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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Microphone Singing

Be aware of you’re the volume your are singing at and your proximity to the microphone. Ideally you want the microphone to be as hot as possible without causing distortion. Naturally that means if you are hitting a loud high note, you need to back away from the mic. How much you need to back off the microphone really depends on the singer. It takes a little practice to know. This holds true in the recording studio as well as on stage. Although producers can correct the problem, they would rather have a singer who can work the microphone.

Singing on pitch into a microphone takes some practice, especially if you are recording with headphones on so that the playback is not rerecorded as well. An old trick is to take one head phone of so that you can hear you voice as you are used to hearing it. On stage, you have to get used to the minor delay, and difference from when you hear yourself. The sound has to travel further to get back to you. That is why it is so important to have a monitor. Sound is very directional. If you cannot hear yourself, even the best singer can go off key. It happened to Kelly Clarkson in the super bowl a couple of years ago, and she is not the type of singer you would expect to go flat.

studio singing is much different that singing live. It’s the details that matter. The timing, perfect pitch, expression, even if you have all of these while you normally practice, you are under a microscope when you are singing in the studio, and every major flaw gets exposed. The best tool to overcome this is practice. The more time you spend in the studio, the better you will become. It will also make you a better singing if you have a good pitch recognition. Hearing your voice dry and magnified causes you to become more on point and acute to what you really sound like.

Make sure that microphone is level with your mouth or slightly higher. You do not want to have to tilt your neck down or you air flow will be restricted and you will lose tone.

Concept Of Rhythm

Pitch expresses the relative “height” or “depth” of a sound. Once we know how to listen to the note played and recognize the concept of height and depth in a note, only then will we be able to understand the concept of the rhythm required to play a particular piece of music.

It is important to stress now that pitch is a fixed and permanent system of values, while rhythm is a relatively flexible one, which cannot function without some degree of interpretation.

In order to understand the relationship between the length of a note, it is necessary to explain the function of the pulse or beat of the music.

The pulse or beat provides the basic structure around which the rhythm is built. The speed of the pulse will differ from piece to piece, and often varies within a piece of music. This all depends on how the composer has written it, or it can also be altered by the performer to suit their musical skill.

Rhythm values fall into two categories – simple and compound. If learning to read music notation it is only necessary to comprehend the visual difference.

When written the compound value of a note is followed by a small dot, whereas simple values are not.

It is also very important to understand the simple system fully and comprehensively because the compound system is based upon it.

The reason for this is both have an equally important function in music notation.

For example, if you are learning to read music you will be told there are six simple basic values in common usage. Here is the terminology used to describe the relative lengths of the different symbols.

A semibreve sounds twice as long as a minim which sounds twice as long as a crotchet, which sounds twice as long as a quaver, which sounds twice as long as a semiquaver, which sounds twice as long as demisemiquaver.

Learning Classical Guitar

Surfing the net, you will find quite a few websites devoted to the guitar. Instructional manuals on how to play classical guitar music, various firms advertising free classical guitars, and in-depth classes on how to play like a professional in just one hour, yeah good luck with that. Some vendors charge for course materials, whereas others offer a little bit of information for free on their website. Some free websites will give you short classes on the correct posture, the proper playing position and where to begin.

Reading classical music of any kind can be a challenge. Unlike regular sheet music, there are a lot of special notations and marks around the notes that can be very confusing to the uninitiated. Some free websites will actually list what all these notes and symbols mean and how to play them on your classical guitar.

Your fingernail is an essential part of playing this instrument. Interestingly, in classical guitar music it is suggested that you grow your fingernail out just a little bit in your strumming hand. This may sound silly but you should seek information on proper grooming and care of your fingernail. You want to play classical guitar music well, but don’t want to damage your precious little finger do you? Needless to say, playing classical guitar is part art and part science.

The music has been with us for multiple generations. That’s great news if you’re looking for sheet music. In many cases, after a certain number of years have passed from the original composer’s death, music then becomes public domain and copyright laws no longer apply. That simply means that you can probably find a lot of classical guitar music for free. While many companies will no doubt still try and charge you for complex pieces, keep looking and you will find your favorite classical guitar music theme for quick print or download. Along with sheet music there are also MP3’s and Midi files available to listen to so you can get a real good feel of the music as well as the notes.

Improve Your Rockstar Voice

Get energized before a performance.

You’re about to go on stage and all of sudden, you’re getting nervous. If you feel jumpy and kind of nervous before a performance, you can use it to your advantage!

Do some quick jumping jacks or squats or push-ups backstage. Not only are you working off your stage fright, but your getting more air flowing through your body for a maximum performance with your rockstar voice.

Try to cut back or stop smoking.

Smoking can only hurt your chances of having a rockstar voice. I’ve heard a buddy of mine mention how he screams with so much more rasp since he starting smoking.

I hope he knows he’ll be talking with more rasp for the rest of his life. Smoking will damage your lungs, constrict your air flow, and ruin your vocal chords. Try to quit if you can.

Be aware of how loud you speak before a performance.

If your band is playing next at the rock show, you’re probably walking around mingling with fans and having a good time. Did you know you could be ruining your voice for the night?

Those places are loud! Next time you lean in to talk to someone, lean in and plug one of your ears with your finger. This way you can here the natural reverb in your skull and you won’t feel you need to yell to be heard.

Lay off the vibrato.

There are lots of professionally trained singers that will argue with me on this. I completely understand that.

For Opera and other classically trained vocalists, vibrato is a tasteful addition to their vocal arsenal. If you’re looking to sing rock, pop, metal, country, or any other radio-type genre, vibrato is your enemy.

Did you know that most untrained singers can’t control vibrato? That means that most of the time the judges of American Idol hear someone sing in vibrato in the early auditions, they assume the person can’t control it.