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AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER
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HOW TO SING WHEN YOU HAVE A COLD OR FLU
It’s that time of the year in wintery Melbourne, Australia.
In this months article, I’m going to give you tips and hints on how to sing when you have a cold, the flu or just not feeling right. Let me give you a couple of facts firstly about being sick.
98% of the ailments, colds and flu’s eg, you should be able to sing through. I’ll tell you a fact about myself and this is different from everyone of course. I’ve been singing since I was 6, I have only had 11 days off from singing and that has been because I had laryngitis, I had an infection of my larynx, so I had NO voice. When this happened, I went straight to the doctor and got penicillin antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and a penicillin shot in the backside and had my voice back within 3 to 4 days.
Now, I’m going to give you hints on how to sing and get through a show, song, performance or gig if you are sick, no not with laryngitis.
1. Properly and always WARM UP your voice and assess how much voice you have to use- safely, both in true voice and falsetto that’s the most important fact and information you need. Assess how much voice you have because you need to decide on what you’re going to do with the song or songs that you’re about to sing. Now, if you haven’t got a lot of voice, you may want to do some of the things that I’m about to tell you.
2. Change the key of the songs or the whole set if you possibly can. Obviously, if you’re singing in a theatre production, your not going to be able to do this in a theatre production because the show will be in concert pitch and they are not going change the key of the whole show just because you have an ailment. If you are in a theatre production and you cannot sing the high notes in true chest voice you are going to have to sing them in falsetto.
But if you’re in a band or you have a karaoke track, you might be able to change the key of it. So, instead of singing the song in the original key, bring it down as far as you need to so that you can sing the whole song or get through the whole performance in the lower key with less strain on your voice. Most people that are listening are not going to notice that you brought the song down a semitone or a two.
3. Change the melody of the song. If you’ve got a high note, phrase or chorus, change the melody of it. Sing a lower note within the same key. There is an art in doing this but once you know how to do you can rearrange any song or melody to suit your voice to make it easier to sing.
4. If you’re really sick and you can’t change the key of the song, you should try to stick to the root note of the melody, meaning the root note or lowest note that you started on, you should try to stay on that all the way through. Meaning you’re not singing melodically, moving or jumping around vocally. This is not an option that I would always go for because you’re going to sound a little monotonous and boring but if you’re up on stage and you feel that your voice is fatiguing badly, disappearing and you just need to survive and get through the song, this is a good technique.
5. Just pick different songs or change your song selection. Don’t sing the high song, change the songs and sing a lower song is a very good and easy option.
Again, if you’re up on stage and you aren’t able to change the key of the song, sing the high notes in falsetto instead of singing then in true voice. If your voice is starting to crack and you’re losing it, sing it in falsetto, it sounds similar but not exactly the same but at least you got away with getting through the song performance in the same key.
So here are some helpful hints and please use these if you are sick to make you sound the best when you’re up on stage.
VSA FEATURED STUDENT/ARTIST OF THE MONTH – LEE HARDING
Lee Harding Is Vox Singing Academy’s student of the month!
In 2019 Lee auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice Australia where he got all of the 4 judges to turn in the Blind auditions with a killer rendition of Rage Against The Machine’s, ”Killing In The Name Of” joining team Boy George. Lee made it all the way through to the semifinals.
Prior to competing in The Voice Australia 2019 Harding was a member of a cover band named “Bedrock” who described themselves as a “party band”.
If you didn’t know in 2005, Lee auditioned for the third season of Australian Idol, ultimately placing third.
Immediately following the show, Lee was signed to Sony BMG and released his debut single “Wasabi” & ”Eye of the Tiger” in December 2005. The song debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts and was the eighth highest single in 2006.
Lee’s debut album What’s Wrong with This Picture? was released in February 2006 and peaked at number 3 on the ARIA albums charts. Two further singles followed; “Anything for You” and “Call the Nurse”.
Lee was support for fellow Idol contestant Shannon Noll on his nationwide tour with mate and fellow Idol contestant Dan England. Lee played venues such as Luna Park Sydney’s Big Top.
August 2006, Lee was opening act for Australian rock icons INXS with Bedrock their national Australian tour.
In April 2006, Harding headlined his own tour titled the Anything for You Tour. Before acts included the Sydney-based power-pop group Kid Courageous, rapper Figgkidd, and the indie rock group Town Hall Steps.
In September 2006, Harding began his co-headlining tour with Kid Courageous of small venues across the nation. The tour commenced in Brisbane, then continued to the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Albury and Adelaide.
Since 2007, Harding has been involved in a number of short-lived projects, including the group Rock City 2, who released an album in October 2007. and the Patience Project who released a single titled “Lipstick Cabaret” in June 2011. Harding also plays in cover bands at Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Look out for bigger and better things to come from Lee Harding in the very near future with the release of a full length album coming out in later 2019.
SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY GIFT VOUCHER OFFER! BUY 10 LESSONS, GET 2 FOR FREE!
THAT IS A MASSIVE $80.00 SAVING!!
For a limited time only until the 31ST of August!
Give your Dad a truly memorable gift of singing this Farther’s Day. Whether you would like to purchase one class for a singer that may want to try singing lessons for the first time or as many lessons as you would like for your experienced singing love one.
To purchase a gift voucher go to https://voxsingingacademy.com.au/lesson-gift-vouchers/ or call 0422 278 289. It’s that time of the year
* This offer is only available to new students only and not available to current students.
HELLO FROM DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL TEACHER PETER VOX
It’s that time of the year! Winter! Unfortunately I have had a rough past month with a bad cold and then unfortunately a bout of the singers worst nightmare, laryngitis. I completely lost my voice for one day and had to have my first day of teaching in 14 years. With this being said I did make a speedy recovery after a course of antibiotics. I also took the time to shoot the laryngitis diaries which will be released shortly this month. This is a daily recap from acute laryngitis all the way back to singing to full capacity. Look out for it when it hits VSA’s You-tube channels shortly!
VSA has a student concert early August which I’m really looking forward to as we have a lot of up-and-coming new stars and talent.
Look out for amazing free content along all of VSA’s social media platforms including podcasts, video podcasts, new ASK VSA episodes and heaps more amazing free content regarding everything to do with singing.
Happy Birthday Pappa Vox!! Happy Birthday to my amazing Dad who celebrates his birthday on the 31st of August! One of the most amazingly talented people I know. An absolutely amazing painter, sculpture, glass blower and singer!!
Have a great August!
Much love and happy singing!
P.S Don’t forget Dad this father’s Day on the 1st of September. Check out VSA’s Special Father’s Day Gift Voucher Offer!!
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VSA NEXT STUDENT CONCERT!
Sunday The 4th Of August
1:00 PM Start
The Palace Hotel
893 Burke Road, Camberwell
03 9813 3566
VSA student concerts are a great way to gain valuable stage experience in a professional environment, using professional sound equipment, lighting and staging with an audience of your fellow students, family and friends cheering you on!
Fantastic food and drinks are also available. Families are encouraged to book a table if there are more than 4 people attending. Everyone welcome! Free parking at the rear of the venue.
Prizes, giveaways, Vox Singing Academy gift vouchers and free lessons, Palace Hotel food and beverage gift vouchers will be given away at the end of the show as encouragement awards! So it’s best to hang around until the end and support your fellow singers!
For more information visit our website: www.voxsingingacademy.com.au/our-student-concerts/ or give us a call: 0422 278 289
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VOX SINGING ACADEMY IS GROWING!
WE WANT YOU ON OUR TEAM!
Are you a confident vocalist and want to share your skills and experience? You must be reliable, friendly and outgoing? Attentive, enthusiastic, and a love of singing? Willing to learn and follow our exclusive syllabus?
– Over 27 years old
– Performed on stage and/or in a recording studio
– Previous teaching experience is beneficial, but not required
– Past and current students welcome to apply.
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