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OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
VSA’S FEATURED ARTICLE
How To Gain Ultimate Control When Holding Straight Notes.
Hi there, today I will be writing about the art of control when holding single notes straight when singing. Here are a few of the BEST techniques and hints to help you hold notes precisely with control when singing a song or scale.
(Peter Vox giving Alex Reade from Drown This City a singing lesson)
- When you are holding a note, you have to have the right amount of air pressure support underneath your vocal cords to hold the note or notes at all times. So please make sure that you have enough air in your diaphragm to support the notes properly. If you don’t have the right amount of air pressure, the note is going to fall off, deflate or worse, sound flat. That’s the most important technique that you need to master if you’re going to hold a note straight for any period of time.
- When you get to the last note of any phrase or scale (unless you are trilling, running or moving on the last note) try to hold the note as straight as possible at the end of the phrase or scale, by tightening the diaphragm/stomach muscles to place correct breath pressure underneath the vocal cords so to hold the note straight and with control.
Practising any holding scales will greatly help with this. Please go to the Ultimate online singing course https://voxsingingacademy.com, ask your teacher, go to Vox singing Academy’s YouTube channels for some holding scales or accompany yourself on the piano, and hold a single note for three seconds or so. Play the note and sing it straight as you are doing this move your hand sideways in the air as if you were drawing a straight line in the air. This will give you a visualisation of a straight line with your voice and hand. When you are starting the 1st note, raise a little to the note so you’re not having an abrupt attack of the 1st note. When you are singing down lower in your singing register you’ll need less diaphragmatic support, though as you sing higher in your singing register you’ll need to tighten your diaphragm a lot more to hold a note straight and steady with control.
Doing some physical hand and arm movements or actions when singing your scales is great to do because this will give you a physical visualisation of what your voice needs to be doing. This will also help you out greatly with your hand movements and stage presence when you sing up on stage.
3. A few times a week try to do some core strengthening exercises such as bridges, planks, sit-ups or crunches. These exercises will greatly improve your singing and holding technique. Cardiovascular exercises such as running or swimming will also greatly improve your voice and lung capacity. The bigger your lung capacity and the more cardiovascularly fit you are the better it is for your singing.
After you have mastered the holding scale please try to incorporate them directly into your favourite songs that have sustained holding notes. Please remember to continually keep on practising every day and in a few short weeks, you should feel and hear improvement in your voice.
Enjoy your singing, have fun, chase your dreams and believe in yourself.
Thanks for reading, Much Love
VSA FEATURED STUDENT/ARTIST OF THE MONTH – MALLRAT
Mallrat aka Grace Shaw is a Vox singing Academy student and hip-hop/dance/electronic star from Brisbane, Australia now based between Melbourne and LA. Her critically acclaimed first EP title “Uninvited” broke her nationally in Australia. She was signed by major label recording company Dew Process with the release of her second EP “In The Sky” and then subsequently signed to a larger label, Universal Records for the release of her latest EP “Driving Music” which has spawned to hit single “ Charlie”. She has been guest vocalist, collaborator and songwriter on numerous songs by Vox Singing Academy student and hip-hop star Allday.
2019 has seen Mallrat tour the world in support of her latest EP with Allday
Look out for big things to come from Mallrat in the very near future.
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL TEACHER PETER VOX
I hope that you all had a great month as we did!
My god only 12 weeks to Christmas. Scary.
I’m really happy that it is spring!! Yeah!
Last month I had a quick business/holiday trip over to KL Malaysia which was fantastic! It was great to get away from the winter in Melbourne and get some heat, humidity and sun.
I’m Super excited to be involved and running a workshop (Sing Like A Rock Star! Techniques To Improve Your Singing Fast!) at this year’s BIG SING festival. The first of its kind with a soirée of amazing teachers. The BIG Sing Festival is a day of professional immersive workshops for anyone and everyone who loves to/wants to sing.
I will be doing my best to check-in on Instagram live every alternate day to give you an insight on my day’s activities as I have had sometime away from doing this with my trip to Malaysia and I miss interacting with all of our followers. In October we consistently release NEW video podcasts, podcasts and ASK VSA YouTube segments, so look out for our videos jampacked with great free singing information!! Please keep all of your questions and correspondence coming to all social media and I’ll be sure to respond to everyone’s comments and questions.
And lastly VSA has a student concert on Sunday 13th of October at The Palace Hotel in Camberwell which I’m really looking forward to as we have numerous new up-and-comers performing for the first time.
Have a great month ahead.
Thank you for reading.
Be good to each other.
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VSA STUDENT CONCERT! CARNEGIE!!
Sunday the 13th of October
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
RENELOPHUS LIVE PERFORMANCE FEATURING X2 VSA TEACHERS
Open Studio. 204 High Street,
Northcote, Victoria 3070
12/10/19. doors at 2pm.
With special guest Josh Seymour.
With Renelophus you will enjoy a musical dose of pop, hip-hop, R&B, jazz and alternative. Arranging their big-sound originals into something a little more mellow, they will be bringing their songs to you in the inimitable Open Studio – acoustically. Amazing lead vocals and harmonies, Gentle nylon guitar, Tender trumpets, Bodacious basses. And not to mention Vox Singing Academy’s own Teacher duo, Rients Johannes Huitema and Anastasia Lastovirya.
Listen To Your Favourite VSA Podcasts!
You can now listen to your favourite VSA podcasts anywhere, any time for FREE on VSA’s podcast channel Channel – VOX SINGING ACADEMY PODCAST : Talks Singing : Est 1993. Available on all the big players iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and more. Subscribe NOW
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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