The Glengrove Blog

Reset (Part 2)

Two and a half years after writing my first (ever) blog on Reset, with the world in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic, my mind has turned to another type of reset.  I find myself…

August 31, 2021

Mindful Singing Performance

Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced. “No one move, no one speak Please don’t say that it’s just me It’s not just me…

August 3, 2021

The Story of Your Song

“Learning how to make the delivery of every song full of detail and excitement is vital if you want to consistently capture your audience’s attention.” Matthew Edwards Welcome to a blog that is chock-full of…

July 27, 2021

Mindful Singing Practice

This blog is the third in a 4-part series which aims to explore the way your voice is the interface between mind, heart, body and soul.  We will explore how this interface can give your singing…

July 22, 2021

The Mindful Vocal Instrument

“What you can do you can imagine, and what you can imagine you can do.”  Moshe Feldenkrais Your body is an engineering marvel! With its upside-down weight distribution, it is elegantly designed to resist gravity…

June 24, 2021

Mindful Vs. Mindless Singing

“We all have issues with our own voices, whether we are listening to our speaking voices on a recording or judging our singing voices.  Singing makes us feel especially vulnerable, and being vulnerable takes courage.  So as…

June 3, 2021

Mucus Matters

“Mucus is our body’s equivalent to fly paper, it lines the nose trapping the dirt and germs stopping them from damaging the lung. But it does better than just sticking to them – mucus is…

May 23, 2021

How to Manage Your Nerves

Context Why does it feel like sometimes our own mind and body are working against us? “In many ways singers face a ‘double whammy’ when they perform. Assuming mastery of the instrument and mastery of…

May 1, 2021

3 Keys To Being Audition-Fit

Why write another blog on auditioning?  It’s certainly a much-covered topic already!  And yet…it is a type of performance that strikes equal parts of exhilaration and trepidation in us.  So, it is worth considering what we do that…

April 24, 2021

How to Cheer Safely

Top Tips on preventing voice loss at school swimming/athletics carnivals. I have lost count of the number of times a school-aged singer has arrived for their after-school lesson with so much hoarseness following their sports…

February 3, 2021

Singing with Allergies

As a singing teacher, I spend a reasonable amount of time talking about the perils of too much and too little mucus (not as gross as it sounds, trust me).  It is currently spring in Canberra,…

October 23, 2020

How to Train Your Voice

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself as a singer is self-awareness about your vocal instrument. This tipsheet will introduce you to the understanding that exists around how muscles work and help you plan your vocal training so you will move towards development and away from fatigue and injury.

August 7, 2020

Preparing Your Gig Bag

This amazing image makes me think about preparing for a sporting adventure – one that is extreme and physical.  A lot of people might not think of singing in public as an extreme sport or adventure,…

October 15, 2019

Why Does Water Matter?

Why is it that your vocal coach often asks you about how much water you’re drinking?   Is it really that effective in helping the voice? The body? The brain? Can I count juice, soda, tea and…

July 23, 2019

When Am I Too Sick to Sing?

Human brains love to have patterns, formulae, methods for working stuff out.   We search for reliable ways of making decisions for our own welfare and to enable us to live the life in front of us.  But…

May 21, 2019

Reach for the Volume

Is your self-talk a friend or an enemy?  It’s time to be curious about the power of your communication with yourself and how it can positively shape your singing and performing in the future.  You have more…

April 4, 2019

Reset

*Updated August 2021* I wonder if you feel like I do about the new year?  I gave up on making resolutions years ago and goalsetting is an elusive fish whose tail I’m still trying to…

January 11, 2019
 

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