Listening skills

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For many of us keen to start vocal lessons in Melbourne the interest was sparked by listening to a certain record or seeing a great performance. A common trend that I’ve noticed is many students only listening to a handful of artists. By narrowing your listening like this you are not allowing other influences to broaden your musical palate. There are many apps on the market today that allow music to come to your computer or smart phone instantaneously and at little cost. Spotify and Pandora are two that I utilize for broadening my musical base. At Music College at least two required subjects were listening or aural skills based. We would be trained and tested on historical music traits as well as report on live ensembles we attended. This focus and analysis on music allowed for greater musical appreciation. I implore all Melbourne music students to set your ears loose on genres and musical styles that perhaps aren’t in your well grooved musical niche. Like the taste buds, variety is exciting and revealing so don’t just snack on toast

Foods to avoid for singers

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One of the most frequent questions I am asked by singing students is “what foods should I avoid when singing?” This is a great question as we find that the vocal tract is vulnerable to certain foods and drinks. Firstly the big one- Dairy! Dairy coats the vocal folds with phlegm and gives it a clogged, sticky feeling. It is similar to a car trying to get traction in snowy conditions. The phlegm buildup means you need to generate more air pressure to get the vocal chords vibrating. Hence, more effort for less reward. The second culprit worth a mention is acidic foods and drinks. These may include fruit juices such as Grapefruit, orange and lemon. Many students come to their singing lesson with a bottle of orange juice or fruit drink. Unfortunately the chances of acid reflux increase with these drinks and it is one of the most damaging things to your precious vocal cords. Lastly, there is alcohol. Yes I know I’m going to be the party pooper here and suggest that alcohol isn’t going to help your vocal performance. From a physiological stand point it is going to dry out your vocal chords and allow less range and clarity to your tone. I know countless musicians who like to have a drink on stage when performing – whiskey seems a popular choice! The deficit of this drying out might be offset by the relaxation and confidence the alcohol brings so just know that to get the very best out of your voice in your Melbourne vocal lessons and in vocal performance it is best avoided.