Some Tongue and Articulation Exercises…

(For my class on the eight-week course at The School) TONGUE FLIP EXERCISE This exercise stretches the tongue and helps it find the best possible position for each individual vowel sound as it flips back into the mouth. THEE-THEE-THEE-THEE-THEE THEE-THAIR-THAIR-THAIR-THAIR THEE-THAIR-THAH-THAH-THAH THEE-THAIR-THAH-THOR-THOR THEE-THAIR-THAH-THOR-THOO A SHORT ARTICULATION SEQUENCE This sequence helps to strengthen and tone theContinue reading “Some Tongue and Articulation Exercises…”

Professor Evgenia Sheveliova’s article on voice training

During my second lesson with Evgenia, she gave me a volume of vocalises by a Belgian composer called Bernard Lütgen. A vocalise is a short performable composition, rather than an exercise, and is usually sung on vowels rather than text. Each vocalise deals with specific technical skills. The volume contained an article on voice trainingContinue reading “Professor Evgenia Sheveliova’s article on voice training”

Remembering my Teacher 2 -Lessons in Moscow with Professor Evgenia Sheveliova

Professor Evgenia Sheveliova was the second of the two teachers I’ve studied with whose ideas about voice have made the biggest impact on the way I sing and teach.  We met in Moscow, during the summer of 2008, and our association came about rather unexpectedly. I was not looking for a singing teacher at theContinue reading “Remembering my Teacher 2 -Lessons in Moscow with Professor Evgenia Sheveliova”

Remembering my teacher 1 – Lessons on Schubert’s Winterreise with Esther Salaman

My blog posts until now, have focussed on different aspects of voice technique. At the beginning of the national lockdown this year, before discovering the wonders of Zoom and Skype teaching, I realised, as I cancelled my lessons and began to sink into gloom, how teaching and working with the voice becomes a way ofContinue reading “Remembering my teacher 1 – Lessons on Schubert’s Winterreise with Esther Salaman”

The Feeling of What Happens…

The Feeling of What Happens is the title of a book by the Portuguese-American neuroscientist Antonio Domasio. In this book he examines the question of where our feelings come from and what it means to be conscious. Consciousness, he believes, comes about from our being fully present to the response of our physical body toContinue reading “The Feeling of What Happens…”

We are drawn to a voice which vibrates and which has resonance…

Resonance is the process by which the initial vibrations of our voice, generated by our vocal folds, are literally ‘re-sounded’ and amplified. In the same way a piano sound board or the belly of a violin or guitar reinforces and reverberates the initial sound produced by the strings of the instrument, the resonating spaces withinContinue reading “We are drawn to a voice which vibrates and which has resonance…”