at home: Stand up in a relaxed posture and then  try to growl like a dog in any key/note. Keep your mouth open and try to hold that one note/growl for 2 or 3 seconds.

This shouldn’t hurt or strain your voice! You do not and should not feel any pain or discomfort at all .You don’t want to feel the vocal chords are being pushed or forced together, this will only cause the air that is being forced through the vocal chords to become pressurised e.g like the vocal chords are holding back the air pressure in your lungs. You want to relax your vocal chords and throat. Leaving your vocal chords to relax and  distort with support from the diaphragm with minimal force. You ultimately want to let air  run through your vocal chords so that they distort, you do not want to compress the vocal chords together to make a distorted sound!

I always like to start off with and use Kurk Cobain from Nirvana as an example of the amount of huskiness  and distortion you want to achieve and experiment with. So start off on a single note and try to lightly growl like a dog. Once you have achieved this and your vocal chords are distorting and not causing you any discomfort or pain,  try to sing a few notes higher and lower from that single not starting point still keeping your sounds distorted. If you are feeling comfortable with this  try then to  sing a few words around the same pitch or key. Once you have mastered this technique then try to sing up as high and as low as you naturally and safely can without causing any pain or discomfort on your vocal chords. I would strongly recommend trying to tighten up your diaphragm or stomach area as you were going up high in your vocal range.

I would recommend going up and down the 2 octaves from about low C to high C with a light husky tone like Kurt Cobain. Once you have accomplished this and have sung a song or 2 in this particular tone you can gradually try to give your distorted tone more diaphragmatic support and volume, but please still try to keep your vocal chords relaxed. This should now start to sound and emulate a tone that is similar to James Hatfield's from Metallica. Again repeat the same process by trying to sing a few octaves and songs with this somewhat courser tone.

Then finally and ultimately once you have got this technique down you  give it even more diaphragmatic  projection ,support and volume but still keeping the vocal chords relaxed to produce an even more brutal and harsher tone similar to Pantera.

Another great tip and technique to make you have a more distorted sound is to cup or ball the microphone in the palm of your hand whilst singing. This will greatly help you get a more distorted sound.

 

Recapping the main points

1. Always support and sing with your diaphragm.

2. Always warm up and cool down your vioce.

3. Keep our vocal chords relaxed and let them distort. Don't compress them together.

4.Start off with small bursts of husky singing until you build up your stamina and strength

 

By Peter Vox


Christmas and holiday greetings from Peter Vox

MERRY XMAS AND THANK YOU ALL!!

Okay it's that time of year again! So here it is!

This year, professionally and personally has been a roller coaster. But what a ride it has been! I have gained strength, learnt and grown so much for the experience. I'll be taking these much learnt lessons and applying them both personally and professionally to take Vox singing academy and myself to the next level in 2014 and beyond.

I would first and foremost like to give a heartfelt thank you to all Vox singing Academy students both past and present!
With out you we're NOTHING!
Myself, all the staff and teachers would not be able to be in an industry and profession that gives us all so much joy and happiness. We're honoured to teach students, not only because we make a difference in their lives and help them acquire there goals and dreams, however big or small. But because of the contribution that these students are making in other peoples lives by sharing there gifts and talents with others and audiences.
We at Vox strive not to just make great singers but also Great human beings who are going to contribute and make the music industry and world a better place.

Intensive Weekend Singing Courses

Next I would like to thank my two daughters Indiana and Tyla, my mother and father and my best friend Mr Andrew Corlett. Without their love, support, patients, sacrifice, understanding and help I would not be where I am today. I love you more than life itself!

I would like to thank my loyal and dedicated staff both past and present! But especially my present team which is the best that I have ever assembled, Rebecca, Ryan, Belinda, Thomas, Rients and Lachlan. Without you guys Vox singing academy wouldn't be were it is today. It has been a tough slot this year but the future is looking very bright for us in 2014 with some big innovations, streamlining and changes happening!
Finally I would like to say thank you to my fantastic street team Vicki, Rients,Ryan and Plakkit who keep us in the public eye and on the street. And to Aleksei and all of the crew at Mixdown and Beat Magazines in Melbourne.

Again from the bottom of my heart, much love, light and respect to everyone that has been involved in my career in the past 20 years. I am honoured and blessed to be in such a fantastic industry for so long, that has given me so much!

Be careful, be safe but have fun and a fantastic Christmas and 2014 filled with Love, Friends, Family, Laughter and Music!

Much respect!
Peace!

Peter Vox


Preparing yourself and Voice for a Show or Tour!

Preparation for a live vocal performance or show

In this month's article I am going to give you 2 descriptions of vocal preparation for   shows.

The first  will be for a professional to semiprofessional performer or singer.

PRACTICE AND REHEARSE.

Months before a full length performance you should be rehearsing EVERYTHING that you are going to be performing on live stage!

From the very moment you walk up on stage you are a performer. Practice walking on to the stage, what you’re going to say to the audience, movements, stage presentation and crowd interaction. All of your tech things from sound and lighting, to microphone and instrument change oversA need to be seamless. Try to rehearse in a room with similar foldback, acoustics and dimensions  of the  stage that you will be performing on.

Everything down to the last note you sing has to be 110% at rehearsals before you even think about stepping up on stage. Once you have everything nailed down, it is up to you to maintain this professionally high level of rehearsing until the big day or tour begins.

If you are nervous about not knowing the venue or the area you are performing at, it’s always a good idea to try and head down to have a look on the day or the day before if possible. Find out where the venue is, how long it will take you to get there, where you can park, and where the stage entrance and backstage areas are. If you can’t get there at a time other than before the performance, try to at least get there early so that you can be relaxed. Give yourself plenty of time to set up, do your vocal warm ups and be in the right state of mind before your performance

WHAT TO EAT.

I usually try to have of light meal containing complex carbohydrates 3 to 4 hours before the show, such as rice, pasta, or grains, along with a salad. This type of meal will give you a lasting energy that kicks in within 2-4 hours, right when you need it on stage. I also try to stay well hydrated the entire day of the show by regularly drinking room temperature water. If I’m feeling a bit hungry just before a performance I generally snack on a piece of fruit or a light sandwich. Avoid eating anything too heavy as you don’t want to inhibit your diophram  control for  breathing.

BEFORE THE SHOW.

The main thing is to try and have a bit of extra time up your sleeve so that you are not going to feel rushed. Try to stay relaxed and don’t focus on the performance. At this point what you want to be focusing on is your preparation.

Remember this saying, “perfect preparation equals perfect performance”

Listen to some chilled music or talk with a friend, family or crew member to take your mind off the performance and avoid feeling nervous. I like to be dressed in what I will be wearing for the  performance  at least an hour beforehand. About 45-30 minutes before the performance I like to find some space to begin gently stretching and limbering up by body.

Next, I’ll warm up my voice by running through some scales.

Personally, I don’t do any scales or singing during the day of a performance as I want to keep my voice as fresh as I can until the very last note I’ll sing on stage  that night. However, if you are a bigger touring band, you’ll most likely need to warm up before sound check in the afternoon. Again, try not to do too much during sound check as you want to save your  voice for the real thing later on.

I would start my scales warm up with the “Ung” scale exercise for as long as I need until my voice feels limbered, flexed and warmed up. Then, I would continue to do some scales to warm up the specific parts of the voice that I will be using in my performance.

Then, 10 minutes before I go on stage I would do another light limbering up and stretching of my body. Then, and this is very important, I would proceed to sing the first half of the first song that I am going to perform so that I will have complete confidence in what I am about to do in 5 minutes on stage. Now, it’s time to get on stage and have some fun. In the end THAT’S what it’s all about! Having fun and enjoying what you’re doing.

After the show is over, do a light body stretch, vocal cool down and drink plenty of water. From there you can proceed to eat and do whatever you wish! However, If you have continuous shows or a show the next night it would be best to go home, take it easy, and get some vocal rest. Again, this can be a challenge for touring bands as you may have a pre or post show meet and greets, media interviews, or parties before and after the show. Try to at least get some rest when you are able to find a moment to yourself.

For beginners.

For a beginner or intermediate performer, performing at an open mic night, a party or something less formal you still might want to follow the procedures that I have just described but maybe not as stringently.

Still the main point being is to rehearse your songs and performance at home or where ever it may be until it is 110%.You want to try to practice in a room or environment that is similar to the one that you are going to be performing in. Don't  practice in your bedroom if you are going to be performing in a hall for instance.

Your First ever performance.

Though if this is your 1ststever show, I would highly recommend doing a rehearsal or practice session in front of some friends or family that you feel relaxed in front of  so that they can also give you can some constructive criticism or feedback if need be.

Please always remember to still warm up and cool down your voice after your performance even if  your performance is only short.

Small open mic  nights, talent quests, performance nights and karaoke are always worth their weight in gold for valuable performance experience before you head on to bigger stages and paying punters. Keep on doing these until you feel comfortable performing in front of big crowds and venues. I highly recommend doing 2 to 10 small shows before doing bigger professional shows.

 

 Recaping  your main points.

1.Rehearse your performance and show until it is 110%.

2.Get to the venue early, set up and relax.

3.Warmup and cool your voice down  before and after the show.

4.If all the above points are done you should be able to get up on stage and have fun!

Until next month, much respect and have fun singing!

By Peter Vox

Closure In Moscow

 


Vox Singing Academy's Dandenong Show showcase!

We are honoured once again to be asked by the Dandenong Show, Freeza and the Dandenong youth resource centre to showcase Vox Singing Academies up and coming student talents on the community stage.
We have a 30 to 45 minute time slot just before the battle of the bands at 4:15/4:30 -5pm on Saturday 9th of November.
Come on down for a fantastic day at the Show!!


Vox Sponsored FReeZA show featuring D@Sea

Vox singing Academy is proud to be sponsoring a local community based under aged event.  Proudly supporting grassroot talents and the local community!

FReeZA , Vox Singing Academy & Spectrum Entertainment would like to announce their upcoming Acoustic ‘Spectrum Entertainment Unplugged’. Headlining this event will be D@Sea with supports from For Our Hero, Millie Tizzard, and locals Chris G, Jack Pellow, Angel and Brooke Colvin. The event will be held on Friday 15 November at Narre Community Learning Centre, with $12 tickets available at the door and $10 tickets available with a pass. Passes are available at any Casey Youth Information Centre or Customer Service Centre. This is a fully supervised, all ages event. Strictly drug, alcohol and smoke free. No pass outs.


Vox Singing Academies November student concert!!

 

Student Concert this November

That's right! This is our last beginner and intermediate student concert for the year! So come one and come all for a great day. We are all very excited as we have more than 20 new up-and-coming student performing at the concert.

The event details: -

Vox Singing Academy’s Student Concert

Time: 1PM

Date: Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Venue: Bridie O’Reilly’s

Address: 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056


“If you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can sing”

Do I have potential? Is my voice good enough to sing professionally? And will I improve?

I have received a considerable amount of e-mails and messages on our website and Facebook over the last few months regarding different questions and concerns regarding the voice and singing. Thanks for your support and please keep them coming. Most of these questions I can answer via correspondence but some I need to actually hear the voice.

Quite a few of these e-mails and messages have brought up the following concerns of self doubt, lack of confidence or lack of technique. And strangely enough, not lack of ability.

Because the bottom line is that everybody has the ability to sing. It is just a matter of getting the right skills, singing in the right key and coming to terms with your own voice and tone.

I have a saying “If you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can sing”. Because we are using the same vocal chords to sing as we are to to speak and converse.

So here are a few tips to get rid of those demons, self doubt and lack of confidence and set you on your way to becoming a great singer.

  1. Please come to terms with and embrace the tone and sound of your own voice. Bob Dylan, Al Jolson, Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse have all got the most distinctive voices and have all embraced their own distinctive tone and range and so must you ! The tone of your speaking voice is generally a good indication of what the tone of your singing voice will sound like. E.g if you're speaking voice is light and airy your singing voice will generally be light and airy or if you're speaking voice is husky and rough your singing voice will generally be the same. And also accept the natural range of your voice, or in other words, how low and High your voice can go.You can work on extending your range higher and lower with a good teacher, scales and techniques. But please be patient, as everyone's voice and vocal range is different,like a fingerprint, they are all unique and beautiful.
  2. To the best of your natural ability you need to try to focus on singing the right notes or what we call singing in key or in pitch. Myself and everyone else listening to you sing would rather hear you sing a song in key than out of key. One of the main points of scale practice is to improve your ear and musicianship. This is where good technique generally comes into play. If you're breathing, articulation (mouth) and ear are all working spontaneously together you will generally be singing well.
  3. I know every body out there likes particular songs or artists, but just while you’re starting out, make sure that the 1st few songs you sing are songs that are comfortable for you to sing in your natural range. Do not do songs that are too high or too low for you! No pulling faces, sounding like someone else, straining or hurting your voice.
  4. Don't be too hard on yourself if you make a few mistakes or are not progressing as fast as you would like. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Have some fun and do the best you can. Remember, practice makes perfect. So the more quality practice you do, the quicker you will improve. *Guidance on picking out songs and keys to best suit your vocal range.

At Vox Singing Academy, we promote you choosing your own songs to sing for your enjoyment. A lot of students ask me what style of singing best suits their voice. And I respond by saying please choose the style of singing that you love.

If I said you would be a great rock singer and you don’ t like rock, you are not going to enjoy it and potentially lose motivation and passion for it very quickly. So pick a style or genre you love .The main point it is to have fun singing the songs of your choice.

Do you think I can improve?

Everybody will improve with the right training, guidance, work ethic and practice routine. A little bit of practice every day is the best. Always remember focus and quality over quantity any time.

Do I have potential?

Everyone has the potential and ability to sing. As I've said before, if you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can Sing. It’s really all about your dedication and how far you want to take it. You might just want to be a hobby singer, to sing in the choir, in few talent quests, karaoke or want to record a song for your loved one. Or you may want to become a star, a professional singer and make a living out of it. The choice is yours, the world is your oyster, chase your dreams, believe in yourself because you only live once!!

Do I sound okay?

When doing your scales or singing I don't want you to listen to yourself, I simply just want you to hear yourself and monitor what you are hearing. Listening and hearing are to completely different things. In the future you may want to record yourself doing scales and singing songs. And you will find out how well you are progressing for yourself. The proof is in the pudding, listen back to yourself and the recordings and go back and work on those bits and pieces that you think needed improvement . This is where a good teacher comes in handy to tell you what you need to work on and show you how to fix or correct your concerns or problems.

How do I gain more confidence?

It is my job when I teach to build confidence in your abilities so that when you open up your mouth the right notes and sounds will come out all the time. The best way to gain confidence in your abilities is to keep practising your craft. Practice makes perfect.
 Once you are singing well by yourself in your room, start singing in front of your friends and relatives and then up on stage or at karaoke at every opportunity. But make sure you know the song 110% before you step up on stage.


Also practice what you are going to say to the crowed if you are going to introduce the song or yourself before you get up on stage. Just remember the stage is a sacred place and should never be disrespected, so before you get up on stage please know your songs 110% and also what you’re going to say to the audience.

How long will it be before I sound good?

This all depends on how long you practice for everyday, how many times a week you practice and how good the focus and quality of your practice is. The more good quality practice you put in, the quicker you will progress. It's that simple.
Recapturing our 4 main points:

1.Always sing songs in a vocal range that is comfortable for you and sing in your own voice and personality.

2.Focused and quality practice, practice, practice makes perfect.

3.Believe in yourself and your vision because if you do not know what else will.

4.Have fun! If it is not fun don't do it!

Until next time, Rock On!

Peter Vox




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