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  1. There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank piece of paper. Starting the process of writing a new song can take just as long as finishing it. So here’s seven tips to help you speed up your songwriting. This post was written by Zac Green from popular music blog ZingInstruments.com There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank piece of paper. Starting the process of writing a new song can take just as long as finishing it. So here’s seven tips to help you speed up your songwriting. 1. Work in a group, then alone Having a few people to bounce ideas around with helps the creative process get started. After you’ve got your song started, the democratic process is more likely to slow you down. If you’re writing songs as part of a band, it can be better to go and complete your parts individually once you’ve gotten the overall idea in place. 2. Drink alcohol, then coffee Research has shown that drinking alcohol boosts your creativity, but makes it hard to focus. Coffee, and other drinks containing caffeine, has the opposite effect. For your brainstorming session, loosen up with a few drinks. This works especially well if combined with the first tip, but be careful not to get carried away and turn it into a drinking session. Once you’ve sat down to start writing the ideas you have onto paper, fire up the kettle. 3. Give chance a chance After a long music career, you might find that all of your songs are starting to sound the same. There’s nothing wrong with having a recognisable sound, but you don’t want to get stale. Shake things up by writing different elements of songs onto pieces of paper, such as keys, lyrical themes, and so on. Place them into a hat and draw five at random. Force yourself to use these, no matter how badly they seem to go together. The results can be surprisingly good - and more importantly they help you to think outside of your usual boundaries. 4. Write somewhere different Creativity doesn’t exist in a void. If you want to be inspired, go for a long walk somewhere far away from your usual haunts. The change of scenery, fresh air and act of walking itself can be great for generating new ideas. If nothing else, it gives you a chance to let yourself relax. Stress is a major impediment to creativity. 5. Learn your music theory I don’t care how unappealing this seems. You might think that learning theory chokes your freedom or that it’s boring. However, if you don’t know what the rules around music are, it’s impossible to break them in a way which is both purposeful and well-executed. This applies no matter what genre you’re in. For example, my own personal foray into EDM was vastly improved when I started learning about cadence, a concept from choral music. 6. Steal from other songs Now let me just clarify something before we go any further. I am absolutely not telling you to copy somebody else’s song in it’s entirety and try to pass it off as your own. That’s not songwriting, and you’re unlikely to get away with it for very long. What you can do, is jot down interesting chord progressions, licks and lyrics. Playing around with these later, such as using inverted versions of the chords, trying it in a different key or modulating can lead to something brand new as the changes you’ve made will lead to a naturally different conclusion. 7. Use good notation software Writing music by hand can take quite a while, and you can’t always check to see if it sounds right straight away. By using notation software, such as Sibelius, or if you can’t read music, just programming the notes into a digital audio workstation (DAW) can transform your songwriting process completely, as it’s quite easy to quickly change sections of your music without having to rewrite every single note. Armed with these tricks, your songwriting skills will change practically overnight. It doesn’t matter if you apply all of them at once (although that isn’t entirely practical) or try them out a few at a time. Your own process is going to be a factor in this, so perhaps some of them won’t be entirely applicable. Don’t fret about this, just do the ones that feel ‘right’ to you. This post was written by Zac Green from popular music blog ZingInstruments.com View full articles
  2. Sometimes great songs come quickly in a burst of inspiration. This is the story of my student Michael Murray who had a songwriting experience like that. Be sure to enjoy his performance video titled, "3000 Miles of Room". Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs Microphones for giving us the opportunity to record with their gorgeous "Chantelle" microphone. Check out these incredibly unique, handbuilt microphones from Portland, OR. http://www.eartrumpetlabs.com/ Michael has been a TVS student for about 2 years. He came into his lesson one week before this video was created and said, "I wrote a new song last night". When I heard the song I was blown away. This song has magic and it truly is great. I insisted that he come back immediately and record the song in our studio. Enjoy!
  3. This is a lesson that gives two simple tips on how to capture a David Bowie vocal color. There is a lot more involved than these two ideas, but this should be helpful. Be sure to view the two performances of "Space Oddity" & "Life On Mars". Learn More: http://www.TheVocalistStudio.com.
  4. This is a lesson that gives two simple tips on how to capture a David Bowie vocal color. There is a lot more involved than these two ideas, but this should be helpful. Be sure to view the two performances of "Space Oddity" & "Life On Mars". Learn More: http://www.TheVocalistStudio.com.
  5. This is a lesson that gives two simple tips on how to capture a David Bowie vocal color. There is a lot more involved than these two ideas, but this should be helpful. Be sure to view the two performances of "Space Oddity" & "Life On Mars". Learn More: http://www.TheVocalistStudio.com. View full articles
  6. An excerpt from the 2nd webinar with Robert Lunte & Draven Grey. In this excerpt, Robert Lunte explains his unique perspective on support for singing. There are two sources of support when singing. When we understand that, doors will open to reveal the need to train the musculature for singing.
  7. An excerpt from the 2nd webinar with Robert Lunte & Draven Grey. In this excerpt, Robert Lunte explains his unique perspective on support for singing. There are two sources of support when singing. When we understand that, doors will open to reveal the need to train the musculature for singing. View full articles
  8. An excerpt from the 2nd webinar with Robert Lunte & Draven Grey. In this excerpt, Robert Lunte explains his unique perspective on support for singing. There are two sources of support when singing. When we understand that, doors will open to reveal the need to train the musculature for singing.
  9. Robert Lunte from The Vocalist Studio provides an overview of the significance of the Bernoulli effect in singing and how understanding this principle, can help you to train more efficiently and gain more progress as a singer. This excerpt is from the 2nd webinar with Draven Grey.
  10. Robert Lunte from The Vocalist Studio provides an overview of the significance of the Bernoulli effect in singing and how understanding this principle, can help you to train more efficiently and gain more progress as a singer. This excerpt is from the 2nd webinar with Draven Grey.
  11. Robert Lunte from The Vocalist Studio provides an overview of the significance of the Bernoulli effect in singing and how understanding this principle, can help you to train more efficiently and gain more progress as a singer. This excerpt is from the 2nd webinar with Draven Grey. View full articles
  12. Hello singers! Please give me your honest opinion and take your time for constructive criticism if needed. I did my best and have just recently switched over to softer music! Here it is, its a little about 1 minute
  13. I just started singing and I came across a few youtube videos of men singing high notes. How are men able to hit notes this high? https://youtu.be/iVPKMiftpAo
  14. No one has ever told me HONESTLY what they think about my singing voice. I'm scared to share with friends because some people I show act like it's bad but they are just being polite about it. So please someone just tell me what I need to work on so I can perfect my passion and share it with friends! https://m.soundcloud.com/illwill6
  15. Hello I am an EDM club music producer, specialising in writing music and lyrics. I am looking for talented vocalists to collaborate in future ventures. If you are interested please send a sample of your work to the following email address. art.music.tales3@gmail.com I look forward to working with you. Tal3s
  16. You can NOT become a better singer by only experiencing the pleasure of training and singing. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr. To belittle knowledge and the way things work, is a popular tactic that is occasionally seen by some people in the singing industry. It is interesting to note that people who make the "less knowledge and understanding is not very important to learning how to sing", argument all suspiciously have one thing in common. They don't have a product to sell and/or if they do, the offering lacks depth. They don't choose to explain how and why the singing voice does what it does. You will never see CVI, EVTS, TVS or programs that offer some scientific insights publish a video or forum post that makes the claim, "... you don't have to know all that complex stuff, just let your inner feelings carry you through. That's all you need. It should never be hard, it should always be easy. You can just will it to happen. Don't bother learning any of the science of singing"... The world's best training programs will never say that. There are two things that motivate people. Pain and pleasure. Some people like to be given permission to avoid all the pain from voice training and learning how to sing. Promise them that they can learn to sing better without any "pain", ( practice, commitment, doing the same thing over and over again, reading a book, paying attention to a lesson, understanding a methodology, understanding how vowels work, etc... ), and they happily get on board. They don't want any "pain" associated with training or learning how to sing better. They only want instant gratification and pleasure. By no means is everyone like this. However, for those that do respond to that message, there will always be someone there to "sell" it to them.
  17. You can NOT become a better singer by only experiencing the pleasure of training and singing. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr. To belittle knowledge and the way things work, is a popular tactic that is occasionally seen by some people in the singing industry. It is interesting to note that people who make the "less knowledge and understanding is not very important to learning how to sing", argument all suspiciously have one thing in common. They don't have a product to sell and/or if they do, the offering lacks depth. They don't choose to explain how and why the singing voice does what it does. You will never see CVI, EVTS, TVS or programs that offer some scientific insights publish a video or forum post that makes the claim, "... you don't have to know all that complex stuff, just let your inner feelings carry you through. That's all you need. It should never be hard, it should always be easy. You can just will it to happen. Don't bother learning any of the science of singing"... The world's best training programs will never say that. There are two things that motivate people. Pain and pleasure. Some people like to be given permission to avoid all the pain from voice training and learning how to sing. Promise them that they can learn to sing better without any "pain", ( practice, commitment, doing the same thing over and over again, reading a book, paying attention to a lesson, understanding a methodology, understanding how vowels work, etc... ), and they happily get on board. They don't want any "pain" associated with training or learning how to sing better. They only want instant gratification and pleasure. By no means is everyone like this. However, for those that do respond to that message, there will always be someone there to "sell" it to them. View full articles
  18. THE MODERN VOCALIST WORLD PRESENTS ROBERT LUNTE & JAMES LUGO Q&A WEBINAR FREE Q&A on singing and voice training! That's the agenda! April 6th, 1:00 PST / 4:00 EST ... Attend & Have a Chance to Win a FREE EV PL-80 Microphone! Click magic button below to register
  19. Hi, Been searching the net for an answer, to no avail: I am performing solo and live with the BOSS VE-20, and looking to program it so that I can use different Sounds on my voices for different parts. i.e..... 01: EMPTY (chat to audience) 02: OLDIES (verse) 03: DOUBLE VOICE (chorus) 04: OLDIES (verse) 05: TRIPLE VOICE (chorus) 06: EMPTY (chat to audience) etc etc etc So far I can only replace sounds or "Exchange Sounds". It would seem that they cannot appear repeatedly. Surely there is a way to do this? Thank you! Lady Grew
  20. Here is the absolute, most basic message for anyone that wants and needs to get better at singing. DO NOT IGNORE THIS VIDEO... And GOOD LUCK! Currently only $99 for the world's leading vocal technique training program.
  21. Working with Maestro Ross Jelf was a huge pleasure! Ross came to Seattle to train the first 20 hours of our 40 hour training required for TVS Certified Instruction. It was particularly fun to train with Ross because I was working with a world class musician. Someone that understands how to sing with years of experience, but contemporary training techniques and singing colors are new. Be sure to check out the story below and then the performance!
  22. This is the AMAZING performance of my student Erin Colby, singing "At Last", from Etta James. It has been a lot of fun to help Erin with her songs and watch her grow stronger and more stable with her application of the TVS training techniques.
  23. You can NOT become a better singer by only experiencing the pleasure of training and singing. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr. To belittle knowledge and the way things work, is a popular tactic that is occasionally seen by some people in the singing industry. It is interesting to note that people who make the "less knowledge and understanding is not very important to learning how to sing", argument all suspiciously have one thing in common. They don't have a product to sell and/or if they do, the offering lacks depth. They don't choose to explain how and why the singing voice does what it does. You will never see CVI, EVTS, TVS or programs that offer some scientific insights publish a video or forum post that makes the claim, "... you don't have to know all that complex stuff, just let your inner feelings carry you through. That's all you need. It should never be hard, it should always be easy. You can just will it to happen. Don't bother learning any of the science of singing"... The world's best training programs will never say that. There are two things that motivate people. Pain and pleasure. Some people like to be given permission to avoid all the pain from voice training and learning how to sing. Promise them that they can learn to sing better without any "pain", ( practice, commitment, doing the same thing over and over again, reading a book, paying attention to a lesson, understanding a methodology, understanding how vowels work, etc... ), and they happily get on board. They don't want any "pain" associated with training or learning how to sing better. They only want instant gratification and pleasure. By no means is everyone like this. However, for those that do respond to that message, there will always be someone there to "sell" it to them.
  24. Hello, writing in behalf of my wife. A professional singer who 25 years ago received a life saving liver transplant. Cut into her diaphragm.. her breathing, mechanics, all were altered. She has had other medical issues and has only sung with the local Chorale and Opera. However, she got the spark and her singing partner from those 25 years ago have come together and are creating an Xmas set to go around and sing for assisted living homes. And she wants to expand from there. I am doing everything I can to support her in this return to expanding her singing again. My questions are… any recommendations for software to help her vocalize? Any operating system works, tho she is familiar with her Android pad. Any operating system tho is A-ok. As in scales exercises. Breathing exercises. Beginning vocal training software tools. Anything that she could dip in to and work her instrument for 30-60 minutes a day. I have been researching but I am not a singer (former ballet dancer) so I am turning to the community for help. Am just looking for advice towards the above need… vocal exercises, vocal training… and she also wants to learn how to site read too. And yes, she has worked with vocal coaches in the past too. And her work with the Colorado Springs Chorale and opera society provide her with excellent warm up and performance work, to keep her instrument moving. She needs to expand this tho to more than once a week until performance. Ya, she can sing. Have to add to this that after her transplant, she was asked to sing the national anthem for the Colorado Rockies in the inaugural season for a “transplant dedication day”. Al Jarreau was in town and asked if he could sing that same day and was on the field in case Diana wasn't up to the task. She was. She began acapella and the first couple of bars, she was nervous on top of the post surgery wreckage on her body was very hard. However, that she had been singing 5 nights a week for 5 hours a night, for years, in front of audiences, experience kicked in. You could feel the 76,000 people in the stands grimace thinking 'poor thing', transplant and all… not up to the task. Well, I saw her grip the ground with her feet, get her next breath, and she blew the place up. Aside from people going nuts when she finished, two most excellent things were Al Jarreau came up to me and said “damn, that girl can SING”. Yup. And as we were walking off the field, people were still clapping and cheering her when one guy yelled out… “Now THAT is how the National Anthem is supposed to be sung.” Pretty cool. So… that's why I am working to help Diana acquire tools to help her as she builds up her instrument. Any advice to the above questions would be much, much appreciated.
  25. In order to make a cover "your own", it makes a big difference to first be very clear on the merits of your own voice and singing. This would include range, your ability to sing well above the vocal break, you ability to hear embellishments/melissimo, not just sing on pitch and your own sound color. Through good song coaching lessons and experience, you also have to have an innate, intuitive understanding of what the characters inside the song are singing about, what the message is that we can all relate to, and even the histories behind the artist, people, place and time that the song was first written. Understanding the real history behind the societal and personal conditions that the artist was experiencing at the time the song was written, can help a LOT to better interpret what it is about. This comes from having a great song coach that can help you to recognize interpretation nuances and elements that you would otherwise not recognize, due to lack of experience and understanding of popular musicology. The "mechanics" of musicianship are valid ways to make a cover your own, but less obvious is understanding what a song is really about, where it came from, the life of the original artist that wrote it and then marrying that to your own unique interpretation and stylistic elements.