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Jul
01

Warming Up for Singing

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​ When discussing warming up for singing, the subject is often greeted with sheepish looks and the response "I know I should warm up but..."Every time this happens (which is about once a week) I can't help but feel the weight of this singer expecting me to disapprove of them being projected at me. The truth is, warming up is something that should m...
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Jun
23

Chest Voice, Head Voice, WTF?!

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  Without a doubt, the most common vocal issue that singers come to my studio with is the desire to extend their range. Usually the difficulty is in accessing higher notes, but not always. Over time it has become clear to me that the root of this issue isn't entirely to do with the way a person is using their muscles or their breath. Of course...
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May
29

Should I sing when I'm ill?

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What you need to know about singing when you have a cold or a sore throat. 
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May
29

The one mistake that singers make

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Is your singing not progressing as quickly as you'd like? Here's a video about something I've observed in my work as a Vocal Coach. 
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May
22

When singing isn't fun anymore...

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Do you sing for stress relief? Or does singing make you stressed?
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May
15

New Video! This is why I don't do YouTube Tutorials.

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 This is why you're unlikely to see me doing YouTube Singing Tutorials any time soon... Book Singing Lessons Online - Gemma Milburn - Singing Lessons and Vocal Coaching in London and Hertford Book singing lessons online in Hertford with Gemma Milburn, Professional Singing Coach https://gemmamilburn.com/online-booking
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May
04

What to do when your voice is tired...

  Bare with me- this is about singing! I finally made it to Yoga yesterday after a month of being 'too busy' and 'too tired.' I love yoga and don't usually find it hard to motivate myself to go to a class- I've been known to go even when I've been feeling really ill, or its snowing outside. However this was just one of those phases where life ...
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May
02

A month of conferences and courses :)

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So my intense run of conferences and courses is over... for now. First I presented my Post Grad Research at the Vocology in Practice conference for international voice teachers, and have had such positive feedback! Including a Vocal Coach from The Voice telling me how much he enjoyed it and has been using the strategies I designed in his own teachi...
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Apr
03

Singers- You are your instrument, so don't forget to take care of yourself!

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​Here are my post-easter contemplations :)
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Mar
29

Singers shouldn't eat dairy- fact or fiction?

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 Hi Folks, I just went live on facebook and discussed the 'ideal' diet for singers, and whether its true that singers shouldn't eat dairy. Let me know your thoughts, and any questions you have :) Gemma xxx
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Mar
26

What is the 'proper' way to sing?

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I had a few spare minutes this afternoon so decide to hop on Facebook Live and share my thoughts about the right and wrong ways to sing. You can find the video below! Facebook How to Sing Properly. https://www.facebook.com/gemmamilburnvocalcoach/videos/1226147377521145/
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Mar
21

In The Making... Check out my new Podcast!

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You may know by now that I've been running some Vocal Recording Workshops with Martin Lumsden who runs The Cream Room Recording Studio in Dane End, Hertfordshire. Well, through working with Martin we have realised that we have something in common- we both reeeeeaaaaallllly like to talk. So much so that its hard to get any work done at times.&n...
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Mar
21

Goodbye VoxBox Singers Studio :(

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It’s my last day at the place that helped me fall back in love with singing back in 2010. I have had so many good times and some not so good times here, and made some real lifelong friends. This photo is of Studio 1 where I had my first lesson and later taught my first lesson. As you can see, it is no more! #voxboxsingersstudio #endofanera #imnotcr...
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Feb
28

Check out the Photos and Feedback from the Vocal Recording Workshop with Martin Lumsden at The Cream Room on 28.01.18

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The photos are in from January's Vocal Recording Workshop! It was a fantastic day full of talented singers, great music, and tons of personal growth! We were also exceptionally fortunate to have pro photographer Nick Horton on hand to capture some gorgeous shots of the day (scroll down to see them!)  You can find more examp...
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Feb
27

My Interview at Radio Verulam

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I started my Tuesday off a little bit differently today by dropping in for a chat with Richard Edwards at Radio Verulam in St. Albans. I received an extremely warm welcome despite the freezing temperatures outside, and got to do one of the things that I love most- chat about singing! I had an absolute blast :) Radio Verulam is a non-profit organisa...
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Feb
26

Vocal Masterclass London- With Top Vocal Coaches and a West End Star!!

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2018 seems to be the year of events for me! I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Sadie Grist (Vocal Teacher at Italia Conti Stage School) on this fantastic 2 day Masterclass. Spread across 2 days you will really get the opportunity for new habits, mindsets and skills to begin to develop. As a participant of the Masterclass you will receive&n...
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Jan
16

Feedback from a happy singer!

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I received this email from a happy singer yesterday: "Hi Gemma, I just wanted to say, I was doing the exercises you gave me and worked on one of my original songs, and I could really hear and feel the difference after just 15/20 mins. It was really good! Now I just need to do it more often. Thank you!" I love being able to give singers tools that t...
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Jan
05

Singers Q&A... Lets talk about mucus!

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I recently started a Facebook  group for the singers that I work with. The idea is that we have a forum to connect with each other, support each other's goals, hold each other accountable and ask questions. I received the question this week from a singer whose voice I know very well, and I thought I'd share it with my blog readers as its ...
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Jan
03

Vocal Recording Workshop for Singers

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2018 is off to an exciting start! I can't wait to host this Vocal Recording Workshop along with Cream Room Sound Productions . More information and tickets are available here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vocal-recording-workshop-tickets-41398340551 This workshop is suitable for you if: 1) You love to sing 2) You'd like experience of record...
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Jan
01

Want to improve your singing FAST? Get involved with my '50 Days Of Practice' challenge for 2018.

The last 3 months of 2017 were chaotic for me. I spent far too much time on trains, drank stupid amounts of coffee and my vocal practice routine fell by the way side.  Whilst its normal and natural for practice habits to fluctuate depending on whats going on in your life, now that I have a bit more time I am determined to get back on trac...
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