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session singing

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I Took a Class to Learn Singing Harmonies

How to Learn Singing Harmonies

Singing harmonies has always been somewhat of a struggle for me. As a session musician, this is literally part of my job, so that's a problem. My typical process for harmonies would be as follows: Guess at singing something that sounds goodUpon review, realize that I sang a 4th and not a 3rd or 5th (I ALWAYS do this for some reason)Either completely scrap the first harmony, or try to s[...]

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An Interview with Danielle Hollobaugh

Session singer Mella Barnes interviews Danielle Hollobaugh

I met Danielle on Facebook and was blown away by how similar we are. Both session singers, both animal lovers, similar outlooks on life - I feel like I have a session singing sister! I'm really excited to introduce you to her; I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do! Danielle Hollobaugh Before we start this, I just need to note that this interview focuses less on music and mor[...]

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Music Clients I’ve Fired (and Why I Fired Them)

Tips on When to Fire a Bad Client

In an average day, I usually have 1-5 songs I’m working on. I would say 90% of my clients are great. 5% are just okay, and 5% are awful. This blog will address those bottom 5%, including what went wrong and the outcome. I am of course not going to release any identities or disparage these former clients. My goal here is simply to tell you that 1). Bad clients happen, and 2). How you can[...]

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Want to Learn How to Be a Session Musician? Work With Me!

Learn How to Be a Professional Session Singer

This project has been on my heart for a long time, and I've done it for a few years on the side. However, I'm excited to announce that you can now get session musician lessons from me! Want to be a session musician or singer? I've been a session musician for years, and hopefully my blog proves it. I love helping people in any way that I can, and one of the questions I'm most frequent[...]

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5 Common Session Musician Problems (and How to Solve Them)

Session musician issues and how to fix them

Here are five of the most common session musician problems, and solutions to those problems. Make your career easier with these tips! Every industry has problems, so it would of course make sense that the session singing/musician industry has troubles as well. Your problems may vary and will be unique to you, but there are a few that we all tend to experience, especially in the beginnings[...]

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The Reba McEntire MasterClass – A Review for Singers and Songwriters

A New Project Where I Review the Reba McEntire MasterClass

Yes yes, I’m starting a new music project! This is another MasterClass, so yes, this will be an affiliate link. I’ve done Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass already (you can check it out here) and did a full series on it. Many found it helpful so I thought, why not try it again? MasterClass has a BUNCH of music teachers, as well as actors, chefs, writers, or anything else you want to[...]

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My Best Days as a Session Singer

The Best Days as a Session Singer to inspire Session Musicians and Songwriters

It's hard to pick just one "best day" as a session singer, but I have a couple that instantly come to mind. I really love what I do and am lucky to do it! I love session singing. It’s my full-time career, my passion and, I believe, my purpose. Giving a voice to someone’s song is such an incredible thing and very rewarding. Now, many singers disagree with me. They only want to sing th[...]