Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How to Prepare the Voice for a Studio Recording Session

If you have only done your studio recording sessions on a whim, running to the studio to listen to a beat that may tickle your fancy, and perhaps scribbling down some lyrics and jumping into the booth to record your vocals, then you will be amazed to discover that that isn’t how the professionals work. It takes a heck of a lot more to produce a record. This article will offer tips on how to first prepare the voice—your very own God given instrument needs to be readied to do the job—and what to look out for in a recording studio that will ensure you deliver a good vocal.

The more I hear stories about how people rush to studios unprepared, the more I want to reach out and help them understand the importance of getting well prepared. You’re going to be surprised how much more powerful and effective your vocal delivery will be when you do. So let’s begin.

There are numerous ways to compose a song. Your song can begin as an idea for a melody, for example, that develops into an entire song over time, with careful crafting. In this type of scenario, once you have what you want, you can begin to develop piano, acoustic guitar cords, or the beat to the song with the help of a fellow musician, if you’re not an instrumentalist yourself. The other way to craft a song, and this is probably the most common nowadays, is to get a producer to create a beat and then you would write the lyrics to it over time. I’ve repeated the words ‘over time’ for a reason. Don’t rush! Take your time to create something beautiful. The better the composition, the longer the shelf life of your song! Good songs last forever. Now let’s discuss preparing the voice, because this after all is the purpose of this article.

Nothing defeats the object more than relying on auto tune to fix your vocal flaws. Because it’s so demeaning, and you cannot reproduce that on a live set! So aim for being able to do a great job in the studio yourself, trust me, you’ll be proud of yourself for it. When you train your voice with the scales before you write the song, your ability to write a song automatically does a quantum leap from mediocre to pro because of it, for the simple reason that your voice knows a whole lot more—and that allows you to create something with a much broader vocal range.

And here’s what you need to look out for in a recording studio. When you have your headsets on, make sure you can hear your own voice properly. If you cannot hear what you’re doing, it will be at the expense of your vocal delivery. So have the producer set it up for you, and tweak it to perfection till you’re absolutely satisfied. If you’re the kind of person that desires vocal perfection but didn’t quite know how to go about achieving that, you can download free vocal exercises from my blog here.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to Prepare the Voice for a Singing Audition

If you’re a little nervous or unsure of how best to prepare for an audition in order to succeed through the selection process, this article will give you tips on how to let go of your inhibitions and to train and prepare your voice for your singing audition in the right frame of mind and confidence to get the job done. The more you train, the more confident you’ll become and the better your chances of making the grade through auditions. And the same applies with preparing for a studio recording session, but I won’t be delving into that now. I will devote a full article on this topic in my next installment—next week.

Let’s assume you’ve never had proper voice training before. Well, there’s no better time than now to get started on a voice training program to help develop your vocal range. Ideally, I would recommend ten hours training, one hour a day spread over ten days, just doing the scales. That is the bare minimum your voice will need in preparation alone before you audition. And the best way to go about this is to begin your vocal training sessions with a breathing exercise before you move on to the vocal exercises. Once your vocals are all warmed up and tuned up, begin rehearsing the song you want to sing in the audition. You will be amazed how each time your vocals soar through the song with better pitch, range and vocal agility than in the previous session. That’s how powerful specific vocal exercises are for singers. And on the day of the audition, make sure you’ve warmed up your voice with a good one hour session at home, rehearsed the song you’re going to sing, and then keep your mouth shut. Yes, the last thing you want to do is to tax your voice to the very last minute. Give your voice a rest. It will come through for you in the end.

So I’m sure at this point you’re all eager to know what vocal exercises are the best to get started with. Well, let me tell you this. Ideally, you really need a combination of exercises to get you where you want to be as a singer. Even if you repeated arpeggios, for example, but changed the vowels each run; or if you also did the lip rolls and tongue trills on the same arpeggios. As to what you can do in terms of combinations, the sky truly is the limit. I’ve uploaded warm-up, arpeggios, chromatic and descending scales from my Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training CD Booster Program to Hulkshare.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Diary Of A Vocal Coach: Training Sessions Part 16


JStorm in training with Joett. Check out Joett Vocal Training Product Review for Home Learning here, and connect with me on WhatsApp (details in video) for tips and advice to help you get started with learning to sing.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Diary Of A Vocal Coach: Training Sessions Part 20


Annette in training with Joett. Check out Joett Vocal Training Product Review for Home Learning here, and connect with me on WhatsApp (details in video) for tips and advice to help you get started with learning to sing.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Diary Of A Vocal Coach: Training Sessions Part 18


Rahym in training with Joett. Check out Joett Vocal Training Product Review for Home Learning here, and connect with me on WhatsApp (details in video) for tips and advice to help you get started with learning to sing.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Diary Of A Vocal Coach: Training Sessions Part 15


Rahym in training with Joett. Check out Joett Vocal Training Product Review for Home Learning here, and connect with me on WhatsApp (details in video) for tips and advice to help you get started with learning to sing.

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
BUY Online Singing Lessons Course

Friday, July 10, 2015

Vocal Training Mini-Course: Correcting the Top 5 Singing Mistakes (Part 3)

In my third installment, we’re still correcting common singing mistakes. Today I want to talk about the Raised Larynx. If you’ve been wondering how to stop your larynx from raising and interfering with your singing, not to mention, causing you so much strain and pain, in this article you will learn about proper larynx placement. When you’re not paying attention, it is very easy to allow the larynx to rise when you’re trying to hit the high notes. And this is why vocal exercises are so good. If you can get it right in training that will automatically translate to singing. I am a creature of habit. And so I’ll tell you this for nothing. If you train long enough and often enough, the training will cancel out your tendency to allow the larynx to rise when you scale the high notes. Because training helps you form a new habit. And that’s really all there is to it. Pick up the good singing habits and you’re set for life.

When you’re larynx rises, what is actually happening is your throat is closing in and you’re squeezing your tone. Sounds garbage, at best. That’s why people go flat when that happens. That being said, you don’t want your larynx super low either. The ideal situation is to have a steady larynx. Exercises like the lip roll can help you keep the larynx low, and allow you to scale high notes without recruiting your outer larynx muscles in the production of sound. It keeps it steady and not squeezed.


If you want to try out the lip roll with arpeggios, descending and chromatic scales, download free mp3 piano scales from my Learn to Sing with Joett Vocal Training Booster Program. Check out my Hulkshare page here! 

You are the instrument, learn to sing like a pro!

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author
"Letters from a Vocal Coach"