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Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass Review for Vocalists – Part 1

If you missed my intro post, I'm doing a full review of Christina Aguilera's MasterClass and applying it to my session singing career. I'm curious to know if it will apply to a more limited scope of vocalists, since Christina both records albums and performs live. My final post is now available here as well! There are 23 lessons in this class, so I thought I would break them into two pa[...]

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How Your Hobby Can Help You Write Better Songs

For many singer/songwriters, music is a hobby more than a career. This is totally fine and understandable, but it can be hard to find new things to write about when your only hobby is writing. However, very few of us only have one hobby. Even if your hobby is “doing nothing,” (no judgment here), I’m going to show you how to use any hobby to write great songs! How Animal Rescue H[...]

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Six (Totally Cynical) Signs You’ll Succeed in the Music Industry

How to Know if You'll Succeed in the Music Industry!

I’m making this list for two reasons: 1). To make you laugh, and 2). I see waaaay too many of these lists that have the most basic, stupid answers. “You have good taste in music” might be an important quality, but it is in no way a guarantee you’ll make it big. Lists like these are popular in every industry. I see them for female entrepreneurs as well. If one of the signs I’ll ma[...]

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Christina Aguilera’s Masterclass – Does It Really Work for Vocalists?

A full review of each phase of Christina Aguilera's MasterClass for vocalists!

I am excited to share this new blog series, where I'll be taking Christina Aguilera's MasterClass and applying it to my session singing! Part one of my full review is here, and part two of my full review is here! These posts include all of the videos from my vlog as well.   I've been a long-time Christina fan, pretty much since she first came out. Her vocal power and runs[...]

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How to Improvise on Piano For Beginners – Guest Post

How to improvise on piano for singers and songwriters!

Today is a guest post! This is a topic I thought would benefit a lot of singers and songwriters, and I have a pro who was kind enough to do a full article on the topic! Nadav Biran is a pianist of 10 years and an audio engineer. He is also the co-founder of catzaudio.com, a pro audio magazine focused on providing musicians with the latest pro audio news, reviews, interviews, and guides.[...]

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I Tried Cupping Therapy to See if it Would Improve My Singing

Can Cupping Therapy help Singers? Find out here!

Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, where cups are suctioned onto the skin for various (but unproven) benefits. The practice dates back to 3,000 B.C. and has reportedly been used by Egyptians, Grecians and Chinese, although most people associate it primarily with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cupping Therapy is performed with either glass cups which are heated to in[...]

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Why All Musicians Need Active Social Media Accounts

Social Media Expert Wendy McCance discusses the importance of social media for musicians

When I first got serious about my business, I knew I would need to dust the cobwebs off of my social media sites. I started them all with great intentions. Then I maybe got a few negative comments or a few unimpressed reviews, and it deflated my willingness to continue. I left my pages up but completely abandoned them. Enter Wendy McCance, the social media expert. We met at a recording[...]

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An Exciting (Personal) Update!

Songwriter Mella announces new music to be released soon

I had to put (personal) in the title because I don't want you to think that this is an update that will impact or benefit you in any way. But it might! I sincerely hope it will. As you may know, I do session singing and songwriting full time. It's great and I love it, but it leaves me very little time to work on my own music. I would say that for every 30 songs I do for a client, I do[...]

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How to Not Suck as a Music Teacher

As a music teacher, you’re very important to young lives. You're not just helping them with music, you're helping them with most other aspects of their lives. Studies have shown that music education increases understanding in non-musical studies as well. It’s a huge responsibility to have on your shoulders. I could never do it, because I have no patience and kids just are not my thing.[...]

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6 Reasons for Songwriters to Hire A Session Singer

Why a pro session singer is better than a great performer for your recording project

I hear this all the time: "Eh, I'll just do it myself, I have a decent voice." "My cousin sings well, everyone tells her she's great, she can do it!" "Why should I pay someone when I can get my neighbor to do it for free?" Well my friends, I have some responses to all of these and more! What is a Session Singer? Let's get the definition down before we go any further. A session singer[...]