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How to Record Vocals in 5 Simple Steps

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This article originally appeared on TheRecordingSolution.com.

 

It’s a little intimidating when first learning how to record vocals. I remember the anxiety of making sure I get the vocal recording just right because, after all, the vocals are the number-one element of the song that people focus on.

After setting up your rig, which can be as simple as one mic, a one-channel audio interface, GarageBand, and a little acoustic treatment, there are five simple ways to get a great vocal sound. Obviously, it starts with a good singer, but once you have that, it’s not that hard if you follow these tips. I have a blueprint you can have for free if you’re wondering what gear you need to start recording.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, voice

Mar 28, 2016 08:00 AM

Cari Cole

The Three-Day Rule: Performance Tips for Singers

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

The three-day rule is my magic formula I’ve used with my private clients over the past three decades of coaching professionals in New York City. It’s a list of tips for exactly what you need to do and stay away from for three days before a show to ensure a solid vocal performance. You may want to do longer than three days, but at least three days as a minimum preparation. Once you follow the three-day rule, you’ll never look back! Works like a charm.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, voice

Mar 15, 2016 08:00 AM

Cari Cole

How to Sing Like a Superstar: Legends and Lessons

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

 

Lately we’ve been watching Lady Gaga absolutely crush her vocals. How did she go from a celebrity with a really good voice to this newly evolved  "superstar" status in a matter of the past 12 months? What’s her secret?

It all started with her performance at the Oscars last year, February 22, 2015, when she performed "The Sound of Music." We were awed. But her flawless vocals weren’t exactly effortless – Oscars executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan revealed that the 28-year-old singer actually practiced every day for six months for the 50th anniversary tribute. "She worked half a year with a vocal coach every day for half a year to do that," Zadan told ET.

The next year, the 29-year-old songstress blew viewers away when she sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2016 followed up by her tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys last month. She’s on fire.

How does one go from good to great or even superstar status in 12 months? Practice, commitment, and accountability. The trade secrets below are a part of my vocal mastery program that I share with my celebrity stars and independent musicians and artists in my private VIP programs, and that I bring to you here! Here are my quick-and-dirty superstar singing lessons.

Singers: Here's Everything You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Voice

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Take care of your instrument, people. I can’t stress that enough. You already know the importance of cultivating the vocal instrument through breathing and proper technique. Today we’re going to talk maintenance.

If you think of breathing and vocal technique as the cornerstones of the voice factory, vocal maintenance is the practice that keeps operations running smoothly. This is especially important, because unlike other instruments, your voice is in use around the clock, minus time for sleeping – which I imagine are some pretty odd hours if you're out there chasing the dream. There’s no fancy, velvet-lined case in which to send it off to bed between gigs. You can’t easily change out the strings, reed, or mouthpiece. So, how do you take care of your voice?

The Singer's Quick Guide to Mastering Diaphragmatic Breathing (And Why It's So Crucial)

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It's probably no surprise that breathing is an essential building block for healthy vocal production. It may be a surprise, however, that breathing takes as much practice and fine-tuning as producing a nice, full sound.

As a singer, you're an athlete – plain and simple. You need agility, dexterity, and above all, stamina. Enter breathing. Breathing is the single most important element to sustain notes, color in all those funky riffs, and get through a phrase without a huffing and puffing or turning purple. You’re violet, Violet!