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NOVEMBER 2019  NEWSLETTER

VSA’S FEATURED ARTICLE

BASIC STAGE PRESENTATION & STAGE MICROPHONE TECHNIQUE

In this blog, I’m going to discuss basic essential stage presentation and microphone techniques for ALL singers.

1. Walking on stage! When you are about to walk up on stage to sing please make sure that your entranceway/stairs/hallway/stage entrance up onto the stage or wherever you may be performing is clear and you know how to get there without obstacles. So that we’re not tripping over the stairs, leads, people or things that are in your way. So please make sure you know the way to the stage and its clear and well illuminated.

2. The cardinal rule to great microphone technique! Keep the microphone close to your lips and horizontal. Especially if you are moving around or dancing when singing. In other words, EAT the microphone.
Pull the microphone away slightly from your lips when you’re singing louder notes or passages so that the volume of your voice coming through your foldback is slightly quieter. You must rehearse this previously in your rehearsals numerous times so that you know how far away you need to pull the microphone when you are singing a loud note or passage.

VSA student and lead singer of Northlane, Marcus Bridge displaying exceptional microphone technique.

3. Holding the microphone. Just before you are about to start singing your song on stage, hold the microphone away from your mouth until you start singing. Meaning do not hold the microphone close to your mouth if you were not singing because there is no need too. Hold the microphone away from your mouth in a comfortable relaxed fashion and then bring the microphone to your mouth just before you’re about to sing. Never put your hand over the top ball/part of the microphone. This is called cupping. It will muffle and distort your sound. (Unless you want your sound too distraught and sound a lot louder. A lot of hard-core screamers do this technique)


4. The cardinal rule for stage presentation. When you are on stage singing “never stop moving, grooving or swaying to the beat or the rhythm of the song”. You don’t need to move around and do crazy movements, but you need to continually move and groove to the rhythm or the beat of the song from start to finish. This forces you to keep time and helps you feel the song. Even if it is a slow song or a ballad, if you don’t do anything else, you’re still going to look great by just swaying from side to side.

Hand & arm movements and raises. After you have mastered the skill of swaying or moving to the beat of the song you can now think about doing some hand or arm movements and gestures that will compliment the lyrics and the song. Like hand raises, hand lifts, hand on your chests/heart, clench fist, pointing, e.g. You can also change the way you are holding the microphone from your left to right hand or coming into a double handgrip that the late great Michael Hutchins from in INXS made famous.

Work the stage. Do what you think feels natural up on stage – move around or do other movements that you feel natural that are going to help you express the song. Once you have you mastered the above, then move on to working the stage. Start by moving from stage left to stage right then back to centre-stage when you’re singing to take up space on the stage.

If you are an instrumentalist up on stage singing. Still, apply points one and two. Try to use a boom microphone stand that is going to be out of the way of your instrument so that you can have a straight relaxed posture when singing.

Have fun & practice.

Much love.
Peter Vox

VSA FEATURED STUDENT/ARTIST OF THE MONTH – THORNHILL

VSA student and lead vocalist of Thornhill, Jacob Charlton is VSA’s featured artist of the month.

Last month Thornhill released the mammoth debut full-length album The Dark Pool. After the riotous reception to their 2018 EP Butterfly, the five-piece bunkered down to craft their heavily-anticipated follow up, a task they would take with a staunch approach and a fine-tooth comb. Committed to stretching, moulding and refining their artistry over the last 18 months, Thornhill have emerged with a colourful, refreshing and ultimately breakout heavy effort.

Before the release of their debut album, Thornhill have consistently commanded the Australian heavy space. With support slots alongside heavyweights including Northlane, Architects, Polaris, Parkway Drive, In Hearts Wake, Beartooth, Make Them Suffer and The Plot In You under their belt, The Dark Pool marks their next assault on the scene.

In November Thornhill will be overseas touring European and then back home here to Australia for a national and festival tour.

Watch THORNHILL Being Proudly Added To The VSA Wall Of Fame!

GIVE THE GIFT OF SINGING WITH MASSIVE SAVINGS

EXCLUSIVE OFFER AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL THE 1ST OF DECEMBER!!

There truly is no better gift to give than one which will motivate, inspire, excite and encourage another person to help achieve their dream of singing! Perhaps your special someone is a hobby singer who needs a little confidence to take the first step…. Or maybe you have an already accomplished singer who together we can take to the next level!

VSA gives custom lesson catering for ALL skill levels and agers. VSA offers private lessons, online singing lessons and The Ultimate Online Singing Courses.

To order your gift voucher call 0422 278 289 or https://voxsingingacademy.com.au/vsa-gift-vouchers/

BIG SING FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 10TH!

10% OFF TICKETS FOR VSA STUDENTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONLY!

I’m super excited to be running the Sing Like A Rock Star! Techniques To Improve Your Singing Fast Workshop at This years Big Sing Festival November 10 here in Beautiful Melbourne.

My workshop is going to be fun and interactive and I’m going to improve your confidence by teaching you correct breathing techniques, give you vocal power & strength, teach you to sing in pitch, stage presentation and microphone technique, just to name a few so you can sing and deliver a songs with confidence.

So come and join me and all of the other amazing singing professionals running workshops on a variety of singing subjects at this year’s big sing festival.

Enter your Special offer code VOXVIP when purchasing a ticket to receive 10% off.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHIRAG MALAVIYA VOX!

HAPPY 29TH BIRTHDAY TO VSA’S SUPERTALENTED VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CHIRAG!

Chirag hails from India, the cricketing nation of the world! Chirag has been an integral part of VSA this year and has taken our culture on board with amazing results. Here is to many more years to come.

THE ULTIMATE ONLINE SINGING COURSE IS HERE!!

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OR CREATE YOUR OWN SINGING DESTINY WITH ANY OF OUR 17 CUSTOMISED COURSES.
Whether you want to learn to sing RnB, hard rock, pop, sing harmonies, expand your higher range, learn to scream, sing a soft ballad, learn correct breathing techniques or stage presentation — there is a short course here designed to give you the vocal ability and skills you want!
Start your online singing journey here….https://voxsingingacademy.com

STUDIO/BASEMENT/OFFICE SPACE WANTED IN OR AROUND THE MELBOURNE CBD

If you know of a space where we can teach singing in or very close to the CBD please let us know on 0422 278 289 OR contact@voxsingingacademy.com

SINGING TEACHERS WANTED!

(Peter Vox giving Alex Reade from Drown This City a singing lesson)

VOX SINGING ACADEMY IS GROWING!

WE WANT YOU ON OUR TEAM!
Are you a confident vocalist and want to share your skills and experience? You must be reliable, friendly and outgoing? Attentive, enthusiastic, and a love of singing? Willing to learn and follow our exclusive syllabus?
– Over 27 years old
– Performed on stage and/or in a recording studio
– Previous teaching experience is beneficial, but not required
– Past and current students welcome to apply.
Free intensive training provided to the right person, with potential to work one to five days a week in VSA studios all over Melbourne and online. We are looking for teachers to teach ASAP at our Dandenong, Bayswater or Carnegie studio.
Send your resume to Peter Vox:
peter@voxsingingacademy.com

VSA STUDENT CONCERT!

Sunday the 1st Of December
1:00 PM Start
The Palace Hotel
893 Burke Road, Camberwell
03 9813 3566
$10 entry

VSA student concerts are a great way to gain valuable stage experience in a professional environment, using professional sound equipment, lighting and staging with an audience of your fellow students, family and friends cheering you on!
Fantastic food and drinks are also available. Families are encouraged to book a table if there are more than 4 people attending. Everyone welcome! Free parking at the rear of the venue.
Prizes, giveaways, Vox Singing Academy gift vouchers and free lessons, Palace Hotel food and beverage gift vouchers will be given away at the end of the show as encouragement awards! So it’s best to hang around until the end and support your fellow singers!
For more information visit our website: www.voxsingingacademy.com.au/our-student-concerts/ or give us a call: 0422 278 289

CHECK OUT VSA’S 2 YOUTUBE CHANNELS!

VSA has not one but two amazing YouTube channels! The 5 Minute Singer – ASK VSA is solely devoted to answering all questions regarding singing and to give you great free quality singing tutorials and advice regarding everything to do with singing.

Check it out and subscribe here…..  http://tinyurl.com/The5MinuteSinger

And also subscribe and check out Vox Singing Academy’s official YouTube channel that is jam-packed with amazing free content! Just some of the playlists this YouTube channel contains are The Vox Singing Academy video podcasts, Actual Vox singing Academy singing in class singing lessons, Live student concert performances, Vox Singing Academy teachers performing songs, Famous students & teacher interviews and wall of fame inductees just name and a few.

Check it out here…. http://tinyurl.com/VoxSingingAcademyYoutube

U2

Super excited and very much looking forward to seeing the supergroup U2 perform their hit album “Joshua Tree” in its entirety plus other hits this month nationally around Australia with Oasis’s songwriter Noel Gallagher supporting.

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