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.  

Ever-Increasing Circles

Such a lot happening at the moment, and so little time to write about it! First, I must mention that I’m presently on the Critical Mass blogging team for the Queensland Music Festival. I’ve managed to catch 3 shows so far, with 2 to come next week. Read all about it here. I’m delighted to be back in the swing of reviewing, which means I not only get to see stuff for free, but I get to see stuff I probably wouldn’t choose to go to, even if I could afford it, because it’s just not my taste.  The Randy Newman concert was a case in point, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity, and the push to go. …

Giving Voice to Children – The Next Question?

My last post struck a chord with some of my voice teaching colleagues, who contacted me directly. I have asked their permission to post their remarks here, so that we may open out the discussion to a wider readership. Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann lives and works in Jamaica, WI.  Here is what she had to say: “I agree 100% with your idea of giving voice to children from early age at the schools. “I am an acting and voice and speech teacher living and working in Jamaica, W.I. at a Arts College. I have a 5 y.o son and I am suffering the struggle of free expression for kids. I mean the school where my son goes to is so centered in …