The Importance of Backing Vocals

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If you’re like most songwriters out there, you may be finding that your backing vocals are just not coming together quite right. If you’re having problems with the consistency, tone or rhythm of your backing tracks, then you may be violating some harmony rules. Backing vocals are an integral part of most songs. If you’re finding that your backing vocals don’t sound quite right, or if you want to improve your backing vocals singing abilities, there are a few backing vocals tips that may help you sort things out.

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Backing Vocals Tips

One of the most common backing vocals tips is to work on the first chorus before moving on to the second verse. If you’re stuck on a certain phrase or key signature, try playing through it as many times as possible until the voice sounds coherent and follows the beat of the music. Working on the first chorus first will also allow you to experiment with different phrasing, pitch variations and dynamics.

One common mistake among singers and songwriters is overdoing the counterpoint in their backing vocals. Overdubbing in the use of the counterpoint is a no-no. The counterpoint is where the singer expresses themselves musically. While using the counterpoint in the backing vocals is fine as long as it doesn’t become overbearing, a sudden rush of it in the middle of a song can sound unnatural. If you feel that the backing vocals are sounding too smooth and synthetic, try stopping the pattern a bit and hitting the notes lower.

Another no-no when working on the backing vocals is overusing the harmonious melody. In most cases, working on the melody after the beat is the best way to achieve a sense of harmonic balance. As an artist, your goal is to create songs that the audience can emotionally connect with. If you’re writing about someone’s love for his or her children, the melody can remain melodic while the chorus starts to pick up. However, if the main melody has lost its emotional power, the backing vocals can be a better choice.

There are also times when a lyricist would want to incorporate the backing vocals but forget about the melody. For example, during a sad song, lyrics and vocals may be the same but the tempo and pitch are slightly off-kilter and the song doesn’t have the right feel. When this happens, a lyricist can simply sing the lyrics and let the backing vocals do the rest. This technique allows the lyricist to get more melodic with their arrangement and song structure. Plus, the vocalist doesn’t have to worry about matching the melody exactly.

While working on a song that utilizes the backing vocals, you mustn’t try to overdo them. The background vocals should still be subtle but noticeable enough that they enhance the song without becoming the focus. The trick is to make sure that they fit well into the song without overwhelming it. The backing vocals can become part of the song if done tastefully.

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No Backing Vocals?

Some artists prefer not to use the backing vocals at all and instead focus on the lead vocal and the melody. They may even try to hide the backing vocals behind the lead vocal to maintain a unique sound. However, hiding the backing vocals is a bad idea as they will always seem to distract listeners from the lead vocal. If your goal is to write a catchy pop song, the melody should rule and the backing vocals should only add to the melody.

Backing vocals can take many forms, and while some like to use them, others are against using them. Many musicians feel that background vocals distract from the lead vocal. They do indeed take away space, especially if the backing vocals are recorded with a lower pitch than the lead vocal. However, they also allow for a greater amount of variation in music as a whole, especially when it comes to harmonies. The most important thing is not to underestimate the importance of backing vocals; they add life and dimension to the music. They’re just as important as the main melody.…

Singing Low notes With Your Chest Voice

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Ahhh, chest voice. The most prominent and acknowledged origins of the American male singer/songwriter/ composer. Today, going deeper into the inner workings of chest voice and exactly how it ought to feel like, how to activate it, and difficulties and challenges one may face when attempting tosing down there.

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So many men (and women) struggle with singing high notes, especially when they start learning to sing chest cavity music. For some time I was also having difficulty with my chest cavity singing and I wanted to make a change. That is the exact reason why I am writing this article now. I want to take you on a journey inside the body of the female singer, and teach you the way to activate your low notes effortlessly.

Anatomy of Singing

What we have to do is first to understand our singing larynx (or simply larynx). Our larynx houses the vocal cords and the structures at the back of the throat. When you start singing the notes are not reached by the vocal cords, but by the larynx which is located very close to the throat.

So how do you get your vocal cords to work a certain way? First and foremost, singing in a certain way has to be taught to you. In other words, you won’t be able to sing high notes by accident. This is a learned technique that has to be taught to you. When we speak or breathe, the vocal cords react differently in different people, but in singing, they respond in a very similar way.

Technique and Voice Types

Some singers have a great technique when it comes to singing and breathing but poor breathing and larynx development. If you feel that you lack breath support while singing then you should look into improving your breathing and vocal development. Breathing incorrectly will prevent you from reaching the notes you wish to reach.

On the other hand, some people develop chest cavity resonance, which is characterized by a “chest buzz” or “honking.” These types of voices tend to sound squeaky, hoarse, or raspy. They usually are not well balanced. People who do not breathe properly also have this problem.

The problem with these voice types is that they tend to sound mechanical and monotonous. This is why most singing teachers focus more on the larynx than the chest voice. However, chest voice and falsetto voices can also have good projection and quality sound. For example, Barry White, who is one of the best-known singers, has a very powerful chest voice that reaches very high notes. His vocal cords are not out of place and he sings cleanly all the way through. He has a great vibrato which he uses at the beginning of each note in his songs.

Applications

Unfortunately, not everyone has a strong larynx. This is where singing teachers sometimes suggest learning falsetto instead of Barry white voice. Falsetto is similar to vocal hypnosis in that it involves moving your vocal cords from the diaphragm, or the centre of your chest, to the chest cavity, or neck. Although most of the sounds produced come from the larynx, you may still need to use your lungs to sing notes, especially low notes. If you practice singing with a singer/singer friend who can give feedback, you will be better prepared to judge for yourself if you need to use your chest or larynx for notes.

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Many of today’s top country music stars are advocates of chest voice singing. George Strait sings from the chest and is considering a “cheap” singer. Carrie Underwood sings from the chest too and has become very famous for doing so. Robin Thicke sings almost entirely from the chest and has become very popular singing mainly chest notes. Even J.J. Johnson has had some chest notes in his songs.

When you sing chest voice it feels like your chest is being opened and your lungs are expanding to the point where the air is being pushed out of the lungs. This makes your chest voice feel hollow and somewhat lonely as it is not being supported by the chest muscles. You can use this feeling of loneliness to add some emotion to your singing.

As you practice singing chest register songs, watch the way your vocal cords move and expand as you sing lower notes. Watch your larynx for any signs that it may be starting to fatigue. If it does, then stop practising and ice it down. Also, try listening to a song of another genre with your chest voice, listen to how it sounds and begin practising singing from the other voice as well.…

How to Do a Proper Vocal Warm-Up

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Want to be a great public speaker or singer? Then start with vocal warm-up exercises. A vocal warm-up is an exercise to prepare your voice. Here is the problem: many people prepare for a big speech or interview, but never think of doing vocal warm-ups for beginners.

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Vocal warm-up exercises will increase the volume and quality of your vocal range. This means that you can sing better and carry yourself with confidence as you go on stage. Vocal ranges are different for everyone. Different vocal techniques require different ranges. The best vocalists all sing in very different ranges.

Basic Exercises

Vocal warm-up exercises will teach you to control your vocal cords so that they respond to your lips and not your breath. In other words, vocal cords do not lie down permanently. They respond to your movements. For example, when you go up or come down from a higher register, your vocal cords are still moving up and down. This is because when you go upwards, your vocal cords are closer together. When you come down, they are farther apart.

When you start a song, there might be some blank space between your lips and the notes that you want to vocalise. To fill this gap, you vocalise by either singing the lyrics or making a sound with your mouth or your teeth. This technique is known as localization. Singing the lyrics first is a good vocal warm-up before going into vocal practice for a song. It helps you to localize properly.

When you have finished your vocal warm-up, it is time to move onto the next exercise. This one is called the lip trill exercise. To perform it, place your tongue lightly against your lower teeth. If there is some room leftover, you can even use the roof of your mouth. You must move your tongue slowly upwards towards your open mouth, resting only on the top half of your mouth.

The final vocal warm-ups exercise involves a series of descending exercises. These are done in the same manner as the initial vocal warm-ups. They simply go back to where you started from but in reverse. To do them correctly, you should begin with very soft vocal sounds and gradually increase the intensity.

For instance, if you start on a high C and singing the word “down”, you should move your lips upwards towards the note. As you move to the lower note, you should move your lips lower, singing the word “down” in a quieter tone. You finish by singing the last note of the song, moving your lips higher again. This exercise is repeated for each key that you will be singing in.

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Humming Exercises

Another form of vocal warm-up that you could do include exercises such as humming exercises. When you hum or speak out loud, the sound is produced from your diaphragm, which is why these exercises are important. While you are performing these exercises, ensure that your body is still able to move properly. This will give you an idea of how far you have to go before you get too tired.

Many singers will never have the chance to develop their vocal warm-up routines, which is sad. You can learn all sorts of things when you listen to other singers. This is especially important because you can see how they go about practising their vocal warm-up exercises. By listening to their daily routine, you will be able to incorporate their techniques into your daily routine so that you can improve your voice as well.

For those who want to give vocal warm-up a try, the video below will automatically begin at the 1st-minute mark. To get started with the vocal warm-up exercise, you will need to download the exercise so that you can start right away. The video below will not only walk you through the proper breathing pattern for vocal warm-ups but will also educate you on the use of two vowel sound vocal warm-up exercises. After the two vowel exercise lesson, the video will show you how to maintain your balance during the exercise.…

Vocal Tension and Vocal Maintenance

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Vocal tension is a common problem that many singers encounter. It is almost impossible not to experience vocal tension at any point in time. When you place any high-quality vocal technique and professional quality voice on top of this, you are probably going to contract some vocal tension no matter what. As a result, you might benefit from various ways to reduce that tension every day. Vocal exercises to reduce vocal tension are one of the best things you can do for your voice.

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Basics

Of course, there is always the option of using vocal exercises to relieve vocal tension and vocal shortening. However, I think you are missing something if you limit yourself to only these options. One of the best things you can do for your voice is to work on muscle tension as well. I think you have noticed that when you sing better, or at all, your voice sounds stronger because your vocal cords are stronger. There is something to be said for exercises for vocal strength as well.

The vocal cords are made up of several muscle groups. Your tongue, throat, jaw, and head make up a larger portion of your vocal cords than you realize. If you were to include all of these muscle groups in your vocal exercise routine, it would give your vocal range a tremendous boost without much effort. The muscles are a vital part of how you produce sound. When you exercise your vocal cords, you develop stronger muscles and this makes you produce more sound and more efficiently.

Health

When you start to develop a good overall health pattern, your vocal cords will not be as tense. This is why you will notice an improvement in both your vocal range and your overall health. Of course, it will take some time. In my experience, a simple daily vocal exercise routine will do wonders for both your vocal range and overall health. It will also allow you to be more relaxed and vocal cords will not be tense.

Importance of Exercises

When you do vocal exercises to release excess tension, you should work on releasing the larynx first. The larynx is the cartilage at the bottom of the throat that is responsible for sound coming out of your mouth. When this cartilage becomes stiff with age, your vocal cords become very tight and the sound isn’t as clear as it should be. The larynx needs to be loosened up for these problems to be solved.

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Next, it is important to release tension in the uvula and tonsils. You can do this through simple breathing exercises known as diaphragmatic breathing. By opening up your chest, you will increase the amount of airflow in your body. This increases the air pressure in your vocal cords and makes them less tight. As a result, your voice sounds clearer.

Finally, vocal exercises to strengthen your vocal cords are key to keeping your vocal tract in tip-top shape. If the vocal cords get too weak or stretched out, they don’t produce the sound that you want. If they get too sore, they can even become infected which only adds to your vocal discomfort.

Overall, vocal exercises to relax your larynx and throat, as well as to release tension in the vocal cords, will help improve your overall voice. Melanie Tapson’s “Vocal Repair System” will teach you how to do it correctly in a step by step format. You don’t have to live with that tired, strained voice ever again. By using the “Vocal Repair System” you will quickly restore your vocal flow and make your voice sound better than ever before.…

Songwriting Basics For Beginners

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While songwriting is one of the most difficult professions there are songwriters out there who are masters at it. If you want to become a songwriter, you will have to at least know the basics of songwriting and how to write good lyrics and music. Not knowing these basics can cost you in your future career. Here is a look at some songwriting basics for beginners that can be used by you.

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Songwriting Basics

One of the first songwriting basics that you should understand is song structure. Song structure refers to the process of writing different songwriting songs depending on the topic of the song. Songs with a basic theme that tell a story will use different songwriting techniques than songs that are more complicated and talk about various topics. Songs about fishing, hiking or weight loss all use different songwriting basics to create their songs. The songwriter has to think of ways of making the songs as varied as possible without using the same song.

One of the most important songwriting basics for beginners is song structure. Once you have learned song structure you will be able to create amazing songs because you understand how they work. It’s better if you have a song structure that is already working for you rather than trying to create something new.

Lyrics

Another one of the important songwriting basics is writing song lyrics. The way songwriters write lyrics has changed over the years. Back then songwriters use abstract thoughts and images. Today songwriters use lyric writing machines as they can quickly jot down notes. There are songwriting machines available that you can use at home that will help you develop your songwriting skills.

When writing lyrics you should always try to write about something personal to you. Sometimes songwriting can be difficult because you are writing about something you are not very involved with. This is why songwriting software is available for aspiring songwriters to use in their own homes. These songwriting software programs are easy to use and can make it much easier to develop your songwriting skills. They do most of the work for you.

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Other Tips

Songwriting is all about songwriting exercises. Most songwriters think that the only way to write songs is to spend countless hours alone in a room with a piano or keyboard. This is not the case at all. Just like in school a teacher will give you songwriting tips one time in a while. However, you cannot rely on just any songwriting teacher for all the songwriting tips you need to learn.

Songwriting is a creative process that anyone can take advantage of. It can be frustrating at times because it can be very hard at times. But just like anything worth having, it gets easier with practice. Learning the songwriting process will help you write better songs and create better music.

Songwriting is all about creating a melody and writing lyrics to accompany this melody. Most songwriters will have a favourite song that they are extremely comfortable with. When writing lyrics you should try to write along with your favourite song. Sometimes songwriting can be tough if you are not used to writing with a particular melody in mind. So, learning how songwriting programmes work will make songwriting much easier.…

Improve Your Head Voice Singing

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You may be amazed at how many talented singers don’t know how to do head voice singing. Some of the most well-known singers and music artists know how to do head voice very well. Britney Spears is one of these. Other singing talents include Christina Aguilera and Ashanti. Most artists with any kind of talent for singing or music realize that they have a powerful singing ability. And to further boost their skills, they practice with proper vocal exercises to further improve their vocal range.

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Unfortunately, most people who think they have a head voice need a lot of practice. Not all singers are naturally born with a high-pitched voice, but some techniques can be learned. There are many reasons why some singers can’t seem to master their head voice and other singers that head voice without practising. Here are some things to think about that may be keeping you from singing better.

  • A lot of singers think that they’re not good enough, that they can’t head their voice properly and they don’t want to practice more. They think that they have a voice inside their head and that’s the only thing that matters. That’s simply not true. Practice is important if you want to be a top-level singer.
  • Some singers think they can sing whatever they want with a great voice and then go on and talk in public without practice. This simply isn’t true either. The voice that you learn in a singing lesson will only get better as you practice. If your voice is too high pitched at the beginning of a singing session, you won’t improve it very much until you start practising to get your head voice up.
  • A lot of singers think they can head voice independently and they don’t have to pay attention to their training. Once they start to sing well, they think they can take any singing lesson they are offered. Well, they are wrong. Most good singing lessons require intensive practice. Singers who think they can head voice alone aren’t going to make it.
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  • A lot of singers think they can practice until their head voice sounds like Michael Jackson. Well, they are wrong again. You can’t expect your head voice to sound like Michael Jackson if you don’t practice and work on your singing skills.

Practice

You need to pay attention to your head voice if you want to be a successful singer. There are some things that you can do to improve it. If you are willing to put in the effort, you will get better results than if you just give up. By following these tips, you can see progress with your head voice right away. So what are you waiting for?

It’s important to practice your head voice every single day. Don’t wait for your singing sessions to complete before practising. Your vocal cords can expand and contract even during your singing sessions so you need to know how to control them. Your singing sessions will determine how much progress you make.

Practice will help you master your head voice. Start with humming in the car. This is a good way to test yourself. During your practice, you shouldn’t force your voice to do anything it’s not comfortable with. You should use only a natural tone and deepen it gradually. This will make your head voice sound very natural.

Practice your head voice outdoors as well. A simple exercise is to breathe from your diaphragm. Make it as smooth and relaxed as possible. Next, try singing while speaking normally. Then, back it up by singing again while speaking normally. Repeat these exercises every day until you’re able to sing comfortably without thinking about it.

When you have mastered the techniques in this article, you will notice that your head voice will shine through. Your audience will be able to tell that you’re recording with a head voice. With practice, you can make your head voice your best singing voice. Good luck!…