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  1. I could not view the chart for some reason. One main problem is that a video like you posted is itself a form of propaganda. That is not to say that I agree or disagree with what the video is trying to express. Just that the intent of the artist may not be what is presented to the world at large. I would consider myself a Christian. The way the world views Christianity today is not what I believe in. In this day and age Christians are presented as bigots, racists, extremists and hostile to anyone who thinks differently than they do. On the other hand satanists are presented as caring, accepting of others belief systems and helpful to alternative life styles. They believe that whatever you deem as good is good. There is no good and bad. What I am saying here is that any point of view can be twisted or presented in a good way or bad way. Jennifer Lopez herself may have had pure intentions and was trying to get other artists to think about the way they and their Music or other art form is presented. My personal opinion is that it is a sad day when a video of a child's talent show where the child turns into a vampire and the audience is praising satan gets an award for best video. But that is just my opinion and many even in this forum would rather see and hear that than to watch or listen to a Jim Croce Concert. But that is just my opinion.
  2. I want to say 2 things. 1 this is not a forum to discuss this type of subject. 2. I do believe music is a source for inspiration and catharsis (relieving pent up emotions and relieving stress). Our "Heroes" and "Idols" do effect the way we think and their views can be used for good or evil. Just as one group can use their "Music" to sway an opinion another can also use the same platform to promote another view. And the audience will also interpret the same speech in different ways. My example is Lynyrd Skynyrd. 2 of their main songs were against Taking Drugs and Gun violence, but instead they were used or perceived as some sort of anthem to those who take drugs and gun advocates. "Ooh, That Smell" and "Mr. Saturday night Special" . Another thing to remember is that we all have differing opinions of what is good and what is bad. I for one do not drink or take drugs. Personally I believe that it robs you of your own ability to discern truth and retain your own moral standards. Others believe that it frees you from your own feelings of oppression and lets you "See" things more clearly. Where I would rather not be around Drinking and drug use others would see it as being stifled and their right and freedom to partake of the drugs being suppressed. Some of the most well known and respected pioneers of American music got their start through protest movements. And many believed they were doing a good thing fighting for rights of american workers of all nationalities.....They did not realize that they were paving the way for corporate takeovers, Mob families and further oppression of american workers. The protesters were not evil. Those who used the protesters ideology against them were. You have the same thing with Rap, Metal, Punk, Blues.......You name it......The beginnings were Real people expressing real views. Either telling of their experiences, struggles or fears. What you have now is Corporations exploiting those views and making them into something other than the original vision.
  3. Can Vibrato be Learned?

    I can only guess what you mean by singing like a lounge singer. But, my guess would be a more open throat and a lowered larynx(voice box) and slightly relaxed delivery.Sort of like a cartoon character of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. Along with good support all these things lead to a good vibrato. You can learn to control that. TheHopefulBaritone is correct in his statements also. I am not sure about vibrato being dangerous, maybe if it is forced or the singer relies to much on vibrato to sing "In tune". The automatic vibrato happens when things are in balance....Airflow, vocal fold tension, slight dampening of the larynx, air pressure above and below the vocal folds. To be clear on another aspect....Vibrato is the pitch needed and a higher pitch on the second note. Tremolo (which is bad) is the pitch needed and a lower second note. This usually happens when the singers voice is getting weak and can not keep a steady pitch. Another interesting note...... Opera singers and others who "Sing" fast phrases(Coloratura and such) Use the Vibrato to their advantage and sing a succession of notes. Not just the normal 2 note alternating vibrato.
  4. I am not fooling myself, I am not that great of a singer. I have not taken the advice I am about to give you..... The road to proficiency in any act is to do that act regardless of how good you are or how good others think you are. Then get ok or average in that act and learn steps to make yourself better no matter how good you are or how good others think you are. There are a lot of good sources for learning the mechanics. Robert Lunte, the owner of this forum has a program and book that covers almost everything you could want know. Having said that, knowing the mechanics and having your own voice respond is two different things. It takes time, dedication and effort on your part. Most people who really sound good and professional practice on a professional level and have or had some form of personal training. It is not just a pastime. To sing OK or even above average is not that difficult but to have the sound and feel of someone like Marilyn McCoo takes time on your part doing the thing not just learning the mechanics of it.
  5. Maitai, First off, Welcome to the forum. I did not mean to seem so blunt. But I did want you to understand that what you are seeing is not necessarily the way a good tone is produced. Facial posture and body posture does have an effect but watching someone else sing, even if it is live does not necessarily give you clues to how your own voice works. Things are taking place inside that you cannot see. Years ago I tried to learn songs on guitar by watching performances on the tv and video recordings of tv performances. I was shocked to find out that many times the guitar players were not even holding the guitar correctly, let alone playing the correct notes. It was one of the first lessons that I learned about the Magic of TV. No matter how good things look What you see may not be reality.
  6. This was not performed live. There is no way for microphones to pick up the voices with such clarity. Yes it is a different performance than the original it was a common practice to make a special recording for the televised event..
  7. I am sorry but I do not think that has anything to do with Vocal technique. It is called acting. These performances were lip synced for the cameras and the audience. On the stage you do big movements for visual effect. There are not many performances that you have seen on TV that were actually LIVE performances. Too many things can go wrong and time is money.
  8. Finding Your Voice - a quick answer

    I know the subject is just a quick answer and is mainly about resonance in singing, but, in my own experience when someone is trying to find "Their singing voice" it is more like the difference between James Taylor, Elton John, Bob Dylan (in voice character). The same person can sound like either of these and when changing resonance as you propose what changes is just the brightness or darkness not the character of the voice. In my own case, I have three octaves available to me for singing but for the notes to be solid the character changes.Just for arguments sake let use Waylon Jennings as the bottom end, Willy Nelson as the middle and Neil Young at the top. And I can stay "Connected" by gradually switching through the three voices but to sound like the same voice from bottom to top does not work.
  9. Best method of remembering musical notes

    Because you are still not understanding HOW to use it and benefit from it.
  10. Best method of remembering musical notes

    The separate syllable is to associate a certain PITCH to the syllable AND to a position in the scale. Look at it this way, If you are looking at a sheet of music. and you associate the do re mi with the C scale and then you look at a sheet of music you will be able to sing it by sight because you know the pitches/notes to sing
  11. Best method of remembering musical notes

    There is basic knowledge in music that you have to have before anyone can can explain where you get your reference pitch for the Do Re Mi. I tried to show you a way to train your reference pitch using Do re mi in the key of C. Use a TUNED instrument or pitch pipe Play the NOTE C and match it. That is your reference note for Do. Through Practice you get the other notes tuned from C as the reference note. Do re mi fa sol la ti do is a Major scale that you sing to train your voice to produce a correct pitch. For the Key of C "Do" is always a C note. "Re" is ALWAYS a D note. "Mi" is ALWAYS an E note. "Fa" is ALWAYS an F note. "Sol" is ALWAYS a G note. "La" is ALWAYS an A note. "Ti" is ALWAYS a B note. The Major scale in the KEY of C is made up of the pitches/notes C- D -E F -G -A -B C. 1 -2 -3 4 -5- 6- 7 8(1). Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do
  12. Avoiding Vocal Fatigue - a quick answer

    Thanks Draven, For some reason "Singing" coordinations are easier to understand when regular speech is used as an example. People tend to "Go into singing mode" when thinking about singing or practicing and they just slip into their default uncoordinated singing posture. Which can be anything depending on the environment they grew up in.
  13. Best method of remembering musical notes

    You have to be able to match the pitch. If you cannot match the pitch with the reference pitch, you will not be able to match the pitch from memory without a reference pitch.
  14. Best method of remembering musical notes

    No that does not make sense. Your reference pitch IS the root note of a given Key. In normal use the Solfege is used for you to practice and recognize intervals of the Major scale of a key. If in the Key of C, the DO is produced on the Pitch of C. and the rest of the notes are the specific pattern of a C major scale. If in the KEY of G, the Do is produced on the Pitch of G and the rest of the notes are the specific pattern of a G major scale. and you would use an outside source to get your starting Pitch of G, like a piano or guitar or Pitch Pipe for you to match. What started all of this is that you wanted a way to produce a specific note from Memory or without an outside reference pitch. The way to do that is by muscle memory and an internal auditory memory, meaning that you need a way to trigger the correct response from your vocal cords when a specific note is given. One way to do that is to SING the melody created by the pitches in the Major scale and use the syllables Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La Ti, Do as the words. Sing it forwards and backwards millions of times, BUT you must make sure that you are producing the proper pitches while doing that. After a while the pitches in the SCALE is ingrained in your memory. Not necessarily the specific pitches referenced by a note name. This will still require you to sit down with a piano and play the notes one at a time in the proper order and make sure you are matching the proper pitch to each syllable of the Solfege until it becomes a habit to sing the correct pitches. IF you always practice Do, Re, Mi etc. starting on the C note, eventually when you HEAR the Pitch of the note C you will recognize it as the same pitch of DO in your practice routine. When you HEAR the pitch of F you will recognize it as the same pitch of FA in your practice. When you HEAR the pitch of D you will recognize it as the same pitch of Re in your practice routine. Like any other thing you learn this will take time and practice.
  15. Best method of remembering musical notes

    It is up to you to create the correct pitches when you sing the DO, Re, Mi. Not the other way around where you sing Do, Re, Mi and whatever that pitch ends up being is the note for Do, Re, Mi. What I mean is that you MATCH the pitch of C for do. Match the pitch of D for Re. Match the pitch of E for Mi. If the Key you are singing in is C Major. It is clear that if you do not have some type of basic understanding of music theory then it will almost be impossible to explain this in writing. The solfege was originally intended to teach the MAJOR scale and as such the solfege is movable. Being that depending on the Key you are singing in, the beginning pitch of DO will change. If you do not know what a major scale is then there is no way for you to understand what I am trying to relate. This is a matter of making simple things more complicated the more you write about it. My idea for LEARNING to recognize a pitch and reproduce it is by having a distinct SYLLABLE to represent the individual "Pitches" that is used while PRACTICING or TRAINING. The C note and its pitch,no matter the Key, will ALWAYS be represented by its own syllable. Preferably a syllable that aids in the production of the PITCH itself. That may have also been the intent of Solfege but it ended up being Movable relating to the Major scale instead if being FIXED with the the pitch of C ALWAYS being used when the Syllable Do is produced. And YES, by all means, if Anyone understands what I am trying to say and can relate it better, PLEASE DO.