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MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER
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HOW TO WARM UP YOUR VOICE BEFORE SINGING!
In simple terms. Your instrument, your voice is a muscle, you are like an athlete and you use muscles to make sounds. Your vocal cords are two white tendons brought together, then when air is passed through them they vibrate together to make a sound. They oscillate approximately 440 times per second, that’s 26,400 times per minute, and that’s only when speaking. If singing in your higher vocal range the vocal cords can oscillate more than 1000 times per second. That is an amazing 60,000 plus times a minute.
At Vox Singing Academy get so many people coming to singing lessons with incorrect technique and damaged vocal cords, which purely and simply could have been avoided by correct warmups, scales and breathing techniques that can be taught in a very short amount of time! Every student that attends singing lessons at Vox Singing Academy will correctly learn how to warm up the vocal cords before singing. This is why it is very important to warm up and cool down your voice before and after you sing, perform or do scales. Just like you would stretch, limber and warm up your muscles and body before and after you play sport, and the same thing should be done with your voice as a singer.
WARMING UP FOR BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATES
Stand up when singing or doing your scales workout in a relaxed posture. If you are sitting please try to keep your
upper torso relatively straight and relaxed.
Let’s start by taking a conversation sized breath into the V of the rib cage or what’s known as the diaphragm area. If you feel this area move out slightly that is fantastic, but if its not moving that’s fine as well. As we will be covering breathing techniques in depth in future articles. It will greatly help you out if you can look into a mirror when you are singing, scaling, breathing to see and monitor what you are doing.
Stay hydrated, drink room temperature water before, during, after scales and singing. Room temperature water will keep your vocal cords lubricated as we have already spoken about, they will be vibrating together at an extraordinary rate.
Peter Vox recommends for beginners and intermediates, I recommend warming your voice by gently humming with the lips closed.
Personally, in my classes, I would do this with a major 5th scale and start at the lowest point of the student’s range and work my way through to the very highest falsetto (false voice) until the voice naturally stops. If you do not have access to a piano, guitar, teacher or a program that can play this, I recommend that you hum at the lowest point of your voice and begin raising & sliding up slowly towards the top of your for vocal range then come back down your range again in a circular motion. This circular motion is also called in singing in terms “sirening”.
Please keep the sound very light and pure. Do not force the sound down or onto the throat. As you go higher gradually tighten your stomach a little bit to support the sound and let the sound resonate (vibrate) to the back of the head or in between the ears as you are going higher.
Please do this for 2 to 5 min. After you do this you should feel that your voice is warmed up, invigorated and stretched out, as you would feel if you stretched are and limbered your body for playing sport. After this, I would highly recommend doing some open mouth vowel scales, such as Art, See or Soul. Again on a major 5th or a triad down (5,3,1 scale). Do this until you feel YOUR voice is warmed up. After you feel your voice is warmed up, eased into a song.
WARMING UP FOR ADVANCED AND PROFESSIONALS
Peter Vox recommends for Advanced/ professional students to spend 5 minutes doing some mild stretching and limbering up of the body. As we are going to be using most of the muscles in the body when performing. The stretching will consist of some light stretching of every major muscle in the body, but let’s spend a little more time stretching the abdominal and core muscles as well as loosening and stretching the neck and shoulder area.
Then you would start with the Ung warmup exercise for as long as is necessary and until your voice feels limbered, flexible and warmed up. The Ung exercise is the same as the humming exercise except we will block off the back of the uvula (throat) with the tongue to make a light Ung sound. This exercise resonates and circulates warm air around the most important parts of the vocal cords which are the true and false vocal cords.
Then you would continue to do some scales that are going to warm up the specific parts of the voice that I’m about to use in my performance. E.g. if you are going to use a lot of falsetto, do more falsetto exercises if you’re mainly singing in your higher register, use some higher range scales like crying scales if you are mainly singing down lower, do some lower range scales, if you’re screaming, do some screaming scales. Warmup what you were going to use.
Then 10 min before you go on stage would have another light limber and stretch of your body, then very importantly you should proceed to sing the 1st half of the 1st song you about to sing on stage so that I know I have complete confidence in what you about to do in 5 min. Then the bottom line is get up on stage and have some fun. That’s what it’s all about in the end, is just having some fun and enjoying what you’re doing.
After the show, I recommend a light body stretch and vocal cool down with the hum or Ung vocal exercise, with plenty of water.
If you have any suggestions for subject matter that you would like to know more about or any questions regarding singing please have no hesitation to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sing with passion”
VSA FEATURED STUDENT/ARTIST OF THE MONTH – IN HEARTS WAKE
IN HEARTS WAKE features 2 Vox Singing Academy – Peter Vox singing students. In Hearts Wake are coming out of writing mode to play Download festival 2020 supporting My Chemical Romance. 2020 will see In Hearts Wake released a new studio album and tour the world in support of the new album.
In Hearts Wake are an Australian melodic post-hard-corehard rock band from Byron Bay, formed in 2006, currently consisting of Peter Vox & Vox Singing Academy students on vocals – Jake Taylor (dirty, screaming & clean lead vocals), Kyle Erich (lead & backing clean & husky vocals, bass guitar). They have released two EPs, Into the Storm and The Gateway, and three full-length studio albums,Divination, Earthwalker and Skydancer, a split CD with The Bride and a split single with Northlane titled Equinox. The band’s lyrical themes include environmentalism and other social issues.
In February and March 2014 In Hearts Wake played Soundwave Festival in Australia for the first time. Before playing at Soundwave the band headlined the Skydancer Australia tour with support from Hand of Mercy and Hellions. The earnings of the tour went to the band’s own Skydancer project.
The musicians announced they would release a new album in 2014. It is called Earthwalker and was set to be released on May 2, 2014 and in Europe in the End of May. The album peaked at No. 5 at official ARIA Charts. In June the band will tour Australia again to promote Earthwalker with support from Being as an Ocean, Dream On, Dreamer, Endless Heights, and Sierra.
In early March 2015 the band announced that they would be releasing a new album titled Skydancer scheduled for release in May 2015. Jake Taylor stated in a documentary that the band actually recorded the new album alongside their 2014 release Earthwalker.
In August 2015 the band opened up for Northlane in North America & Canada on their Node tour with Oceans Ate Alaska & Like Moths to Flames as support. They also returned to North America in October to support Parkway Drive on their IRE tour while also joining Miss May I & Thy Art is Murder as support.
On April 19, 2016, the band announced that they had been working on a collaborative EP with Northlane entitled “Equinox”. It was recorded in Sydney with producer Will Putney. The EP features three songs: “Refuge”, “Equinox” and “Hologram” and was released on April 20, through UNFD. The band have stated that they will be playing all songs live on the Equinox tour, co-headlined by Northlane and supported by Hands Like Houses.
On 2 April 2017, the band unveiled a new song “Warcry” during their UK tour. On 26 April, another single, “Passage”, was released, and it was announced that both tracks were taken from their upcoming album Ark.
After the release of Ark on 26 May,
Debuting at #3 on the ARIA Album Chart, Ark further cemented In Hearts Wake’s status as one of the leading lights of melodic post-hard core-hard rock.
On the touring front, In Hearts Wake have looped the planet multiple times in 2017 & 2018. The band have won new friends and fans from multiple US runs including Vans Warped Tour, and stints supporting Parkway Drive and August Burns Red. They have also taken the fight to European festivals such as Download, Graspop, Groezrock and Vainstream and successfully toured South East Asia, while continuing to become bigger than ever at home in Australia.
On 2 February 2018, the band released Ark Prevails, a four-track Ark companion EP.
2019 seen In Hearts Wake in writing mode for their fifth studio album which is yet to be titled.
An amazingly talented and high energy band that should be witnessed by everyone live and via audio
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Singing Is Fun, Builds Confidence & Great For Your Health.
MORNING SINGING LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE IN ST KILDA – GUARANTEED RESULTS!
Due to OVERWHELMING demand our Deputy Principal Singing Teacher EMILY SAAEN VOX is now teaching FROM 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at VSA’s St Kilda studio – on Monday and Wednesday.
Time slots are filling fast, do not miss your chance – book your early bird lessons NOW!
P: 1300 183 732
M: 0422 278 289
VSA – Website: http://dev.voxsingingacademy.com.au
Emily in full flight in a morning singing lesson with a student
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL FEATURING 5 VOX SINGING ACADEMY STUDENTS/BANDS!
This years download festival is going to be huge.
FEATURING 5 VOX SINGING ACADEMY STUDENTS/BANDS!
If PRO singers go to Vox Singing Academy so should you Affordable price packages available. Vox singing academy’s students and bands performing will be In Hearts Wake, Dead Letter Circus, Hellions, Thornhill and Clowns.
VSA WELCOMES NEW TEACHERS DYLAN & REGAN TO THE FAMILY!!
Vox Singing Academy is proud to announce 2 new members to the singing teaching family, Dylan Hill & Regan Vox!!
Only a few spots left with each of these teachers so call now if you want lessons with these extremely talented teachers.
Dylan brings his decade of singing, recording, songwriting, performing live and production experience to Vox Singing Academy’s
Bayswater studio, Mondays, 12 noon till 10 pm and Dandenong, Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.
And Regan has 25 years of knowledge and experience in the music industry include singing, performing live, song writing, recording and producing numerous albums of his own. Regan teachers Thursday at VSA studio Brunswick with limited spaces available and SOON will be teaching at the St Kilda and Carnegie studios.
For bookings and more information call 0422 278 289 or https://voxsingingacademy.com.au
Dylan in a singing lesson with a student.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RIENTS VOX!
Teacher Rients in action in a singing lesson
Happy 40th Birthday Rients! Rients is a Head teacher at VSA and is extremely busy.
Rients is also the administration manager at VSA. Rients not only is an amazing singing teacher but also a multi-instrumentalist, producer, band manager, lead singer in his Renelophus : https://www.renelophus.com Rients also runs his own recording studio.
Rients only has a handful of free times available on his teaching days in Brunswick (Mondays and Tuesdays) Bayswater (Wednesdays and Thursdays). For bookings and to check out why he is so busy here is his amazing bio https://voxsingingacademy.com.au/singingteacher-rients-vox/ or give us a call to book: 0422 278 289
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Whether you want to learn to sing RnB, hard rock, pop, sing harmonies, expand your higher range, learn to scream, sing a soft ballad, learn correct breathing techniques or stage presentation — there is a short course here designed to give you the vocal ability and skills you want!
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STUDIO/BASEMENT/OFFICE SPACE WANTED IN OR AROUND THE MELBOURNE CBD OR HAWTHORN
If you know of a space where we can teach singing in or very close to the CBD or Hawthorn please let us know on 0422 278 289 OR email@example.com
GREAT SINGING TEACHERS WANTED!
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.
Free intensive training provided to the right person, with potential to work one to five days a week in VSA studios all over Melbourne and online. We are looking for teachers to teach ASAP at our Dandenong, Bayswater or Carnegie studio.
Send your resume to Peter Vox:
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VSA STUDENT CONCERT!
Sunday the 22nd of March
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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