You’re the Voice! Try and Understand That

Yes, I’m quoting John Farnham. Actually, I’m quoting Chris Thompson, Andy Quanta, Keith Reid and Maggie Ryder   – the people who wrote the lyrics. You’re the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! We’re not gonna sit in silence We’re not gonna live with fear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! (repeat until end of song) (courtesy of LyricsFreak) I was reminded of this, yet again, by a recent discussion on VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers of America) about the way some people can learn an accent (in the USA, this is referred to as dialect), for a role in a play, do it perfectly in rehearsal, but then slip up in performance. Changing the way we …

Voice Alive!

I recently committed myself to take part in a three week intensive, full time clown training course with the fabulous Ira Seidenstein.  Terrified that I might totally exhaust myself, and run out of beans to do anything for the rest of the year, in fact I came out at the end quite invigorated and fired up, ready to take on anything 2012 can throw at me. We worked with Shakespeare’s text, some of it placed in the mouths of actual clowns, some that you might never suspect of being clowns ‘as characters’, but then what is a character?  It’s a person. And if you are the person playing that character, and you happen to be a clown, then way-hey to go! For …

Beginners, Please!

I’ve been thinking for some time about producing an iPhone app for voice professionals and anyone else interested in taking care of the voice, and developing its potential.  My software development guru (my son Roderick) is standing by to turn my mp3 files into the actual app, so it won’t be long now. To start at the beginning, I’ve just made a 10 minute recording of an introductory voice lesson for absolute beginners, offering a way in to vocal maintenance and for the development of power and flexibility of the voice.  Just for you, here it is. Please feel free to send me your feedback, I value your opinion.  

Forum – a place to engage in discussion

My last few posts have elicited quite a few generous responses via email, which I’ve then asked permission to post here on the blog.  To make things easier, I’ve just set up a new page, you will see the link on the navigation row at the top of the blog website or click here “Forum – Join the Discussion”. The aim is to make it easier to respond to posts, and to develop a discussion around the various topics. If it works out, perhaps I will make it the home page. In the meantime, let me direct to over the Forum page, where I have just posted “Shakespeare our Teacher”, a story of serendipity involving last year’s Shakespeare Globe NZ National …

Back in Brisbane, Back in Action

It’s been quite a journey, from Phoenix to New Jersey to Seattle and thence back to Brisbane. I had a wonderful time with my family, getting to know the grandchildren all over again, meeting up with colleagues in New York, Seattle and LA. Now, it’s back to the beautiful sunshine of soon to be wintry Brisbane. Private lessons begin again next week, and I’ll be offering some workshops very soon for those of you who appreciate the opportunity to work in a group. Meantime, I’ve just set a discussion topic on my Facebook page, sparked off by an article by Christopher Hitchens here. Perhaps you’d prefer to add your comments right here, so here’s what I said: “He speaks openly …