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From: Malene Brune 11:25 PM
My name is Malene, I’m a sound engineer and I’ve made a funny little PDF I would like to send you. I have given it the very creative name “Home Studio Recording Reference Guide”
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Here’s some of the things I’ll discuss in this PDF book.
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Music theory can be scary if you are a musician who has been playing by ear, or if you’re just beginning, but now you can relax because downloadable music theory games make it fun, and as painless as possible.
Give the game down below a shot! And try if you can get on the high score list! Chose your preferences and hit start.
Some of the training topics in music theory games include: Voice training, Learning key signatures, the circle of fifths, time signatures, beats per note, rhythms and more
And best of all, many music theory games are free!!!!!
They are a viable alternative to learning music theory in a class, or even in a video tutorial. The graphics and sound effects are fun, great for young people (or young at heart), and allow you to pick certain parts of theory to learn about, so you can go at your own pace.
Ear Training Games
Help you learn by hearing intervals over and over. While some have a natural ability to hear and identify intervals and notes, others need training. Even for those folks, it is easy with interactive games. Ear training games are set up so you can select the interval and/or notes you think you’ve heard, and immediately find out if you got it correct. Using these games, you will notice both your singing and instrumental ability improve.
Guitar Chord Games
You can find detailed lessons to learn the basic guitar chords and guitar tablature. Games that are more intricate show fingering of chords, and enable you to look up any chord–then you can see it as written on the neck of the guitar, and hear it’s unique sound. You will be able to for example, hear a chord and know whether it is a G major 9, or whatever the case may be. Fingering for forming the chord is also shown and explained.
This is handy if you have a song with just the name of the chords above the music staff. Once you play the game, you can go back any time you are learning a new song, to look up any chord you don’t know how to play. This way you can play from either sheet music, guitar tablature, or lead sheets–which have just the name of the chord written above the staff.
Key Signature and Scale Games
This is extremely helpful; teaching you not only to identify what the key is by the number of sharps or flats, but also the relative minor scale.
Rhythm and Timing Games
Learn the duration of notes by their appearance; learn how pauses in music are shown on sheet music, aka rests.
Many music theory games have been designed for use by music teachers, suitable for use in the classroom. There are a variety of games to suit skill levels and age groups, from 1st graders on up. They grab students’ attention with colorful graphics and sound effects.
The value is the interactive quality of the games.
Everyone can enjoy this experience, unlike hiring a music teacher, which is cost prohibitive for many parents, and adults wanting to learn.
Even though many amateur or gigging vocalists gain a certain level of competency simply from time spent on stage, they often wonder, “How can I develop my singing–
become a great singer?”
Today we will look at 4 training tips to help you realize your full vocal potential.
Tip #1 – Become Aware of Your Vibrato
A. Place your hands on the lower chest area so you can feel your ribs where they join at the center, in the soft part a little bit above your navel.
B. Sing one tone, any tone in your natural range will work.
C. While singing this tone, with your hands still on your ribs, push in a little bit in the center rib soft area, then release. Do this several times – push and release. Notice how your tone shakes a bit or warble. This is the vibrato sound.
Tip #2 – Locate the feeling of the head voice
Begin by yawning. As you do, relax the vocal chords and throat. Make the sound of woo-wee, drawing out each syllable. It will sound like a siren. This should be felt in the head, where your head voice is. Other sounds you can feel in your head voice region are a hooting like an owl or woo, a cheer.
Tip #3 – Breathing Correctly
If you bend down and touch your elbows to your knees and breath deeply you’ll find…you cannot take a breath. It is as if you are trying to get water from a hose with a kink in it.
Do this again, but this time, sit up. You can now breath easily.
Tip #4 – Letting the sound project out
Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth, with your lips closed, upper and lower teeth touching. Hum. Where do you feel vibration? It should have been in your nose. Your tongue is in the way, it is blocking off the sound made by the vocal chords’ vibration.
Do this again but allow the tongue to drop down, and keep the teeth together as before, lips closed. Hum and notice where you feel vibration. You should feel it in your teeth. Your teeth are blocking the air from passing out freely.
Now the 3rd time, open your mouth as much as possible with your lips still closed (buy only barely touching), upper and lower teeth no longer touching, and your tongue touching the bottom of your mouth, creating an opening for air to flow through. Now hum, notice the lips are vibrating this time. Only the lips are stopping the air. You should feel the vibration in your lips.
This is the best sound production. Notice how the sound changes and becomes richer when done with only lips touching, tongue down, teeth apart.
These are just the tip of the iceberg to help you become a great singer. I often ask myself how can I develop my singing expertise, as I struggle on stage to flow and deeply connect with the audience. I know that the things I am doing that deaden my tone and projection on certain parts of the harder songs are hurting my success.
I think there is hope now, with training available in systems like Speech Level Singing. Finally, I will become the entertainer I have always dreamed of on that stage. I think there is hope for you too. So don’t give up!
A new world of recorded music is available to the everyman and woman: The power of a computer and software– the audacity download which is totally free– matching the quality produced by a music studio.
Before you lament having to learn yet another software program, check out the audacity tutorial. You’ll find the program is easy to use and what you need help on, there is plenty in forums and audacity tutorial videos in the online community –they are happy to share the love with you all!
To get you started we’ve listed a few simple steps to using Audacity software.
Recording on Audacity–What You Will Need
The Audacity download – go to their website and simply follow the prompts to download
A computer with 1.6GHz at the least, and 2 gigabits RAM. If you want more storage space, use any of the social media or music-sharing venues.
Speakers and headphones–get the best you can, but average quality will do. You can work without speakers if you want to, by using your headphones plugged into your computer to both monitor while recording, and to playback. Speakers are a big plus though.
Note Regarding CD Distribution: You only need the CD burner on your computer to copy your Audacity recording project, rendering professional quality CDs, as many as you desire. You can easily distribute your professional CDs/MP3s for personal or financial gain.
Recording Your Music
Select desired audio source. If you want to use Midi, you will need to download midi to audio conversion software. The Easy Pro, one option, runs about 27.00 USD
Click on and highlight one track, just as you would highlight something in a word document- this is the track you will record on.
Record, hit stop, then you can edit, erase and so on by right clicking and highlighting a certain segment of the recording you want to edit. There is an editing bar next to the control toolbar–there you will find options to cut/copy/paste etc.
Helpful Audacity tools:
Envelope tool allows you to increase or decrease volume. You can fade in and out just like songs you hear on the radio.
Snap tool – If tracks sound like they are in different speeds, or if you have some tracks in digital and others in analogue, this tool snaps the track you are working with to the closest beat, so all tracks are in time with each other. Wish you could have this for your live band, don’t ya?
Undo/redo – lets you undo and re-record any piece of audio, as many times as you want to. This tool is on the top right hand side – you will see forward and reverse arrows, like on a tape player.
Transposing the key of any track. If you have tracks or audio samples / loops that are not all in the same key, use this tool to match them up
Quick mix- in audacity it is one click mixing, whereas other software can have a multi-step mixing process
Be sure to save everything continually throughout your recording
You don’t want to loose all that hard word. Then simply choose export, and pick the format you want–probably MP3. Are you ready to enhance your Audacity knowledge?
Go to the Audacity tutorial where you will enjoy professional guidance
…all in easy to understand language. And be sure to tell your friends about the fantastic, FREE, Audacity download.
A Taste of the Life and Music of Singer Melody Gardot– From Near Death to Stardom
Playing piano in bars in Philadelphia since age 17, at 19 years old, the now famous singer Melody Gardot, was hit by a car while bike riding. She was a “vegetable” by her own description, for over a year. By now most of you know the story of how the music itself worked therapeutically, brought back her brain functioning. She explains the accident left her with disconnected neural pathways, unable to speak. Her music reconnected the neural pathways to regain not only her speech, but to begin writing songs and learning to play guitar.
Her first recording “Some Lessons – The Bedroom Sessions” was done for her own therapeutic purposes. But when it begin circulating on line and a local radio DJ heard it, it got considerable air play.
Melody says the music business is not like the horror stories you hear, of drugs, all night parties and grueling schedules. She had initially let her managers know that she could only do half the typical number of tour dates, in order to account for the ongoing physical limitations from her injuries.
She says the hardest part about touring is when she comes home and does everyday stuff ; She noticed as she did her laundry after touring, there she was washing dirty socks when a week ago she was playing the prestigious London Jazz Festival, recording at the iconic Abby Road with Jazz great Herbie Hancock.
Here’s a sample of the lyrics of singer Melody Garot. She writes most all the songs she records.
Talking bout a sweet memory
It goes round and round in my head
Pretty soon I`ll want the real thing instead
But for now I got this sweet memory
Sunny day Sunny day
Not a cloud crosses the sky
Not a tear comes to my eye
On this sunny day
Talking bout a sweet memory
It goes round and round in my head
Pretty soon I`ll want the real thing instead
But for now I got this sweet memory
Carefree, whimsical, romantic, unaffected, simple yet poignant. Compared with Norah Jones for the languid, soft sound, almost ultra feminine and sweet but with a pinch of bluesy grit added. She sites one musical influence as Janis Joplin after all.
Her band mate describes Melody’s music not as blues or jazz, noting that without the bass and drums it would mostly resemble folk music, but with a bossa nova feel.
She’s been asked how she arrived at the unique style so far from what 20 something’s (she’s now 24) would have on their iPods. She says there was no plan to create a distinct style. It came naturally; she created the songs for therapy purposes. They needed to be soft because the accident left her hypersensitive to percussive sounds. And it needed to be slow because she was in “turtle” mode as far as her level of functioning, trying to regain normal thought processes after the brain injury.
Interesting how she first started playing piano in bars at age 17. She was driving with a friend, ran out of gas and had no money. She said “how can we get some cash for gas” so they just walked down the street and went in a bar, there was a piano and she asked if she could play it. The owner said he just had the player quit on him a day ago, so sure.
After she played 45 minutes, he liked it and said he’d pay her 100.00 a night to play every Saturday for four hours, and if the people liked her she could play there continually. She said ok, but what about the 45 minutes I just played? So he gave her twenty bucks.
Now this lovely, and widely loved singer Melody Gardot has 2 acclaimed CDs out, Baby I’m A Fool and Worrisome Heart. She enjoys looking at a map, thinking, “where in the world do I want to go next?” Then she includes those places in her touring schedule. Wow, that’s the life!
Your singing success should not be forfeited because you have problems such as a sore throat or raw tissues from straining your vocal chords.
Sadly this is all too common for singers. You may have that big break when a producer or talent scout comes to see you, but alas –you are having a bad hair day. No, not bad hair, something even more important– a bad voice day.
This is often related to success itself — you are getting hot, venues are requesting you, and all this extra work is the very thing that trips you up. The hours a night of singing on stage, that you are not used to.
Here are some things that will eliminate this straining, regardless of the volume of gigs or concerts you are doing:
H2O – DRINK WATER. This is enhanced by using a hot steaming towel over your head in the bathroom, filling up the room with steam by running a hot shower. Or do this at the sauna if you have access to one.
Good nutrition and mineral supplements – Eat healthy proteins like fish, eggs, nuts and seeds for energy. In the morning and/or for lunch fresh fruit will give you an energy surge. Avoid candy and sweets for this purpose.
Speaking of becoming flaccid (no joke intended)– avoid talking, unless necessary, and absolutely no yelling or practicing. You cannot expect to use your voice for other things when you have a heavy performing schedule. You are already good if you’ve got that many bookings, so hold off rehearsal until you have new material. If band needs to rehearse, just mouth your part quietly or they can practice with a recording of you.
Some natural drinks are soothing and restore the voice: lemon and honey in hot water, fresh ginger steeped in hot water with lemon juice. Some swear by a mixture of lemon juice and cayenne pepper with water. Once you find a concoction you like keep it on stage, and take drinks between all songs and even when there’s a lead solo.
Last but not least is to sleep at least 6, better yet 8 hours a night. This is the time the chords mend naturally as they rest. Wake up refreshed. Do not begin talking or singing right when you awake. Try a nettie pot to clean any gunk from throat and nasal passages. This is also called nasal irrigation. You can purchase the needed materials at better drug stores or make a solution (check online for home made options).
It is up to you to guide your singing success. There are also programs too help you achieve your ultimate goals and make your dreams for a music career come true. In fact, one of the programs endorsed by top recording acts and effective vocal teachers is actually called Singing Success.
Have you ever heard something on the radio and gotten an idea for a song and thought “I can make my own music, just like what’s on the radio!” Great! You can write and record your music, and have it ready to play and record for song publishers, artists, promoters and venues where music is performed, in a lot less time and training than you might imagine.
Just think, if the chance goes by and you hear your song idea, only slightly different, on the radio Top 40, how you’ll be plundered into deep regret…you failed to act on the thing that could have made all the difference in your life.
Know what else? It not only makes a difference for yourself, but millions of people who could benefit from what you have to say in your music.
Just think, where would we be if there were no Cole Porter, giving us that lush romantic music to fall in love to? No John Lennon to help us “Imagine” what the world can be like when we chose to love, not hate? None of the present day songwriters to nourish us with musical commentary of our times: wars, economic meltdowns, technological overload…helping us to make sense of it all.
So you are determined to make music your life. You start all fired up, record some tracks, and aren’t thrilled with the results. Fine, no worries, just revise, redo, edit, till it truly shows you at your best.
Do you know the crucial factor differentiating musicians who make it and those who don’t? Think it’s talent? A great big N.O. Luck? Not hardly. It is stick-to-itiveness. Perseverance.
Persevere until you are tired, falling asleep at your guitar if necessary, to get those licks down…
Get out of bed when that song idea rolls in from the ether, and write it down or record it, 3 a.m. …be sure to invest in headphones so you don’t wake the sleeping.
Call people across the globe to set up tour dates when it’s 3 am for you, but a work day at 9 a.m. for them.
Surf the net to find reputable online promotion opportunities to get music heard by the public or industry insiders.
Read what you need to learn to record professionally so you don’t bastardize your fantastic music with substandard recording techniques.
As you may have heard many a performer or songwriter say, “I eat, sleep, and breathe music.” That means they stick to it come hell or high water. They don’t ask anyone whether they should or not. If you have to ask, you are not sufficiently determined for the luminous field of making music.
Indeed, whether you live like a pauper or a king or queen, does not matter. Provided you are on the right track you’ll derive the joy from music that you want and need, if not the monetary rewards. Music nourishes the soul, and you can always get some bread to nourish the body. What else do we really need?
From the heart, when I make my own music, all else that is worrisome fades to the background; I sore like the songbird I was born to be. How about you?
The history of music video production begins with movie musicals around 1920, and leaves off with iPod apps, mini movie screens and videos for your cell phone in the 21st century, in 2010. Every year in New York, Lincoln Center holds a Video Festival, specifically to celebrate music videos as an art form. Event proponents contend that mainstream media tends to dismiss videos as low brow; a way of manipulating listeners with packaged images, rather than affording listeners their own visual interpretation.
In essence, the movie musical was made up of a series of videos compiled into one film. Didn’t they have the art down, really? The great movie musical producers were and are masters of juxtaposing music with a visual story in song.
First came musical shorts in the early 1920s. They featured singers, dancers and musicians. Sound anything like MTV? Then in 1927 came the first film to mix music, dance, and story line, The Jazz Singer staring Al Jolson. Musical films in full Technicolor soon followed.
From the 1930’s to late 1950’s the movie musical enjoyed huge popularity, showcasing such stars as Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Judy Garland.
In the 1960s, movie musicals were widely paned. The exception was Richard Lester’s’ A Hard Day’s Night, a precursor to what was to come. Following that, Ken Russell gave us the sizzling hot Tommy. Until the late 70’s, other than Grease and the Disney adaptations, there were film musicals to speak of. Fast forward to 1975: Queen made some of the first music videos; David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes was huge, created by videographer David Mallet. Madness also etched a place in the history with their 16mm music video production of The Prince. And of course, 1979’s Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd was a seminal event.
Public Enemy, U2, Alice Cooper, Madonna and Michael Jackson have made significant contributions to music and culture, although that’s so……. far from a complete list. It’s noted by the producers of New York’s annual video event that with Hip Hop videos shown along side Janet Jackson’s dance pop or the rock of U2, a great comingling of cultures– and an understanding there of–occurs.
And were it not for the music video art form this would not be the case. MTV and other video channels in the 80s, 90s, and on, have shown another side of life, the inner city, black culture turmoil, drugs and crime. These realities had been largely glossed over by feature films, favoring a Pollyannaish version of these sad to tragic sides of daily life.
That is the definition of art of depth – that which expresses the life, the feelings of a people, and gives others an outlet and the ability to acknowledge a life less than sublime, that they may take action to right the wrongs. The history of music video production leads to a place in history of this art form, significant, poignant, and every bit as important and relevant as the works of literature from Yeats to Jack Kerouac. It will be part of world history for generations to come; A smart people knows, you must look back to understand and adjust on the path to a better future.