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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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Vocal Tract Hygiene by Daniel K. Robinson

Vocal Health is something that the Djarts Coaching team take very seriously. As we wander into the colder months, head colds and throat infections are more prevalent. Of course nothing can beat a balanced diet with adequate hydration (H2O) to ward off the dreaded 'lergy', however things in our busy lives are not always equal! It's good to have a few things in place ready to maintain good vocal health. First and foremost, every singer should own a Vapour Inhaler. The old tea towel and bowl of steaming hot water is a thing of yesteryear. For a small once off cost you can purchase a compact inhaler from Djarts that can go anywhere and be used anytime. The second useful tip...

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Work, Rest and Play by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

What do you think the biggest challenge to being a singer is? Is it having the confidence to sing in front of people? Perhaps it’s the challenge of accurately negotiating difficult melodic passages. Maybe the greatest challenge to being a singer is developing the skills required to clearly communicate the message of the lyrics. Truth be told, it’s all of these things (and many more), but there is one challenge that I think most singers are mindful of (or should be) most waking hours; and it’s an ongoing concern regardless of skill level or performance experience. Simply, the biggest challenge to every singer is, “You are your voice!” Everywhere you go your voice goes too. This humble fact separates singers from other...

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REVIEW - Honey Valley 100 % Pure New Zealand Honey (UMF 10+) 500 grams

What is it? Honey Valley 100% Pure New Zealand Honey is an accredited vendor of UMF honey (check out the list here). It has anti-microbial properties, meaning that bacteria will find it hard to survive and reproduce in honey. Like all Manuka Honey, it is cloudy in appearance: What it claims to do? Manuka Honey has yet another wonderful healing property; it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. This means that it will help to prevent any infection from spreading, and will thus speed up the recovery of our sore throat! Many singers swear-by it being a wonderful remedy for sore throats and protecting our fragile vocals! How to consume, for vocal care? If you have a potentially gig-busting sore throat or even just discomfort in your voice, the best...

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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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