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Determining Your Singing Level

When determining your singing level, you must consider several factors. These issues include how to battle fatigure, song speed, working effectively with your accompianist, story-telling, and working effectively [more…]

Determining Your Appropriate Singing Key

The trick when picking music is to read music well enough to know whether the song’s notes are within your range. You don’t have to know everything about what’s on the page; you just need to know enough [more…]

Singing to Your Strengths

You want to emphasize your particular singing talents whether you sing at your cousin’s wedding, at a family gathering, for an audition, in church, or as part of karaoke night at a local pub. [more…]

Checking Out Music at Your Local Library

The library is a great place to search for singing music. It’s free, and you can check out the book to try the song at home at your own pace. If you find that it’s not in the right key, you save yourself [more…]

How to Tackle a New Song in Steps

Many singers try to conquer all the details of a brand-new song in one session. But picking up an unfamiliar song and getting the words, rhythms, and melody right at the same time may take more than one [more…]

Memorizing Song Lyrics as Text

A good way to memorize lyrics is to look at the song as a monologue or a story. Write or type the words, including the punctuation, so you can examine the lyrics apart from the melody and take a look at [more…]

Musical Elements in Different Styles

Music written on the page is the same for any style of music. The notation is the same, but how the music is performed isn’t the same. In opera and classical music, singers sing exactly what’s on the page [more…]

Breath Control in Singing: How and When to Breathe

You probably already figured out that you have to pay attention to your breathing when you sing. In fact, proper breath control can make the difference between singing successfully and failing. [more…]

Paying Attention to a Song's Punctuation

The punctuation in a song tells the singer where the big thoughts are. As with written and spoken text, periods indicate complete thoughts and commas point to lists and auxiliary phrases. Punctuation indicates [more…]

Catching and Timing Your Breath while Singing

Learning how and when to breathe is an important ingredient in singing properly. Learning to catch and time your breathe for each song you sing is critical to a quality performance. [more…]

Changing the Tone for Each Song Section

Each section of a song must have a distinct feel or tone. To convey different tones in different sections, you need to make a change of thought to create a change of tone. Look through your song and determine [more…]

Using Musical Elements to Create Your Singing Arrangement

When you start working on your new song, how do you create the arrangement that works for you? How do you make the song yours? You can start by listening to other arrangements to see and hear the elements [more…]

Creating Your Singing Arrangement: Articulation, Dynamics and Tempo

Creating an arrangement for your song involves many musical elements which you need to assess. Among these factors you need to experiment with are lyric articulation, dynamics and tempo. [more…]

Creating Your Singing Arrangement: Vocal Variety

Use vocal variety in your song arrangement through variations in registration and resonance. If you make the same exact sound throughout the song, it sounds repetitive after the first few phrases. Gradually [more…]

Creating Your Singing Arrangement: Accompanist

When you decide how you want to sing your song, mark your music with the directions so the accompanist knows how to follow you. You can highlight the tempo and dynamic markings to make sure that your accompanist [more…]

Seeing the Song As a Story

Every well-written song takes the listener on a journey that uses text and music to tell a story. Well-written songs offer you an opportunity to create a partnership with the words and music. Working the [more…]

Acting Your Song: Accounting for Interludes

Your biggest job as a singer is to say something when you sing. Standing up and singing memorized words is just the beginning. Apply your acting skills to a song for a powerful performance. Give your audience [more…]

Create Your Arrangement: Comparing Songs

Determining which song arrangement to add to your repertoire depends on many factors. When comparing songs you need to at least consider the storyline and strength, the performance venue, and what sort [more…]

Where to Find Sheet Music for Singing

When you finally know what you want in singing music, you have to go shopping to get it. Choosing music may be the harder of the tasks. You have the choice of walking into a store and looking at the music [more…]

Nailing the Singing Audition: Do Your Prep Work

Knowing your style, choosing your song, and preparing your music are the most important steps you take in preparing for your audition. But you don’t want to let the small things fall through the cracks [more…]

Acting Your Song: Character Motivation

Before singing a song, you want to know a few things. You want to know what happened just before this song to motivate your character to sing and say the words. Why does your character sing, and how does [more…]

Where to Focus when Performing Your Song

When singing a song, you can sometimes focus on one spot and sometimes have to look around. Knowing the story of your song helps you understand the type of song that you’re singing, and this understanding [more…]

Performing Your Song: Gesturing Appropriately

The big question beginning singers ask is what to do with their hands. Well, what do you do with your hands as you speak? If your hands normally move when you speak, you may feel stiff if they remain frozen [more…]

Performing Your Song: Movin’ and Groovin’

When you sing for an audience, the movements you make around a stage or around the room need to enhance your singing and the story. Being able to move and sing is important, yet starting small is best. [more…]

Singing in a Foreign Language

Singing a song in another language doesn’t let you off the hook with your responsibilities as an actor. You want to know exactly what’s happening in each phrase so you can deliver each word with conviction [more…]

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