Vocal Technique

Transform your Singing with Commitment and Consistency

In this episode of Fearless TV, I share with you the magical power of combining commitment and consistency.
 
I have to be honest, it’s something that I have only started practicing later in life. Better late than never! Perhaps it’s because I am driven more so than ever by my ‘why’.
 
We all have different reasons for why we want to achieve a goal but, in this episode, I share the importance of identifying and connecting to your why as well as how you want to feel as a result of achieving it.
 
Personally, I’m motivated by a desire to reach as many people as possible with the message that anyone can sing, and we MUST sing.
 
Honestly, singing is one of the most powerful tools of self-healing and transformation that we have and yet for a lot us, we are too scared to do it, especially in front of other people.
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I genuinely believe that I’ve been put on this planet to remind people of how bloody brilliant they are and also how singing can be a vehicle to make us feel good and to live in a heart centred space.
 
That’s my why for my goal, which is to build a Fearless Singer community of like-minded people who will support each other in reaching their singing/performance/creative goals.
 
Therefore, I take consistent action with posting these videos and providing content that will genuinely be of service.  
 

This week's episode: Transform your Singing with Commitment and Consistency

Oh! I should mention that I will be going full steam ahead with these vlogs. They’re challenging work but ultimately, I LOVE making them for you. Feel free to subscribe to the Fearless Singer channel and share the love with your friends and family.
 
Also - don’t forget to tell me your goal in the comments! I would love to show you my support.
 
I hope you have the best week!

P.S. The next video in my Beginner Singer’s Course will be in the Student Portal later tonight. You get access to this when you book in for your first singing lesson with me.

P.S.S. Are you on instagram? I share a lot (perhaps too much) over there on subjects such as singing, creating, business and my air fryer cooking. Come on over! https://www.instagram.com/mellathouras/

A Love Note for the (very) Beginner Singers

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Felix Koutchinski

This is a little note for those who have had dreams of singing but don’t think it’s a reality for them.

Perhaps you’ve been told by someone close to you that you can’t sing.

Or you have been kicked out of a choir. (This actually happened to my dear Mum Mavis. She and my Aunty Jenny were dragged out of a choir by their ears and were labelled ‘drones.’)

Maybe you’ve even told yourself that you can’t sing so why even bother?

This is a gentle reminder, that you should bother. A note to say that anyone can learn to sing and should sing.

Did you know that singing is one of the best forms of stress release?

It’s healing for the mind, body and soul.

Singing in a group releases so many happy chemicals into the blood stream. You leave from it feeling happier and closer to the people you were singing with.

Why deprive yourself from something so bloody good for you?

Check out these happy people and tell me that I’m wrong?

 WATCH PUB CHOIR

OK NOW STOP DREAMING & TAKE STEPS TOWARDS MAKING IT HAPPEN

1.     Put on your favourite song right now and sing at the top of your lungs!

2.     Google ‘Choirs in my area’. Why don’t you even check out Pub Choir? https://www.pubchoir.com.au/

3. If you want to learn how to build your voice and use it, check out my Frequently Asked Questions page and if it resonates with you, book in.

Or Google ‘Singing Teachers in my Area’. I am a part of a huge network of amazingly talented singing teachers; I can recommend a coach to you. Email me.

3.  GO WITH THE FLOW: when you embark on these scary dreams, a lot of limiting beliefs will come up. Acknowledge that they are there and then choose to carry on anyway. With a healthy mindset, anything is possible. (More blog posts on this to come.)

You may be saying, yeah, yeah, yeah what if I’m tone deaf?  My answer to that is, you’re most probably not… Read my previous article about tone deafness here.

Also, even if you are, it still should be no excuse not to sing. You’re still getting the health benefits even if you are causing stress to the people around you. That’s their problem anyway. :)

Anyway love, I hope this brings some joy and little bit of hope to you. If it resonated with you, could you please share the love by sending this note to someone you know who may benefit from it?

Also let me know in the comments what song you will be blasting right now to sing at the top of your lungs to!

Mel X

P.S. I am working on some exercises for the very, very, beginner students that will be available in the student portal. You get access to the student portal when you book in for your first lesson.

 

Why you are most likely NOT Tone Deaf

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There is nothing more exhilarating for a singing teacher to help a student discover they can sing, despite protests from them that they are ‘tone deaf’.

The reality is, there is a very slim chance one would even fall into this category, with research finding that 1 in 20 people have tone deafness. That is only 4% of the population!

So what is it exactly and why you are most likely to not have it?  

Amusia, the medical term for tone deafness, is essentially a perceptual problem.

Studies suggest that while there are no anatomical differences between amusics and non-amusics, there are subtle differences in the neural connections within in their right frontal cortex, which may be the contributing factor for limited musical perception especially in terms of sequencing sound.

People with amusia cannot follow the simplest of tunes or tell the difference between two pitches, unless they are significantly far a part. Your non-amusic listener can hear the difference between notes a semi-tone a part while your amusic peep will hear it as the same note.  

Chances are, if you are experiencing poor pitch, you will know when you are not matching the note. And you can hear the difference between two notes, even if you are yet unable to sing them.

So, I can learn how to sing in tune?

Of course you bloody can! There are many (fixable) factors that may be affecting your intonation.

Oh, by the way, let me quickly point out the difference between pitch and intonation. Pitch is your understanding of sound, while intonation is the word to describe the act of making a pitch.

What can make your intonation suffer?

  1.  Singing in keys that don’t suit you.

Chances are if you are beginner singer and you try to sing along with Jessie J or Ariana Grande, you may find that you fall a little (or a lot) flat.  

Most pop singers are in keys that are way too high for the average person and even for some professional singers.

I have had so many students discover that they can sing their favourite songs if the key is taken down to at least a third or a fourth below the original.

       2. It’s difficult to identify a melody from all the bells and whistles you hear on recordings.

On the topic of pop singers, often the melody is so convoluted with melismas and vocal effects that it is difficult to identify the actual melody. Once this is simplified for the student, they are surprised by how good they actually sound.

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      3.     There are technical issues that need addressing.

There are various reasons for poor intonation caused by a lack of good vocal technique, however, a lot of it can be boiled down to poor postural alignment, inefficient breath support and management and tension of the vocal muscles. This is a big topic and really deserves another blog post to flesh it out. In the meantime, book in with a singing teacher who can give you a vocal diagnosis. Just know, that whatever is causing the problem, it can be fixed by doing targeted vocal exercises. These need to be done accurately and consistently in small focused chunks of time. Also, understand that it may take some time, so be lovingly patient with yourself and learn to enjoy the process.

     4.     You need more guidance in understanding the sequencing of sound.

Perhaps you come from a family who didn’t place a huge importance on music. Therefore, the radio or record/CD player was never on and you weren’t encouraged to take music at school. Or maybe you did come from a family of strong music appreciators however you still struggle to organize sound.

Again, a singing or an instrumental music teacher can help you develop this skill. I strongly encourage my students to take up the piano. It’s a great learning tool for developing pitch as the piano keys provide a strong visual as well as something to touch. Great feedback for the brain! There are also so many excellent resources and tools that can help you, from books, CDs, and even apps.

This is all great, but I really do think I’m tone-deaf.

Look, perhaps you do fall into the 4% of the population who are amusic. Before you write off your singing aspirations, however, how about you see a singing teacher or voice specialist.

If they too decide you are tone deaf, seek a second opinion.

And finally, if you are, don’t let it stop you from singing. I’m serious! Even if it means that your loved ones need to invest in ear plugs. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, deprive you of one of the most healing and joyful activities that human beings have the ability to do – making sound with your voice.

And finally, I leave you with this… A choir with a difference. [Click here]

Lots of love to ya!  

Mel X

P.S. Don’t be a stranger, if you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment below or email me.

P.S.S. Please share this with someone you know who may think of themselves as tone deaf but deep down really do have aspirations to sing. You may change their life.

 

Can Yoga Improve Your Singing? Spoiler Alert: The Answer is Yes

Brisbane Singing and Yoga Teacher - Sarah Collyer

Brisbane Singing and Yoga Teacher - Sarah Collyer

Have you ever thought of doing yoga but the idea of floundering about with the poses in front of a group people puts you off?

Well you’re not alone mate! I’ve been there, many times over.

The thing is, the more times you go, you soon realize that the only person in the room judging you is YOU!

Anyway, I digress… I wanted to let you know that after months and months of not going to yoga, I finally forced myself to go on a particularly rainy night in Brisbane.

I drove through ridiculous traffic with a foggy rear view mirror (haven’t worked out how to use my demister yet), having near misses with buses, to finally arrive at the studio feeling pretty edgy, to say the least.

However as soon as the class started and we sang Gershwin’s Summertime as a group while doing gentle stretches, I felt the irritation melt away and I was engulfed by a sense of calm.

Singing? I hear you ask.

Yes, you heard right. I went to a singing yoga class. And it was AHHH-MAZING!!!!!   

My voice felt incredible after I left and I came out feeling like Maria in the iconic mountain top scene in the Sound of Music.

 Anyhow, to give you a better idea of the class, I had a chat with singer and yoga teacher Sarah Collyer in today’s Fearless TV episode. She is the master mind behind this genius concept.

 

Once you’ve had a chance to watch it, I would love to hear from you!

Is this something you’d consider incorporating into your daily routine?

How could you incorporate stretches into your daily singing practice?  

Please leave your comments in the blog post!

If you are keen to catch a class, it’s on Monday nights 6:30-7:30pm, 3/233 Albert Street in the city.

For more info, you can go to Sarah’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/breathebodymindandvoice/