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Performing, Honing Your Craft

Aug 19, 2019 06:00 AM

Cari Cole

7 Vocal Methods (And Magic Tricks) to Make Your Voice Rule the World

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This article originally appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

As one of the top celebrity vocal coaches in the world, I’ve seen it all. From stars to rock legends and Grammy winners to tens of thousands of emerging independents, one thing is true:

You don’t have to have the best voice in the world, but you do have to have a good one. And one that won’t quit on you when it matters.

Here are my top seven vocal tricks to make your voice rules the world.

Want Fuller Sounding Songs? Try These 4 Tips

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Fullness. It’s one thing that separates a great-sounding song from a clearly home-produced song. But how do you get fuller sounding songs? It would be nice if there were a “make my song sound fuller” knob I could turn on. But as far as I know, there’s not (yet).

This is a learning journey I’ve been on myself. And producing music from a walk-in closet, it’s hard for me to get that wide and deep sound. I have, however, learned a few things so far about making my songs sound fuller. Four things, to be exact.

10 Myths About Songwriting Busted!

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

I’ve been teaching songwriting for a long time. But for a long time before that I’d been hearing all kinds of excuses from songwriters going through writer’s block and friends who say, “Oh, I could never write a song,” which is like saying “I can’t succeed” or “I won’t even bother trying.” Wake up, people! Don’t get caught in your own productivity traps.

Here I’ve tried to counteract some of the dumber things people have said to me about my favorite part of music: songwriting.

Songwriting, Honing Your Craft

Jun 26, 2019 06:00 AM

Alper Tuzcu

5 Techniques to Beat Writer's Block and Write a Great Song

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No matter who you are — from Leonard Cohen to your favorite subway busker — if you’re a songwriter, you’re bound to hit some creative roadblocks from time to time. Some days, creativity just pours out of you, and some days, things just do not click. Instead of letting writer’s block get you down, try these five strategies to break through creative blocks and write great songs. 

"Post-Event Reflection": A Tool to Bounce Back Better and Faster from Sub-Par Performances

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This article originally appeared on the Bulletproof Musician.

 

Whether it’s an audition, recital, or performance, it’s pretty natural to engage in some sort of post-performance reflection or “post-mortem.”

For me, the reflection process usually consisted of a) re-living the worst moments, b) trying to decide how bad things really were, c) spiraling to the bad place and questioning all of my life choices, and d) resolving to practice more next time.