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7 Easy Tips to Help Kids Sing On Pitch

How to Help Kids Sing on Pitch

Help Kids Sing! Today's post is brought to us by Zach VanderGraaf who is also from my home state of Michigan! I'm so excited to have him here and I think you'll love his work! I’m tone-deaf!  Or, at least, this is what I hear from adults and kids all the time. Tone deafness is a real thing, but very few people have it.  Chances are, you just need some training, b[...]

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My Fem Founder Interview

Fem Founder Interview with Mella Barnes

Thanks so much to Fem Founder for having me as a guest! Here is a snippet of our conversation: To see the full interview, check it out here! Thanks again to Fem Founder, I had a great time and loved chatting with you! If you'd like to see more interviews and articles I've been featured in, check out my Press Page here![...]

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How to Get a Great Bass Track for Your Song

Bass Tips for Songwriters

Bass is kind of a generic term for “the lower parts” of the song. A bass can be a singer, a guitar, or several types of instruments (like a ukulele or clarinet). You may also hear people ask to "bring the bass up" or down. These are general things to know before heading into your session! How to Get Great Bass on Your Music These are just *some* tips and ideas, not an exhausti[...]

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How to Create a Home Recording Studio on a Budget

DIY Home Recording Studio

As a musician, you probably know when creative inspiration hits you need to get it out. Having an at-home music studio can be the perfect way to record your ideas. Plus, an in home recording studio can come in handy during times like the 2020 stay at home movement. I know the idea of a recording studio can seem expensive, but today I’m going to walk you through all of my tips and tricks[...]

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How to Sing Like Billie Holiday

How to Sing Like Billie Holiday

In order to sing like Billie Holiday, you have to use your voice in specific ways. Billie Holiday is one of the most prolific jazz singers of all time. She has such a unique style and voice that you automatically know it's her. I first learned to imitate other artists by mimicking her, so she remains my favorite artist to "play pretend." I'm going to show you how I do it, and hopefully yo[...]

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Reading Bars: A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Sheet Music

How to Read Sheet Music for Beginners

If you're a session singer, you'll likely encounter sheet music at some point in your career. If you're a songwriter, you might someday write sheet music. Either way, reading sheet music can be fun and rewarding, and doesn't have to be scary! I'm going to focus on just one part of sheet music today: Bars. This post contains a sponsor, Virtual Sheet Music, Inc. If you buy anything from t[...]

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Subliminal Messages in Songs: Do They Work for Mind Control? (No)

Subliminal Messages in Music

Subliminal messages and the conspiracies behind them have been around forever. If you want to get a conversation going, subliminal messages are a great starter. Even if people don't believe them, they're bound to enjoy talking about them. I strive to be honest here, so I'm just going to say it: I think the concept of mind control using subliminal messaging is batshit. That being sa[...]

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How to Write an Awesome Ballad: 4 Tips for Songwriters Who Love Ballads

Tips for Writing Ballads

Also known as “slow jams,” ballads were HUGE in the 90s (you kids probably don’t remember them very well but I’m old so take a seat and listen to my wisdom). Lately, as a songwriter, I’ve been told not to write any ballads to pitch anywhere because everyone wants uptempo songs. But like all things, music works in cycles so eventually, we’ll see a return of the ballad. If you[...]

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I Have Misophonia. I’m Also a Voice Actor. Here’s How I Cope.

Tips for Dealing with Misophonia

Misophonia is known as "an intense hatred of sounds that don't seem to bother anyone else." I absolutely hate mouth noises of any kind. The little clicks and pops made by talking, eating and singing. ASMR was created by Satan specifically to torture me. While I've looked into misophonia treatment (it exists, but it's costly and I'm sure it's not covered by my terrible USA insurance),[...]