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Performing, Honing Your Craft, voice

Jul 20, 2017 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

Struggling With Singing? Achieve Vocal Freedom in 5 Easy Steps

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A version of this article originally appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

Vocal freedom. It’s what all singers want. But how do you get it when your voice is stuck in your throat, wears out too quickly, or doesn’t respond the way you want? Are you stuck with the voice you have, or can it be improved?.

The latter. Your voice is an instrument. You just have to learn how to play it. It’s a sensitive and invisible instrument. You can’t buy it at the store. Its inner processes are tucked away. You can’t see it working. As a result, it’s tougher to navigate, tougher to control. The problem is so many singers think you’re dealt a deck, and that’s it. But there is soooo much you can do to improve your voice, it’s astonishing.

Don’t Hit the Stage Without These Overlooked Heroes of Your Pedalboard

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

Guitarists like to spill ink all the time about distortion boxes, classic overdrives, boutique delay pedals, and bucket-brigade modulation effects. It’s understandable why: These attention-grabbing stompboxes lead to dramatic and satisfying changes in sound. Like a great vintage amp or a top-notch guitar, it’s these larger-than-life pedals that help a player define his or her own sonic character.

Sometimes, however, it’s the most often-overlooked pedals that can make all the difference. Learn about them, and get them on your pedalboard  you’ll be surprised at the wonders a simple and relatively unsexy pedal can do for your sound.

Songwriting, Honing Your Craft

May 29, 2017 06:00 AM

Loren Israel

The First Step Every Musician Must Take For Ultimate Success

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Why Your Demo Isn't Enough to Make It in the Music Business

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In today’s world, musicians are expected to be a one-stop shop for their own marketing, production, PR, and everything in between. Long gone are the days of A&R managers, discovering your raw talented un-branded and undeveloped. As if it weren't hard enough to complete your demo, you also have to figure out how to promote it and when you should follow up.

Today, there are so many tools that offer ways to automate these added responsibilities, but they don’t handle everything. You still need a strategy and plan to know how you’re going to get your music out into the world.

5 Albums Recorded in Strange Ways That Still Sound Great

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Most audio engineers will tell you that there’s a right way and a wrong way to record music, and if you’re going into the studio to make an album, it’s worth taking the time to do things right. Not every great album, however, was recorded using the “right” methods. In fact, some of the greatest albums of all time were recorded in ways that would seem totally wrong to most experienced audiophiles. Here are some of the best examples of albums that used the wrong techniques to get the right sounds.