Keeping on with the Singing

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Singing from home is something I’m used to and I’m lucky that I don’t have to work around anyone else’s schedule or that I’m not a thin wall away from my neighbours. The Musical Director of an Opera company (Roland at White Horse Opera) is checking in with the soloists every week on Zoom, which is really good in terms of keeping up momentum for when we are finally able to perform again. It’s also a really good motivation to practice singing every day.

Everyone has different warm up techniques and habits, but I’m going to share three of my favourite online vocal coaches that inspire me to work on my voice.

Madeleine Harvey.
She makes everything seem nice and simple and I really like how she encourages better vocal technique.

Mark Baxter.
His warm-up videos are fantastic because he’ll go through the entire exercises and because he uses text on the screen, he doesn’t interrupt the flow, which makes for excellent repeated viewings.

Verba Vocal Techniques.
Anna and Mark have an excellent mix of exercises tailored around specific vocal areas, such as range, or the head voice.

All of the above teachers share some things in common: positivity, patience and wisdom. Check them out, but also explore what other teachers are out there to find the ones that are right for you.

Finally, I freely admit that there is no replacement for an excellent one-on-one vocal coach. Someone who can not only get their student excited but also work on their technique and improve them as a performer. I’ve never felt more confident as a singer than when I’ve had just had a lesson with Lynsey Docherty. She has the incredible talent of not only knowing how to sing brilliantly, but also to care about her students and get the best out of them. If you find such a teacher, feel blessed and sing with confidence!

Among Lynsey’s many musical projects, she is the inspiration, brains and charm behind Celebrate Voice, which celebrates singing, music and the city of Salisbury. Check out their programme of activities, including a series of lockdown shows, at the Celebrate Voice website.

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