Listening: identifying instruments

This week we are going to peel away the layers of a song and start to listen for and identify different instruments. If you're listening to a lot of techno pop or rave music of the nineties, that might be very difficult. If it's been overproduced, there's going to be a lot of electrical sounds in there essentially that are going to be difficult for you to pull apart.

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Confidence and your voice: Your accent

This month is friendship month, and building on last week’s blog and video about confidence in your voice, this week we’re talking about confidence in your accent. A lot of people that I talk to, both within my singing or speech lessons, and generally in life, say to me that they hate their accent. And I think that's really sad. Accents are brilliant. They are what make us as unique as we are. And the fact that we're starting to lose some of these regional dialects and regional accents is sad.

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The Larynx: Primary Sound

fter discussing power in last week’s blog, this week’s topic is The Larynx: Primary Sound. While the Northumbrian pipes we talked about last week made a droning (constant) sound, our voices don’t drone in the same way. We are always stopping and starting that sound. However it is that underlying sound that creates speech.

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The larynx: Power

This month we’re going to be talking about the larynx and how it powers our voices. Now, without a carving knife and a willing subject, we’re going to be exploring the feel of the larynx rather than actually being able to see what goes on in our voice box.

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