Messing with vibrato

Vocal Style: Messing with vibrato In the first of a three part iSing series on Vocal Style where we demonstrate the different uses of various vocal style nuances and techniques, Josh Alamu looks at vibrato. So what is vibrato? Vibrato (as defined by Wikipedia) is a musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change of pitch. […]

The Passaggio

Passaggio (pl. passaggi) is one of the most talked about elements of singing. Some refer to it as the bridge, break, mix, middle, or simply the place where things go wrong. So why does this vocal phenomenon receive such widespread consideration? Passaggio is Italian for passage or crossing, which may give us slightly more indication of what it is and where it […]

The ins and outs of breathing for singing

Pupils studying the voice often have glazed eyes when the subject of breathing is raised. Meaningless phrases such as ‘support the voice’ and ‘sing from the diaphragm’ only result in bewildered expressions and feelings of inadequacy. Voice teacher and author of Singing and the Actor, Gillyanne Kayes , describes this experience as the ‘holy grail […]

Developing a performance persona

For many of the artists I coach, developing an alternative version of themselve can enhance both their performance and the experience in many ways. When performing in front  of an audience, whether  it’s your production team,the studio, a crowd  in the local pub,  or a sea of  fans at the O2  Arena, it’soften helpful to consider […]

Back to the future

  Every mainstream singer we hear today has either been influenced by or has mimicked a singer who came before them. So who are you listening to? Which singers influence you? How far back does your singing legacy go? In my experience, singers don’t ‘listen’ closely enough. This means they often miss out on the […]