We had SO MUCH FUN at our Mamma Mia Masterclass last week!
The amazing Tasha Sheridan taught us the choreography to 'Mamma Mia'- and we all became
We love SOVT exercises here at the Sing Space. If you've been doing Rachel's Magic Six video, you'll notice she uses a lot of them!!
SOVT stands for Semi Occluded Vocal Tract. A fancy way to say - the mouth is partially closed.
When the mouth is partially closed, increased back pressure reflects at the lips back to the vocal folds to help the folds vibrate with more ease and less effort.
Check out this wonderful website that explains more about SOVT!
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Meet the lovely Malin!
As a freelancing artist, Malin has a lot of experience of singing and performing herself. Born and raised in Sweden, she started off playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 8.
In London she has been working with an independent record label, collaborating with other songwriters/producers and played over a hundred shows at legendary venues. In Sweden, Malin has been awarded by the leading Swedish music industry representatives; SKAP with an award for emerging artists/songwriters. She was also a participant of Swedish The Voice on TV4.
What is the first thing you do to warm up?
Sirens and soft humming
What’s your favourite song to sing?
I love a lot of indie music, but to mention something that most singers knows of, I would pick Gravity by Sara Bareilles and also Abba songs (might be cause I’m Swedish haha)
Which song do you think is the hardest song to sing and why?
I find Chandelier by Sia really tricky. It’s doable but gosh she’s killing it.
Which singer do you admire the most and why?
Eva Cassidy - I think it’s the most wonderful, gentle voice to listen to. She’s got great balance, nerve/feeling and even though she often sings smooth and quietly, she also has this amazing power in her voice that takes you by surprise.
What was your favourite job as a singer?
Probably the shows I did with my band after my debut album release last summer, don’t think I’ll ever top that feeling of finishing a first album.
Where did you train as a singer and/or vocal coach?
I went to several schools, courses and university in Sweden, among those; Nordic Rock Music Vocal programme and Music & Sound production at uni. I’ve also done BAST Singing teacher training in London.
What’s your favourite thing about teaching singing?
I always get inspired by seeing and experience others passion for singing. There’s so much to discover in a voice such as sounds, expression, feelings.. It feels like I get an aha-experience every day and learn something new.
What is a common challenge you see in singers?
Straining when in the high register.
What’s the best tip you can give a singer?
Make time for your daily voice workout - it’s like going to the gym or yoga class. If you train your voice regularly, you will maintain and strengthen the muscles and flexibility which will help you to control your voice better! Also - find what works for you and your voice, such as; What’s the best warm up, what relaxes you and what can take you to higher/lower notes. This might take some time, it’s all a part of getting to know your own voice and all the possibilities it has.
How do you approach audition nerves?
Prepare as much as you can to know it all by heart. Practice as if you have the jury infront of you, visualize the situation and feed yourself with positive thoughts. Have a moment by yourself before entering the audition and remember to have fun, you do this cause you love it, right? :) Share that with the the jury too.
How would you save a tired voice?
Do gentle soothing things for the voice such as lip trills, humming and using a straw to sing through. Go back to basics; breathing low and use abdominal support. Lots of water and absolute voice rest if you can.
Who’s the best singing teacher you’ve ever had?
Sofi Kihlstrand (Ballet Academy Gothenburg)
Which is your favourite vowel to sing on and why?
Hard to pick one! A and I
What does ‘support’ mean to you?
It’s the belly! Without the abdominal support we have no engine for the voice, so remember to use it.
Do you think that anyone can learn to sing?
Definitely. Some people have it more ”for free” and some of us (like me!) have to work harder but it is all possible if you keep focused and enjoying yourself at the same time. I think everyone can benefit from singing, regardless what level you want to be at. Singing is healthy, reduces stress and they even say it can make you live longer(!)
Have you got a favourite sound to help a ‘breathy tone’?
Who's been doing their daily warm ups?
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We love this short article by Kenneth Bozeman- it provides a very brief summary of two critically important concepts from chapter two, which addresses the idea of an “open throat.” Many teachers use the concept of a yawn to teach open throat technique. Bozeman describes in detail why this approach can actually be counterproductive.
Our Guest Star this term is the wonderful Tasha Sheridan! Credits include...
Original West End cast of ‘School of Rock’; Sophie in ‘Mamma Mia’, in The West End; ‘Carousel’ in The West End; ‘Evita’ for Bill Kenwright; ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ feature film; BBC’s ‘Call The Midwife’.
1. What is the first thing you do to warm up?
A gentle physical stretch and shake out then some sirens on a “ng” sound or vvvs.
2. What’s your favourite song to sing?
Depends on the day but I always love a classic show tune!
3. Which singer do you admire the most and why?
I could never pick just one! I have an eclectic selection of favourites: Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Barielles, Audra McDonald, Jessie Mueller, Julie Andrews, Laura Osnes, Joyce DiDonato, Arleen Auger, Heather Harper... and that’s just the women! The main thing that draws me to a singer is their ability to tell stories with their voice.
4. Where did you train as a singers and/or vocal coach?
I took a part time course in Classical singing at Birkbeck College, then read Music at the University of Sheffield and did a Masters in Performance (Solo Voice Ensemble Singing) at the University of York. After playing children and fairies in operas and lots of choral singing, I succumbed to my love of show tunes and did a year’s Musical Theatre training at Associated Studios.
My informal training as a vocal coach began by overhearing my dad teaching singing. When I moved to Sheffield, my singing teacher, Vivien Pike, was an amazing mentor and got me into teaching. I’ve done various short courses with AOTOS, Voice Workshop and I’m always keen to learn more. One of the things I love about working for “The Sing Space” is being part of a team of curious coaches who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences and are committed to developing and reflecting on their practice. It’s great to be part of this community.
5. What’s your favourite thing about teaching singing?
Seeing students progress & enjoying their singing is the best thing. I love helping students develop a reliable technique which gives them lots of tools to draw on and “colours to paint with” when expressing themselves in song.
6. What is a common challenge you see in singers?
Maintaining consistent air flow and over thinking!! I can relate to both challenges and have plenty of practical advice for students to apply!
7. What’s the best tip you can give a singer?
A bit of Mary Poppins’ advice: “Find the fun, and snap, the job’s a game!”
8. How do you approach audition nerves?
Be prepared, keep breathing and power pose!
9. How would you save a tired voice?
10. Who’s the best singing teacher you’ve ever had?
I’ve learnt things from every teacher I’ve had. I think training with Yvonne Kenny was a real turning point in terms of my voice and my mindset as a singer. She’s brilliant and I always leave lessons with her feeling like I’ve achieved something and inspired to practise!
11. What do you think to people who say that you need different coaches for different styles of singing?
It depends what kind of level of skill you are at and what you want to get from your lessons. If a beginner comes to me and says I want to do rock or heavy metal: I can help them to get their voice functioning freely so they can sing whatever they like but that genre isn’t where my expertise lie, so I’d recommend another coach. If you want to do specialise in classical singing or musical theatre, I can help!
12. Do you think that anyone can learn to sing?
Pretty much, yes! Very few people are actually tone deaf. I’ve had quite a few students who come to their first lesson saying “I think I’m tone deaf” or “I really can’t sing” and within a few lessons they are feeling much more confident. Some people might struggle with pitch initially but I’ve seen students make huge improvements with practise and regular lessons.
We've been getting great feedback for Rachel's warm up video, so in case you missed it...
Here it is again- enjoy!
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