Adding chest resonance

This issue I am going to look into how you might approach a voice that hasn’t got a strong chest register. This is the lower region of our range (Below ~G4 in females and below ~D4 in males), often associated with the speaking voice. Assuming that the singer’s speaking voice is balanced we would expect […]

Dealing with problem voices

By John Henny If you are a regular reader of this column, you will have been given an arsenal of great teaching tools with which to help singers. However, in your teaching career you will encounter voices that we will politely classify as “difficult.” No matter what you try, these stubborn vocal problems don’t seem […]

Teaching beginner adults

Teaching Beginner Adult Singers Like many singers who graduate with a master’s degree in vocal performance, I stumbled into teaching voice as an alternative to waiting tables. And like many of those singers, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. I began teaching private voice full-time in 2002 and had spent the previous […]

The role of a music lawyer

  So, what does a music lawyer do? The music industry is very complicated: there’s so many sources of income for artists, and even more if you write. Every time that there’s some sort of transaction in music, it involves the concept of intellectual property. Something like a song for example, is quite a nebulous […]

The teaching tools

So in issue 1 we covered doing a self-evaluation to find out where you are right now so you could identify your strengths as well as the areas you need to build on in order to get to the place where you’re ready to teach other singers. Issue 2 we looked into location considerations and the equipment that you need […]

Professional etiquette in session singing

After  35 years  of session singing in  LA, Nashville,  and London,  I’m still gobsmacked at the unprofessional behaviour  I witness from alleged ‘pros’  in my business. I have seen the most outrageous things, including a singer being fired in front of the  group due to poor  professionalism. So unnecessary, as  it’s so easy to get things right! It […]

Dave Stroud Renown vocal coach, entrepreneur & tech nerd

World-renowned vocal coach, Dave Stroud,  generously shared with iSing some  of his career  journey and  wisdoms. In  the following  videos, you’ll learn Dave’s secrets  to  working with  international  artists, his  teaching  philosophy and methodology,  his  big picture  goals  with the  VocalizeU  App technology,  his favourite career moment (this might surprise you!), what still keeps him  excited about […]

Assessing the singer’s voice

So you are ready to get going with your first student! Let’s explore how you might go about assessing their vocal needs before launching into vocal exercises and singing. The spoken voice Your assessment will start with the spoken voice. As soon as the student starts to talk, make sure you are listening out for […]

Interview with Chris Grayston

What Open Mic UK can offer a singer. Interview with Chris Grayston Open mic nights have been fundamental to the entertainment industry for decades. Not only are they a way for music lovers and industry pros to check out local talent, but they’re also a way for performers to show off their skill in an […]

Ask and you shall receive

My name is Erika. I am a DIY artist and I sing for my supper. I have been singing since I was 13. I started off at the tender age of 13, singing with the English National Opera and from there I have dabbled with Musical Theatre, Soul, R’n’B, Dance, Ska, Pop, Rock and Met […]

The perfect EPK

Polishing Your Image – Tips for a Perfect EPK Truth: If you are pursuing a professional career in the arts or music you really should (actually insert “must”) have an electronic press kit (epk) to display your work. If a picture is worth more than a thousand words, video footage beats a riveting novel-esque resume […]

Finding your own space on youtube

Throwing cookie dough at  the wall only to  see what sticks, that’s  a game that the music industry played for a long time. Called Production Driven Strategy in the world of commerce, the idea was that the one project that worked did so well that it more than  made up for the  countless others that didn’t.  And […]

Musical theater songwriter Scott Alan

Scott Alan is a man who needs no introduction if you follow musical theatre. If you don’t, well then jump on board! Fresh from selling out four shows at the London Hippodrome, Scott Alan is one of the top contemporary musical theatre writers in the world.  He is known for writing soul-searching, honest, and mind-pondering […]