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Demystifying Staff Notation Part One: Pitch

To the uninitiated, classical music notation looks beautiful and terrifying, filled with bizarre looping symbols, black dots scattered around lines like footprints and numbers and fragments of text in strange languages peppered all around. Many people have confused memories of school music lessons about good boys deserving fine apples and other nonsense with no obviousContinue reading “Demystifying Staff Notation Part One: Pitch”

Changing Your Voice Part 6 – Cross-Gender Vocal Techniques

This is the sixth article in my series introducing ways you can develop and change the sound of your singing voice to get the sound you want, whatever style, setting or aim you have in mind. These articles are not intended as a replacement for singing lessons – on the contrary, I hope the techniquesContinue reading “Changing Your Voice Part 6 – Cross-Gender Vocal Techniques”

Changing Your Voice Part 5 – Hard Rock, Metal and Extreme Vocal Styles

So now you’ve sung like an angel, it’s time to scream like a demon. This is the latest in my series of articles introducing the aspects of developing a unique singing voice – if you’re new to singing and have found this article via google, you may want to read back on the previous articlesContinue reading “Changing Your Voice Part 5 – Hard Rock, Metal and Extreme Vocal Styles”

Changing Your Voice part 4 – Creating A Character

Changing Your Voice part 4: Creating a Character Though this might look like a topic for actors and musical theatre types only (dahlings), any time you sing for an audience or in a particular context you will be creating a character to suit, even if this character is simply a stylised version of yourself withContinue reading “Changing Your Voice part 4 – Creating A Character”

Changing Your Voice Part 2 – Expanding your range.

One of the first things I read about singing that I knew to be false was an old book in my school library that stated in no uncertain terms that “the vocal range is fixed and cannot be extended”. While it is true that there are physical limits to what your body and voice canContinue reading “Changing Your Voice Part 2 – Expanding your range.”