Singing should be as natural as talking.
Think about it… Your speaking voice is smooth and connected, never requiring strain, and always seeming natural. That’s how it should be even when belting out vocals. You need a balanced vocal mechanism. That means having:
- Proper Vocal Cord Closure – no air leaking out when making a sound
- A Level Larynx – making sure it doesn’t rise too high
How do you achieve this?
I know, I know…this isn’t the magic bullet you’re hoping for…
(but wait… because I do have a shortcut to success I share below)
Breathing and vocal exercises are key to being able to hit the notes you want without strain.
By doing these exercises you help to strengthen your vocal cords and work more efficiently when it sings.
Steady air flow is very important when singing higher. It may seem weird, but it’s true.
Not Too Much Though
That doesn’t mean you should force too much air through your body – that has the opposite effect of what you want: added resistance and pressure.
Contrary to what you might think, you actually need less air to hit high notes, not more.
Straining or breathing to heavily will cause your larynx to go higher and your voice to crack – we’ve all been there when trying to belt out those high notes.
But You Still Want Enough
On the opposite end of the spectrum, too little air won’t give you enough power.
You need to learn how to work your diaphragm when breathing. You should feel your stomach rise, then your chest.
Stand up tall and straight then try saying “ha” a few times in short, powerful bursts.
That’s the feeling of breathing and speaking with a supported voice.
Another way to avoid using your throat (as opposed to your stomach) when singing is to push your stomach out (so it sticks out more). It’ll help you fill your lungs with air and use your diaphragm.
All About The Mix
So if you don’t want to use too much breath, and not use your throat as much, but kind of use it, and not your chest, but also kind of from there…..
What do you do??
You need to learn to use your mix voice (which is a voice that combines your head register/voice, with your chest register/voice – hence, mix voice).
When you’re practicing it’s a good idea to start your vocal runs or exercises in your middle range, and gradually move higher and higher.
Also, try singing the word “yawn” in a high register.
Take note of the position of your mouth when you begin to say the word in each vocal range you use.
That position is exactly how you need to position your mouth to hit that particular note.
Warm tea or liquid can help relax your throat and vocal cords, so try to keep some handy when practicing.
And remember – it’s not all about reaching higher and higher and straining your voice when you’re trying to hit high notes.
So avoid this tendency at all costs when you’re practicing.
Some Breathing Exercises to Try
In case you didn’t know, using staccato (short, accented notes) makes it easier to hit high notes.
Unfortunately most songs are sung in legato (melodic and long phrases that tie together).
So with this exercise you’ll start by doing staccato notes and gradually transition to legato, all while moving higher along the vocal register (i.e. using higher notes/pitches).
What to Do:
- You’ll be singing the words one-two-three-four-five-four-three-two-one up and down a musical scale
- Start with staccato (short bursts)
- Once you’re getting good with hitting high staccato notes, start making them more legato (flowing together)
- Once you’re comfortable there, move up higher in pitch.
Of course, this requires a lot of practice time and work. No one said it would be easy But once you do this over and over again, you’ll notice a big improvement in your ability to hit higher notes.
But who wants to wait forever? We wanna reach higher notes now, am I right?!
Like all good parents, you want your children to have the best life they possibly can and that means through such acts as getting a good education, eating nutritious food, and maintaining healthy savings. On top of the basics, creativity and fun have their place in raising a well-rounded child. And one great way to introduce your children to being open and creative is to get them involved in music. Children who learn and enjoy music from an early age are much more creative and receptive to ideas. However, lessons can sometimes feel like a chore, so it’s useful to find ways to be encouraging about the magic that is music well learned and beautifully played.
Making Music a Daily Feature
- Integrate music in your children’s daily activities. If you want your children to be musically talented or interested, involve them in music at all times. Have music on in the car, in the kitchen, when eating dinner, all the time. Constantly having music playing is a very good way to integrate music into their lives.
- Make music from everyday things. If you are cooking with your kids, use the wooden spoons and upturned bowls to make up a song while you bake. If you’re out playing sport together, use the sporting gear to make musical sounds. Find music in the ordinary so that children can see how easy it is to make music a constant part of their lives.
- Make music all about fun. There are many ways to help your children see how enjoyable music is.
- Take your children to a gig when they are a little older.
- Go to music concerts especially made for kids. Many top and local artists will throw an occasional show at which they do numbers for kids. Some musicians always play for kids. Look online and in local papers for events.
- Go to open air and outdoor musical festivals. Children love the freedom of being able to run about freely while music is playing all the time. Take along a rug, a picnic, some toys and make a day of it.
- Integrate music and craft. Have children make their instruments first, then prepare a tune on them together afterward.
- Teach your children about some of the most inspiring musicians of all time like Bob Dylan; play music from your top favorite artists of the past through to the present, to help give them a broad grounding in many types of music.
- Include classical music experiences with fun activities like playing a board game (without lyrics, it won’t interfere with thinking) or when you’re all resting together as a family.
- Bring music into your children’s lives very early on. If you leave it late, they may struggle to get involved with music or may be less interested in just enjoying listening to it.
- Make use of technology such as MP3 players, tablets and the like to play music anywhere, from a picnic to bath time. The portability of music has never been easier––imagine what people from the past would think about our ability to carry entire orchestras around with us whenever we wish!
Getting Serious About Learning Music
- Ask your children what they’d like to learn by way of singing or playing an instrument. Enjoying music is one thing, but being able to play or sing the song is a special feeling. Don’t let your child miss out on that, as being musically attuned is one of the most enjoyable things you can do to refresh your mind, reduce stress and just have fun in general. If your children are invested in the music choice, they are more likely to want to keep up the lessons.
- Take your children to a reputable and certified music school. Music lessons for children are a great way to get your children involved, as they’ll be around other students of their own age and will have access to quality teaching. Look for a place that employs teachers with specific training in teaching children, as they’ll be receptive to making the experience interesting and enjoyable as well as focused.
- Music is a potential career in the future for your child; music lessons are a huge part of the future learning environment for your child.
- Consider sending your child to music school for children for a day or two, just to see how they take to it. More practical and enjoyable, most children enjoy music school over normal education, as the tutors keep the tasks varied and fun.
- A summer camp focused on music is another excellent option for children to be completely immersed in all things musical, along with lots of other fun activities.
Using Practice Sessions
- Learn with your children. Of course, if your child is going to learn, you have to learn too. It is your role to help them revise what they learn in music school, to make sure that they can do some additional learning with you in the house when they come home. It’s vital that your children feel like you are invested in their hobby too. If your child was to play for a sports team, you would be determined for them to enjoy themselves and succeed––music is just the same.
- Avoid turning music practice into a nasty chore. Constant yelling and nagging to do music practice can soon turn both child and parent off the whole music lessons idea. Instead, aim for a calm environment that encourages music practice.
- Ask gently if your child is doing the music practice needed to learn the next piece, prepare for a music exam, etc. without turning it into a do-or-die situation. Tension associated with practice will only make it seem more like a chore and less desirable to children.
- Provide a comfortable learning environment at home. Back up the quality of the lessons with good home space for doing music practice. Some things that can help include:
- Setting up a comfortable and quiet area away from others for music practice. Siblings and pets can be unhelpful distractions, so a quiet spot is very helpful.
- Keeping all electronics off and out of sight. The less distractions, the better.
- Providing appropriate seating or other support. If your children feel comfortable and relaxed, this frees them up to concentrate on the music instead of complain about the hard seating or cold room!
- Be prepared to listen if your children complain. There are likely ways that you can alleviate the complaints, such as changing teachers, rearranging a schedule so that things aren’t so rushed or finding more interesting music to play, etc. Even if it means switching from violin to electric guitar, remember that it’s still music.
Hardcore Punk has been around for a while, and those who have stuck to it are those we know as “punks”. Now, most hardcore punk bands have a lot of different things in them. But one thing, however, is that a lot of bands use screaming vocals.
Learn how to growl. The first step to a full on scream is a growl, and that can be accomplished by starting out with a heavy sigh, getting heavier until you feel a “rumble” in your throat. That’s what your growl is going to feel like. Now take that feeling, and amplify it. However you manage to make yourself growl, just be sure to always go through your diaphragm (your stomach muscles). If you followed these directions, you should sound a little like a low, scratchy growl.
After you master growling, you can work on your false chords (A scream).This is done by exhaling a LOT harder than you would when you are growling. Do not change what you are doing with your throat, and always remember to use your diaphragm. Eventually, if you listen to enough songs and you practice for long enough, you will get very good at it.
Practice, Practice, Practice. If you’re going to do anything, first you must practice. Just say stuff with your screaming and eventually it will sound better and better. At first, it will sound all throaty, and basically like a dying animal. But if you try enough, it will sound more guttural and scary.
Do you know the benefits of learning guitar? Do you want to learn to play it? Are you looking for a reliable guitar tuition class? Do you want some tips to become a good guitarist? If the answers to these questions are positive, you are undoubtedly in the right place at the right time.
Guitar is one of the best instruments to play! It is real fun for everyone irrespective or gender or age. Everyone can take guitar tuition; be it a girl or boy, a teenager or elderly person. So, if you belong to the category of people who want to learn guitar, this article is going to be really interesting for you, as it gives you some of the most important tips for playing guitar.
There are a lot of benefits of taking guitar tuitions; you will spend some time in doing something creative, you will learn a new thing and it will help to keep up your mood. If you are planning to learn guitar, you should join some good tuition class or music school where the trained tutor teaches you. There are a lot of points that should be taken into the consideration while you are learning to play guitar, so let us take a look at some of the most important tips…
1. Behave: A professional guitarist has to spend a lot of time with other music artists backstage, so he must learn to communicate and behave well with people. Attitude matters the most when you become a celebrity. No one likes a rude star!
2. Feel: Feel the music while playing it; you will learn it properly only if you will enjoy playing it.
3. Listen: Record the music when you play your guitar and then listen to it. You are sure to pick up your own mistakes. So, learn from those mistakes and find out the ways to improve yourself.
4. Tuitions: Enrol in the best guitar tuition or school so as to get proper training from the learned and trained professionals.
5. Practice: Practice is really important here. You will forget what you have learnt in a few days if you do not practise. So, make sure you practise it every day.
6. Independent: Keep learning, practising and rehearsing till the time that you play so well that you do not have to rely on effects.
7. Company: Try to play with the ones who are better than you; this will make you learn something from them and you will get even more inspired.
8. Theory and practical: It is advisable to learn the theory as well as practical. You will not learn to play it until you know the basic theories. So, make sure you start with the basic things.
9. Slowly: it is OK to learn slow; no need to hurry up. Just keep going at your pace.
Now thatt you are aware of some of the most important guidelines to play guitar, it is advisable for you to remember and follow them in order to set your career as a successful guitarist. Good luck for future!
There are several options you can do to listen to music even while in the water, you can consider getting a waterproof case for your player, invest on an underwater music player, consider getting bone conduction sound equipment, use speakers that are waterproof and wireless, or install in your swimming pool a sound system that plays underwater.
Music and water need not clash when it comes to relaxation and fun. To let you enjoy music while swimming and without breaking your music player, consider the following tips:
Protect your music player with a waterproof case
You don’t have to get yourself a new music player if you want to listen to it while in an aquatic environment. You can still make use of your current music player and get it a waterproof case. The market today offers a variety of waterproof cases, including waterproof ipod cases and cases for Zune and other MP3 players; waterproof earphones are available as well.
Buy an MP3 player that works underwater
You can purchase MP3 players that are intended for use in the water if you prefer not to use a waterproof case for your current music player. When you have a waterproof music player you will not have to worry about the case leaking which can cause damage to your MP3 player.
Use bone conduction earphones or music players
Waterproof earphones can be uncomfortable and are not always the best equipment for producing good quality music underwater. Sound waves are disrupted underwater, which makes using standard earphones underwater unadvisable. Get bone-conduction headphones or music players if you want to experience better quality of sound while underwater. However, you are required to have goggles for this sound equipment to work. With the use of the goggles, these equipments are attached to your facial bone and not to your ears. These earphones do not conduct vibrations through your ear canal, but through the bone to your inner ear. You have the option of purchasing individual bone conduction headphones protected with a waterproof casing that you can attach to your music player, or buying a waterproof music player inclusive of the headphones.
Use speakers that are waterproof and wireless
This is a great option if you prefer not to wear anything on your face or ears while swimming. This is also great for group swimming so everyone can enjoy listening to music while swimming. There are waterproof wireless speakers for most mp3 players, including iPods and the popular Zune players. These wireless speakers work using a transmitter that broadcasts music from your MP3 player to your speaker. Not only will everyone enjoy the great music in the pool, but your MP3 player will also be kept safe and dry away from the water.
Install an underwater sound system for your swimming pool
One good option for those who love listening to music and relaxing in the pool is to install a sound system that is equipped with a centralized music system that functions underwater. This setup includes waterproof speakers placed at the pool’s bottom and around the pool area. You can listen to music while you swim and even after you leave the pool.
Using these great ideas, swimming can become a more relaxing and fun activity. Your pool time will always be fun and satisfying with the music following you everywhere, even if you are under water.
Understand what post-hardcore is. Many people confuse melodic metalcore with post-hardcore or think they both are similar. However, this isn’t really that true. Post-hardcore is either a derivative or style from hardcore punk which had more melody and experimental characteristics. It usually was influenced by hardcore, punk, alternative, art punk, noise rock and other genres. It was pioneered by the band Hüsker Dü who were influenced by hardcore and post-punk.
Listen to post-hardcore music! Bands in post-hardcore include: At the Drive In, Fugazi, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce the Veil, and Glass Jaw.
- Go find some shows to attend. Many bands play at certain places. Some bands (which was common for 1980s bands) play normal concerts or local gigs. You can also find some post-hardcore bands at Warped Tour.
- To find some more post-hardcore bands, go talk to fans about it, find some magazines of music and even listen to Faction on Sirius XM. Faction plays all types of rock. Although it is usually punk rock. They will play post-hardcore as well as genres like metal, nu metal, hip-hop (although it isn’t rock) and industrial.
- Check out some albums. If you want, buy some. Some bands may be found at Target, local stores or others. Others you can find on iTunes.
Understand what is not post-hardcore. Some bands mislabeled as post-hardcore include: Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, I Killed the Prom Queen, Bring Me the Horizon, The Devil Wears Prada, Black Veil Brides, Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire and Attack! Attack. These bands are in different genres.
Listen to some other music, too. Try hardcore punk (Minor Threat, Scream, The Faith, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag), emo (Rites of Spring, Braid, Embrace), screamo (Pg 99, I Hate Myself, Indian Summer), punk rock (The Ramones, Title Fight, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Rancid), post-punk (Joy Division, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Clash) or alternative (REM, Nirvana, Sunny Day Real Estate, Blur).
- Gain experience early. To be successful at anything, it’s always good to start when you’re young. If you’re young now, get started by singing in your school or church choir to gain some basic knowledge on music and voice. Hire your own vocal coach to learn your voice instrument better and get to know what the job entails.
- Learn about music. While many people are born with talent, a lot of skill is learned. No one is born knowing how to play a guitar with precision, and the same applies to the voice and music. Voice teachers need to have intimate knowledge of music structure and how to play music, and they need to be proficient in playing the piano. The piano is often used to help guide students and show them proper key placement, so understanding how to play it is a must for vocal coaches.
- Go to a school or college that offers a voice program. This perfects your knowledge of the voice instrument and give you a deeper understanding of how it works and how to use it. Many schools that offer vocal instruction also offer instruction for those who plan to become teachers, so be sure to enroll in such a program. Some schools that will provide you with this valuable instruction include Berklee College of Music and Juilliard, but you may be surprised to find that many local schools in your area can also give you quality instruction with a less hefty price tag.
- Find a place to teach voice or to work out of. Align yourself with a school that teachers music and apply to be a voice teacher with them. Alternatively, you can work as a private teacher. Working privately is as simple as working out of your basement or spare room in your house.
- Set your prices. Some really good vocal coaches with years of experience sometimes charge $100 an hour and upwards. Beginners, however, should set their prices more reasonably if they wish to attract clients. $30 an hour is a reasonable place to start to attract customers. As your business grows more in demand, your prices can increase.
- Market yourself. Marketing is very important for any vocal coach to get their name out and attract customers. Align yourself with others in the music industry by frequenting recording studios and other teaching establishments, such as ones that teach guitar or college music schools. Pass out business cards at these places, or put up fliers that advertise your business to get your name and business out in front of musicians.
- Establish a good reputation.The best vocal teachers get their name out through word of mouth, so it is important to work hard to satisfy your customers. Only by taking the time and putting forth strong effort will you establish a reputation for your voice teaching abilities and maintain a growing and rewarding business.
A school project that requires your child to make an instrument from scratch can be lots of fun and educational on different levels. It teaches the basic principles of sound waves and lets kids explore the many ways that instruments create and manipulate sounds. These hands-on projects require some dexterity and artistic skills, but what entices kids most is the end result — the chance to conjure up a wonderful cacophony, all in the name of homework.
Music agents represent their clients and manage all the business aspects of the industry including booking concerts and arranging performances, setting up travel plans, working out the details of contracts, as well as marketing and promoting their clients before the public to make them more visible and to increase their popularity. Music agents work behind the scenes but play an important role in developing the talent and promoting the interests of their clients. Entering the field and becoming a music agent requires hard work as well as talent. Competition is keen within the industry and many positions are not posted publicly but are obtained through social networking. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions on how to become a music agent.
- Understand that although a college degree is not a requirement to become a music agent, the knowledge and skills that you would acquire by obtaining an education will give you an advantage when competing for available positions.The best prospects will go to those individuals having experience and/or developed aptitudes and abilities that can be acquired by getting a college degree.
- Consider getting a bachelor’s degree in one of several areas, including, as examples, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Management or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business. A college education in preparation for becoming a music agent should include coursework in not only music but also focus on business, marketing, promotional advertising and public relations in addition to finance.
- Realize that successful music agents will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, as the music industry is one that deals directly with the public. Additional qualities that a music agent should develop include business knowledge, organizational and problem solving skills, and administrative abilities to manage the affairs of their clients.
- Be aware that music agents must have the ability to negotiate and have developed talents in being able to deal with others in the industry in a diplomatic and tactful manner. The music industry itself is a very competitive field so music agents need to be aware of ongoing trends and network with their contacts on a regular basis.
- Conduct some research on the music industry with a focus on becoming a music agent. Learn more about the business in preparation for entering the field. Browse the Internet and read music industry publications and news to become more informed.
- Consider contacting several talent agencies that work with musicians.Although talent agencies work with several types of clients, they often specialize in musicians. A talent agency that manages musicians will have music agents on staff.
- Make arrangements to meet with a music agent to discuss the possibility of an internship. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the job duties of a music agent in addition to getting first hand exposure to the lifestyle associated with working in the music industry.
- Contact several colleges that offer degree programs in preparation for becoming a music agent. Make sure that you do some research on the various schools so that you ultimately choose a good training program.
- Explore the options available to you through a combination of volunteer work to learn more about the music industry in addition to enrolling in a degree program. With advanced preparation and training you will greatly enhance your chances of becoming a music agent.
Britney Spears, Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale are just some of the famous names that got their big break singing and dancing on The Disney Channel. Getting a job on the Disney Channel is a dream for many talented kids, but it’s no easy task to achieve since there are thousands of kids with the same dream and only a few opportunities for stardom. If you’re ready to be persistent and are willing to put in big effort for an uncertain return, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting a Disney audition.
Take voice lessons. With so much competition for parts, training can significantly improve your chances of succeeding when you do land an audition for Disney.
Get an agent. It is not an easy process to send headshots and resumes and follow up to secure an agent, but having one is the best way to secure a Disney audition. Though there are other ways to get an audition with Disney, agents often have access to casting calls that aren’t open to the public.
If you don’t have an agent, visit casting sites, such as Casting Networks, to present a self-submission. These sites list castings, sometimes for Disney projects, and you can submit yourself for consideration. You’ll need good quality photos. Keep in mind that if you submit for an audition in another city and are invited to audition, you’ll be responsible for your own travel expenses.
Read local entertainment news to find Disney open calls in your area. Anyone can go to an open call. Open calls are often crowded—sometimes so much that not all hopeful singers have a chance to meet with casting directors.
Most of us are familiar with the fact that music has an effect on our mood and feelings. It can allow us to relax or help us to come alive. Some people even find it hard to function without continuous background music. The great news is that music has been shown to effectively reduce stress and anxiety and can be of great help in relieving certain symptoms. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reduce stress, then perhaps it’s time to try a regular dose of your favourite music. Read on to find out how music can help you reduce stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety are brought on by our perception of being in a situation where we are not able to cope effectively or where fear is involved. When our stress response is activated, it tends to raise the heart rate and release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline into the body, which suppress the immune system and stimulate us to prepare for “fight or flight”. When stress happens on a regular basis, we will start to experience stress related problems such as heart disease, stomach and bowel disorders and reproductive problems.
Some people cope better with stress than others and this often depends upon your personality type and your perceptions and outlook in life – for example, whether you view certain situations as challenges or problems or how much support you receive from the people around you. Men tend to react more to stress factors more than women, although when women take on male roles, this difference is not so pronounced.
The good news is that music and music therapy have been shown to reduce the activation of these responses and calm our symptoms of stress. Tests in various clinical situations have consistently shown music to help patients face their fears and reduce their anxiety. In one test, when music was played before and during surgery, 93% of patients found it helpful in reducing stress. Studies have shown that music helps to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and lower levels of stress hormones in addition to decreasing anxiety. In some studies, those with the highest levels of anxiety were found to benefit the most.
Of course the music that can help us to reduce stress is often subject to individual preference and specific situations. Our response may vary, depending upon volume, type of music, familiarity and current mood. Loud or fast music may have the effect of stimulating us rather than relaxing us. Generally the most relaxing music would be relatively slow with a repetitive rhythm and stable contours.
So, next time you start to feel stressed, why not sit back, relax and try listening to one of your favourite soothing tracks, to help relieve those symptoms? There is a weight of evidence to suggest that this should help you to feel better. And, if you find that it does help, be sure to incorporate music amongst your regular stress management strategies.
Mobile phones serve different purposes for different users. Some own them to show their style statement to others while some use them more for their camera and music features. However, the basic purpose of a mobile phone is to keep its owner connected with others all the time. Present day mobile phones do this job excellently well. With their advanced connectivity options, they have brought a whole new world of mobile telephony for the users. Any modern day standard mobile phone usually comes equipped with a video camera, FM radio with RDS feeds and Push to call feature. All these applications have increased the usefulness of these gadgets in the eyes of one and all.
Those who are leading manufacturers of mobile phones include Nokia, BlackBerry, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC and Samsung. Each brand focuses on some unique features in its products. Sony Ericsson focuses more on the music features in its phones. This company has released some highly successful models under its W series, prominent among them all are Sony Ericsson W595, Sony Ericsson W705 and Sony Ericsson W910i. All these gadgets have some features that make them pride possession of their owners.
Let us elaborate more on Sony Ericsson W910i. This slider mobile phone has a smooth slide opening mechanism. Its 2.4 inches wide TFT colour screen would show you good quality pictures with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Its 2 mega pixel camera has 2.5 x digital zoom. This slider Sony Ericsson phone is featherweight light as it weighs just 86 gms. Its dimensions are equally slim. It measures just 99.5 mm in length, 50 mm in width and 12.5 mm in thickness. Its sleek dimensions make it very comfortable to hold in hands or in pockets.
This Sony Ericsson phone has more to offer you. Its battery, when fully charged, will provide you an amazing 09 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time. It has a FM radio with RDS feeds that allows you to see the relevant information about a song being on it, like the name of the artist, album and playback singer. Its Walkman series music player delivers high quality sound. Its TrackID music recognition feature would allow you to recognise an unknown song within a few seconds. Its NetFront web browser gives you easy access to the world wide web when you are on the move.
The SenseMe Shake control feature of Sony Ericsson W910i is a fun to use. It allows the user to enjoy his favourite song by just shaking his this Sony Ericsson mobile phone. To do this, the user just has to press a key while shaking his handset. The device will vibrate a moment to tell the user that a song from his favourite list is picked up for play. A moment later, it will play that song. A great way to enjoy your favourite music in style. Isn’t it ?
This camera phone allows you to send messages in SMS, MMS and email formats. Its predictive text input feature saves you a lot of time while you type text into the gadget. Speaker phone, flight mode, stop watch, calendar, calculator, phone book, time and alarm clock are some of the applications which are their in this camera phone.
The Sony Ericsson W910i is available in two nice colour combinations – hearty red coloured casing with stainless steel details and noble black coloured casing with stainless steel edges. No doubt, this Sony Ericsson mobile phone will catch the attention of people around you.
- To prepare for auditions, study vocal technique with a music teacher and polish your vocal skills. Take music theory courses to brush up on reading sheet music. Practice singing everyday to keep your voice strong.
- Search trade publications for notices of upcoming auditions for backup singers. Subscribe to “Back Stage,” a weekly entertainment magazine for people in the music business, as well as other industry magazines. Apply for auditions.
- Familiarize yourself with the artist you may be working with once you are called for an audition. Listen to the artist’s most recent music online. Study the songs on his upcoming or current album.
- Pay attention to what will be asked of you at your audition: the length of the song, the type of song you will sing and anything else the director mentions. Prepare a variety of material that suits your voice. Limit your song to 2 to 3 minutes if the director does not specify a time frame. Learn the lyrics so you can sing them flawlessly.
- Rehearse with a pianist. Rewrite the sheet music in the key that works for your range. Mark tempo changes, repeats, codas or cadences and other adjustments in red ink on the sheet music. Photocopy your song and tape the edges together in accordion style to hand to the pianist at the audition.
- Stand and sing at the audition without dancing or walking around. After the audition, leave a demo and a press kit with the producer so he can blend your voice with other backup singers when making a decision.
- Audition as often as you can just for the practice.
Want to get started with Hardcore Dancing in your favorite mosh pit. Lets look at some of the basics!
Make sure you you are committed to doing this. There is always the possibility for injury when dancing this style in a tightly packed space.
Warm up by doing stretches to make sure you don’t pull any muscles or injure yourself.
Start slowly beginning with a simple “throw down” for example: Cross one leg in front of the other and then do the same with the other leg. Do that repeatedly and faster. You should feel as if your hopping or skipping in a deranged fashion. Once you have perfected the movement, punch your fists downward in the air.
Practice more complicated moves such as the windmill: This is when you literally windmill your arms in the air crazily and possibly spin kick simultaneously for added effect.
Lear to spin kick. Once you are fully warmed up and ready to try more a more demanding move; jump into the air, kick out and spin around. To make it more visually appealing, land and start punching the air in front of you while kneeling.
Have fun and be yourself!. No one cares what your dancing looks like everyone is there to have fun.
The hardcore music scene can be very rough on fans that may be unfamiliar with the way the shows work. Whether you stay local, or go to larger venue hardcore shows, these steps can help you out, and make you seem as if you’ve been to dozens of shows.
Dress appropriately- You don’t want to go into a show wearing your new Tommy Hilfiger collared shirt, and Hollister jeans. That’s a big mistake. You want to wear something that is comfortable, as in something that is loose and allows movement when two-stepping (see step 3), and also shows you fit in. A local band shirt is always a good choice, but wearing the band that you are going to see is usually a “Don’t”. Try to pick a shirt of a band that is similar to the one you are going to see, perhaps one that people attending the show are familiar with, and shows you have good taste. Basketball shorts or cargo shorts are always a good idea if it’s warmer out. If it’s wintertime, or just cold in general, you’ll want to wear some sort of jeans- either tight, or loose fit. Basketball shorts give you the most movement if you do decide to go in a pit. As far as shoes go, skate shoes seem to be the most comfortable. Wearing sandals or work boots will have you regretting it in the morning. It’s near impossible to hardcore dance in either of those styles of shows.
- Flat Brim Hats- These hats have become a big part in the hardcore scene. Usually any sort of local sports team, skate company, or motocross company will do just fine. The proper way to wear one, is with the hat turned forward, with the brim slightly to the left of the right.
- Facial Hair- It can help you out a lot (if you’re a male). A little scruff on the face is nothing out of the normal at a hardcore show. Usually not too well kept, sometimes a chin strap, or a goatee with long sideburns. Mostly anything will suffice, as long as it’s not some kind of cop mustache.
Wait for the pit- You don’t have to be the first one dancing, or the one that opens the pit up. It’s alright to look around, and see what people are doing. You’ll know when the breakdown comes, and it’s best to know the songs prior to dancing, so you’re not offbeat, and so you’re not the last one dancing when the breakdown has ended.
Learn How to Two Step- This may be the most fundamental part in proving that you fit in. Trying to throw down in a pit if it’s your first time, can end in disaster. Sit back and watch some techniques and styles that kids have polished over the years. Everyone has their own style and it could take a long time to perfect your very own. Practice every now and then, and don’t be afraid to look ridiculous . If you’ve ever skanked (A more “Punky” version of hardcore dancing), it’s a lot like that, just with more motion in the arms, like you’re fighting ghosts. With your feet you need to hop on the right foot twice, and then swing your left leg around to the front with the knee slightly bent, and hop twice on that foot. Repeat this process until you have it down. You get used to it quickly, and will be able to concentrate on your arms in no time. Now, with your arms, you’re going to swing blindly and hope you don’t hit anyone/anything. As you progress, you’ll learn more moves, and see new moves that you’ll want to try. People get hit and have noses broken all the time in these pits, so try to keep an eye on where people are swinging around you.
For any classical guitarist, finger style guitarist, or other string musician who uses similar techniques, nails are a crucial part of achieving tone, color, and volume. If you use nails as an integral part of your playing, you’ll mostly likely need to shape, polish, and care for your nails. Inevitably, you’ll discover an endless array of products, files, sandpaper, polishing cloths, nail hardeners, and strengtheners available to you, and just as many endorsees of said products.
One can spend countless hours reading forums about shaping nails, length of nails, etc.
This article is meant as a simple, straightforward starting point, discussing the basic tools you’ll need when starting to play finger style using your nails. Tone production is a lifetime pursuit, and as youdevelop and hone your sound, your ideas of nail shape and care will evolve.
My perspective is as a classical guitarist. While the article may lean in that direction, steel string players and even electric players who wish to incorporate nails into their sound can benefit from this info.
There are as many nail types as there are people who have nails. Some guitarists are lucky enough to have hard, consistently shaped nails, and others are not. Most of us have some sort of issue or weak point: thin nails, wavy shaped nails, dry/cracked/ pealing nails, slow growing nails, fast growing nails, you name it. All of these problems can be addressed with a little patience.
There are two basic tools you need for shaping your nails.
- A good, high quality file with a relatively fine face
- Fine grain sandpaper
You’ll probably experiment with various types of files and paper over the course of your playing career, but these are very solid recommendations for starting out. I
I have used and experimented with many types of files over the years and finally settled on one that works great for me: the glass file. There are several advantages to glass files. They are very rigid, so when you file in a straight line and apply pressure, the file won’t give and compromise your straight line. I absolutely stay clear of cardboard emory boards for this reason. They not only wear out quickly, but they are soft and lose their shape when pressure is applied during filing. Steel files with the plastic handles (commonly found in drug stores) also give. At the point where the handle meets the file, the file will bend a little, when applying pressure. Glass files are one piece of solid glass and don’t bend or give. They cut evenly, straight, and precisely. The downside is that if you drop them, they will shatter, so get a few at a time. An added benefit to these is that you’ll never have a problem with the TSA when flying. They don’t show up as metal on the X-ray machine!
Similarly to files, I have been through many different types of sandpaper. I even used a graded system at one point, involving something like ten different levels of polishing from course to super fine. What a pain that was! And in the end, the result wasn’t really any better than what I got with a single piece of good fine grain paper. I eventually reverted back to what I started with which is perfectly adequate and does a great job. Let me be specific. I use 3M Company 500 grain paper. I love this paper because it has a very fine, soft powdery grain. Some of the fine grain papers are very tight and stiff. They don’t cover as much area and don’t polish as nicely on the edge of the nail. The 3M paper really allows you to polish at all angles comfortably and effectively.
Later on, you can decide how far you want to go with products, but personally, I don’t think you need much more than these two items to get great tone.
My nails are very thin. Should I put polish on them?
Some of us need to supplement weak or thin nails. I for one do as I have pretty thin and flexible nails. In cold, dry climates nail maintenance can be a challenge. If you enjoy out door activities, sports, or working with your hands, you may need to take additional measures to protect your nails. There are many brands of nail supplements, hardeners, and strengtheners. I prefer to go the route of a nail protein product that not only provides a bit of extra hardness, but also nourishes and helps to strengthen the nail. Some products don’t allow the nail to breathe and while they provide hardness, they end up weakening the natural nail by suffocating it in a thick coat of polish. Again, I gain no special benefit from this but I like Nailtiques formula 2. Most of my students have been satisfied with this. There have been a couple who did not care for it and switched to other brands, and some that couldn’t get past the idea of putting nail polish on and decided to deal with the weak nails instead. If you play steel string, flamenco, or just have a really heavy right hand technique you may have to apply many layers or heavy polish and put some serious thought into supplementing your nails.
What shape should I file my nails?
I’m purposely not going to address nail shape in this article because it’s too extensive a topic. There are plenty of forums, books, and articles on nail shape. I will only say that shape is a very personal thing and is dependent on your technique, style, and your desired effect. You’ll need to experiment with shapes, and yes, you will make mistakes. Don’t worry nails grow back and you can start fresh! Tone takes time to develop. Knowing your hands and your touch takes time. Experience is everything so be prepared to take the journey. I might suggest checking out a few articles specifically about shaping nails or a technique book like “Pumping Nylon” by Scott Tennant, which has a chapter on nail shape.
How often should I file my nails?
This depends on several things: how much you practice, what kind of strings you use (nylon or steel), how fast your nails grow, how hard you pluck the string. In short, if you play every day, you’ll probably want to have a quick look before picking up the guitar, maybe hone a corner or take out a nick, maybe hit the edge with the sand paper just to smooth it out. Perhaps twice a week or even once a week you’ll probably want to remove the polish completely (USE ONLY NON-ACETONE REMOVER), apply a new coat, work the nail shape a little and smooth it out. Obviously, you can’t do this so often that you whittle your nails down to a nub! Speaking of that, you’ll find if you practice heavily, you will definitely experience greater nail wear. In some cases, you’ll really tear up your nails, especially if you‘re a steel string player. You will have to compromise in this case. Your choices are: Apply layers and layers of polish, lay off working your nails in order to let them grow out, hence you may have to deal with your sound being rough for a few days.
Should I use fake nails?
This topic is a can of worms. Personally I don’t advocate for fake nails. Avoid them if you can. There are players who use them exclusively and never use their real nails. There are cases where the natural nail is so problematic that fake nails are the only viable option.
There have been about half a dozen cases over my thirty-five years as a guitarist where I have put on a single fake nail or had one constructed at a salon. These were emergency situations where a nail completely broke just prior to an important performance or recording session.
The downside to affixing a fake nail is that the glue and nail compound and/or fake nail will severely weaken the natural nail. If you have to put on a fake nail for some reason, remove it as soon as you don’t need it any more. What will happen if you leave it on is that when the natural nail grows out, it will be significantly weaker than before and most likely break again, hence starting a vicious cycle.
When preparing to file your nails, wash your hands and dry them well. Clean underneath your nails as well. If you are going to use polish, prepare the nail surface a bit by clearing it of any over extended cuticles, dry skin or debris. Sometimes, I like to give the whole nail a light polishing with the sandpaper, then wipe it clean. After that apply a coat of polish/hardener to the nail bed. You’re going to file your nails AFTER you apply the polish, NOT before. Polish first, file, then sandpaper. Allow the polish to dry completely, then begin to file to your desired nail shape. If you don’t use polish go straight to filing after washing and cleaning. Remember that in addition to shaping the nail, you want to create an edge on the nail. You’ll need to angle your file and work that edge a little. You don’t want a blunt end. When you finish filing, proceed to the sandpaper. I like to press the paper against the thumb of my polishing hand and use it to support the paper and apply pressure to the nail I’m polishing. Be sure to polish from all angles; top edge, under the edge, on the sides. The nail should feel very smooth and pass through the string easily. Test the nail by striking a string or two. If the sound is edgy or the nail hangs up on the string analyze the problem, and return to the file again, then sandpaper again. It’s a bit of a process at first.
Lifestyle Choices and Nail Care
When you decide that you are going to make a serious effort to use and maintain your nails for playing, you’ll need to adopt a new awareness in every day life. Certain activities don’t go well with keeping nails intact. Sport like basketball, football, rock climbing, martial arts, and a host of other activities don’t do well for nails. If you are a hobbyist, enjoy woodworking, building, or anything that involves paint removers, solvents, or strong chemicals, I recommend using surgical gloves so you don’t weaken your natural nail. When you scrub dishes, wear rubber gloves. If you enjoy breaking concrete slaps with your hands or noodling for catfish, there’s not much I can suggest, as you’ll have no nails (or fingers!) for plucking.
If you are a finger style player and use your nails, while you can have proficient technique, superior musicianship, and an amazing instrument, all these things will suffer if your tone, projection, and consistency of sound are not at their best. Nails therefore should be considered part of your instrument and given their due. Experiment, work on your sound, develop your nail shape, and keep your nails in good condition. The payoff is well worth the effort!
- Getting trained from a voice coach is of utmost importance. The coach will guide you through voice projection exercises that will assist you in honing your singing skills. The coach will also make sure that you learn appropriate vocal warm up exercises, to help you achieve a beautiful and melodious voice. Your other efforts are bound to fail without this training.
- Keep an optimistic attitude. This always helps. To become a famous Indian singer, you must cultivate an optimistic and enthusiastic attitude that is reinforced with a healthy belief in yourself and your talent. If you doubt your abilities and capabilities, success will be hard to come by.
- Use Your imagination. Imagination is important for singing. Try to put yourself into the situation of the song. If you understand what the situation is and what the song is attempting to convey, you will be more successful. Portray what the song is saying and its meaning. Communicate to your audience on a deep and profound level with the song you are singing.
- Study singing techniques. Although you need to find your own unique singing style, it is not wrong to study the singing techniques of more accomplished and famous Indian singers like K.L. Saigal, Kishore Kumar and Md. Rafi. There are numerous techniques and styles in Indian singing, and you have to select a technique and style suitable for who you are and what you have to say.
- Dedicate yourself. You must commit yourself to singing, wholeheartedly, and practice all the time–morning,noon, and night. Do this five days per week. You must continuously develop your voice and singing style to the best of your ability. Be consistent and regular in your voice training schedule.
- Start singing for local cultural groups, religious festivals and parties. Take part in singing competitions to get noticed by the media and the industry. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t win in competitions. Think of it as a stepping stone to success.
- Record a demo and submit it to all labels and agents that are seeking Indian singers. You can also promote your demo at live performances.
- Make the move to Hollywood if you are not already a resident. Explore the city. Get established and know your way around. If you are pursuing musical theater, doing auditions in all areas of the city will be a part of your career foundation.
- Determine your type of voice. Most singers in Hollywood are well schooled on their vocal abilities. You need to know your vocal abilities before gathering music that will best display your own special sound. You are either a soprano, alto, tenor, or bass. Some people have extraordinary abilities and can cross ranges, but that is rare. A soprano is a high female voice and an alto is a low female voice. A tenor is a high male voice and a bass is a low male voice.
- Study music. Learn to read music if you don’t already. Take up an instrument, such as the keyboard or guitar, to make your singing performances even more entertaining. If you have a knack for songwriting, write your own songs. This adds to your authenticity. Learn and expand your talent all you can before showcasing it for others.
- Try out for “American Idol.” While this is a long shot, so is having a singing career at all. This show provides a forum for singers with little or no experience and no professional backing to get an audience of millions and perhaps become a star. Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood made it to Hollywood singing stardom on “American Idol.”
- Go to open mic nights. This is a must for Hollywood singers. You never know who your audience will be. Kulak’s Woodshed offers an open mic night for singers. It’s located at 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood. Call them at (818) 766-9913 to make sure you can perform on the night you want. Cafe Audrey offers open mic night every other Friday. Call them for a complete schedule at (323) 465-5359. There are many other places as well. See the Resources section.
- Record and market your music. While demos are important for landing a record deal, more artists are starting by producing albums independently. Recorded music can reach a wide audience. Market yours on a website such as CDBaby. It lets independent artists sell their music on the Internet at a better per-copy profit than standard record deals allow. The only drawback is that a record label will heavily promote you while self-promotion on a national level is difficult, if not almost impossible without huge funding.
- Establish pages on social networking websites like MySpace and Facebook. This is important for a Hollywood singer. Your location adds credibility to your page, showing that you are going the extra mile to get your voice heard. Add people you already know and ask for recommendations. If you spam people you’re likely to be reported and your site may be shut down. Both websites allow you to upload parts of your songs which can be a great way to get an audience anywhere in the world.
- Get a music manager. You want someone who can get behind you, establish your career and book dates across the country. When you’re starting out, the key is to get your sound heard. A manager can use his connections to get your sound out there. Most go through referrals. Consult an entertainment attorney; he can often get you in touch with a manager or others who can help boost your musical career.
- Rainmakers are generally made of a hallowed tube or wooden stick, which is then filled with small rocks, thorns, beans or pins. The ends are then sealed to contain the pieces inside. The rainmaker may have been traditionally made of a hallow, dried out cactus. Many modern native variations of this instrument are still made of this material. Homemade rainmakers can be made with household items, such as a paper towel tube and toothpicks.
Playing the Rainstick
- Traditionally, the rainmaker is played by turning the tube so that the items inside fall up and down to either end. This falling motion simulates the sound of rain, as the items bounce off the sides of the tube interior. A rainmaker is turned repeatedly up and down to the rhythm of a song. Additionally, the rainmaker can be shaken or tapped to the beat to create a more percussive sound.
History of the Rainmaker
- There are many theories about the origins of the rainmaker. The rainmaker may have evolved from wooden rattles filled with dried beans that have been found in archaeological digs in Peru. These rattles date back to the Incas. Similarly, the origin of the rainmaker has been linked to rattles used by the Huicho of Mexico and the Diaguita Indians of Chile. Both groups are alleged to have used the instrument to bring rain to the arid desert regions of their countries.
- Contemporary rainmakers may not be used to bring rain, but are still used in a variety of different types of music as a percussion instrument. The use of rainmakers as a percussion instrument was popularized in 1960s Mexican music. Rainmakers made of reeds and painted with traditional imagery are a common souvenir items for visitors to South America and Mexico. Due to the ease with which rainmakers are crafted, they are also popular kids’ craft projects, which are then used to teach children about percussion and rhythm.
Yoga practice and music are almost two inseparable entities. Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice that synthesizes the mind, body and spirit through proper breathing techniques, practice of different asanas and meditation. Music has the universal charisma of directing a human mind and body towards a a serene and amiable state. The sound and the tones of the music can delve deep into the human consciousness and evoke many moods and thoughts. Since early periods, music has been aptly complementing yoga and meditation practice. In contemporary times, there has been a little variation in the kinds of music that is played, yet, the essence has remained unchanged. There are many yoga DVDs and Yoga CDs available from which a yoga aspirant can benefit himself. The soothing melodies and the instrumental music pieces guides a yoga practitioner to a higher realms of tranquility and calmness.
Drums and the beats evolving out of yoga music plays a key role in regards to the connection of yoga practice. The beats of drums are far more than mere entertainment music. Rather, drums, in the realms of yoga, is an active tool created to assist a yoga practitioner in discovering effective ways. The profound effects of the drum beats aid a person to achieve mental clarity, emotional balance and deep relaxation. The music created by the drums when blended with ancient art of chanting mantras, evoke a deep spiritual feeling. This sensation and realization of the mystic insight will bring you close to self enlightenment.
Like yoga and meditation, the beat and rhythm of the drums calm, soothe and strengthen the body, mind and soul. The binaural beats and periodic tones of drums coupled with yoga asanas result in stunning outcome. With specific frequencies and various rhythms, the music of the drum relax the body and liberates the soul from the inner inhibitions. Sounds and tones of the drums and the practice of yoga together helps an individual attain a deeper spiritual experience. You can simply put in your headphones and listen to the drums beats as you practice yoga. This symbiosis of drum music and yoga can create the most desired brainwave pattern. In the process, these binaural beats result in very deep meditation. It can be thus derived that the drum beats also acts as an effective meditation music.
Drumming and yoga have been used since years. This duo awakens the energy, passion and drives the individual to attain spiritual goals. Drum beats that are used in yoga practice leave an impression which evoke mystic insight and the greater feeling of well-being. The senses are stimulated and relaxed and the practitioner experiences stress free and alert state. In the process, his creativity, clarity and intellect is enhanced. The unique sound experience of drums is further enriched by the drum music collection by Spirit Voyage. Spirit Voyage is an US based record label company which offers different CDS and DVDs for practice of yoga and meditation. The Drum music collection of Spirit Voyage includes artistes like David and Steve Gordon, James Asher, Suphala and others.
The myriad of yoga and meditation music collection of Spirit Voyage includes music for Kundalini yoga to Down Tempo and Chill Music, New Age Celtic Music to Instrumental Yoga Music for relaxation. The meditation music for Spirit Voyage are suitable for morning and evening dhyana. In addition to the spiritual music collection, Spirit Voyage also offers different yoga accessories like yoga rugs, yoga mats, yoga cushions and different malas and jeweleries. Different yoga and health and wellness books are offered by Spirit Voyage which assists an yoga aspirant to gain in depth knowledge on different kinds of yoga like Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vikrama Yoga, Sivananda Yoga and many more.
The beats of the drum enhance the healing states and help one increase the sense of harmony with nature and with oneself. Spirit Voyage, with its various kinds of yoga DVDs and CDs sends a musical invitation to all yoga aspirants to merge with the divine harmony of existence. The drum music in yoga is intuitively used to help a listening mind form a spiritual union with the mystic spheres.