I've been thoroughly enjoying the new releases from Mary Bragg and Scott Ramminger. Mary is a friend who has sung on some of the Sing Harmonies App songs, and Scott is a talented student of mine.
Mary is a top-notch singer whose voice stands out among the many wonderful singers in Nashville, and her new release VIOLETS AS CAMOUFLAGE is filled with beautiful melodies and deep lyrics, as well as excellent Americana-style production.
Scott's new release RISE UP has eight original songs ranging from flat-out blues to jazz standards, all with smart lyrics, soulful vocals, and tasty musicianship from Scott and his band.
It's touted as a sometimes miraculous method for helping singers. I've never been to one and I wasn't experiencing vocal problems, but I wanted to find out what happens at a session and if it made a difference in my singing. Here's my report.
Congratulations to my student Ava Preston for winning in two categories in Downbeat Magazine's 2018 Student Music Awards: Vocal Jazz Soloist (Junior High School) and Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist (Junior High School). She got a nice write-up in the magazine, too. That's a pretty great achievement when you're only thirteen! Ava is an extraordinary singer, remember her name.
I had a blast giving an introductory voice lesson to everyone at the Berkeley Breakfast Club last month. I wasn't sure if everyone would participate since this group includes members of all ages and from every walk of life-- but they all stood up and made funny sounds when I asked them to, and they sounded great on the final song. At 8AM. What a fun way to start a visit to my home town.
Tis' the season for chest colds and laryngitis, I went through a bout of this before the holidays. I just posted a new video about this topic, it's on Youtube and the video sInging tips page of this site.
This last week I’ve Skyped singing lessons with singers in Knoxville, New York City, Buenos Aires, and on the other side of Nashville. Skype does have it’s limits. but I’ve worked out some very tricky technical problems and some pretty subtle delivery issues with singers who are far away. Plus, my dogs love it because they can be in my teaching room while I’m Skypeing. More info here