The Sing Thing 1 aims to impart the kind of skills best suited to the medium of recorded singing tuition. It offers gradual improvements that students are able to realise. It is simple yet serious – cheerfully presented. The Sing Thing videos are available here:
The Sing Thing is not biased to one style of singing; it offers a series of well-structured and progressive exercises with an instrumental backing to help make practising your singing technique a musical event.
The Sing Thing 2 is for more experienced singers who already know their voices well, it features exercises for vocal accuracy and agility based around the Major, Chromatic, Whole Tone and Diminished scales. There are a couple of tricky exercises using Tri tone intervals and alternate Major and Minor arpeggios.
A Bit About The Author!
I am a working singer in the Rhythm & Blues and Jazz genres, doing 100 or so pub, club and concert gigs in a year. The CDs are based on tried and tested singing exercises and approaches which I have found invaluable for keeping my - and my students' voices - in shape.
I set up the BTEC singing course at the music industry's BRIT School in '91 and I continue to work with the talented young singers that the school attracts. I was involved with The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford in its early days and also worked with degree students at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I am pleased to have acquired a Professor of Jazz Voice teaching post at Trinity College of Music for many years. 2003 brought the launch of the ground-breaking Popular Music Vocals singing grades - I devised the syllabus in conjunction with Tony Skinner for The London College of Music - we use these grades at The BRIT School. 2004/5 saw me working with degree students at Roehampton University. In 2006/7 I was commissioned to revise the BTEC singing technique module for The Academy of Music and Sound and in 2010 joined the singing tuition team at The London Music School. 2011/12 sees me working with the country's top vocal coaches on the exciting first series of BBC TV’s programme The Voice UK
I’m aware that most of the aspiring singers I work with do not read music and are put off by its presence. The Sing Thing is expressly designed to work without any written music – without any written material at all!
I hope The Sing Thing will be easy to use and will help improve your singing technique and your enjoyment of singing practice.