Learning Songwriting – Part II

Learning Songwriting  – Chords There are three parts to any piece of music: melody, rhythm and harmony.  Most of us can sing along to a song, thus we are engaging in melody and rhythm.   Harmony is the tricky one. Harmony refers to the chords that underscore the melody.  It can go from very simple to…

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Learning Songwriting Part 1

Songwriting – The Song Is You There are a growing number of singers who have been finalists in singing competition shows, but very few of them go on to become successful.  Even fewer are able to do it on their terms.  One of the most important skills to becoming in control of your own career…

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The Basics of Vocal Registers

Vocal Registers – What Are They? Vocal registers are an important concept in singing.  They refer to different parts of the voice based on how high or low you are singing.  Lower notes will feel different to the singer than higher notes.  These different sensations will occur because the voice will resonate or vibrate more…

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How The Vocal Cords Work For Singing

Vocal Cords – What Singers Should Know   The vocal cords and how they function are often misunderstood by the singer (even some voice teachers are unsure of exactly what is happening).  I believe the more you know about your instrument, the better singer and teacher you can become. A basic understanding of the vocal…

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Singer’s Equipment For Live and Studio Singing

The Tools of the Trade Jim Marshall recently passed away at the age of 88.  You may not know who he was but you have certainly heard his creations.  The Marshall amplifiers he created were one of the primary tools of the rock and roll and were used by such musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Eddie…

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Overcoming Stage Fright

Dealing With Stage Fright A bit of pre-show jitters can be a good thing – it gets the adrenaline going and amps up your performance.  Stage fright is another matter, it can be completely debilitating for some singers. There are a number of ways singers deal with stage fright.  Here are a few suggestions I…

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The Secrets To Singing In Tune

Singing in Tune: What’s the Secret?   Singing in tune is often so difficult for the beginning singer that they might believe they will never be able to sing at all.  This is rarely the truth.  Singing in tune is a developed skill and there are a few secrets to developing it quickly. I was…

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What Is Pulled Chest Voice?

Pulled Chest Voice – The Big Vocal Problem   We often hear about the dangers of singing with a pulled chest voice, but there is often confusion about what it is and how to eliminate it. Pulled chest voice is a condition where the singer tries to maintain the resonance of the lower register when…

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A Singing Lesson From Ricky Gervais

Ricky The Singer? Most of us know Ricky Gervais as the creator and star of The Office and Extras, as well as the Golden Globe’s most dangerous host.  However, very few know that back in the 80’s he had a record deal.   The reason you probably haven’t heard of his recording career is that it…

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How Do I Cure My Morning Voice?

Morning voice is a very common problem for singers and is one of the worst times of day for your voice.  We all experience croaky morning voice, but have you done everything you can to help your voice through this?   Morning Voice – The Night Before   Sleep:  did you get as much sleep…

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