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Choosing Repertoire by Daniel K. Robinson

Choosing Repertoire can be a challenge. As a teacher of voice I find that the choice of songs for students can be one of my more difficult tasks. It's easy to have a bank of songs to choose from when you first start teaching a student, but what happens when it comes to choosing a song for a Music Theatre audition or Karaoke competition. The choice of song can mean the difference between landing the role and 'not' landing the role. So how do you choose the right song? A few quick tips... Choose a song that you can sing. Seems straight forward, but allot of singers choose difficult songs thinking that the difficulty level will impress...it will if you...

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Classical & Contemporary: Can you do both? By Daniel K. Robinson

There are few topics in the modern era of vocal pedagogy that invoke such heated debate as that generated by the discussion surrounding ‘Classical vs. Contemporary’. On one side of the fence you have the historically grounded establishment of the Classical school, whose years (centuries) of dedication to the craft, and research thereof, is a shining beacon to all those wanting to develop vocal artistry. On the other side we have the new kids on the block: the Contemporary school that, having only just arrived on the scene over the past 40-50 years, are courageously forging a new path of pedagogical approach and understanding. On the surface of things its perhaps not surprising that we have the age-old, somewhat predictable...

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Singing with Distortion, Husk, Dirt, Grit, Throat or Growling by Vox Academy

In this month’s article we’re going to discuss a very popular subject! Singing with distortion, husk, dirt, grit, throat, growling; call it what you will! But for this months article we are simply going to call  it singing dirty or with distortion. But firstly let’s just get a few facts and terminologies down so that you  know exactly what I’m talking about for this particular article in relation to singing dirty or with distortion. There are only 2 forms/techniques of harder singing/screaming that are used. True or chest voice distorted singing. E.g James Hatfield from Metallica only users distorted true or chest voice singing on all Metallica tracks. Falsetto voice distorted singing.E.g Daniel Davey from Cradle of Filth sings predominantly...

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Vocal Signature by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

These days I’m not much of a ‘doodler’. I don’t find myself doodling random patterns and sketches on pieces of paper while taking lecture notes or sitting through meetings; but this has not always been the case. I can remember that during my late primary and early high school years I passed many an hour in class (to my detriment) scribbling simple designs and decorations across countless pages. One recurring doodle that occupied my time was the development of my written signature. I’ve always been fascinated by people’s signatures. Some people content themselves with a cursive version of their name in block text, but I love those signatures that seem to express the personality of their namesake. Whether it is through flowing lines...

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Voice Qualities & Ideals by Daniel Zangger Borch

Voice Qualities & Ideals There are innumerable voice qualities and ideals. An ideal in itself is often a combination of several other ideals. When an ideal appears it is analysed by singing teachers and vocal coaches who define and describe how to reproduce it. As previously mentioned the best way to achieve a particular sound is by imitation. Singing along with singers whose sound you like will help you work out what to do. If this doesn’t’ work you can always consult a teacher who will map out how to create the sound and a method for learning it. The range of ideals and techniques is enormous and the terms used for them are usually fairly descriptive, for example growling...

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