This Is A Voice

Jeremy Fisher and Dr Gillyanne Kayes

Voice experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher have been chatting about voice for more than 20 years - this time they've switched the microphone on. Vocal technique? check. Musicals? check. The weird things you can do with your voice? check. Includes AMA on voice, singing, speaking, performance techniques, voice exercises and so much more.

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Jeremy Fisher & Dr Gillyanne Kayes chat about collaboration and lifeWhy we collaborate with other peopleHas it ever gone wrong? (Has it ever!)The most important conversation you can have when you begin your collaborationAnd we announce a new brand for actors, singers and theatre people that say it like it (almost) is – Voicenerdz Mentioned in this episodeSend us a question on https://speakpipe.com/vocalprocess After Estill – the speech they couldn’t wait to hear https://vocalprocess.co.uk/after-estill-speech-they-couldnt-wait-to-hear/ Nicola and Embodima https://www.embodima.co.uk/ Suzanne Dibble and the Small Business Legal Academy Black Friday offer of 72% off https://www.smallbusinesslegalacademy.com/black-friday-wait-list?_go=jeremy21  (Use that link until 22nd Nov, then use this one https://www.smallbusinesslegalacademy.com/black-friday?_go=jeremy21) SOVT and Oren https://Rayvox.com/?ref=Vocalprocess Voicenerdz – https://voicenerdz.co Ruth Royall and the Pocket Guide to the Voice https://www.ruthroyall.com/product-page/pocket-guide-to-the-voice Voiceover Social, Nic and Leah https://www.thevosocial.com/ Paul Meier podcast https://www.paulmeier.com/in-a-manner-of-speaking/  Cerys Matthews and Jeffrey Boakye BBC Radio 4’s Add to Playlist https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0011cd7 Michael Rosen BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth – Michael Gets Voice Training (sooo good!) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b09nvrs3 Anne Leatherland Singing Teacher’s Toolkit and Practical Phonetics https://anneleatherland.co.uk/services/ Learning Lounge and Carrie Garrett’s course https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-lounge  

Nov 19

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Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher take a deeper breath and dive lower into part 2 of breathing techniques for singers & speakers.And we shareBreathing and tongue position (with demonstrations)Is nose breathing better than mouth breathing for singers?Is there a difference in pressure between inhaling through the nose and through the mouth?Breathing, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systemWhy nasal breathing DOESN’T raise the soft palateDifferent breathing patterns (square, 2-1, coherent) and what they can teach you about your nervous systemAnd Gillyanne and Jeremy play a game of breath inflectionRESOURCESThe Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 550 resources on singing, speaking and breathing techniques for less than the price of one singing lesson https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-loungeSOVT 1 streaming course https://www.rayvox.co.uk/?ref=VOCALPROCESSSOVT 2 live online course https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshopOnline Singing Teacher Training Weeks 1 & 2 https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-onlineThis Is A Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice https://amzn.to/3iEXQ7Z The health benefits of nose breathing by Dr Alan Ruth https://www.lenus.ie/bitstream/handle/10147/559021/JAN15Art7.pdf?fbclid=IwAR14AvvFa1KiGJ-lkStHSGxR10BBdyzrZvX2aQObp1gkU2CR_1WkHoNStu8 Can influenza viruses be inactivated by a “nose-mouth-nose” breathing technique? Carlos Sanchez https://www.ijirr.com/sites/default/files/issues-pdf/3637.pdf Ann Coxhead Osteopath https://www.anncoxhead.com/ 

Oct 29

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Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher dive deep into breathing techniques for singers & speakers.And we shareWhat MDs really shouldn’t do to their singersWhy one of the classical “rules” really doesn’t serve the singer (and you still hear it on recordings)When you don’t need much breathWhy rhythm is so important for easy singing (and it may not be what you think)Why Rib Reserve and Accent Method are opposite breathing techniques and how you might use them together (or not)How you can maintain “pressure” in long notesJeremy demonstrates what happens to his voice following an old breathing techniqueAnd you hear us fact-checking each other on physiology (because after all, we’re humans)RESOURCESThe Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 550 resources on singing, speaking and breathing techniques for less than the price of one singing lesson https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-lounge SOVT 1 streaming course https://www.rayvox.co.uk/?ref=VOCALPROCESSSOVT 2 live online course https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshop Online Singing Teacher Training Weeks 1 & 2 https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-online This Is A Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice https://amzn.to/3iEXQ7Z 

Oct 8

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We're talking business, singing and marketing with founder of the Speakeasy Cooperative (SECO) Michelle Markwart DeveauxWe share what happened when Michelle coached us in our own business (Vocal Process), and the two MAJOR decisions we made that have turned our lives around.We find outThe main reason why it's difficult to make your singing studio work financiallyWhy marketing yourself is essential in these days of the internet and the PandemicWhy "nicheing" is better than "all genres, all ages, all levels" to get more (and better) studentsWhy being on the internet DOESN'T mean you have to go globalThe difference between local and global, and which "brand" we are and whyThe Vocal Process Learning Lounge https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-lounge Vocal Process's...TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramThe Speakeasy Cooperative and FaithCultureKiss studio  https://thespeakeasycooperative.com/Michelle's...Twitter Facebook LinkedInInstagram

Sep 24

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Impostor Syndrome is real.We're chatting about Jeremy's recent blog post Seven Ways to Deal With Impostor Syndrome, and sharing our own journeys feeling like impostors. Jeremy describes the five types of impostor: PerfectionistExpertNatural GeniusSoloistSuperman/womanDiscover which ones we are (and which ones we think each other might be).  And we go into more detail about the seven Impostor Buster techniques that we've used to deal with Impostor Syndrome, and how we help our singing teacher clients to deal with their own impostor syndrome: Dealing with the lonelinessWorking with criticismGetting guidanceValidating feelingsTeaching someone elseDiscovering your FOAL areaHow good is good?The original article from Jeremy https://vocalprocess.co.uk/7-ways-to-deal-with-imposter-syndrome/Gillyanne's live on "Don't be in the dark, there are no silly questions"https://www.instagram.com/p/CThc5xHIrCY/Dr Marisa Lee Naismith's podcast "A Voice And Beyond" https://drmarisaleenaismith.com/podcast/The Vocal Process Learning Lounge, where you can access over 500 videos and downloadable resources instantly, including the full recordings of the day-courses "Mastering Musical Theatre" and "Best Practice Update". Watch how we tackle questions and challenges from the audience on vocal and performance techniques!https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-lounge Share your thoughts on this podcast and ask us anything on https://speakpipe.com/Vocalprocess 

Sep 10

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Gillyanne and Jeremy riff about life after lockdown, the Accreditation programme, and different ways of working with us (the Ziggurat)How life has changed since our first podcast episode a year agoFinding an envelope for your creativityWorking with us offline, online and liveThe Vocal Process Teacher Accreditation Programme (launching 4th July)The Learning LoungeOur new Circle Community, and so much moreMentioned in this episode:https://instagram.com/Vocalprocess https://youtube.com/vocalprocessChoice For Voice, the British Voice Association https://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/events_choice-for-voice_2021.htm#KeynotesMasterclasses  Some of our books on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jeremy-Fisher/e/B00FUB8WNQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 The Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-online The Vocal Process Learning Lounge https://bit.ly/VocalProcessLearningLounge Oren Boder and the SOVT Singer Straw at Rayvox https://www.rayvox.co.uk/ Download your free paper larynx (Click the red box "Send me your larynx and feed me more") https://vocalprocess.co.uk/build-your-own-tilting-larynx/

Jun 25

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Our special guest prizewinning jazz singer Georgia Mancio talks frankly aboutbecoming a lyricist almost by accidentcollaboration as a song-writerthe layers of a song including melody, lyrics, story and social consciencedealing with a vocal cyst as a recording artistworking with Gillyanne on voice habilitation after surgerythe difference between experiencing a performance, organising a festival, creating an album and writing song lyricswinning a best album award in 2020influences in lyric writing including bereavementand why sometimes the show mustn’t go on There’s a voicenerd moment when we talk about why Jeremy admires Georgia’s diphthongs!And we play songs from her latest collaboration with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent, and Quiet Is The StarFind out more about Georgia here: https://georgiamancio.com Social media handles:Bandcamp https://georgiamancio.bandcamp.com/Instagram @GeorgiaMancio https://www.instagram.com/georgiamancio/ (click on Linktree in her bio to buy the album) Facebook GeorgiaMancioMusic https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaMancioMusic Twitter GeorgiaMancio https://twitter.com/GeorgiaMancio YouTube GeorgiaMancio https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJPZqK-hvQS_eaJt39NB64Q Georgia’s chosen charity is https://SafePassage.org.uk, supporting unaccompanied child refugees to find safety and a new start BTW Jeremy's recording equipment stopped working halfway through the interview, so the 2nd half of the podcast is taken from the zoom recording - don't judge us!If you want to find out more about Gillyanne and Jeremy's training resources, check out the brand new Vocal Process Learning Lounge - over 500 training videos and vocal resources for less than the price of one singing lessonhttps://bit.ly/VocalProcessLearningLounge

Jun 11

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Gillyanne & Jeremy tackle two controversial AMAs in this episode:What they REALLY think about "thick and thin folds", and why the topic of vocal fold hydration is so confusing.Gillyanne and Jeremy go in depth into vocal fold behaviour, why the terms thick and thin are misleading, how we can change pitch and volume while singing, and which words they now use in their teaching.And in answer to four people's questions on hydration, Jeremy shares some of the research findings on hydration (systemic and topical), why the answer to "how long does it take to hydrate" isn't as straightforward as it sounds, the different types of dehydration, and why you can drink too much water.Mentioned in the show:My supporting article on hydration and the vocal folds is here:https://vocalprocess.co.uk/hydration-vocal-folds/ The Voice Clinic Handbook (2nd edition, Harris et al) https://amzn.to/3ch17HN Verdolini-Abbott et al papershttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7823546/ Dependence of phonatory effort on hydration levelhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12003510/ Biological mechanisms underlying voice changes due to dehydrationSivasankar & Leydon The Role of Hydration in vocal fold physiology 2010 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2925668/   Hartley & Thibeault Systemic hydration: relating science to clinical practice in vocal health 2014 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4157110/ Leydon, Wroblewski, Eichorn & Sivasankar A meta-analysis of outcomes of hydration intervention on phonation threshold pressure 2010 https://www.jvoice.org/article/S0892-1997(09)00074-5/fulltextMarshall et al Systemic but not local rehydration restores dehydration-induced changes in pulmonary function in healthy adults https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/japplphysiol.00311.2020Hydration video tutorial from the European Federation of the Association of Dieticians http://www.efad.org/en-us/euhhac-hydration-resource-center/tutorial-on-hydration/US National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement “Fluid Replacement for the Physically Active” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5634236/ MORE ABOUT USFind out more about our work in the Vocal Process Learning Lounge - 15 years of voice training resources in one place, for less than the price of one singing lessonhttps://bit.ly/VocalProcessLearningLoungeLog in to our instantly available online course on SOVT with Oren Boder here https://www.rayvox.co.uk/products/sovt-streaming-courseJoin us on a live Popup workshop - 2 hours of practical techniques, solid information and helpful activities - https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/SingingcoursesandretreatsAMA - ask me anything. Go to https://speakpipe.com/Vocalprocess and record your question for us to answer on the podcast

May 28

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Gillyanne and I have some more best bits we'd like to share with you, this time from Series 1 Episodes 6-9 and Series 2 Episodes 1, 3 & 5.Episode 6 - The Singer in the Room. Industry sounds, why my belt isn't your belt, and at what point a singer needs to be "fixed" in their technique. And we answer Joanna's question about students and "when do you give up?"Episode 7 - Stories Behind the Stories Part 2. Behind the scenes on the Oxford Handbook of Singing, Jeremy's transcriptions of classic recordings, and the sometimes tricky business of collaborative writing.Episode 8 - Turning Points. How we've changed what Vocal Process does for us over the last 21 years, what it's like to create voice training resources in different formats, and how the biggest turning point of all changed the way we teach for good.Episode 9 - Making it work. The two things that help us create new resources for entirely different audiences - context and purpose.Series 2 Episode 1 - What's in Your Mug? Gillyanne explains what sparked the idea, and Jeremy describes two staples of every course we teach - the WOW Card and the Lionel Card.Series 2 Episode 3 - Analysing Voices and Relationships. What we listen for, how we use reverse engineering, how to sound the same as someone else without "cloning", and Jeremy demonstrates one of our signature vocal techniques in a line from "South Pacific".Series 2 Episode 5 - Registers, What's in a Name? We tackle one of the biggest cans of worms in vocal training,  Vocal Registers. M1/M2, Chest/Head, Modal/Falsetto. We talk about Mixing, and Jeremy demonstrates a whole heap of mixes in M1 and M2, featuring and disguising his primary gearchange.Mentioned in this episode:Our brand new Vocal Process Learning Lounge: 15 years of groundbreaking voice training resources (over 500 training videos) available in full for less than the price of one singing lesson https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-loungeThe Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-onlineHow to Accompany Your Singing Students ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-accompany-your-singing-students-ebook/dp/B07DPTDWHXOxford Handbook of Singing https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oxford-Handbook-Singing-Library-Psychology/dp/0199660778Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084QDLT7C/

May 13

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Gillyanne and I have some best bits we'd like to share with you. Here are the best bits from Series 1, episodes 1-5Episode 1 - How our online teaching changed during Lockdown, and does a singing teacher need keyboard skills?Episode 2 - What's the difference between a vocal coach and a singing teacher, and when we might swap clientsEpisode 3 - How Jeremy teaches songs to "customer not present" singers and how learning the notes is not the only way to tackle a songEpisode 4 - The full 10-minute answer to our first recorded AMA - how much time should you spend in a lesson practising?Episode 5 - Buzz saws, chickens, book writing in a tiny 1-bedroom council flat and THOSE reviewsMentioned in this episode: The Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-online How to Accompany Your Singing Students ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-accompany-your-singing-students-ebook/dp/B07DPTDWHX Singing and the Actor https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Actor-Gillyanne-Kayes/dp/0713668237/ Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084QDLT7C/ And a shoutout to our brand new Vocal Process Learning Lounge: 15 years of groundbreaking voice training resources available in full for less than the price of one singing lesson https://vocal-process-hub.teachable.com/p/the-vocal-technique-learning-lounge

Apr 30

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The theme for World Voice Day 2021 (April 16th) is One World, Many Voices.To celebrate being part of that One World of voice, we thought it would be great to hear the best bits from our vocal expert guests.We start with the first of our #LockdownHeroes, our SOVT expert Oren BoderOren made four appearances altogether on Podcasts 10, 11, 13 and 14 answering your SOVT questions and sharing so many insights.James Sills, author of Do Sing and creator of The Sofa Singers, shared some moving thoughts in Season 1, Episode 12 on community, singing in a group, and the Sofa Singers manifesto.Season 2 Episode 2 was a fun podcast with VOSocial leaders and voiceover experts Nic Redman and Leah Marks. We had a hoot arguing about tea, butter and being a bit lentilly.And we finish with Phoene Cave in Season 2 Episode 4 on breathing, lung health and Covid. Check out Phoene's heartfelt and challenging thoughts at the beginning of her episode.We're giving a special World Voice Day shoutout to Dr Marisa Lee Naismith and her new podcast A Voice And Beyond. We were guests ourselves on her podcast this month, and our chat is spread out over two episodes for World Voice Day (really, once we get going you can't get a word in edgeways...) https://drmarisaleenaismith.com/podcast/ The SOVT Course we talk about with Oren is now available immediately as a streaming course. Click on https://www.rayvox.co.uk/?ref=VOCALPROCESS and scroll down! Gillyanne reads out a section of James's book Do Sing - here's a link to the book itself https://www.amazon.co.uk/Do-Sing-Reclaim-Voice-Singing/dp/1907974709 Check out the excellent VOSocial podcast for everything to do with spoken voice and voiceovers https://www.thevosocial.com/the-vo-social-podcast, and a quick mention to Nic's new podcast The Voice Coach Podcast - look for it on your favourite podcast player. Phoene Cave's website http://www.themusicalbreath.com/ has details of her training courses on Singing for Lung Health with a host of resources for you to enjoy  If you want to find out more about Gillyanne and Jeremy's training resources, check out the brand new Vocal Process Learning Lounge - over 500 training videos and vocal resources for less than the price of one singing lessonhttps://bit.ly/VocalProcessLearningLounge

Apr 16

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Gillyanne and Jeremy tackle the controversial topic of vocal registersM1 and M2 - what the M words actually meanThe difference between M1 and chest voiceThe only way to find out where the mechanisms change (according to the research)Why registers help us navigate our pitch range (with examples)Why key is vital to registers in different genresWhy mixing is not about the vocal folds!And Jeremy makes a sweeping statement about THE MIXWith live demonstrations of M1 and M2 singing from both Gillyanne and JeremyThe original article from Jeremy https://vocalprocess.co.uk/modal-falsetto-everything-between/The M1/M2 popup Workshop https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/m1-m2-workshopTeacher Other Genders popup Workshop https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/teach-genderThe Vocal Process Hub with all our published training resources for the last 15 years will be available from World Voice Day (April 16th) 2021

Mar 18

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We're talking about Covid and voice, breathing and singing.Phoene Cave, music therapist, singer, trainer and developer of the Singing For Lung Health sequences chats to us about her life, singing for people who have chronic lung conditions, and what she thinks is the single most underrated skill for singing leaders. Why Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction is sometimes misdiagnosed as asthmaWhat you need as a Singing for Lung Health leader (and why you need to know what your vocal techniques actually do)Why she's started writing her own songs again after 20 yearsAnd of course, the unpredictable effects of CovidPhoene's website The Musical Breath http://www.themusicalbreath.comSinging For Breathing exercises http://www.themusicalbreath.com/singing-for-breathing-exercises/ (50% of profits go to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals to support the Singing For Breathing project here) https://www.rbht.nhs.uk/about-us/our-charities-and-rbharts/singing-for-breathingTwitter link @OmPhoenixSinging With One Voice - article by Phoene Cave https://lahf.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/singing-with-one-voice/British Lung Foundation https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health/improve-your-wellbeingThis Is A Voice book by Gillyanne and Jeremy https://amzn.to/3qcEXui

Mar 4

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Why we don't do "vocal coach reacts to" videos, and when we mightThe single most important difference between a singer and a singing teacher (and the simple reason why great singers might not be great teachers)Vowel shapingWhen to listen to the speaking voice of a singer and whyTeaching two different people the same Belt techniqueAnd Jeremy demonstrates exactly what's being discussed with a line from a "legit" musical theatre pieceCheck out the Popup Workshops and Masterclasses we run herehttps://store.vocalprocess.co.ukBook a 1-1 coaching session or teacher mentoring session with Jeremy or Gillyanne herehttps://DrGillyanneKayesJeremyFisherInspirationSession.as.me/Find out more about vowel tuning, physiology of singing, and some of the vocal exercises we use in our This Is A Voice book, available at any good bookstorehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Voice-exercises-project-harness/dp/1999809025/Send us your AMAs on https://speakpipe.com/Vocalprocess, it's quick, easy and direct from your phone, tablet or computer

Feb 18

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We're talking to Nic Redman and Leah Marks from the excellent podcast TheVOSocialHow Leah and Nic got into voiceoversWhat a portfolio career means for an actorVoiceover genresFinding your nicheDream jobsWhy Gillyanne and Nic are passionate about vocal educationHow Leah and Jeremy found podcasts as a playground for their talentsAnd of course, What's in your mug?FYI The disaster that you hope never happens, happened. Yes, we lost all of Jeremy's original sound files. So the version that you are listening to is a cobble (technical term) of the Zoom audio recording, plus selected dropins from Nic's and Leah's emergency recordings. So if you hear the sound "stuttering" a little, forgive us just this once.Don't be like Jeremy, check while you're recording!Also in this episode:Gillyanne's the Queen's Blend tea comes from https://cupoftea.co.ukThe Voiceover Social podcast with Nic Redman and Leah Marks https://www.thevosocial.com/The voice coach podcast with Nic Redmanhttps://www.podfollow.com/the-voice-coach-podcast 

Feb 4

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Gillyanne & Jeremy open series 2 (and 2021) with chat about tea, purpose, happiness and coffinsThey share more on their legacy and how to incorporate legacy into your life, why they stopped selling books, Konmari-ing Vocal Process and getting rid of 1900 dead people.They also reveal plans for more podcasts and their guest wishlistAlso in this episode: Gillyanne's the Queen's Blend tea comes from https://cupoftea.co.ukThe Voiceover Social podcast with Nic Redman and Leah Marks https://www.thevosocial.com/The Doctor’s Kitchen with Dr Rupy Aujla (inc 2 episodes with Dr Ayan Panja) https://thedoctorskitchen.com/BLA British Laryngological Association https://www.britishlaryngological.org/A Clear Voice podcast https://www.buzzsprout.com/1459708 PERFORM study available on the AOTOS website https://aotos.org.uk/The Speakeasy Cooperative with Michelle Markwart Deveaux  https://www.faithculturekiss.com/speakeasy/Free larynx template link https://vocalprocess.co.uk/build-your-own-tilting-larynx/ in the section called Free Stuff 

Jan 21

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We had so much material on SOVT techniques, straws and AMAs that we had to split it in 2! Here is part 2 of Oren Boder's return visit. All 3 of us answer questions on:Athletic vocal exercises - what does that mean?The difference between athletic, therapeutic and agility SOVT workA/C versus D/C backpressure and what it means for your vocal foldsLumpy runs and how to avoid themWhen not to use strawsWhy you might want to match your straw to a lower glottal impedance before building resistanceOren's take on teachers who claim SOVT isn't as useful for M2 singingWhy SOVT exercises DON'T force a change in vibration and what they DO changeUsing "Puffy cheeks" and strawsA top tip from Oren, Jeremy and Gillyanne to take awayYou can get Oren's brilliant metal straw (we highly recommend it) from https://www.sovtstraw.com/?ref=VOCALPROCESS - use the code Vocalprocess to get 15% off your shiny new strawYou can learn more about SOVT techniques on Oren's online (hands-off) course here https://www.ob1.co.uk/sovt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS (10% off with the code VocalProcess)Or join Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy for a repeat of the LIVE online SOVT workshop here https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshopWatch Jeremy and Gillyanne use the straw when they coach Musical Theatre vocal and performance techniques https://www.ob1.co.uk/mmt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS

Dec 2020

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By popular demand, #SOVT expert Oren Boder, creator of the SOVT Singing Straw, is back!We had so many more AMAs for Oren following our SOVT Workshop together that we invited him back for SOVT AMAs part 2 (part 1).In part 1 of this two-part return, Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy answer questions on:what SOVT really isthe difference between active and passive SOVTwhich way should you move - straw to singing or singing to strawthe difference between airflow, subglottal pressure and backpressurespecific exercises for moving from straw work to sung phrasesdifferences for the singer between steel and silicone strawsshould you hear the airstream down the straw or notwhich end of the SOVT Singing Straw you should blow down and whywhy feeling resistance in the abdominal wall during SOVT exercises is a byproduct and not a focusYou can get Oren's brilliant metal straw (we highly recommend it) from https://www.sovtstraw.com/?ref=VOCALPROCESS - use the code Vocalprocess to get 15% off your shiny new strawYou can learn more about SOVT techniques on Oren's online (hands-off) course here https://www.ob1.co.uk/sovt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS (10% off with the code VocalProcess)Or join Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy for a repeat of the LIVE online SOVT workshop here https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshopWatch Jeremy and Gillyanne use the straw when they coach Musical Theatre vocal and performance techniques https://www.ob1.co.uk/mmt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS

Nov 2020

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Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher chat with another of their own #LockdownHeroes, James Sills. James is a passionate choral leader, the founder of The Sofa Singers, and the author of Do Sing. James shares how Sofa Singers ran from a quirky idea to international recognition (almost overnight), why singing together is vital for our wellbeing, and how his background shaped his view of music as an everyday essential.Do Sing is available in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats from the DoBook Company https://thedobook.co/products/do-sing-reclaim-your-voice-find-your-singing-tribe or Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Do-Sing-Reclaim-Voice-Singing/dp/1907974709You can get more information on James's choirs here:The Sofa Singers https://www.thesofasingers.com/All James's choirs including the Bebington Bitter Men can be found here https://www.jamessillsmusic.co.uk/regular-choirs-singing-sessions/And you can find out more about forest bathing here https://www.forestbathewales.co.uk/https://twitter.com/jsillsmusichttps://www.facebook.com/jsillsmusic/https://www.instagram.com/jsillsmusic/This episode is sponsored by the Amazon #1 bestseller This Is A Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice.Offering step-by-step vocal exercises for speaking voice, singing voice (classical and contemporary), mimicry, ventriloquism and beatboxing, we can safely say there is no other vocal technique book like it.https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Voice-exercises-project-harness/dp/1999809025/

Nov 2020

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SOVT expert Oren Boder answers six of the top AMAs we received on semi-occluded vocal tract exercises & science. We discuss:Why the angle of the straw in water might make a difference - 3.50Why you might be bypassing the benefits of straws without realising it - 5.30Why matching resistance of your straw to your personal glottal impedance is important, and when to break that rule! - 7.10Understanding the relationship between the depth of the water and the resistance (as opposed to how full the bottle is) - 12.40What Eruptive Bubbling is, what causes it and why Oren doesn't recommend it - 14.30And Jeremy joins in with information on SOVT and playing a wind instrumentYou can get Oren's brilliant metal straw (we highly recommend it) from https://www.sovtstraw.com/?ref=VOCALPROCESS - use the code Vocalprocess to get 15% off your shiny new strawYou can learn more about SOVT techniques on Oren's online (hands off) course here https://www.ob1.co.uk/sovt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS (10% off with the code VocalProcess)Or join Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy for a LIVE online course here https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshopWatch Jeremy and Gillyanne use the straw when they coach Musical Theatre vocal and performance techniques https://www.ob1.co.uk/mmt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESSThis episode is sponsored by the One Minute Voice Warmup App, a collaboration between https://vocalprocess.co.uk and https://Speechtools.coOffering vocal warmup exercises lasting 1 minute or less, the App has been approved by the NHS for healthy voice and Covid-19 related voice work.AppleAndroidDoctor Vox https://www.doctorvox.co.uk/shop/Lax Vox http://laxvox.com/eng/index.html

Oct 2020

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Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher chat with one of their own #LockdownHeroes, Oren Boder. Oren is the creator of the SOVT Singing Straw (patent-pending), a brilliant variable length/width metal straw for singers and speakers.  In part 1 of a 2-part interview, listen to Oren's story as he shares how he started, how he navigated the multiple stages of creating a brand new singing resource while in Lockdown, and how bringing your skills together can help you survive and thrive during the Covid19 pandemic.Discover from Oren's research the science behind Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract exercises and techniques.You can get Oren's brilliant metal straw (we highly recommend it) from https://www.sovtstraw.com/?ref=VOCALPROCESS - and type in the code Vocalprocess to get 15% off your shiny new strawYou can learn more about SOVT techniques on Oren's online (hands off) course here https://www.ob1.co.uk/sovt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS (10% off with the code Vocalprocess)Or join Oren, Gillyanne and Jeremy for a LIVE online course here https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/sovt-workshopWatch Jeremy and Gillyanne use the straw when they coach Musical Theatre vocal and performance techniques https://www.ob1.co.uk/mmt.html?ref=VOCALPROCESS This episode is sponsored by the One Minute Voice Warmup App, a collaboration between https://vocalprocess.co.uk and https://Speechtools.co Offering vocal warmup exercises lasting 1 minute or less, the App has been approved by the NHS for healthy voice and Covid-19 related voice work. Apple Android Doctor Vox https://www.doctorvox.co.uk/shop/ Lax Vox http://laxvox.com/eng/index.html

Oct 2020

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"Okay, as you can tell, we have absolutely no idea where this podcast is going"Voice experts and authors Gillyanne and Jeremy riff about how they do what they do. The good and bad bits of being creative teachers.The three most important things that make us great teachersWhat it means to create 130+ resources in different formatsMusical experience (and the difference between musical learning and application)Why we love words (and what type of books we read)Communication and context, rhythm and pulse and singing AND speakingOur different takes on “the interconnectedness of things”Finding song repertoire by voice type, range, genre, composer, show, lyricist or period for different ages and abilities.A real behind-the-scenes peek at how two talented musicians live and create together.Sponsored by Vocal ProcessThree Songlists (General, Specialist MT female, Specialist MT male) https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/LessonPlans Online Professional Development Webinars https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/Webinars Online courses (Popup workshops and Online Singing Teacher Training) https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/SingingcoursesandretreatsThe One Minute Voice Warmup app Apple https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/one-minute-warmup/id1212802251Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.speechtools.warmupGary Provost "This sentence has five words" text: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/373814-this-sentence-has-five-words-here-are-five-more-wordsOren Boder's SOVT straw and free ebook https://ob1store.co.uk/?ref=VOCALPROCESSAMAs for Oren (our next podcast) or for us https://speakpipe.com/Vocalprocess 

Oct 2020

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What are the turning points in your life? What drives you to make life-changing decisions? Vocal experts Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher share some of their turning points.What crisis led to their meeting?What Gillyanne said after leaving the Estill organisationWhat happened when Jeremy damaged his hand (twice)Why crises in your life might be good for youAnd what happened in Jeremy's worst audition everToday's podcast is sponsored by Canu PublishingThe Featured Resource today is: Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach? Stories, tips and hacks from the studio of a voice expert Ebook/paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-need-vocal-coach-Stories/dp/1999978552/ Audiobook https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B089NZYD1H/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-199683&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_199683_rh_ukVocal Process Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-onlineKeep your eyes peeled for the public Popup Masterclasses here: https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/Singing and the Actor https://www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Actor-Gillyanne-Kayes/dp/0713668237/Successful Singing Auditions https://www.amazon.co.uk/Successful-Singing-Auditions-Performing-Arts/dp/071365807X/

Sep 2020

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Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher reveal more stories behind the stories on their vocal technique books. This episode focuses on two extremes written at the same time - the Singing Express series for children and the Oxford Handbook of Singing for academics. How we found our writing voice for each audienceBehind the scenes on creating and filming Singing ExpressCollaborative writing (and why it took us 16 years to really make it work between us)Working with a team of composers and arrangers for songs in different genresThe four stages of pitch matching in children (and some adults)Why we chose to write songs of just a seventh in rangeThe biggest differences between writing for children and academicsWriting song transcriptions for the Oxford Handbook of Singing (Jessye Norman and LeAnn Rimes)Four Stages of Pitch Matching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFqfVpU8_4w&feature=youtu.be The Singing Express books and songbooks 1-4 https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=singing+express&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2The Oxford Handbook of Singing https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oxford-Handbook-Singing-Library-Psychology/dp/0199660778Amazing Grace transcriptions https://vocalprocess.co.uk/what-is-music-anyway/How To Sing Legato https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sing-Legato-Practical-exercises-ebook/dp/B07CP4SXT3/

Sep 2020

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Every singer is individual, with their own voice, skills and background. Does your singing teacher work with "the singer in the room" or do they try to fit you into their templates?International vocal consultants Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher break down working with different voiceshow important context iswhat they listen for in each voicethe problem with "industry sounds"the difference between demonstrating and modellingdifferent training timelines for different genreswhy your voice isn't my voice and what to do about itThis podcast is sponsored by Vocal Process and our featured resource is our professional development online Webinar Finding the YOU in Every Song. This streaming resource is filled with exercises, analysis and vocal information. We break down five completely different song performances from singers in different genres, and give you five things that matter most when you sing.Get Webinar 4 - Finding the YOU in Every Song on https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/WebinarsOur books are available from Amazon worldwide or from Vocal Process hereSinging and the Actor (signed copy)Successful Singing Auditions (signed copy)This Is A Voice (signed copy)Singing Express books 1-4 and Songbooks 1-4Professional Development Webinars 1-18 available from Vocal Process hereDownload your free Build Your Own Tilting Larynx template on https://vocalprocess.co.uk/build-your-own-tilting-larynxOnline course for singing teachers (the currently full one) https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singingcoursesandretreats 

Aug 2020

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Go behind the scenes as Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher reveal the facts, the myths and the realities of writing their first 2 books - Singing and the Actor, and Successful Singing Auditions.What did Jeremy do to make Gillyanne finish the book?Why was Singing and the Actor groundbreaking at the time (it might not be what you think)Why did Jeremy create the FOAL process for Successful Singing Auditions?What do Jeremy and Gillyanne recommend for writing your first book?All this and more (including being on the receiving end of THOSE reviews)This podcast is sponsored by Canu Publishing, and our featured resource is Jeremy's new book Why Do I Need a Vocal Coach? Stories, tips and hacks from the studio of a voice expert. Book and ebook available from Amazon hereAudiobook from Audible hereBooks available from Vocal Process hereSinging and the Actor (signed copy)Successful Singing Auditions (signed copy)This Is A Voice (signed copy)Singing Express books 1-4 and Songbooks 1-4Professional Development Webinars 1-18 available from Vocal Process hereJoan Melton's book One Voice available from Amazon here

Aug 2020

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What makes good practising? How do we practise?Vocal coach Jeremy Fisher and singing consultant Dr Gillyanne Kayes chat about techniques, tips and hacks for getting your singing practice focused and effective.Learning, memorising, things you need to practise, putting it together - they are all different.How do you help singers to know what to practise and how to practise - what's the difference between understanding what to practise and experiencing what to practise?What does a singer need to practise that instrumentalists don't?If you get a skill wrong, can you undo it and how does neuroplasticity fit in?Whose responsibility is it if your student keeps getting things wrong?Hear the 3 AMAs we chose that were recorded on https://Speakpipe.com/VocalprocessHow much time in a lesson is it reasonable to practice [supervised]?How can I stay still when I'm practising instead of walking around the room?What's the difference between practising and rehearsing?We also have news of a survey on singing practise aimed at 7-18 year-olds around the world - please listen then fill in the survey!https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S2HXB3G Today's podcast is sponsored by Vocal ProcessThe Featured Resource today is: What's In A Warmup? The online training webinar on great vocal warmup tools, and the difference between a warmup and a skill. https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/VocalWarmupSecretsThe free Vocal Process Build-Your-Own-Larynx template is at https://vocalprocess.co.uk/build-your-own-tilting-larynx/"Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach? Stories, tips and hacks from the studio of a voice expert" book/ebook/audiobookhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-need-vocal-coach-Stories-ebook/dp/B084QDLT7C/Vocal Process Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-online

Jul 2020

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What's the best way to learn a song? Voice experts Dr Gillyanne Kayes & Jeremy Fisher chat about four different ways to learn a song from scratch, how to use YouTube to learn a song successfully, why it's not so easy for singers to change key, and why teaching singers the melody from the piano isn't a good thing.AMA: 10 minutes to learn a song - HELP! What to focus on if you only have 10 minutes.Sponsored by CANU Publishing, publisher of #1 bestsellers including Jeremy's latest book "Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-need-vocal-coach-Stories-ebook/dp/B084QDLT7C/and "How To Sing Legato" https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sing-Legato-Practical-exercises-ebook/dp/B07CP4SXT3/Vocal Process Online Singing Teacher Training https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/singing-teacher-training-online 

Jul 2020

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Married couple Dr Gillyanne Kayes (singing teacher) and Jeremy Fisher (vocal coach) thrash out the differences & similarities between the two jobs. Vocal warmups in singing lessons, singing as a visceral act, what the job is, performance coaching, voice building, the BIG FOUR in singing, and collaboration.AMA A typical 40 minute lesson - how long on the warmup/song/techniques?Sponsored by CANU Publishing, publisher of three #1 bestsellers including Jeremy's latest book "Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-need-vocal-coach-Stories-ebook/dp/B084QDLT7C/Vocal Process Webinar 3 - What's In A Warmup  https://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/VocalWarmupSecrets

Jul 2020

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In our first podcast episode, vocal experts and bestselling authors Dr Gillyanne Kayes (Singing teacher) and Jeremy Fisher (Vocal coach) chat about all things voice. AMA!How we started, writing the book This Is A Voice for the Wellcome Trust, surviving the cancellation of all our international courses during Lockdown, creating the Online Singing Teacher Training (and selling out three times).Every episode will include AMA (Ask Me Anything), and we have a whole musical box tin of questions for you. This episode the questions are:1. Teaching the opposite gender and demonstration - how do we manage that?2. Accompanying skills - how important are they for a singing teacher and can I apply for jobs in colleges without them?3. Ask students to sing the whole song first or work on fragments first in a singing lesson?This podcast is sponsored by CANU Publishing, the publishers of Jeremy's new book "Why Do I Need A Vocal Coach? Stories, tips and hacks from the studio of a voice expert"https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B084QDLT7CJingle specially written for us by Connagh TonkinsonOohs and ahhs voiced by members of the company

Jul 2020

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