New year, new voice

It’s that time of year again; the time to re-assess habits, choices and aspirations and to face life with new intentions. It’s time to commit to leaving behind negative patterns that don’t fit the mental picture you have of musical and vocal freedom of expression. At the beginning of each year most of us make […]

Just, give me a reason

Let’s start by saying never use the word “just” in your songs. Can we agree on that?Just is one of the biggest lyrical weeds I would eradicate if I could. I know, harsh words, but hear me out. Technically, there are a couple of situations where the word “just” is (dare I say it…) justified. […]

A cappella blending

Harmonies. They can be the bane of your life if your voice isn’t in great shape. Especially in an A cappella setting because your voice might give a nice block harmony that “nails down a blackboard” vibe, prompting the other parts to do that quintessential “is that me?” wincing look. Contemporary lead vocals are a […]

Vocal strain

Strain. Some (or rather many) of us are good friends with that little devil. It wraps itself around our neck like a boa constrictor, squeezing the blood into our pained faces. That may be a little dramatic, but let’s be honest; it’s a pain in the butt right? But what exactly is strain? There are […]

Belting is it safe?

Chris & Steve look into the ins and outs of ‘belting’, how it can be done and how to avoid the perils of this extreme technique. What is belting? To start with this vocal quality probably features on every singer’s wish list: to sing hard and strong on the high notes. As we already know, we can […]