Kenny G in concert

One of the highest selling artists of all time, Kenny G has single-handedly made the saxophone a hit amongst music lovers. Perhaps it is the raspy mid-tones of the saxophone that lend it an air of intimacy, or maybe it’s Read more

Splashy Fen is the ultimate Easter concert

It’s been going since 1990, and Easter 2015 will be the 26th year for the Splashy Fen music festival. I have yet to learn why the music event is called Splashy Fen, though I do believe that the farm it Read more

Oppikoppi, a whole series of concerts rolled into one

The small town of Northam in Limpopo Province comes to life every August. Technically it’s spring if you calculate that you are halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and you don’t factor in seasonal lag, but Read more

Richard Clayderman in concert

No doubt the mysterious Frenchman’s greatest gift to the world musically has been “Ballad for Adeline.” Composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint in 1976, the co-writers could never have imagined how big the song would become, because disco Read more

Albert Hammond in concert

This is not a name that rolls off the tongue like Madonna or Michael Jackson or Elvis, but Albert Hammond has had an amazing music career anyway. A native of the UK, he has done a considerable body of work Read more

Mamma Mia! heads back to Jozi in 2015

The smash hit musical based on the music of those 4 Swedes (well, actually 3 Swedes and a half-Norwegian) returns to the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, for a limited season run from Tuesday 24 March 2015 to Sunday Read more

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is NOT too cool for school!

On 1 October the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City hosted Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse in concert. It’s been 30 years since his hit “Burnout” tore up the charts, and, according to the write-up for his show, 50 years since Read more

John Demartini

Yes, actually you CAN sing!

I have been singing for over 40 years. I have studied music and singing for over 30 years, 10 of them with a brilliant teacher who turned me into a singer. I have taught singing for 10 years. So you might say I have some experience in this area. My amazing teacher of 10 years, Norma Biagi, knew how serious I was about learning how to become a great singer, so she told me, “If you want to master the technique, teach it.” It reminds me of another great mentor in my life, John Demartini, who says, “When you teach, you learn,” so to this day I still teach students, and they remind me what I have to do to maintain the voice.

Singing is like running – anybody can do it. The difference between a pro and an amateur is the amount of work that they do. I believe it was one of the Greek philosophers (Aristotle or Plato) who said that it is by our actions that we are recognised. So, painters paint, accountants account, managers manage, and singers sing.

And believe it or not, you are not simply born with the talent – singing is more science than art. If you use the muscles and the body in the proper way, then your voice will automatically improve. The only thing that you cannot actually change is the timbre of the voice, which is the only part where pure ability (i.e. talent) plays a role.

So yes, you can actually sing. The question is, do you really want to? If the answer is no, then you won’t be a great singer. It’s like being a doctor – I really believe that anybody has the ability to become a doctor – but not everybody wants to. That’s when we have fields of specialization, and that’s why everyone has their place in the world.

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