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How to scream, high in falsetto!

Extreme high falsetto screaming.

In this month's article I am going to guide and help you developed your extreme screams for hard rock/metal/black metal/screaming, growls, distortion and squeals.

We will be singing extremely high black metal tones (jet engine or pig squeals) distortion through your whole entire falsetto range and how to do it safely, pain free, with proper technique and to still have a voice left when you finish a show, song or rehearsal.

In last months article we spoke exclusively about distortion in true voice. In this months article we're going to talk exclusively regarding screaming/singing in higher register of the voice (falsetto).

This is a very popular form of singing in the harder genres of music e.g. Dream on Dreamer, I Killed the Prom Queen, House v hurricane, Airbourne.

1. Body stretching and limbering.

Before you start any singing it is a good idea to stretch and limber your body. But especially extreme forms of singing were you are going to be using your whole body as instrument and you're going to need a lot more energy and diaphragmatic support to project and get the desired sounds without hurting your voice.

I recommend some light stretching of all of the major muscles in your body then some jumping jacks, jogging on the spot or shadowboxing to get your heart rate and energy level up.

2. Posture when singing.

Your posture is also very important when singing. Keeping your upper  torso and spine relatively straight when singing is important. Singers use different acoustics, resonation chambers and resonance, similar to a piano or guitar. If you bend the spine of a guitar or grand piano it will alter the sound and go out of tune. This is also be similar to you as a singer. So try to keep your spine relaxed but straight.

I know that it is also very common to see hard-core singers bending over to get higher or harder notes. I am not disagreeing with this at all! To be honest with you I actually promote and teach it with one slight variation. The one variation is that when you are going for a huge note or scream, you should bend at the hips so that your diaphragm contracts and supports laterally. You should not be bending at the shoulders or upper torso area.

3.Warm up and cooling down for screamers

I cannot stress highly enough how important it is to warm up and cool down properly in all genres of singing but especially extreme forms of singing as we're covering here.

For screamers you should be warming up the fall range of your voice. Though especially focus on warming up the registers of your voice that you are using more of in your performance.

So for the extreme higher singers you should be starting off doing some light humming all the way through your range, then a falsetto major fifth scales on the ee vowel sound too warm the higher range. Then I would be doing some light Seagull or Fry in the top range, doing these on single notes or a major 5th descending scale.

When your voice feels properly warmed up, proceed with your normal singing routine.

4.Correct diaphragmatic breathing.

It is vitally important to breath into your diaphragm or stomach area with all the extreme forms of singing. As this is where your power, projection, support, control and stamina will all come from. Not from your throat. Put your hand on the upper part of your stomach in V of your ribs. As you inhale a breath, try to and get your hand and stomach to move out as you fill your diaphragm up with air. If you have mastered this, this is called a diaphragmatic breath. As you are singing higher and louder your stomach needs to tighten up to support all of the notes to insure that you are not going to damage your vocal chords. Always expel air through the vocal chords, do not inhale.

5.Microphone technique and vocal effects

It will greatly aid the distortion of your sound if you can cup the ball of the microphone in the palm of your hand when doing any higher screaming. Always put your lips as close to the microphone as you possibly can and hold the microphone horizontal.

If you are touring for an extensive amount of time or doing a big number of gigs in a row you can also look into vocal effects or a voice processes to help your voice out and get the desired tone night after night. Lexicon and Digitech have some fantastic products.

6. How to do it!

After doing all of the above from 1 to 5 you want to start off trying to sing one single note in you're clean falsetto voice. I like to start off with the words blah, whah or are.

Now you are going to have to start to use a lot of physical energy (get pumped up) and diaphragmatic support.

We now want to try to lower the falsetto sound onto the vocal chords and raise your volume. This sound is traditionally called a fry. Simply, I want you to try to get an aggressive seagull or an aggressive large cat sound in falsetto. You can also altar your sound by dropping it lower or raising it higher on the vocal chords and also lowering or raising the volume.

Once you have experimented with some different vocal placements and volumes, try different words, mouth placements and pitch. This should not be hurting your voice, though you should be expelling a lot of physical energy. This genre of singing cannot and should not be done with out a lot energy and focus.

Once you have experimented with of the above try to sing complete phrases.

I must warn that this is not an easy genre to do correctly, safely and for a long periods of time with out the right techniques. Though with the right technique and support this genre is actually very safe.

I wish you all much enjoyment with your singing and a fantastic 2014

Peter Vox


Singing with Distortion, Husk, Dirt, Grit, Throat or Growling.

In this month's article we're going to discuss a very popular subject!

Singing with distortion, husk, dirt, grit, throat, growling; call it what you will! But for this months article we are simply going to call  it singing dirty or with distortion.

But firstly let's just get a few facts and terminologies down so that you  know exactly what I'm talking about for this particular article in relation to singing dirty or with distortion.

There are only 2 forms/techniques of harder singing/screaming that are used.

1. True or chest voice distorted singing. E.g James Hatfield from Metallica only users distorted true or chest voice singing on all Metallica tracks.

2. Falsetto voice distorted singing.E.g Daniel Davey from Cradle of Filth sings predominantly in a falsetto voice distorted screams. There are also a lot of heavier artists out there that use a mixture of both true and false voices e.g Lamb of God, Dream on dreamer, Airbourne and Pantera.190px-Howard_jones_of_killswitch_engage

In this month's article we are only going to discuss true voice distortion, though please look out for January 2014's article on on high falsetto screaming!

Please always remember to completely warmed up your voice before you starting any distortion, husky scales or singing with some humming and then some clean scales or singing.

Ensure that to always remember to take a proper diaphragmatic breath whilst doing any singing but especially harder or distorted singing. To ensure that proper breath support is continually maintained, focus on correct diagram support of all notes and apply the right amount of breath pressure underneath the vocal chords at all times.

If you need to tighten anything, it should be your diagphram (stomach) area, NOT you neck, shoulders or throat. Always keep your neck relaxed so that your vocal chords have room to distort. We want to feel the vocal chords vibrate  and distorting, like a quiet dog growl.

Try for this for yourself at home: Stand up in a relaxed posture and then  try to growl like a dog in any key/note. Keep your mouth open and try to hold that one note/growl for 2 or 3 seconds.

This shouldn’t hurt or strain your voice! You do not and should not feel any pain or discomfort at all .You don’t want to feel the vocal chords are being pushed or forced together, this will only cause the air that is being forced through the vocal chords to become pressurised e.g like the vocal chords are holding back the air pressure in your lungs. You want to relax your vocal chords and throat. Leaving your vocal chords to relax and  distort with support from the diaphragm with minimal force. You ultimately want to let air  run through your vocal chords so that they distort, you do not want to compress the vocal chords together to make a distorted sound!

I always like to start off with and use Kurk Cobain from Nirvana as an example of the amount of huskiness  and distortion you want to achieve and experiment with. So start off on a single note and try to lightly growl like a dog. Once you have achieved this and your vocal chords are distorting and not causing you any discomfort or pain,  try to sing a few notes higher and lower from that single not starting point still keeping your sounds distorted. If you are feeling comfortable with this  try then to  sing a few words around the same pitch or key. Once you have mastered this technique then try to sing up as high and as low as you naturally and safely can without causing any pain or discomfort on your vocal chords. I would strongly recommend trying to tighten up your diaphragm or stomach area as you were going up high in your vocal range.

I would recommend going up and down the 2 octaves from about low C to high C with a light husky tone like Kurt Cobain. Once you have accomplished this and have sung a song or 2 in this particular tone you can gradually try to give your distorted tone more diaphragmatic support and volume, but please still try to keep your vocal chords relaxed. This should now start to sound and emulate a tone that is similar to James Hatfield's from Metallica. Again repeat the same process by trying to sing a few octaves and songs with this somewhat courser tone.

Then finally and ultimately once you have got this technique down you  give it even more diaphragmatic  projection ,support and volume but still keeping the vocal chords relaxed to produce an even more brutal and harsher tone similar to Pantera.

Another great tip and technique to make you have a more distorted sound is to cup or ball the microphone in the palm of your hand whilst singing. This will greatly help you get a more distorted sound.

 

Recapping the main points

1. Always support and sing with your diaphragm.

2. Always warm up and cool down your vioce.

3. Keep our vocal chords relaxed and let them distort. Don't compress them together.

4.Start off with small bursts of husky singing until you build up your stamina and strength

 

By Peter Vox


Christmas and holiday greetings from Peter Vox

MERRY XMAS AND THANK YOU ALL!!

Okay it's that time of year again! So here it is!

This year, professionally and personally has been a roller coaster. But what a ride it has been! I have gained strength, learnt and grown so much for the experience. I'll be taking these much learnt lessons and applying them both personally and professionally to take Vox singing academy and myself to the next level in 2014 and beyond.

I would first and foremost like to give a heartfelt thank you to all Vox singing Academy students both past and present!
With out you we're NOTHING!
Myself, all the staff and teachers would not be able to be in an industry and profession that gives us all so much joy and happiness. We're honoured to teach students, not only because we make a difference in their lives and help them acquire there goals and dreams, however big or small. But because of the contribution that these students are making in other peoples lives by sharing there gifts and talents with others and audiences.
We at Vox strive not to just make great singers but also Great human beings who are going to contribute and make the music industry and world a better place.

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Next I would like to thank my two daughters Indiana and Tyla, my mother and father and my best friend Mr Andrew Corlett. Without their love, support, patients, sacrifice, understanding and help I would not be where I am today. I love you more than life itself!

I would like to thank my loyal and dedicated staff both past and present! But especially my present team which is the best that I have ever assembled, Rebecca, Ryan, Belinda, Thomas, Rients and Lachlan. Without you guys Vox singing academy wouldn't be were it is today. It has been a tough slot this year but the future is looking very bright for us in 2014 with some big innovations, streamlining and changes happening!
Finally I would like to say thank you to my fantastic street team Vicki, Rients,Ryan and Plakkit who keep us in the public eye and on the street. And to Aleksei and all of the crew at Mixdown and Beat Magazines in Melbourne.

Again from the bottom of my heart, much love, light and respect to everyone that has been involved in my career in the past 20 years. I am honoured and blessed to be in such a fantastic industry for so long, that has given me so much!

Be careful, be safe but have fun and a fantastic Christmas and 2014 filled with Love, Friends, Family, Laughter and Music!

Much respect!
Peace!

Peter Vox


Preparing yourself and Voice for a Show or Tour!

Preparation for a live vocal performance or show

In this month's article I am going to give you 2 descriptions of vocal preparation for   shows.

The first  will be for a professional to semiprofessional performer or singer.

PRACTICE AND REHEARSE.

Months before a full length performance you should be rehearsing EVERYTHING that you are going to be performing on live stage!

From the very moment you walk up on stage you are a performer. Practice walking on to the stage, what you’re going to say to the audience, movements, stage presentation and crowd interaction. All of your tech things from sound and lighting, to microphone and instrument change oversA need to be seamless. Try to rehearse in a room with similar foldback, acoustics and dimensions  of the  stage that you will be performing on.

Everything down to the last note you sing has to be 110% at rehearsals before you even think about stepping up on stage. Once you have everything nailed down, it is up to you to maintain this professionally high level of rehearsing until the big day or tour begins.

If you are nervous about not knowing the venue or the area you are performing at, it’s always a good idea to try and head down to have a look on the day or the day before if possible. Find out where the venue is, how long it will take you to get there, where you can park, and where the stage entrance and backstage areas are. If you can’t get there at a time other than before the performance, try to at least get there early so that you can be relaxed. Give yourself plenty of time to set up, do your vocal warm ups and be in the right state of mind before your performance

WHAT TO EAT.

I usually try to have of light meal containing complex carbohydrates 3 to 4 hours before the show, such as rice, pasta, or grains, along with a salad. This type of meal will give you a lasting energy that kicks in within 2-4 hours, right when you need it on stage. I also try to stay well hydrated the entire day of the show by regularly drinking room temperature water. If I’m feeling a bit hungry just before a performance I generally snack on a piece of fruit or a light sandwich. Avoid eating anything too heavy as you don’t want to inhibit your diophram  control for  breathing.

BEFORE THE SHOW.

The main thing is to try and have a bit of extra time up your sleeve so that you are not going to feel rushed. Try to stay relaxed and don’t focus on the performance. At this point what you want to be focusing on is your preparation.

Remember this saying, “perfect preparation equals perfect performance”

Listen to some chilled music or talk with a friend, family or crew member to take your mind off the performance and avoid feeling nervous. I like to be dressed in what I will be wearing for the  performance  at least an hour beforehand. About 45-30 minutes before the performance I like to find some space to begin gently stretching and limbering up by body.

Next, I’ll warm up my voice by running through some scales.

Personally, I don’t do any scales or singing during the day of a performance as I want to keep my voice as fresh as I can until the very last note I’ll sing on stage  that night. However, if you are a bigger touring band, you’ll most likely need to warm up before sound check in the afternoon. Again, try not to do too much during sound check as you want to save your  voice for the real thing later on.

I would start my scales warm up with the “Ung” scale exercise for as long as I need until my voice feels limbered, flexed and warmed up. Then, I would continue to do some scales to warm up the specific parts of the voice that I will be using in my performance.

Then, 10 minutes before I go on stage I would do another light limbering up and stretching of my body. Then, and this is very important, I would proceed to sing the first half of the first song that I am going to perform so that I will have complete confidence in what I am about to do in 5 minutes on stage. Now, it’s time to get on stage and have some fun. In the end THAT’S what it’s all about! Having fun and enjoying what you’re doing.

After the show is over, do a light body stretch, vocal cool down and drink plenty of water. From there you can proceed to eat and do whatever you wish! However, If you have continuous shows or a show the next night it would be best to go home, take it easy, and get some vocal rest. Again, this can be a challenge for touring bands as you may have a pre or post show meet and greets, media interviews, or parties before and after the show. Try to at least get some rest when you are able to find a moment to yourself.

For beginners.

For a beginner or intermediate performer, performing at an open mic night, a party or something less formal you still might want to follow the procedures that I have just described but maybe not as stringently.

Still the main point being is to rehearse your songs and performance at home or where ever it may be until it is 110%.You want to try to practice in a room or environment that is similar to the one that you are going to be performing in. Don't  practice in your bedroom if you are going to be performing in a hall for instance.

Your First ever performance.

Though if this is your 1ststever show, I would highly recommend doing a rehearsal or practice session in front of some friends or family that you feel relaxed in front of  so that they can also give you can some constructive criticism or feedback if need be.

Please always remember to still warm up and cool down your voice after your performance even if  your performance is only short.

Small open mic  nights, talent quests, performance nights and karaoke are always worth their weight in gold for valuable performance experience before you head on to bigger stages and paying punters. Keep on doing these until you feel comfortable performing in front of big crowds and venues. I highly recommend doing 2 to 10 small shows before doing bigger professional shows.

 

 Recaping  your main points.

1.Rehearse your performance and show until it is 110%.

2.Get to the venue early, set up and relax.

3.Warmup and cool your voice down  before and after the show.

4.If all the above points are done you should be able to get up on stage and have fun!

Until next month, much respect and have fun singing!

By Peter Vox

Closure In Moscow

 


Vox Singing Academy's Dandenong Show showcase!

We are honoured once again to be asked by the Dandenong Show, Freeza and the Dandenong youth resource centre to showcase Vox Singing Academies up and coming student talents on the community stage.
We have a 30 to 45 minute time slot just before the battle of the bands at 4:15/4:30 -5pm on Saturday 9th of November.
Come on down for a fantastic day at the Show!!


Vox Sponsored FReeZA show featuring D@Sea

Vox singing Academy is proud to be sponsoring a local community based under aged event.  Proudly supporting grassroot talents and the local community!

FReeZA , Vox Singing Academy & Spectrum Entertainment would like to announce their upcoming Acoustic ‘Spectrum Entertainment Unplugged’. Headlining this event will be D@Sea with supports from For Our Hero, Millie Tizzard, and locals Chris G, Jack Pellow, Angel and Brooke Colvin. The event will be held on Friday 15 November at Narre Community Learning Centre, with $12 tickets available at the door and $10 tickets available with a pass. Passes are available at any Casey Youth Information Centre or Customer Service Centre. This is a fully supervised, all ages event. Strictly drug, alcohol and smoke free. No pass outs.


Vox Singing Academies November student concert!!

 

Student Concert this November

That's right! This is our last beginner and intermediate student concert for the year! So come one and come all for a great day. We are all very excited as we have more than 20 new up-and-coming student performing at the concert.

The event details: -

Vox Singing Academy’s Student Concert

Time: 1PM

Date: Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Venue: Bridie O’Reilly’s

Address: 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056


“If you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can sing”

Do I have potential? Is my voice good enough to sing professionally? And will I improve?

I have received a considerable amount of e-mails and messages on our website and Facebook over the last few months regarding different questions and concerns regarding the voice and singing. Thanks for your support and please keep them coming. Most of these questions I can answer via correspondence but some I need to actually hear the voice.

Quite a few of these e-mails and messages have brought up the following concerns of self doubt, lack of confidence or lack of technique. And strangely enough, not lack of ability.

Because the bottom line is that everybody has the ability to sing. It is just a matter of getting the right skills, singing in the right key and coming to terms with your own voice and tone.

I have a saying “If you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can sing”. Because we are using the same vocal chords to sing as we are to to speak and converse.

So here are a few tips to get rid of those demons, self doubt and lack of confidence and set you on your way to becoming a great singer.

  1. Please come to terms with and embrace the tone and sound of your own voice. Bob Dylan, Al Jolson, Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse have all got the most distinctive voices and have all embraced their own distinctive tone and range and so must you ! The tone of your speaking voice is generally a good indication of what the tone of your singing voice will sound like. E.g if you're speaking voice is light and airy your singing voice will generally be light and airy or if you're speaking voice is husky and rough your singing voice will generally be the same. And also accept the natural range of your voice, or in other words, how low and High your voice can go.You can work on extending your range higher and lower with a good teacher, scales and techniques. But please be patient, as everyone's voice and vocal range is different,like a fingerprint, they are all unique and beautiful.
  2. To the best of your natural ability you need to try to focus on singing the right notes or what we call singing in key or in pitch. Myself and everyone else listening to you sing would rather hear you sing a song in key than out of key. One of the main points of scale practice is to improve your ear and musicianship. This is where good technique generally comes into play. If you're breathing, articulation (mouth) and ear are all working spontaneously together you will generally be singing well.
  3. I know every body out there likes particular songs or artists, but just while you’re starting out, make sure that the 1st few songs you sing are songs that are comfortable for you to sing in your natural range. Do not do songs that are too high or too low for you! No pulling faces, sounding like someone else, straining or hurting your voice.
  4. Don't be too hard on yourself if you make a few mistakes or are not progressing as fast as you would like. Life is a marathon not a sprint. Have some fun and do the best you can. Remember, practice makes perfect. So the more quality practice you do, the quicker you will improve. *Guidance on picking out songs and keys to best suit your vocal range.

At Vox Singing Academy, we promote you choosing your own songs to sing for your enjoyment. A lot of students ask me what style of singing best suits their voice. And I respond by saying please choose the style of singing that you love.

If I said you would be a great rock singer and you don’ t like rock, you are not going to enjoy it and potentially lose motivation and passion for it very quickly. So pick a style or genre you love .The main point it is to have fun singing the songs of your choice.

Do you think I can improve?

Everybody will improve with the right training, guidance, work ethic and practice routine. A little bit of practice every day is the best. Always remember focus and quality over quantity any time.

Do I have potential?

Everyone has the potential and ability to sing. As I've said before, if you can walk you can dance and if you can talk you can Sing. It’s really all about your dedication and how far you want to take it. You might just want to be a hobby singer, to sing in the choir, in few talent quests, karaoke or want to record a song for your loved one. Or you may want to become a star, a professional singer and make a living out of it. The choice is yours, the world is your oyster, chase your dreams, believe in yourself because you only live once!!

Do I sound okay?

When doing your scales or singing I don't want you to listen to yourself, I simply just want you to hear yourself and monitor what you are hearing. Listening and hearing are to completely different things. In the future you may want to record yourself doing scales and singing songs. And you will find out how well you are progressing for yourself. The proof is in the pudding, listen back to yourself and the recordings and go back and work on those bits and pieces that you think needed improvement . This is where a good teacher comes in handy to tell you what you need to work on and show you how to fix or correct your concerns or problems.

How do I gain more confidence?

It is my job when I teach to build confidence in your abilities so that when you open up your mouth the right notes and sounds will come out all the time. The best way to gain confidence in your abilities is to keep practising your craft. Practice makes perfect.
 Once you are singing well by yourself in your room, start singing in front of your friends and relatives and then up on stage or at karaoke at every opportunity. But make sure you know the song 110% before you step up on stage.


Also practice what you are going to say to the crowed if you are going to introduce the song or yourself before you get up on stage. Just remember the stage is a sacred place and should never be disrespected, so before you get up on stage please know your songs 110% and also what you’re going to say to the audience.

How long will it be before I sound good?

This all depends on how long you practice for everyday, how many times a week you practice and how good the focus and quality of your practice is. The more good quality practice you put in, the quicker you will progress. It's that simple.
Recapturing our 4 main points:

1.Always sing songs in a vocal range that is comfortable for you and sing in your own voice and personality.

2.Focused and quality practice, practice, practice makes perfect.

3.Believe in yourself and your vision because if you do not know what else will.

4.Have fun! If it is not fun don't do it!

Until next time, Rock On!

Peter Vox


Student Concert this November

After a smashing success with our previous student concert in April and August, we are so eager to announce that our next student concert will be in November!

The event details: -

Vox Singing Academy's Student Concert

Time: 1PM

Date: Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Venue: Bridie O'Reilly's

Address: 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056


Why is my voice fatiguing?

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I hear this a lot from singers and performers that I speak to and new students that come into Vox Singing Academy say " Half way through my live performance my voice is fatiguing, halfway through rehearsal my voice is fatiguing, I'm singing a handful of songs at home and my voice is fatiguing, after a big night my voice is fatigued and has no stamina"

WHY?

There are many reasons. But right now I am going to give you the top 6 reasons why your voice is most probably fatiguing and how to prevent it!

1. Vocals stamina and fitness

By far this is most probably why your voice is lacking stamina or fatiguing whilst singing. The bottom line is that your voice is a MUSCLE! And you have to train, strengthen and take care of your voice as an athlete would train and strengthen their body to perform to the best of its ability.

A lot of singers out there are only singing when they are in rehearsal or performing live. This is exactly the same as you jogging 10 km once a week. You are not going to build any resistance, fitness or stamina by doing this. And guaranteed, the next day after your jog you will pull up very sore and it will take you a few days to fully recover again. If you keep on jogging with this regime sooner or later you will cause yourself a serious injury and exactly the same goes for your voice.

To gain stamina and vocal fitness and with any physical regime that you are doing, you must start off slowly but surely. And practised singing and scaling at least 5 times a week. I highly recommend getting some good quality singing lessons. So as a minimum, your teacher will show you how to correctly warm your voice up and give you some skills and scales to go home and practice to. Then once your voice is correctly warmed up and you have done a few skills and scales I would then recommend singing your songs for as long as you wish. But never push your voice if it is starting to feel tired or fatigued. Immediately stop and come back to it later on in the day or the next day.

2. Technique

If your technique is incorrect you can forget about singing for any length of time.

The most important factor regarding your technique is to do with your proper breathing and diaphragmatic support of all notes when singing.(Refer to April's article regarding breathing) You should not be using or pushing down on your throat to sing. Your voice should always be flowing out and forward like a river.

When doing scales and singing please do not feel any strain, horsiness, scratchiness, irritation, pain or discomfort. If you are please stop and focus on the right technique. Do not continue singing when you feel your voice fatiguing!

After you finish your scales and singing regime your voice should feel invigorated and your body energised. Your voice is a muscle and should feel like it has had a workout, the same as if you had worked out a muscle in the gym or had gone for a jog etc.

It is very important to warm up and cool down after you do you scales or sing. Just like you would stretch, limber and warm up before and after you play sport, the same thing should be done before and after you sing.

3. Sleep

Know it sounds strange but a sleep deprived voice is not going to last as long as a voice that has had a good rest. When you are asleep, this is the only true time when your voice is resting and recuperating. As you know during the day we are always speaking. We are using the same chords to speak as we do to sing. So they are always being used. So I recommend getting a good night's sleep especially before a performance, rehearsal or recording session.

4. Misuse

Try to avoid yelling or shouting over loud music or background noise excessively for long periods of time. This will fatigue and wear the voice out very quickly.

Excessive amounts of Alcohol will dehydrate your voice and make it more difficult for you to sing and maintain control. Alcohol also gives you a false sense of security, confidence and brings your pain threshold down. Meaning you can abuse your voice or body for longer periods of time without realising that you are causing serious damage.

Smoking is just plain bad for your voice and general health, especially if you have been smoking more than 5 to 6 years. After this time it will start to diminish your range and change the tone of your voice.

The bottom line is that the better you feel physically and mentally the better your voice will naturally sound.

You will only feel as good as the food and drink that you put into your body. If you are putting bad things into your body, that is how you will feel and how your voice will react and sound sooner or later.

5. Singing in the wrong key

When you 1st start to sing you obviously start singing to other people's songs or along with your favourite artist or band.

This can be detrimental for 2 reasons.

1. You could be mimicking the person that you're singing along to.

2. You could be singing in a key is not suitable for your voice.

If you are singing along to other people's songs please sing the songs in your own voice and personality and do not try to mimic or sound like them. Be yourself and let your natural personality and tone come forward.

The most important criteria when singing is to sing in a key or vocal range that best suits your voice with out sounding strained or causing your vocal chords to fatigue.

Singing should be fun and feel good. It should not be a burden where you have to over think what you are doing or feel vocally, mentally or physically drained after singing.

The bottom line is that we all sing because it is fun, others and ourselves get pleasure out of it and it makes us and others feel good! So please feel good, relaxed and sound natural when singing!

Till next month, sing your heart out!

 


Live'n'Loud

Live'N'Loud Cranbourne 2013

Live'n'LoudFreeza and Spectrum Entertainment will be hosting Live'N'Loud at Cranbourne Public Hall this FRIDAY September 13, 2013.  The event will feature some of our most finest local talent including: -

  • Trainwreck
  • Sierre
  • Surrender
  • Void of Vision
  • Searcher
  • Heathercross
  • Uncharted Waters

Performers that Spectrum Entertainment has worked with in the past include The Getaway Plan, Dream On Dreamer, House Vs Hurricane and Phrase.

Spectrum Entertainment is the Youth Advisory Committee who organise these drug, alcohol and smoke free music and cultural events.

The event starts at 6.15pm to 11.15pm.

For more information please visit www.casey.vic.gov.au/insideinfo/ or www.facebook.com/pages/Spectrum-Entertainment-Casey-FReeZA-Committee

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Are you up for a challenge?

2014 Legacy Somers Camp

8 - 20 January 2014

Want to be apart of history?  This is your chance to become part of history of Melbourne Legacy by participating in their very last Somers Camp.

This camp has been a significant event in the lives of many Legacy Dependents and Leaders who were involved over the last 70 years.

To be apart of this event, please speak to Legacy Volunteer Kevin Vox or Vladimir Keca directly at Melbourne Legacy http://www.legacy.com.au/melbourne

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