Archive | November, 2018

How concentrating too hard on singing can wreck your singing

26 Nov

You’ve no doubt heard the admonitions to work harder, practice more often, and get your technique dialed to be able to sing better, and of course these things are important. However, engaging with a preference¬†instead is an oft-neglected superskill that solves a multitude of problems. Let’s try an experiment together around concentration. Hold up one […]

How to animate a frozen face

20 Nov

Every group has those few singers who seem to have faces that are just not expressive. They might even be aware of it, having been told they need to ‘notify their face’ of all the fun they’re having! Unfortunately, this is exactly opposite of what they likely need. Lots of us enter fight-or-flight mode when […]

Why use a trauma therapy for performers?

01 Nov

For two years I’ve been training in Somatic Experiencing, a therapy for helping people heal from trauma, and it’s become clear that it’s an excellent way to help performers manage their nerves. But why does it work? It all starts with the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is in charge of everything we do, […]