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My recent interview to HuffPost UK

  • HuffPost UK has recently interviewed me on the impact of singing on our life, you can read it below. Also, you can read the full article on huffingtonpost.co.uk :

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/singing-boosts-postnatal-depression_uk_5a535b83e4b01e1a4b176558?9wi

“Vasili Karpiak, a vocal coach and singing teacher in London (The Vocal Coach London), said he has witnessed the benefits singing can have on people’s mental health on numerous occasions.

“Whether it’s a banker who is seeking a form of mental relaxation, a teenager who feels uncertain about himself or a mum tired of daily obligations – after the first session, 99% of my pupils break all the psychological barriers and feel happy about themselves, uplifted, energised and focused,” he told HuffPost UK.

“In my opinion, even humming without any words with a closed mouth will uplift your energy. You can simply vocalise some easy scales or try to sing together with your favourite singer. Do not go for technically difficult songs.

“Good choices for new parents would be ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Mis. Many of Elton John’s songs are great to sing as well. If you like jazz, songs from Billie Holiday’s repertoire will also be great.

“The main idea behind is that you focus on the text and the melody. I assure you the magic of singing will bring the most joyful result.”

Happy about my pupils doing so well during autumn 2019!

and Golden Medal at 4th Manhattan International Music Competition 2019  in category Young Artist!

  • I am happy with the success of my pupil Siena Rosa from Zurich, Switzerland getting to the semi final of Voice Kids Switzerland! which will be in December 2019! Super exited 

 

  • I am thrilled to work again with a London Based fantastic singer and songwriter Hans Vilu Not only he is an awesome artist but also the music he creates is fantastic ! He makes well crafted and lush-sounding songs that have a beautiful balance between the electronic and the organic. Press link below and enjoy it! https://soundcloud.com/echoround/liquid-blue/s-p8TDU

 

  • Excited about my pupil Frazier Newell, who travels from Wolverhampton to have singing lessons with me in London and has successfully auditioned for a place with the National Youth Boys Choir of Great Britain! Frazier has also been invited to perform with the Counterpoint Choir for Christmas Events 2019 at Powis Castle, Wales, Weston Park, Shropshire and the Molineux Football Stadium, Wolverhampton

10 simple tips on how to improve singing instantly

10 simple tips on how to improve your singing instantly.

10 simple tips on how to improve your singing instantly.

  1. Give attention to the lower jaw when you sing.

    First of all, try to put two fingers on both sides between jaws, it does release all the tension of muscles in that area. Secondly, do a little bit of tilting( left, right, back and forward). Finally, make sure that there is not tension in the area of your neck.

  2. Please smile when you sing, it doesn’t matter if the song is sad or happy.

    It is for the purpose of a good sound resonance, which will automatically go to the “mask” area.

  3. Breathe lower, try not to lift up your shoulders.

    Lifting up your shoulders when you inhale during the singing does not have any efficiency for your performance.

  4. Project you sound further,

    Just imagine that the person who is listening to your voice is standing 20 m away. The result will be phenomenal, you will naturally open your throat and muscle system will work more accurate.

  5. Explore fast songs.

    Articulation and breathing works in a different way depending on the tempo of the song. It will be an amazing training for your mind, voice and breathing.

5 useful tips on how to improve your musical performance

5 useful tips on how to improve your musical performance

  1. Breathe between musical phrases

    Don’t try to sing whole song on one breath. Take your time. You are on the stage and there is no need to rush. Between musical phrases we need to take breath, in the same natural way, as we take breath when we speak, whether it is singing lesson or real performance on the stage. For example 2 or three, maximum four words you sing, then you should breathe, 2-3 words and again you breathe… Firstly, it gives natural fluency to the vocal breathing and the performance generally. Secondly, in this way, it is so easy to be more expressive with different colours in your voice. Thirdly, breathing in the right moment will make sure you don’t strangulate your voice and don’t create unnecessary tension in the area of your throat

  2. Use tools of expression face, body, language, arms, hands, eyes.

    It is good to deliver the message of the song not only through the voice, but through the following tools of artistic expression: face, body, language, arms, hands, eyes. I suggest to experiment with each of the “tools “I have mentioned above.Remember, it is very useful to experiment with facial expression during the performance. This will help you easily to reflect the way you feel in the very moment. For example, if it is a sad song, I suggest to create a new imagination variety of different types of sens

  3. Create in your imagination a variety of different types of inner feelings related to the song.

    As an example, let’s experiment with sensation of sadness
    1. Sadness with the element of help
    2. Sadness with element of grief
    3. Sadness, but no regret
    4. Sadness with element of joy
    It is just an example. There are dozens of other the variations. More clear vision you have in your head, better your face and body will respond during the performance. The same kind of varieties you could give to all the types of feelings. It is important to be inventive and brave to experiment when you sing.

    Seriously, if painter before he starts to paint, is mixing all his paints and then later he starts putting them on a paper, why can’t we then prepare our thoughts, different kind of emotions before we start singing? Ultimately, audience wants to believe in your story, if it doesn’t happen, what is the point of you singing on the stage? It is one of the first steps towards building a truly professional approach towards a great musical performance

  4. Work on your lyrics

    Please work on the lyrics of your song thoroughly and with the highest attention to each detail. Simply print it out, take deep breath and read through it and slowly with quiet voice. Try to get to the very essence of the words… If anything needs to be translated-do it. Each word, step-by-step, only in this way, brain will have a clear image attached to the word and will create the strongest neurone connections related to the lyrics. Yes, scientists found out that we have billions of neurones in our brain but what really matters is how strong is the connection between those neurones. More thorough work is done on the text-deeper you’ll get to the essence of what the author was trying to say. More to this, deeper and stronger will be neurone connections which will lead you to the excellent performance. As a result, you are building up your artistic (public speaker, performer) confidence on a subconscious level.

  5. Do your research

    First of all, try to find out who was the author of the text.

    Secondly, why did he wrote it?

    Thirdly, what have inspired him?

    More willingness to explore you have, more questions will appear in your head and more answers you will get.

    Fourthly, have a mirror in front of yourself, say the words of the song and involve your arms and hands, trying in your mind to deliver a message of the song also through them. Imagine that you are just speaking to someone, sharing your own life experience.
    Finally, good knowledge of words, prepared the way I’ve just suggested, would inevitably bring you to a new level. This is what truly gives you more strength as an artist, not just multiple repetitions and attempts to sing the song, but a deep research of the material which you are going to share on the stage. I would even say, try to become a thinker and a poet before you are a singer.

The result which you will achieve by following these steps

To summarise, I need to add following idea. As a professional vocal coach and singing teacher, I worked with hundreds of pupils and can see clearly that by following the steps which I have described for you here above, you will inevitably achieve a very professional result. Moreover, I need to emphasise, please be patient, “learn to walk before you run”. Explore and understand the musical material which you are going to perform on a deepest level. Once you know it precisely, the outcome and ultimately, your singing will be of a very different quality.

Watch this video and learn how to make the process of memorising faster and more efficient

Learn how to study smart by Marty Lobdell. Lobdell taught Psychology at Pierce College in Washington State for 40 years. During Lobdell’s career, he has taught tens of thousands of students and he wants students to succeed. After watching students cram for eight hours or more for a test without any improvement, Lobdell has developed a studying technique that helps the brain retain the information that you are studying in this video “Study Less, Study Smart”

How to breathe well while you are singing and not to force your voice

It is often the case that after a long performance or intensive singing lesson we feel tired, we can hardly speak and it is clear that vocal rest is needed.

Of course, it’s the right thing to do. But what if you will optimise the singing process ? Putting in less effort, reducing air pressure which makes our vocal chords moving and not forcing the voice will give you opportunity to sing much longer without being tired.

All that we need to do is to have a clear idea what words we need to sing, sending a clear message from the brain to vocal chords and using air wisely.

I would compare it with the opening the door:

Whether you press handle vigorously or gently- The final result will be an opened door. The same happens with your voice.

We need to use a specific pressure of air for different notes in singing, but as soon as you have created a right note, what’s the point to give even more weight towards your vocal folds?

It’s important to admit that as soon as your pressure of air becomes higher than it is needed for a specific note, we start, as they say, to “force” the voice and as a result, you feel that your voice is tired.

• Video of vocal folds involved in a singing process

Please watch how our vocal folds work (photo/video). Please note that vocal folds are staying on the same level (typically, we think that they move up and down)

 

The vital question is how you control the pressure of air and how you manage your cords?

All that we need is well-organised air which is going through these cords and clear command/message of your mind which is sent to your vocal folds.

‘Befriend” your diaphragm – before we do this, diaphragm acts itself without us asking it to do the job, all is done by the subconscious mind itself. The moment we start to involve core muscles and diaphragm we start to feel general control over the muscle activity during the singing

Have a look at Seth Riggs & Michael Jackson singing lessons

Listen to a singing lesson of Michael Jackson who is working on his vocal technique with vocal coach Seth Riggs.  You can hear clearly how much importance his singing teacher gives to vocal breathing. I think Michael Jackson had a great vocal technique and singers could learn a lot from him.

In the end, I need to summarise:

-do not push the voice

be clear with consonants and vowels ( vocal folds need a clear message in order to deliver the best result)

use “belting”, activate your core muscles, mainly, when you sing in a high range of your voice

It will help you to save your voice and not to feel tired.