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Music Production Tutorial: How to Chop Vocals Like a Pro

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They're in nearly every Top 40 song these days, but they're no strangers to the world of electronic music. Vocal chops are the fragmented vowels that act as melodic or percussive pseudo-vocal elements that have infected our ears and have us singing all day long. There's no doubt that they add a unique and catchy element to songs, and now it's time for you to experiment, too. Follow this easy guide, and you'll be chopping vocals like a pro in no time!

The Ultimate Singer Survival Kit: 20 Things Every Singer Should Have

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Though I'm somewhat biased on this, I believe singers are quite the special breed of human. With our instruments inside of our bodies, it's no wonder we sometimes get the "diva" reputation. The voice is a precious, delicate, and special instrument, dammit!

And that instrument is unfortunately subject to a number of variables including sickness, weather, overuse, dehydration... the list goes on. For all of my fellow vocalists out there who know the realness of the struggle, here are 20 things every singer should have to survive.

Use This Production Trick to Thicken Your Vocals

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Thin vocals in a track can be quite the frustration. It could have been a million different things: the microphone, the space, the acoustics, you name it. But worry no more – Warren Huart from Produce Like a Pro shares the trick he uses to make vocal tracks thick, juicy, and forward in the mix. Check out exactly how he does it in the video below!

3 Ways to Fix a Nervous Singing Voice [Video]

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It's easy to let your nerves get the best of you when you're belting out a big tune, but you don't need to let it show. Vocal coach Madeleine Harvey shares her hints to help combat a nervous singing voice. This short video will show you how to get the focus, confidence, and breathing techniques you need to keep your voice strong. Check it out before your next big performance!

How to Sing Night After Night Without Straining Your Voice

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The article originally appeared on the Disc Makers blog.


As a gigging vocalist, you’ve got a different box of tools you need to care for than the rest of the players in your act. When your schedule has you playing a couple of shows a month, your voice may easily recover in time for shows and rehearsals with no problem – even if you're yelling for high notes.

But let’s say your new record comes out and things start progressing and you become very popular. Now, more and more fans want to see you as often as possible. If you did any yelling on the record, it's going to be hard to repeat that over and over again during the multitude of weekly shows. With recording sessions, you may have the luxury (in some cases) to rest your voice and go back and record when you’ve recovered. Live performing doesn’t allow for that. And if you do start to grow your act and start amassing a crew, more and more people will depend on you to be able to perform.