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  • Know Who’s Listening to Your Original Songs

    If you’re serious about songwriting, you have to know who you’re writing for. Who is listening to your music? Knowing your audience will help set goals and give you a sense of direction while writing. While you may understand what you’re expressing in a song, ask yourself if your audience will. How will your listeners […]

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  • Singing with Eyes Wide Shut

    To close or not to close: that is the question –says Mark DeLisser

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  • Neil Sedaka – On Staying Creative

    Neil Sedaka takes us into the depths of the songwriting process.

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  • Cashing in or Selling out?

    This week we’re tackling the debate between artistic control and commercial success.

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  • Missing a Piece

    For many songwriters, the music and lyrics don’t come out at the same time. You may have amazing lyrics but no music, or powerful music but no words. When you have one piece of the puzzle don’t settle for a “so so” other half. When those lyrics are matched to the perfect music, it is […]

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  • The Singer As Detective

    Understand your music as if you wrote it yourself –says Mark De-Lisser

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  • Songwriting with Results

    There’s drudgery and there’s magic – says Nik Kershaw

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  • Be Cynical and Quietly Furious

    “We don’t need no education” packs a powerful lesson –says Greg Barker The other morning my kids were complaining about the school day ahead. This opened up the glorious privilege of introducing them to a part of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’: “We Don’t Need No Education. We Don’t Need No Thought Control…Hey, […]

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  • Talent Show Tryouts

    This week we’re looking at talent show auditions Programs such as the X-factor and American Idol will soon hit our screens worldwide with fresh, exciting new shows. Let’s imagine that you were going to be trying out – we’d like to hear about how you would ensure your talent show audition would stand out from […]

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  • Olympics Closing Song -Your Opinion

    This week we’d like to hear your suggestions for the closing song of the London 2012 Olympics.  This summer the Olympic Games hit the city of London & so far the UK has done it in style. With an opening ceremony featuring performances from the likes of the Arctic Monkeys & Sir Paul McCartney and […]

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  • The Vocalist’s Worst Nightmare

    This week we’re looking at the vocalists battle with illness & injury.  It is the moment that every vocalist dreads: sitting in the specialists office and being told that we have somehow injured the voice. From polyps to nodules and from vocal hemorrhage to Dysphonia it seems there are a thousand ways the vocalist to […]

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  • Technique Vs Emotion

    In the pursuit of vocal ‘excellence’ it is often easy to become obsessed with our technique

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  • Vocalists Who Make It

    Daniel Borch reveals the secrets behind a professional career in music.

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  • Saying Goodbye to Stage Fright?

    This week we’re looking at performance anxiety.  Having the confidence to take those first tentative steps on stage constitutes the first big hurdle of the vocalist journey. There is no doubt about it: the stage is often a daunting and intimidating place but with the right efforts it can also become a place where we […]

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  • Success and Numbers

    What do you need to be “successful enough?” –asks Petra Tool

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  • Your Inspiration

    This week we’re finding out about the music that has inspired you as a vocalist As vocalists we are exposed to countless pieces of music every day, most of which will pass through our lives without us even noticing. However, for reasons often not known to us, there are certain songs and albums that manage […]

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  • Your Dream Duet

    This week we’re looking at collaborations and finding out which singers or artists you would most like to share the stage with. As singers we gain our inspiration from many different places but for many it is the pursuit to sing like our idols that encourages us the most. Lets dream for a second: what if […]

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  • Be a Confident Performer

    There are 4 qualities that all confident singers develop –says Simone Niles

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  • Connect With Your Material

    Learning how to “be” the song is your highest calling –says Simone Niles

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  • The Borders of Your Life

    Is the sense of pressure and rush eroding your creativity? –asks Greg Barker Simon & Garfunkel knew that the most revealing aspects of our lives happen at the borders. The borders: those parts of our days that do not seem important, that few ever see. That moment when we step out of the door but […]

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  • The Unforgettable Vocalist Is…

    To sing the song Or to BE the song - that is the question.

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  • You Don’t Have to Be Shakespeare

    I happen to be a Shakespeare fan, but I like to keep him at the theater. The best songs speak the way we do, with a few clever twists here and there. If you want to say “I love you”, actually saying it might not be the worst idea. While poetry is beautiful, it can […]

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  • NEW Vocal Coach in Residence: Simone Niles

    She’s moved between The Royal Albert Hall and her community choir.

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  • Vocal Play

    Singing is supposed to be FUN –says Mister Tim

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  • Conversations with Satan

    I’ve spent much of my working life responding to the requests and needs of those around me. As noble as that can sometimes be, one day my soul told me that I needed to devote more time to my own creative work. For me that involves

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  • The Significant Song

    This week we’re looking at music that’s changed your life! There are many different way in which a song or entire album can affect you as a listener and have an impact on who you are. Whether it was a song you heard at a poignant moment, the first song you played live or even […]

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  • Making a Connection

    This week we’re wondering what makes you connect with a song! There are so many varied types of music in the world. Differences in tempo, lyrical content, mood and other factors all affect how we relate to songs and are part of the deciding factor in our personal choices of what we listen to and […]

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  • New Year’s Revolutions

    Difficulty is the fertilizer of the bonsai tree of achievement –says Mister Tim

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  • NEW Vocal Coach in Residence: Mister Tim

    He explores and exploits the force of the voice like few others.

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  • Songwriter’s Block?

    It happens to the best of us; after all, it’s impossible to be creative constantly. There is a way, however, to bounce right back in! Try picking out a title for your new song before you do anything else. While I usually don’t know the title of my songs until I start writing, switching the […]

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