How to go from ‘good’ to ‘great’ as a singer

22 March 2019

How to go from ‘good’ to ‘great’ as a singer


This is the third part of my miniseries about the four stages of learning. In Part 1 we talked about getting competent; Part 2 was all about getting confident. Part three is about how you go from ‘good’ to ‘great’ as a singer. Stage three is called Mastery. Mastery is where the prodigies live. The people who seem to have what we call ‘natural talent’. They might develop that talent very quickly as a child; sometimes they come to that talent later as an adult, but they deliver it quickly. But it can take twenty or thirty years to become a master. You see, mastery is going from good to great, becoming a virtuoso in what you do. At this level you’ll be performing at an incredibly high standard. You may well be a soloist, or the leader of a band, starting to get more well known for your expertise


How to find your confidence as a singer

15 March 2019

How to find your confidence as a singer


Stage Two – Confidence – is a good stage: it’s where you start to get good at what you do.  And confident is a very interesting place to be.


The secret to achieving Competence in your singing

08 March 2019

The secret to achieving competence in your singing


This is the first of series of four posts on the four areas of learning: Competence, Confidence, Mastery and Artistry. I’ll be sharing how to know where to focus your energy and effort so that you can make the right choices going forward, and avoid holding yourself back from the next level.


How to unlock the power of your muscle memory

01 March 2019

How to unlock the power of your muscle memory


Are you the kind of person who can learn things quickly and remember them very well for a short time (perhaps for an exam), but would struggle to recall anything in detail a month later? Or are you the type who takes longer to learn something, but still remembers it years afterwards?

And how does your memory impact on your singing?


What a good warm up is designed to do

22 February 2019

What a good singing warm up is designed to do


What is a singing warm up? What does it do? It might seem an obvious question, but it’s important that you understand what your warm ups are designed to do, in order for you to make the transition from beginner, through to intermediate, through to advanced.


When your singing practise feels like an uphill stuggle

14 February 2019

When your singing practise feels like an uphill struggle


I want to talk to you about a brilliant (and funny) post that was put in our Online Singing Academy Facebook group. Watch the video >>>>>   Or here’s the scannable version: I started the Online Singing Academy in February last year, and this week I’ve given myself time to sit back and reflect on how it’s going. Who are the people I’m working with? How have they been helped? What are some of the journeys that they’ve gone on? And where are they right now? And this week one of our academy members shared a very funny post in our private Facebook group. I laughed my socks off when I first read it – and so did everybody else, because not only was it true for this person, but when I shared it with my private one-to-one clients they all smiled a wry smile, and admitted that they often experienced


A new perspective on high notes

08 February 2019

A new perspective on high notes


Today, I want to talk to you about singing higher. Now, I’m not coming at this from a usual angle, so bear with me. What I want to talk about is why we struggle with singing higher – what’s really going on. Go on YouTube and you’ll see so many videos telling you how to sing higher. How to belt your notes. How to sing this, how to sing that. So much about singing higher and increasing your range. And yet, you’re still struggling. With such a huge amount of information out there, why are you still struggling with singing high notes? Because fundamentally, you’re not looking at high notes with the truth of what they are. When we think of high notes, one of the biggest problems is that we’re imagining all our notes outside ourselves. We hear our sound inside our bones, and as an echo back from


The seven habits of advanced and exceptional singers

30 January 2019

The seven habits of advanced and exceptional singers


No exceptional singer muddled through. (Their muddling through is at such a high standard, we tend to call it improvisation!) They know how to improvise in the moment because they practise, they understand theory, they understand harmony. They can move, flex them and feel their voices. If you know the habits of highly successful singers, and you start to do some of those habits, you will also be able to pull yourself forward. Watch here >>>>>   Or alternatively, here’s the scannable version:   1. They’re consistent They do it consistently. They do it daily. They set up a practise space that feels great, and where they feel  at home. They can shut the world out and enter into the world of music in a way that they couldn’t if they were just trying to practise in the car. To become an advanced or exceptional singer you have to learn


3 things exceptional singers do that average singers don’t

23 January 2019

3 things exceptional singers do that average singers don’t


This week I want to talk to you about three things that exceptional singers do that average singers don’t. You can move through from the beginner stage into the advanced singer stage far quicker than you realise with these three tips. If you really want to achieve your aspirations and your singing goals this year, then please listen up!


16 practise habits of successful singers

24 October 2018

16 practise habits of successful singers


Use my 16 top tips to help you move forward in your singing practice. Unlike an instrumentalist, a singer should not be rehearsing for hours on end, especially at full belt. If you really understand how to practise your songs, your learning time can be cut by more than half, leaving valuable time to explore other areas of your performance and work on your craft in other ways.


9 steps to mainstream music industry success

10 October 2018

9 steps to mainstream music industry success


The desire for success in the music industry is a strong as it ever was, but the game has changed. I asked my contacts that have managed bands, and artists signed by labels who had seen the good, the bad and the ugly to share some top wisdom for artists wanting to break into the industry who might already have several pieces of the puzzle, but need to organise them into a winning picture.


How to win at singing auditions

24 September 2018

How to win at singing auditions


If you haven’t done so great with auditions in the past, I have some very good news for you. You can improve – and sometimes very quickly – if you know the game you are about to play and stay focused on what needs to be done at each round of an audition process. So I am going to save you the heartache of rejection (but you must follow the rules if you want to play the game!).