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Your Most Valuable Lesson

This week we’d like to hear about the most valuable lessons of your vocal career.    

The best lessons are those that stick with us and inspire us as we travel on our vocal journey. Perhaps it is the supportive teaching of your first music tutor or the immortal words of a mentor that inspire us to strive for the best that we can be? Whatever it is we’d like to hear about it. (We’ll be asking about stuff you just learned the hard way another time)!

So the question is: What’s the best thing a Voice Coach or Music Teacher ever taught you?  We’d like to know!

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week I asked: In your opinion, to what extent does diet impact on a vocalists performance?

José Louis Clima commented:

“I think it goes deeper than most people think, and I’m not just talking about excess of ‘mucus’ here, but more of that bright and fresh sound that our voices can keep if we follow a good diet”. 

Michael Vaughn responded:

“A decent lunch, then a light, protein packed dinner. A couple of chicken breasts and a salad. Usually about 3-4 hours before showtime. And water, water, water! I drink at least a gallon a day, everyday”.

Marion Tillbrook Posted:

“Dairy and crisps do effect your vocals….but then so do fag and JD”!

Matt Colhoun wrote:

“Energy Level is everything. If you don’t eat right, you suffer the consequences. I always take 5 hour Energy Shot before a gig”.

Once again, thanks for all the great responses guys, looking forward to hearing your responses next week.

All the best,

C x

  • Kitty

    At my very first singing lesson, my music teacher, Mother Mary Doris, had me sing “Three Blind Mice” and then declared, “As I thought, you don’t know how to breathe.”  My immediate 11 year old thought was that I had made it this far without that knowledge was a sheer miracle.
    From there, I lay down on the floor with tissue below me to “keep the cold out of my back” and an encyclopedia on my middle and learned to make it move up and down as I breathed and sang.
    That lesson on diaphragm control is with me today.  I have taught it, differently, but with the same emphasis for all of my career.  Hockey and basketball players would return to tell me how learning to “breathe” had made all the difference.  Dancers and gymnasts had similar comments over the years.
    When taken from the music and made a part of who you are, that one lesson was the basis from which all my teaching has flowed.  Who would have known?