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Breathing Basics for Singing

Normal breathing involves a shallow inhalation and an even exhalation followed by a pause before it all starts again. But when you sing, breath control means taking your breathing off autopilot. You not [more…]

Exploring the AABA Form in Songwriting

The song form known as AABA was the form of choice in the first half of the 20th century. It's still used today in songwriting, but has fallen off in popularity. However, it's good to know this form because [more…]

Identifying the Fab Four Singing Voices

The four singing voice types are soprano, mezzo, tenor,and bass. Even though these names sound like characters in a mob movie, they're nothing to be afraid of. Under each voice type heading, you discover [more…]

Practicing Your Singing: Getting Started

If you truly want to become a great singer, you must practice using your singing voice. It's okay if you aren't sure what to do when you practice your singing. Knowing where to practice, when to practice [more…]

Writing Country Songs Plain and Simple

Country music prides itself on being the heartbeat of the working class. The common messages and plain language ("Write it like you talk it" is a popular saying among country songwriters) of its song lyrics [more…]

Coming Up with Concepts for Songs

Songwriting can be a rewarding experience, but there's more to it than just writing down song lyrics as they pop into your head. Before you set your pen to paper to write the words to your song, it's good [more…]

The Music Attorney: The Top Spot on Your Songwriting Team

A music attorney should be one of the first business associates you add to your songwriting team. A music attorney can be your best friend and ally, so hiring your attorney in the beginning will start [more…]

Alleviating Performance Anxiety through Preparation

Performance anxiety is a big problem among performers of all kinds and at all levels of experience. Finding ways of dealing with anxiety and turning nerves and adrenaline into positive forces in your performance [more…]

Knowing What to Expect from Your Voice Teacher

A voice lesson is usually a time when you're alone with your voice teacher, so you want to feel comfortable with that person and also feel positive about the work you're doing on your voice. In order to [more…]

How to Read Music Note Values

Reading music notes means understanding the value of each note (that is, how long each note lasts) and how notes fit together in sheet music. To know how to read music notes, you'll need to learn the different [more…]

Opera Voices and Their Ranges

In opera, you can subdivide the human voice into dozens of finely differentiated categories, but the following figure shows the Big Six and their ranges shown on a piano keyboard: [more…]

Tips for Choosing and Attending an Opera

Going to a live opera performance isn’t like going to a movie. For one thing, you’re paying ten times as much for a ticket. For another, you’ll be experiencing some pretty strange sights and sounds. Follow [more…]

Opera Vocabulary

You’re at the opera house. You open the program book or you’re listening to the opera snobs talk, and you can’t understand a word — or at least some words. To get a handle on what they all mean, check [more…]

Timeline of the Great Operas

What are considered great operas today have stood the test of time for hundreds of years — even thousands. The following timeline shows the progression of great opera from the 1780s to the middle of the [more…]

Opera For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As an opera fan, you may be familiar with the range of opera voices and basic opera terms. If you’re a more recent aficionado, you may benefit from tips on how to choose an opera to attend and what to [more…]

Audition Tips for Singers

The big tip to use on singing auditions is to know the typical behavior for your style of music. Pop-rock auditions are more laid-back than opera auditions. The way you dress for the opera audition is [more…]

Posture Checklist for Better Singing

The next time you watch a professional singer, observe the posture. Posture plays a large part in how well you sing. If you hunch over, your lungs can't inflate fully; and if you fidget, you distract your [more…]

Breathing Checklist to Improve Singing

Breathing is breathing, right? Not so with singing. For singers, good breath control and strong lungs contribute to powerful performances. It all begins with knowing how to breathe from deep within your [more…]

Steps for Singing a New Song

Learning a new song to sing can be intimidating, but by using the following steps, you can integrate a new song into your repertoire without much difficulty. As with any new skill, learning a new song [more…]

Tips for Dealing with Stage Fright When Singing

Deciding what you're afraid of is the first big step in conquering stage fright, or performance anxiety. Some common fears include cracking your voice, looking stupid, or being afraid of audience rejection [more…]

Singing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Singing is an art and a craft that becomes more of an art as you pay more attention to the craft. The craft of singing includes breathing and standing properly. Adding a new song to your repertoire is [more…]

Singing: How to Stretch Your Sides for Better Breathing

One way singers can maximize the air in their lungs is to "open" the sides of the body for better inhalation. For now, think of your ribs and your sides as separate. The sides are the love handle area [more…]

Locating the Notes on the Musical Staff

Voice types are easier to figure out if you know where to find the notes on a musical staff. The names of the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Those notes repeat across the piano. [more…]

Factors that Determine Your Singing Voice Type

Think of a voice type as a series of ingredients mixed together to create a unique-tasting dessert. For singing, the ingredients combine to create a unique-sounding voice. The four common voice types are [more…]

Vocal Type Subdivisions in Singing

In classical music or the opera world, voice types can be further divided into categories based on the size and agility of the voice. The first four terms are in order like the soda sizes at the fast-food [more…]

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