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Manuka Honey... So whats all the fuss about?

For thousands of years honey has been known for its special properties. Particular honeys have a greater range of attributes than others, and the honey that comes from certain varieties of the New Zealand Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) happens to be one of these. How is modern day Manuka Honey made? Put simply, Mānuka Honey is produced by introduced honey bees feeding on the Mānuka (or Jellybush in Australia) which grows uncultivated throughout New Zealand and South Eastern Australia. Due to the massive mark-up (combined with fervent demand) on Manuka Honey globally, there have been lots of cases of fraud reported where the honey hasn't actually been as strong as what is stated on the label. To attempt a prevention of such instances, a New Zealand group by the name...

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VIDEO TIP - Help! I’ve Got Laryngitis! | Can I Still Sing? by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

HELP! I'VE GOT LARYNGITIS! CAN I STILL SING?  Of all the days to get laryngitis! You’ve been preparing all week for this gig, but yesterday you felt a slight niggle in the throat, and despite your best attempts to ward it off by overdosing on vitamin C, you’ve woken with a sensation in your throat that can only be described as ‘gargling broken glass.’ Every time you swallow you feel sharp shards of pain. And your voice? Well, let’s just say you are Barry White reincarnate. What should you do? You’ve worked so hard in the lead up to tonight’s performance, and you’ve got people counting on you. Ok, step into my studio, let’s have a chat. Firstly, let’s ascertain...

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AVA top 10 vocal tips

[These great tips have been taken from the Australia Voice Association site (www.australianvoiceassociation.com.au/tips/). Enjoy!] Use your voice well!  Learn to optimize healthy voice  production.  If you do a lot of talking  or singing, learn to produce voice well – without strain or damage. Keep your voice hydrated! Adequate  hydration is very important for healthy voice and vocal folds.  Drink at least 2 – 3 litres of water per day. Steaming helps vocal wellness. Warm up your voice! (As you  would the rest of your body) if you’re going to embark on prolonged talking or  singing – e.g. Teacher, Minister of Religion or Call Centre Operator. Be wary talking or singing above background  noise!  This can strain your voice so you...

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Top Three Tips by Daniel Zangger Borch

Top Three Tips I think what we teachers and sometimes also singers overall, tend to focus too much on details on how to create ”one” certain sound or one single technique issue e.g. bridgeing the passagio. But as we all know, singing is the ultimate musical expression, as the voice is so closely connected to emotions, we can ”touch” our audience deeper than other instruments. So if you can scream your head off - good for you, if you can sing really high notes - good for you, if you can riff like mad - good for you. BUT without putting it into a musical expression along with musicality, projection of lyrics, dynamics and so forth, nothing will happen inside...

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