I just wanted to write a little something about the guy who showed it's OK to be different. Its OK to be zany, funny, silly and enjoy life. A unique style for comedy which rose like a firework. Although clearly Mr Williams had some utter depths only he could know and feel, he allowed audiences to delve into their inner self and laugh till it hurt! I, like many grew up watching so many of his films.
One in particular that I can say which made my belly ache sooo much it hurt was Mrs Doubtfire (1994). I know all the words...and I mean all the words off by heart. I remember my first cinema outing to see the film...I was 12 years old. I remember the cinema roaring with laughter as there was one quick fire joke after another. Wow that was good medicine. I don't remember understanding some of the jokes... some rude ones of course went well over my little brown haired head.
Whilst studying my degree, I choose to write about Mr Williams for my major dissertation, how he transitioned from a comedic actor to a more serious actor. I remember being told off for not being academic as I was writing like a fan!! My gosh as a fan that was somewhat hard.Thankfully, my Uni brain came forth and worked for me. I was inspired to to write to him. I got this back.....
I was pretty chuffed to say the least. 10 years on and I still have the glossy photo sitting pretty on my mantle piece.
Still shocked, and still so saddened by his death. I wish I met him. I wish I could say a simple thank you for all the laughter, and tears you bought to me and my family. I hope you knew how loved you were, you gentle genius. Thank you Mr Williams.
Big up to my Singing student Calvin Glen and former Student Nicole McNally in the final of Forests Got Talent!
I am so very proud to see them both. I can see how much hard work went into their solid performances.
Keep up the good work!
5 ideas to work with when you're unable to sing (you may be sick, low on energy or just feeling like you're tired). These ideas will help to motivate and inspire you even when you can't sing a note!
1. Watch videos of your favourite singers that inspire and motivate you, love their energy? Vocal gymnastics? Or it could be a number of things!
Make sure the videos are live recordings.
2. Discover new artists and new songs. Look on Spotify/youtube, as you may find some songs that you are exactly looking for. Make sure they are in line with your goals does the singer(s) poses a warm tone, and have cracking diction?
3. Listen and analyse your recordings! Write notes what is and isn’t working. Show me where you think you need help…be positive as much as you can though.
4. Brain storm some games/tests that you can play ie; like sing the alphabet through and over and on one breath to practice breath control, work on a run…, or a favourite song/melody and change it on a different vowel.
5. Do something for your well-being. We forget to look after ourselves, our body is our instrument remember! So maybe release tension and have a massage, or sauna, if you are unwell, steam can help unblock the nasal passage, sometimes something as simple as a walk can help you.
Remember nothing ventured nothing gained!
Until next time
The big high note!!
1. Don’t panic, don’t focus on it, just relax. Don’t allow it to be a big mountain. Work on your mindset.
2. Relax jaw. You need to relax it as much as possible. It will help you drop the larynx, and keep the resonance in the right place. You can stabilise it. Eliminating as much tension as possible will always benefit you as a singer.
3. Think about what you are doing before the big note. How can you hit the high notes when other notes aren't as great because you are worried about the big note to come?
I have been wanting to run a small workshop where singers can connect with other like-minded performers and share their thoughts, ideas, passion and fears for quite some time
Everyone has a powerful and resonant voice inside them (I know you might be shaking your head or rolling your eyes at me right now) but it’s sometimes hard for us to let it out or even test the waters to see what we’re capable of. It is my mission to see as many singers flourish as possible and help to show them the best ways to unleash their unique voice (and learn to love it).
This workshop is for you if:
- you want to connect with other singers in a positive space
- you are being held back by self doubt or fear in some way
- you’re keen to learn from other singers as well as share some of your ideas and experiences to help them on their journey
- you’re a little unsure of the best way to practice to get the results you’re after
- you’d like some constructive feedback on your voice that you can take home and work on
- you’d love to share your voice in a fun and encouraging environment!
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or seasoned performer, this workshop will give you a lot to think about in regards to how you approach singing, the self talk that goes on during a performance or rehearsal and inspire you to set some even bigger vocal goals with the encouragement of other singers
The details: The CottonWood hotel
Time and date TBC
The first half of the workshop will be set up like a warm and cozy discussion I want to make this section comfortable and not only pass on what I’ve learned about mindset, self care and confidence over the last 15 years but also let you share your stories and struggles so you have the opportunity to learn from the others in the workshop too. Looking at the basics in singing, Breathing/posture/vocal warm ups.
The second part of the workshop will be a masterclass where you perform a song of your choice (either to a backing track or if you’re not confident enough for that, over the original song is fine). Kerri and I will spend a few minutes making little changes to your technique and giving you suggestions on what to work on after the workshop. If you’re a bit nervous about performing, this is a great way to start off – a small group of singers who are in exactly the same boat as you, cheering you on is the ideal audience!
Places are limited as I wanted the workshop to be intimate and allow for more time in the masterclass section for you to get feedback from both vocal coaches, so if you’re interested in snapping up one of the places – go for it!
The cost is £30 FREE MATERIALS GIVEN before the workshop so you can start to work on what it is that might be holding you back and what you may want clarity on or answers about in the workshop.
I cannot wait to meet you in person and unleash some incredible changes in the way you sing and the way you think about yourself and your voice.
TO BOOK PLEASE CALL 07763 970274
Rebecca is a professional vocal coach and singer in her own right with many years of performing and coaching experience. She is passionate with all things singing related!