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Qualities Singer-Songwriters Look for in a Vocal Tutor

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

What you read in this feature is quite probably true for all singers, but this is aimed especially at singer/songwriters as they have several defining concerns. In this musical climate, many singer-songwriters are called on more than ever to be their own everything: booking agent, business manager,...

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Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Doing music full-time may be a leap of faith, but like any kind of leap, timing’s crucial to keep yourself from landing on your face. Rushing into a music career can leave you out of money and with no recourse when the limb you stepped on turns out to be unstable. There’s no perfect time...

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Learn to Play Day 2017

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

‘Beat Another Rhythm’ is the official anthem of Learn to Play Day 2017. It has been written by UK singer / songwriter Nina Schofield who was commissioned by Yamaha Music London to be the voice...

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Singer Chris Cornell Dies – Possible Suicide

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Chris Cornell was a vocalist and song writer, known for being the lead singer for pop and rock band Soundgarden and also vocalist for Audioslave. He was the frontman for Temple of the Dog, a one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood. His death is currently being looked into as...

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Singer songwriter competition

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Would any of our students like to enter a new competition that sets out to give the UK’s best unsigned singer/songwriters the chance to showcase their talents and win an array of prizes. This is open to all residents in the UK over the age of 18 and unsigned to any record labels. Entrants simply...

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Things That Successful People Do

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

A huge part of being a successful, working musician is learning from and following the lead of others. I’m not necessarily saying you need to start copying sounds and styles of your fellow artists, but you should look at what others – not just musicians  do to become their best selves. There...

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Qualities of Great Band Leadership

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

A band is a unique and complex relationship, and with so many different personalities and goals among band members, things can sometimes get tricky. Some people are direct, some are passive, some are more organized than others. “Musicians are sensitive and odd creatures. So inevitably, it will...

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Warm-up exercise

Monday, May 15th, 2017

This warm-up exercise wakes up the resonance of your voice. It is also excellent for examining and developing the basic vowel sounds used in singing. Repeat this exercise until you notice adifference in the relaxation of the muscles and the resonance of your voice from within your mouth and throat....

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Save Your Voice

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

You’ve got a gig coming up and in the back of your mind there is a lurking fear: “What happens if I lose my voice?” This is not necessarily the phobic mind game of an insecure divo/diva, but a very real, potentially gig-cancelling concern. Without getting all medical on you, here are some...

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Increase Your Vocal Ability

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

If set at proper levels, a mic can enhance your sound with volume, reverb and EQ  but how you work with it makes all the difference in whether it increases or inhibits your vocal ability. If you’re going to perform with a mic, it’s important to rehearse correctly with one, or with a similarly...

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Kelly Clarkson to Join The Voice

Friday, May 12th, 2017

A second American Idol alum will soon be joining the cast of  The Voice: Kelly Clarkson has been named as one of the coaches for the singing competition’s 14th season, set to air next year. The news comes one day after fellow Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson was announced as a coach for The Voice’s...

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Have a Healthy Voice and Still Live

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

If we’re talking about the kinds of excesses portrayed in a Mötley Crüe video, then We will stop right about now. But if we’re talking about enjoying life to the fullest and being able to indulge ourselves while living a fabulous professional musical life, then here we go:

Yes,...

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Overcoming A Worn Out Voice

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Regardless of how loud or soft you are singing, duration is a big factor in fatigue. There are only so many hours a day the vocal folds can vibrate risk-free. We often adopt speech habits that aren’t best for singing. Besides the actual gig, you use your voice during rehearsals and singing lessons,...

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National Learn to Play Day 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Anyone can get one of thousands of FREE musical instrument lessons available nationwide on Learn to Play Day 2017. Plus, there will be loads of special event offers and competitions to take part in. There has never been a better time to start to learn playing music!  The event is the flagship event...

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Wendy Dio Fires Back at Critics

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Wendy Dio is taking critics of the Ronnie James Dio hologram head on, while work continues on another iteration of the new technology. “I get called cash cow. Well, actually it’s costing us a hell of a lot of money,” she tells. “We didn’t need to do it, but we’re doing things that we...

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