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singing

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4 Unexpected Ways Autotune Can Make You a Better Singer

I wrote a post about why autotune is not always a bad thing, and I want to expand on it here. Like it or not, Autotune is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. If you can’t put a stop to it, you can use it to improve your singing. I’ve been using it to help me improve my session singing performances, and I’ll show you how it can do the same for you: How to Use Autotune for Better Singing I use Melodyne to analyze and improve my voice, so just know that this is the program I'm familiar with. There are others and I'm sure they work as well,[...]

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How Video Walls Transform the Live Music Experience

How Musicians Can Use Video Walls for a Better Live Concert

In my last post, I talked about several ways to improve your concerts. One of my ideas was to use video walls, and I brought in an expert to talk about it! This is not a sponsored post, I just like giving you plenty of information and tips to be a better songwriter and/or performer. Hopefully this will give you some cool ideas! Mia Clarke is part of the content and community team at Userful.com, experts in all things video wall and display solutions. When Mia is not spreading the word about video walls, she is often found discovering the great outdoors, walking o[...]

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7 Tips for Musicians to Have Amazing Live Concerts

7 Ideas for Exciting Concerts

All performing musicians want to have great live shows. It's second only to having great recorded songs (and maybe even first, depending on how often you perform). An engaging, exciting concert can get you more fans and is a better experience for everyone involved. However, it's not easy to have a great live show. As a session singer, I don’t often perform live. I used to, back when I was under a demo deal with a label and they wanted me to get live experience, but it wasn’t fun. It was obvious that I was terribly nervous. I felt out of place and wanted to go[...]

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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 make six figures next year is “I have a good heart,” well then awesome, I’m all set! Time to buy that convertible because my good heart will pay for it next quarter! I’m g[...]

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5 Tips for Recording Yourself Singing – Guest Post

5 Easy tips to record yourself singing!

I've got another guest post for you this week! I'm hard at work behind-the-scenes with clients, my blog and vlog, but I'm always willing to have other experts step up and give us some great information. This week's comes from Ben Jacklin, a blogger and musician who writes about music equipment, production and the music industry at http://subreel.com He has five tips to recording yourself while singing. If you're not a pro session singer (or maybe you want to be but aren't sure how to get started), here are some simple tips to help you on your musical journey![...]

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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 were electric, exciting, inspiring. I studied them and memorized them. When I heard she was doing a MasterClass, I was intrigued. I had heard of Masterclass but had never really[...]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Singers

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for the New Year and the idea of re-setting yourself to start or stop habits. I know most resolutions are arbitrary and people can make or break habits at any time, but there’s something about the spirit of the new year that excites me. As a session singer, I am a full-time business owner. I work freelance and run this blog all by myself, so I’m what the cool kids call a “solopreneur.” I don’t have anyone to answer to, so I have to hold myself accountable. If you’re in the same boat, let’s make some resolutions toget[...]

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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 induce suction, or rubber/silicon to manually squeeze and create a suction. Alright, so now that the history and formalities are out of the way, let’s talk about why I tried it[...]

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Singers on Airplanes: 4 Tips to Keep Your Voice Healthy While Flying

I hate flying. I hate flying more than I hate driving for 18 hours straight (and I hate driving too, so that says a lot). It’s the hustle and anxiety of getting through the TSA line, the overwhelm of the crowds in the airport, and once you reach the end, you’re now in a tin can flying literally tens of thousands of feet in the air. It makes me lightheaded just to think about it. Luckily, I am not a touring musician. I only ever perform at home in my booth, except maybe once or twice a year when a friend convinces me to play out at a cafe or something. Howeve[...]

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What You Should and Shouldn’t Copy from Other Singers

"Copying" another artist is frowned upon, for good reason. I've seen famous singers get angry about cover artists who stole their styling of a song, note-for-note. I've seen established artists turn their nose up at newcomers who sound or look too much like them. No one wants to be copied. However, we all kind of copy off of other singers to a degree. You developed your vocal style based on your early influences and your current favorites, even though your voice is all your own. If you're a new singer or you're looking to change up your singing style, here are[...]