Category Archives: Singing Lessons Guildford Tips

Warming Up: 3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Voice

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Abdominal Support: 3 Tips to Stop Singing from your Throat

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Breathing for Singing: 3 Reasons Why You’re Doing It Wrong

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It’s your first lesson. You’re all geared up to sing – your mind is already unpicking melodies and charting out the toughest sections. And suddenly your teacher says: “We’re going to start by looking at breathing.” What? Why? Why focus on something which appears to have absolutely nothing to do with how I sing? 1. […]

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‘I Can’t Do This Any More’ – 2 Reasons Why Sometimes You Just Can’t Sing

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It happens to everyone. Perhaps you’ve been singing with consummate ease for a long time. Perhaps you’ve never been able to sing extraordinarily, but you take pride in what voice you have. Some days you’ll wake up and it just… Will. Not. Work. Damn it. Maybe if you’re feeling charitable, you’ll put this down to […]

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Matt’s Singing Book: Chapter Plan

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For those who’ve known me, or taken lessons with me, you’ll know that a book about singing was always on the cards. Ever since March 2012, coming from virtually zero technical knowledge about the voice, I have been in a state of mania. Every singing tool I’ve used in lessons has been scrutinised, road-tested, reworked dozens […]

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Back Anchoring: The Brand-New Method of Support

For centuries, supporting the voice was all about abdominal support. The airflow and pressure beneath the vocal folds (subglottal pressure) was key – keep this pillar of air beneath the sound, and everything would be fine. And many vocal coaches still teach this as the only method of support. But there’s another story here. The […]

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The First Impulse: How To Really Engage The Diaphragm (feat. Gandalf)

Developing new exercises to tackle common singing problems is one of my favourite pastimes. With my more advanced students, lessons can often feel more like laboratories to experiment around with combinations of techniques and test bold new theories. Sometimes, it leads nowhere. But sometimes you come across something so profoundly simple, obvious, and functional that […]

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Vibrato: 3 Tips for the Classiest Vocal Trick in the Book

It’s the be-all-and-end-all of classy singing. Absolutely necessary in opera and musical theatre, found throughout most of the Crosby/Sinatra crooner era, and even seeping its way into soul and R&B. That little wiggle on the end of the notes holds so much power and significance in Western music it’s hard to over-state. What is it? […]

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Breathiness: How To Control It And When To Use It

 A couple of times a year, I sit on the judging panel for a couple of national singing competitions. It’s always great fun – you see some awesome singers and get to feel how much potential there is out there. As a judge, you have two pieces of paper in front of you – a […]

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Tongue Tension: The Singer’s Worst Enemy

There is an obsession in both modern and classical singing teaching with ‘singing from your diaphragm’. It goes like this: as you take in the breath, you distend the abdominal muscles to allow space for the diaphragm to drop, thereby filling the lower half of the lung sacs. Then, pressurising those same abdominal muscles, you […]

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