Saturday, November 27, 2010

How to improve singing voice quality- Measurement and Improvement tips

Singing voice quality is one of the biggest factor for singing/vocal success. Yet only a few of singers do know exactly what it means by having “voice quality”.

First let us define what is “singing voice quality”? From a common listener point of view, it means to them having a pleasant, compelling voice and can belt ultra- high notes beyond human imagination. Really? For example, common listeners associate a certain voice quality to an established singer; such as comparing your quality to Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc. It also means that if you cannot sing LIKE them, you SUCK.

But is this really the meaning of “singing voice quality”? The anwer is NO. It is because, the following are the characteristics of having a quality singing voice (you cannot argue here, this is what so called as “technical skill” in singing):

1.) Can sing almost perfectly in-tune with a background music or in acapella.

Explanation: Singing is a gift or talent to radiate sound waves from your mouth that is in-tune with a background music. It is also an ability to perfectly radiate musical notes from your mouth and hitting the right notes such as in the case of an acapella.

This can be measured simply by having you:

a.) To sing a certain minus one at the original key – of course this is easy, this is what you are practicing daily.

b.) To sing again the minus one version of that song with a unexpected change of key (example – increase the key of the song 3 steps higher). If you can still sing perfectly in tune; chances you have good singing quality. Quality singers adopt the key right away and can sing in-tune no matter what is the key signature of the music.

c.) In case of acapella, you can sing at a certain pitch according to the vocal piece of that music.

What does this imply?. If you are recording artist or a singer that cannot live without Antares Auto-tune, you are really a bad singer. Or if you are a singer that are afraid to render vocal live performances and will just settle on a lip sync. Conclusion: Only hype or non-sense controversy can make you a popular artist.

What are the improvement tips in this case: Well, try to sing at a perfect pitch. Trying hard to practice “in-tune” with the music is 100 % recommended and more effective than a daily belting practice to be like Whitney Houston. Being to sing high notes does not equate quality, the important is to hit perfect notes!

2.) Trademark Voice! – this is the voice that you are to be known for what you really are, well how good is it depends how on many persons you have already impressed with your own voice. You do not need to sound like Mr/Miss Extremely-Famous-Celebrity-Singer because you have your own brand -your own voice, given by GOD.

Trademark voice is what makes Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley become legendary singers without any marketing, publicity or recording label hype.

To measure how good your trademark voice, monitor your performance; say you made 50 shows and in these shows; 45 of them praise your unique voice. Well, that's a good indication that you have great unique voice.

To improve; just like any tradermark – you need to protect it; by developing more unique singing styles and performances. Do not copy styles of other singers, you will not be known for what you really are but for that certain singer you are copying.

3.) Repeat successful performance in a continual basis – if you are a singer, you should sing regularly just like a doctor working daily in a hospital.

Measure your performance success by having a lot of shows. If you made 20 shows and 18 of these shows always reveal your common mistakes. You need to practice some more. Only by “constant correct practice you can attain perfection”.

Do not afraid to commit a mistake because:

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention,
sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents
the wise choice of many alternatives.” -William Foster

You can never improve as a singer if you do not know what are your mistakes. By knowing your mistake; quality singing voice and performance is NOT an accident but it is a product of hard work, constant correct practice and determination. Sure it is NOT an overnight success, or even your own “physical looks” or the recording label million dollar budget cannot help to improve the quality of your singing. You might be popular but your singing still sucks, big time.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What are Simple Time Signatures and How to Beat

Time signatures are repeating pattern of strong and weak beats of equal duration. Time signature also known as meter signature and it can be found at the beginning of a composition. Time signature is use for synchronization of the music that is being played most especially when it comes to orchestra. Instrumentalists, Singers and conductors must need to know how to execute or beat. These meters are called simple meters.

Use your right or left hand and follow the drawing. As you can see the first beat is downbeat must is always strong. Second beat is to bounce your hand a little through between the second and third downbeat. Third is go back from the first position. The three eight and three fourth are the same beating position, only the value of each notes are different.

First beat is always downbeat and is strong. The two two and two fourth are having the same beating position. Only the value of notes are different.


Please take a look at the drawing. And you can see the direction of your hand. Always remember the first beat is downbeat and is strong, the second is bounce back from the downbeat until middle and the direction of your hand must be inside, then the third beat is outside, finally the fourth is back to from the start.

Thank you very much for your time! God speed everyone!

Friday, November 5, 2010

What are the Basic Musical Signs and Musical Terminologies

Musical signs and terminologies can be found in music sheets, solfege, music lesson books and etc. Signs and terminologies are applicable when you based to play in music sheets or singing the piece. These signs and terminologies are very helpful in terms of dynamics in playing and singing. If you can apply correctly and properly the signs being used in the music sheets, you really can create wonderful and golden sounds.

a capella-without instrumental in accompaniment
accelerando-accelerating gradually increasing the tempo
adagieto-rather slow
adagissimo-very slow
ad libitum-liberty
a due-two voices singing in unison
allegretto-little lively
Allegro-cheerful or brisk
andante-walking pace
andantino-slightly walking pace
arietta-a short song
brio-lot of energy
capo-head back
coda-a closing section
con anima-with feeling
con moto-with motion
double stop-playing two notes simultaneously
falsetto-pure head register
forza-musical force
ma non troppo- but not too much
maestoso- majestically
measure- complete cycle
medly-piece composed from parts of existing piece playing one after another
molto- very
presto-very quickly
prima volta-first time

Music is an art!

What are Beethoven 9 Symphonies

Ludwig van Beethoven was a legendary musician and one of the most famous/influential composer in the whole world and he composed Western Classical Music in his time. Beethoven was totally deaf that time when he composed his symphonies but he never been surrendered his passion. Instead of losing his hopes he diverted it through his unforgettable, unbelievable and legendary compositions. You can not imagine how gifted he was. So, if you have deep passion in music like Beethoven, you can listen to his Symphonies via either search the song title of the movement in search engine. In addition to his very popular compositions like “Moonlight Sonata” and “Fur Elise” these songs can transform you to a better musician.

1 In C, Op. 21 - 1. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
1 In C, Op. 21 - 2. Andante Cantabile Con Moto
1 In C, Op. 21 - 3. Menuetto Allegro Molto E Vivace
1 In C, Op. 21 - 4. Finale Adagio - Allegro Molto E Vivace

2 In D Major, Op. 36 I. Adagio Molto; Allegro Con Brio
2 In D Major, Op. 36 II. Larghetto
2 In D Major, Op. 36 III. Scherzo Allegro
2 In D Major, Op. 36 IV Allegro Molto

3 In E Flat, Op. 55, Eroica - 1. Allegro Con Brio
3 In E Flat, Op. 55, Eroica 2. Marcia Funebre Adagio Assai
3 In E Flat, Op. 55, Eroica - 3. Scherzo Allegro Vivace
3 In E Flat, Op. 55, Eroica - 4. Finale Allegro Molto

4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 1. Adagio - Allegro Vivace
4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 2. Adagio
4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 3. Allegro Vivace
4 In B Flat, Op. 60 - 4. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

5 In C Minor, Op. 67 - 1. Allegro Con Brio
5 In C Minor, Op. 67 - 2. Andante Con Moto
5 In C Minor, Op. 67 - 3. Scherzo Allegro
5 In C Minor, Op. 67 - 4. Allegro

6 In F, Op. 68, Pastoral - 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
6 In F, Op. 68, Pastoral - 2. Andante Molto Mosso
6 In F, Op. 68, Pastoral - 3. Allegro
6 In F, Op. 68, Pastoral - 4. Allegro
6 In F, Op. 68, Pastoral - 5. Allegretto

7 In A Major, Op. 92 I. Poco Sostenuto – Vivace
7 In A Major, Op. 92 II. Allegretto
7 In A Major, Op. 92 III. Presto - Presto Meno Assai
7 In A Major, Op. 92 IV. Allegro Con Brio

8 In F, Op. 93 - 1. Allegro Vivace E Con Brio
8 In F, Op. 93 - 2. Allegretto Scherzando
8 In F, Op. 93 - 3. Tempo Di Menuetto
8 In F, Op. 93 - 4. Allegro Vivace

9 in D Minor, Op.125, Choral 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo, Un Poco Maestoso
9 in D Minor, Op.125, Choral 2. Molto Vivace
9 in D Minor, Op.125, Choral 3. Adagio Molto E Cantabile
9 in D Minor, Op.125, Choral 4. Presto

Moonlight Sonata 1st movement- Click here to listen
Fur Elise-Click here to listen

Thank you very much! God Speed Everyone!