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Singing the right pitch and notes all of the time

In this blog, I am going to be discussing the subject of why do I sound flat or off… let’s cut straight to the chase, let’s not waste any more time because I am here to help you out and I want to fix your voice.
The reason why you are sounding flat or off at times is because you are not singing the right note or notes. You need to sing the right notes all the time, so if you are having troubles with this, what I first and foremost want you to do is find your speaking key roughly around where you speak. Try to find or play the same note you are speaking in on guitar or piano and even if you don’t have any of those two instruments, hear where your speaking voice is and just find out where that is and try to pick songs that don’t have a lot of melody and are around your speaking key to start with. I will then need you to learn the lyrics, melody and the phrasing a hundred and ten percent of this song.
Start singing along with the original artists but please also listen to the music because the chords that are being played within the music are telling you what key you need to sing.Meaning that you didn’t need to know about music theory or even what key the song is in. Who cares about that? Just listen to the chord because the chord is telling you where you got to sing or the notes have to be. Practice the original version with the actual singer and get it down hundred and ten percent. Once that is and only a 110% percent, go and get the backing track or the instrumental version of it and practice with that without the original singer. If you’re having trouble with this and still going flat or off, go back to the original singer and practice it again until it’s a hundred and ten percent then go back into the backing track or instrumental version again.
If you're still singing flat you need to assess whether the song is in the right key or suits your voice. You may need to seek professional help with this from singing teacher. Vox singing Academy offers real time online and private singing lessons.
To summarise:
• Find songs that are around your speaking range and suit your vocal range.
• Start singing along with the original version get it down 110% and do not move to practising with the backing track until it is.
• Get it down with the backing track 110%
• Choose the next song that may be a little bit more challenging
• But keep the melody fairly simple until you get this next song down, your third song should be something that is a little bit more challenging to do with melody that will be moving around to challenge your voice a little.
I hope that this has helped you out. Stay tune for the next blog as well because I am going to give you skills to improve your musicianship, your ear and your pitching in the next blog!

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Read this blog if you are sounding off pitch or flat

Please read this blog if you wanted to improve your pitch and ear or if you’re sounding flat or off.
The first thing or the cardinal rule to singing in key and not singing flat is to please make sure that you listen! You have to listen as it is a very important skill for all singers.
• We need to listen to our self when we’re going flat and try to fix or correct this.
• We need to listen to the music or chord that is being played as it is telling us where we have to sing you and what notes you have to sing.
So, if you are sounding a little flat, seek professional help. Your teacher should be find your speaking key, you meaning what key you speak in. The teacher should be giving you an example of a note that he/she will be wanting you to sing you in your speaking key. And then moving up and down semitones from your speaking key in the right pitch as high and as long as you possibly can until you go out of pitch.
Click here to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwkh6oKpdIs

Once your ear has improved, try to sing songs and apply the scale straight into your songs. If you’re still having some troubles of this, please go back and practice the major 5th art scale and the octave with numbers scale from past episodes of the five minute singer.
The main point is listen up!! – listen to yourself, listen to the chords in music or scales which are being played because they will tell your ear where you’re going to sing and what notes you need to sing. Another point is take good care of your hearing if you’re using loud equipment or attending the loud music shows, please take care of your hearing and used earplugs.

Hope that this has helped you out!

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How To Correctly Do The Ung Warm Up Scale

In this episode I am going to be answering Sam's question from New Zealand. So, thank you very much for all of the correspondents that we have received from there I am going to be answering Sam’s question here today and Sam’s question is “where is the uvula and how to correctly do the Ung Warm Up Exercise?”.
So, first and foremost, warming up your voice is very important, you always want to do this before you do any scales or singing. We always wanted to make sure that your voice is properly warmed up so that you never hurt or damage your voice in the future because we want to always sing with a healthy voice with correct technique.

To start with let's go over some basic anatomy.
1stdiagram

In this 1st diagram here, looking at the back of our mouth, we’ll see a little bit of flesh hanging down at the back and that is called your UVULA.
When we’re doing the Ung Exercise, we want the back of the tongue just to block off the arch, or the back of the uvula; we don’t want the tongue to completely lift up and sit at the top of the hard or soft palate.

2nd diagramMoving to the second diagram, let me explain a bit about the hard and soft palate. What I would like you to do at home is to put your finger to the roof of your mouth just in front of the top teeth and you feel that this area is hard or bone. – That is called ‘hard palate’. If you keep running your finger backwards, it will get soft and this will turn to what we call ‘soft palate’. That will go back for about an inch to where your uvula will hang down and you’ll get another inch at the back of the uvula and then your nasal port opens up there enabling you to breathe with your mouth shut.

As well just so that you know, we have two sets of vocal cords. The most used set is the true set which is the lower set and this sits at the bottom of the throat. Try to vibrate or move your true voice by popping two fingers at the bottom of your throat while speaking – as it widens out below the Adams apple. It will vibrate there when you sing or speak. At the top of the throat, we have the ‘false cords’. Try to vibrate your false cords by placing two fingers at the top of your throat while speaking or singing in false voice… you should feel the vibration at the very top of your throat.

When we are doing the Ung Exercise it is done in 1/10 of your normal volume. This is ‘vocal yoga’. I have been using this warmup exercise my whole career and all of my professional singers and students use and warm up with this exercise and no one has ever had any vocal disorders after using this particular exercise and warming up properly before every show or before every practice session.

Your tongue needs to raise up when we’re doing the Ung exercise and block off the back of the Uvula – this is what your tongue will be doing. We do not want the tongue to come up and hit the hard palate as we’re going to get a dumb sound. The reason why we are doing this is because we are circulating warm air around the two sets of vocal cords. When you are humming, your mouth is shut, your tongue is flat and you feel the vibration at the start of your lips. We are taking that vibration and circulating the warm air around the two sets of vocal cords you when you block off the back of the uvula.

Please feel free to go back to our old YouTube clip regarding the Ung warm up exercise.
I hope that has explained our professional warm up exercise, keep the correspondents coming and I'm sure this will warm you up every time.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Peter Vox


Harmony Singing for Beginners

In this blog, we're going to lead straight off from the last blog where I explained and demonstrated the difference between a backing vocal and a harmony.
Now, we have a few requested email saying "I'd like to learn how to do harmonies and I don't know how to do them". So, I am going to show you how to do them here and I am going to start off again with the most commonly used and easiest harmonies which is the third and the fifth above.
So, before we start doing some harmonies, let's do a scale to get your ear into the groove of what we're about to do with harmonies, so let's start with the third harmony scale. I am going to do a triad scale going up and strike the notes. You're going to need to be on to make harmony sound good so make sure you are striking the notes. (Scale here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGt7zb9VH8E)
When doing scales, don't slide or join the notes, seeing a little firmer and louder as the notes are getting higher, males are more welcome to go to falsetto on the top higher notes if you wish. And remember don't be scared sing or do harmonies in falsetto voice.
If you want, you can also reverse that scale by coming down (the lower harmonies) but because we haven't got a lot of time, we're going to be focusing on the higher 3rd and 5th harmony which is the most commonly used harmony.
Now that you've harmony scales down and your ear is good and we're going to start putting them to practice. Again, I will be using the same melody I used from last week's blog which is the first verse of the Beatles song. My first starting note is in C#, if your going to be working out the harmony in songs, we'll have a listen to myself singing here as I give an example... If you can play piano or guitar, you can work out what notes you need to sing. If you don't play guitar, that's fine and if you got no musical skills, that's also fine! You can just go with and it use the scale that I had given you which is the third and the fifth and start practicing to that. Sing the melody then sing the third and then sing the fifth and then record yourself singing them altogether and get that down.
So, I am going to give you an example of what you should be doing at home.
Record the melody
Sing the third above the top to the best of your ability and work out the notes if you can.
When you can do the fifth on top of that you would of created and now have a three part harmony.
This is a great way to practice harmony’s by yourself at home. Get your friends in, get your band mates and start doing harmonies! Practice makes perfect!
I hope that this has helped you out and see you on the next blog of the 5Minute Singer!

Thank you

Peter Vox


Harmony Singing for Beginners!

In this blog, we're going to lead straight off from the last blog where I explained and demonstrated the difference between a backing vocal and a harmony.
Now, we have a few requested email saying "I'd like to learn how to do harmonies and I don't know how to do them". So, I am going to show you how to do them here and I am going to start off again with the most commonly used and
easiest harmonies which is the third and the fifth above.

So, before we start doing some harmonies, let's do a scale to get your ear into the groove of what we're about to do with harmonies, so let's start with the third harmony scale. I am going to do a triad scale going up and strike the notes. You're going to need to be on to make harmony sound good so make sure you are striking the notes.

Scale here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGt7zb9VH8E)
When doing scales, don't slide or join the notes, seeing a little firmer and louder as the notes are getting higher, males are more welcome to go to falsetto on the top higher notes if you wish. And remember don't be scared sing or do harmonies in falsetto voice.

If you want, you can also reverse that scale by coming down (the lower harmonies) but because we haven't got a lot of time, we're going to be focusing on the higher 3rd and 5th harmony which is the most commonly used harmony.
Now that you've harmony scales down and your ear is good and we're going to start putting them to practice. Again, I will be using the same melody I used from last week's blog which is the first verse of the Beatles song. My first starting note is in C#, if your going to be working out the harmony in songs, we'll have a listen to myself singing here as I give an example... If you can play piano or guitar, you can work out what notes you need to sing. If you don't play guitar, that's fine and if you got no musical skills, that's also fine! You can just go with and it use the scale that I had given you which is the third and the fifth and start practicing to that. Sing the melody then sing the third and then sing the fifth and then record yourself singing them altogether and get that down.
So, I am going to give you an example of what you should be doing at home.

Record the melody -
Sing the third above the top to the best of your ability and work out the notes if you can.
When you can do the fifth on top of that you would of created and now have a three part harmony.
This is a great way to practice harmony’s by yourself at home. Get your friends in, get your band mates and start doing harmonies! Practice makes perfect!
I hope that this has helped you out and see you on the next blog of the 5Minute Singer!

Thank you


Sing harmonies with ease!

https://youtu.be/sGt7zb9VH8E


Massive’s highly anticipated 2nd album release ‘Destination Somewhere’, is out worldwide on April 22nd 2016!

MASSIVE will be 1 of the Greatest Australian rock'n' roll bands ever so check them out at smaller venues while you still can as these guys will be playing theatres, stadiums and festivals in the very near future!!
I have heard a few tracks off the new album "Destination Somewhere" and they are absolutely killer! They kick off they're national month long tour and album launch this Saturday at the Evelyn Hotel.
http://www.massiveoz.com/

ROCK ON!

Peter Vox


HAPPY WORLD VOICE DAY!!

HAPPY WORLD VOICE DAY!

Today is World Voice Day! So on behalf of myself and all of the staff at Vox Singing Academy we would like to wish all students both past and present or anyone for that matter that has expressed they're artistic self emotionally with their voice.

Keep using your amazing gift!

Much love

Peter Vox

http://world-voice-day.org




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