Saturday, October 21, 2017

Diary of a Vocal Coach: Putting Finishing Touches to My Memoirs


Nothing has given me more joy than penning this book. What an exhilarating and fulfilling journey this has been for me. These past three days, I’ve probably worked nonstop to finalize the pagination of the book. It is SO complex. For some peculiar reason, the publisher’s Word document template for paperback tends to go wonky whilst populating it—that’s where page numbers seem to disappear and whatnot. Unceremoniously!

I had to hire a Word doc expert in India, believe it or not, just to sort out the template. I must’ve worked with him till 1.am yesterday. But at last, the book is sitting inside the template as it should be.

I’m going to give myself a break for a few hours and then I want to begin—once again—the arduous task of proofreading the entire book for the very last time. Just in case the manuscript has shifted somewhere down the line, what with all the palaver with fixing the template. I’m so excited, and I simply can’t wait to share with you the fruits of my labor.

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a pro!


JOETT — Vocal Coach
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How to Turn Your Head into a Sound Box that Effortlessly Amplifies the Sound of Your Voice

Enhancing the sensation of vibration in your face is one of the most important skills a singer can learn.

When you’re feeling the vibrations in the bones of your face, then you are certainly using your voice in an effective way that creates a louder sound with very little effort, and needless to say, with less risk of damage to your vocal folds. It is a rather clever way to turn the energy of your breath into sound energy with minimal muscle effort, which when done correctly should turn your head into a sound box that amplifies the sound of your vocal folds.

The key thing is to get as much sensation in the face as possible. You might even call it nasal, but it isn’t really. It’s more an edge sound. But what is so special about this sound is it gives you so much freedom to navigate your entire range without any effort at all. The “ng” sound you’ll make in voice training will generate a lot of sensation in the bones and tissues of the face.

Chances are you’ll also feel vibrations where the back of your tongue meets your soft palate. Perhaps you will also feel vibration in the bones of your face and in your hard palate. And when you try the other two nasal consonants, "m" and "n" you’ll likely feel the vibration in different places.

When you compare the three sounds, you should notice the differences in sound from each place of contact. I hope this article has helped you find the quickest way to effortlessly amplifying your sound.

South African singer Serati voice training with JOETT

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a pro!


JOETT — Vocal Coach
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

How to Get Skype Voice Lessons Customized to You by JOETT

I am particularly excited about working with pupils abroad using the simplest of tools—Skype. But what’s even more exciting is that somewhere along the line, I have come to refine the service to create a more customized system that works for you as an individual.

Let me show you a couple of examples of how it can work for you too.

Yes, there is a slight delay on Skype—actually, the same applies over a regular phone line, but you’ll only notice the delay when you have to play the piano and have someone the other end of the line doing the scales; OR singing for that matter. But there is a way around that. And here’s how:

First, as my pupil, I'll want to get to know your voice. Which will help me figure out how to customize my vocal training programs to suit you. What I then do is I prerecord the exercises we’re going to do in the session over Skype, and then I mail that over to you in advance.

NEXT: You will play the prerecorded piano scales on a sound system your end, and you'll do the scales while I listen. If there’s anything I want to say to you during your exercises, I will not interrupt you by speaking to you, but instead, I will type a message into the Skype chat window. So it is important you keep an eye on your screen. If something isn’t working, I’ll change the scales. It’s that simple!

South African singer Serati voice training with JOETT

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You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a pro!


JOETT — Vocal Coach

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to NOT think about the Breathing to make it Work


Breathing to sing may come across as a little complicated at times—especially for the uninitiated. But it really is so simple when you don’t think about. Now, I will say this (and please forgive me if this offends anyone), if you’ve been told by a ‘vocal coach’ or some ‘teacher’ that you have to hold your stomach and such like, THAT is where your problem started. There is no science to breathing. We’d all be dead by now if we had to THINK to breathe. And this is exactly what I told one of my pupils just the other day.  

Now, let me tell you what to do to get it right. The process is pretty simple. You breathe in and immediately come out with the notes. Don’t think. Just do it! Agreed, special exercises will help you ‘manage’ your breath and sound production more efficiently, but that’s all there really is to it. Now, the best place to practice your breathing is to lie on your back in bed and to do some deep diaphragmatic breathing.

So: you open your mouth to fill your stomach with air, and you hiss it all out. Don’t hold back; don’t try to manipulate your exhalation; simply allow it to deflate naturally. The more you do this, the better you become at it… and it should eliminate your breathing problem when you sing.  I hope this quick tip helps you get your breathing in order.

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

JOETT -- Vocal Coach
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How to Overcome Stage Fright in 3 Simple Steps

Whilst chatting with a pupil in my studio the other day, the subject of stage fright came up. Now, this is a common problem with performers--the nerves. And I don’t think there’s getting used to this. But I suppose everyone learns to cope. What we don’t want, however, are your nerves getting in the way of your performance.

Here’s a 3-step plan to beating the onset of stage freight.

You may have heard this one before: try to imagine everyone in front of you as being stark bollock naked. Lol, this one is hilarious. But if you can get in character you may well pull it off. Looking above their faces and not into their eyes has worked for me a million and one times—no, they won’t know you’re not looking at them. It’s that good. My all-time favorite, I suppose, is mentally transporting yourself back to where you do your rehearsals. Chances are that is the place you’re most confident and free of the jittery nerves, as it were. If you can stay in that frame of mind, you’ll be safe.

I hope these 3 simple tips to overcoming stage fright will help steady your nerves. So, as they say in show business, go break a leg!

You are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a pro!

JOETT — Vocal Coach
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Monday, September 25, 2017

ASCAP Songwriter Releases Twisted Acoustic EP On Africori

{PRESS RELEASE - 25.09.2017} JOETT, a Tanzanian singer-songwriter and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), releases a cross-genre pop-folk EP with an eclectic mix of acoustic recordings from 2010 to 2017. Entitled Twisted, the four-track EP which kicks off with the infectious title track Twisted Over U Babe, also includes the Skope-Magazine-reviewed Got U On My Mind, whose loose rhythm forms as Joett lets the song explore melody and the groove simultaneously; in what Skope so eloquently describe as: “resembling a fine troubadour, the song grows in strength and power with each additional reiteration”.

Also featured on the EP is the acoustic reworking of Joett’s 70s disco single Color Me Beautiful from 2012; and the acoustic version of his highly acclaimed 2010 comeback pop single I Could Never Live (Without Your Love).

Released on all major digital download platforms via Africori, and to a select audience on CD distribution by the Joett Music imprint, Joett’s EP release coincides with the release of his memoirs 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, published by Canadian bookstore platform Lulu. With this rather unique publication—Joett, also a celebrated vocal coach and whose new book began life as a weekly column in Tanzania’s Business Times Newspaper—offers helpful tips and articles for singers. “I needed something relevant to tie-in with the book release, and I felt an acoustic EP would be the perfect fit,” said the author.

Joett's acoustic Twisted EP is OUT NOW... On iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Akazoo, Spotify! Download/Stream here! 


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Standby for Book Launch – 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

When I asked the General Manager of Business Times Newspaper, Aga Mbuguni, to give me a column in his newspaper, it was the beginning of an exhilarating journey into the life of a vocal coach, in that not only was I inspired to write, I was motivated.

I wanted to bring what was happening in my classroom, or shall we say—studio, to readers all across Tanzania in written content and with links to supporting audio and video illustration.

What you’re now about to enjoy is a book filled with a collection of my very best articles, containing an array of scintillating tips for singers.

And so—finally, here's a warm welcome to the highly anticipated must-have book for singers all around the world, 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach!

Walking you through almost every conceivable vocal problem imaginable, and zeroing in on solutions as they unfold in my voice studio, is probably the most essential fabric of this book, because in the pages of this extraordinary memoir lie the answers to seemingly insurmountable problems concerning the voice, and most importantly, singing.

101 Letters from a Vocal Coach is stacked with riveting case studies and is written in a style that is not only informal, it is an easy read. And that is the beauty of it... as the last thing you want is a publication that looks more like an ostensibly boring text book.

The book, whose release date is yet to be announced, will be rolled out in two phases: the first being a digital release via Canadian bookstore platform Lulu; followed by a paperback release on the same platform several months later.

Included with the eBook is a collection of audio vocal training exercises, namely, the English version of Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 in MP3 format; Whilst, the publication in paperback is to include the exact same audio files on CD.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this book project over the past couple of years, and I’m certainly hoping you will enjoy reading my memoirs. I guarantee that you will come away with loads of helpful information to help you become a better singer.

You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Learning to Sing On YouTube? Don’t Bank On it! Here's Why

If you’ve ever wondered why learn to sing YouTube videos don’t give you much to go on, then you will certainly appreciate what I’m about to reveal.

Whilst chatting on WhatsApp with one of my new online pupils recently, they opined that despite their efforts to learn to sing on YouTube, they were not getting any results whatsoever.

When I asked with whom they’d been training, I was given a name. Honestly, I can’t remember the name now. However, I was quick to point out that, most vocal coaches on YouTube only post videos for marketing purposes. Their videos are more like teasers to introduce their products—which, if you really want you’ll have to purchase.

And if you want their private coaching services, again, you’ll have to pay. And so, if you have this misguided notion that you can take voice lessons on YouTube outright, you'll need to think again.

There are millions of videos on YouTube on all manner of topics that hand out advice and handy tips. However, the reason why these tips go online—it has to be understood—is to promote some sort of product the video poster is selling. Pure and simple!

So, if you think you can learn to sing straight off the tips they're giving on video, you are well and truly mistaken. It’s never going to happen, unless you purchase the products they are promoting… which, usually, will contain a collection of vocal exercises compiled for the product.

I hope this has shed a little bit of light on the purpose of the YouTube video that offers tips on singing. To watch voice training videos straight out of my voice studio sessions, simply Like my Facebook Fan Page here!

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You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Getting a Little Overzealous with the Vocal Training? Here's Why You Shouldn't Read too much Into the Technical Details

If you worry about how you’re fairing in voice training, then you will find some reassurance in this article. Please understand that it is of critical importance that you don’t read too much into the technical details of voice training, like where your chest voice is and what your head voice is meant to sound like, because all of this is really irrelevant. If anything, getting too involved in all of that could actually work against you. In this article, I try to explain why, when it comes to voice training, you ought to apply the KISS formula. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Having been a voice coach over the last 8 years, I have discovered some truly remarkable stumbling blocks. In context with the message in this article, those that hardly delved into the whys in relation to singing and only focused on doing the exercises correctly… not even knowing specifically why or what these lifeless exercises were for in the first place, tend to get quick results with the training because their only focus is in listening to instruction and doing the exercises.

My point being, the less you read into this, the quicker the results. I’ve seen people worrying a lot, thinking a lot, and reading way too deep into this, and I’ll tell you this for nothing… it works against them. So, the next time you’re feeling a little overzealous and rather tempted to overindulge, stop!

In fact, I would go to the extent of suggesting you simply become a robot. Because it is important that you don't crowd your mind with too many things. Only do the training. I hope this article helps you resolve a rather common problem.

You Are the Instrument, Learn to Sing Like a Pro!


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How Long Has Singing Been Around? Here's the Evolution of Singing

If you have wondered how the evolution of singing came about, then you will certainly find some answers in this article. In the beginning, man sang out their feelings. And this is long before they were able to speak their thoughts.

That being said, there was absolutely no similarity back then to singing in a modern day concert hall. The reference to speech originating in song, therefore, means our comparatively monotonous spoken language and our highly developed vocal music are differentiations of primitive utterances, which had more in them of the latter than of the former. We can relate these utterances to the singing of birds and the roaring of a myriad of animals and the crooning of babies—exclamatory, not communicative.

It came forth from our ancestors’ inner craving of the individual without any thought of fellow creatures. They didn’t have the slightest idea that communicating ideas and feelings to someone else was even remotely possible.

The more you explore how long singing has been around, the deeper you’ll want to dig to discover the evolution of singing. The voice, presumed to be the original musical instrument, and the vocal production of musical tones, are so intrinsically basic to man, its origins are long lost in antiquity and predate the development of spoken language. You’re going to be surprised to discover that there is no human culture, no matter how remote or isolated, that does not sing.

Not only is singing ancient and universal, in primitive cultures it is an important function associated not so much with entertainment or frivolity as with matters vital to the individual, social group, or religion. Primitive man sings to invoke his gods with prayers and incantations; celebrate his rites of passage with chants and songs; and recount his history and heroics with ballads and epics. There are even cultures that regard singing as so incredibly potent an act that they have myths that suggest creation was sung into existence.

It is likely the earliest singing was mainly individualistic and more improvisatory, imitating the sounds of nature, but at what point it became meaningful and communicative cannot be established. No doubt, it was an important step in the creation of language. Anthropologists believe the development of a lowered larynx (important to articulate speech, as it effectively makes the flexible lower tongue the front wall of the pharynx), was a relatively recent aspect of human evolution.

As there are no bones in the human larynx, archaeological remains offer no direct physical evidence of the vocal apparatus of prehistoric man. We also lack studies that correlate vocal characteristics to body size (basic gender difference aside), and there is general belief large-bodied peoples like Slavs, tend to produce low-voiced singers, while small-bodied peoples like those in the Mediterranean, would produce more high-voiced singers. If there is any validity in this, the voice that belonged to the owner of the prehistoric jaw bone half the size of a modern jaw unearthed in 1909, at Heidelberg, Germany, may have been a remarkable discovery.

Some experts would suggest that carrying the idea of relating body size to vocalism into more recent periods, sees modern man as having grown too large to fit the armor of medieval knights. And more recently, it is suspected that, increasingly, the male alto voice type is becoming somewhat of a rarity. Tempting though it is to see a relationship between such things, we lack the means to support it factually.

In Conclusion: Based on our knowledge of the singing of present-day primitive peoples, a possible scenario of musical development in the evolution of singing would begin with simple melodic patterns based on several tones. Also, pitch matching where several persons sing in unison might emerge next, with singing in parallel motion with women or children singing with men; and call-and-answer phrases, and drone basses as subsequent steps. All of which would lead to an evolving sense of tone and scale structure giving rise to the development of such basic musical devices as melodic sequences and formulae.

I do sincerely hope that this article has given you some insight as to how long singing has been around. Thank you for dropping by.

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
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Friday, August 11, 2017

AFRIMA 2017 Adjudication Process Concludes in Lagos

Strangely enough, I’m writing this blog post on flight ET 900 from Lagos to Addis Ababa. My nine days in Lagos, where I attended the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2017 adjudication process as a member of the Jury, was—to say the least, a bit of a whirlwind. And that’s putting it—well, rather mildly. I remember at the press conference yesterday, when the press, knowing it was my first visit to Lagos, wanted to know of my experience of Lagos. Quite literally, I wasn’t going to lie.

For me Lagos had been a series of back and forth trips from my hotel room; to the boardroom (on the same floor) and the dining room. I never had the chance to sightsee, as it were. We worked back-to-back and flat out into the night to sift through a combination of 4,800 video and audio entries. (I'm sure I'll get to see Lagos some other time).

If I’m honest, I’ve sat on the jury panels for EATV Music Awards and the Kilimanjaro Tanzania Music Awards and it was nothing like this. The sheer volume of entries at AFRIMA was just unbelievable. Not complaining, just reporting the facts. This was WORK! Tons of work.

That being said, it was a wonderful experience and I met some truly awesome individuals on the panel—fellow jurors from all over Africa, whom I now consider family—and the AFRIMA management, who did their very best to ensure that we all had a pleasant stay.

It is quite incredible how the music industry has grown on the African continent. But what truly took me by surprise was how little I knew about what was happening in other parts of Africa. In essence, myself, as well as the other members of the jury were discovering new music from across the African continent every minute every hour. And I think from this point on, I’ll want to stay abreast with the African music scene right across the board as best I can.

We're on the same continent, and yet our music is so diverse. What probably came as a shock was the HUMONGOUS followings North African artists had... some had as many as half a billion views on YouTube! Which is completely unheard of in the rest of Africa. Fascinating.

Well, it’s nice to be home. And I shall now look forward to attending the AFRIMA 2017 Awards Ceremony coming up in November.

Thank you for dropping by.

JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jiunge na Darasa Moja La Kukusaidia Ukae Sawa na Mazoezi Ya Sauti

Ili kufikisha huduma yangu ya mafunzo ya sauti bila gharama, nilitengeneza na kupandisha program za mafunzo Joett Vocal Drills Volume. 1-7 Mkito.

Pamoja na hayo, kwa baadhi yenu kujifunzia na program hizo bado mnakua mnahitaji muongozo.

Nilichokifanya ni kuwapandishia video za darasani mwangu mara kwa mara kwenye Instagram yangu @joettmusic ili muweze kuona mifano, na vile vile kuna video nyingi tu kwenye channel yangu ya YouTube.

Na sasa nimeamua kufungua darasa kwa mafunzo ya lisaa limoja tu ndani ya studio yangu, ili kuwasaidia wale wanaotaka kukaa darasani na mimi kwa lisaa limoja tu, waweze kupata uelewa zaidi wa jinsi ya kufanya haya mazoezi ili wapate mafanikio ya haraka zaidi. Huduma hii inaanza mara moja.

Kama ungependa kujiunga, tafadhali nitumie ujumbe WhatsApp nikupe utaratibu.

Je, ungependa kusoma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora? Bofya hapa!

Ahsanteni!

JOETT
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Je, Utajuaje Kama Unakosea Katika Mazoezi Ya Sauti ?


Mazoezi yangu ya sauti, yaani Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-4 yana madhumuni moja tu. Kuondoa tabia ya kupiga makelele na kuimbia kooni. Kwa maana nyingine, kama wewe unaimbia kooni na unapata shida kupanda na kushuka na vile vile unaumia unapo imba nyimbo, basi maana yake ni kwamba wewe hauna mpangilio stahiki wa kuimba.

Hivyo basi, unahitaji kufanya mazoezi stahiki ya sauti ili kurekebisha sauti yako uweze kuimba kwa kutumia mfumo mpya, ambao hauumizi koo wala hauchoshi sauti yako. Na juu ya hapo, mfumo huu wa mazoezi ya kuimba utakuwezesha wewe kuimba kwa upeo mkubwa na kwa urahisi kabisa.

Ukisha download Vol. 1-7 ntahitaji kusikia voice note yako ukiyafanya mazoezi ili nikupe muongozo zaidi. Usifanye Vol. 5-7 mpaka sauti imekaa sawa na mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4. Jipe muda wa wiki kadhaa. 

MUHIMU

Usilazimishe notes na wala usiimbie kooni katika training. Na tafadhali fuata piano na uimbe ndani ya funguo (key). Nenda Instagram @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss uangalie video za Japhy Ross darasani. Itakupa uelewa zaidi.

Sasa basi, kama unafanya mazoezi ya Vol. 1-4 na unashindwa kuenda na funguo (key) bila ya kupiga kelelele na kujiumiza koo, basi ujue unakosea. Wacha mazoezi mara moja alafu niombe mimi ushauri kupitia WhatsApp (namba ipo kwenye bango hapo juu).

ONYO: Ukiendelea kubamiza sauti, utaua kabisa sauti yako. 

KUMBUKA: Mifano ya jinsi ya kufanya mazoezi kifasaha na bila shida yeyote wala kutumia nguvu, yapo kwenye Instagram page yangu @joettmusic au #JaphyRoss na vile vile kwenye YoutTube Channel yangu.

Tafadhali Soma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora. Na kama ungependa nikuweke sawa, natoa madarasa ya lisaa limoja ana kwa ana ndani ya studio yangu, Oysterbay. Kwa maelekezo zaidi, bofya hapa!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Open Day with Joett: How to Get FREE 30 Minute Voice Assessments

I have been running free voice assessments all along, but I think this time around I’ve gotten just a little louder about it... of sorts, what with Instagram configured artwork in a variety of shades created especially.

But here’s what the free voice assessments are all about.

The reason for the assessments from the get-go was to get to assess new pupils before I accept them for my vocal training course.

I basically wanted to hear the voice; run them through a breathing exercise; and then some scales on piano to establish whether or not they're able to work with music. (In all honesty, I wouldn’t want to admit someone who is tone deaf... for example).

NEXT STEP

If they qualified, I would pencil them into my weekly vocal training schedule. That is primarily the purpose of this exercise.

However, since creating and availing my training programs for download on Mkito, pupils all around the country now have access to my training modules and from time to time would request for in-studio vocal training sessions with me. Well, here’s where, again, the free assessments come in to play. But with a slight twist this time around, as this tends to attract mainly, pupils who have already downloaded my vocal training programs, but want a one-on-one consultation nonetheless, just to be sure of what they’re doing... which can be done over the phone or by sending me voice notes via WhatsApp.

If you’re in the latter group, my recommendation is that at the very least, you take my Quick Start 3 Hour Course (TZS 90,000) so that you get to LEARN something. And I will give you a recording of your sessions with me (the good runs), so you can continue to practice at home. It’s a very small investment to a comprehensive long-term home learning program thereafter. Think about it!

I hope you've enjoyed this post today, and I thank you for visiting.


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UK Top 40 Singles Chart: Spanish Song "Despacito" Tops UK & Billboard Charts, Busts Through the Language Barrier

I have ALWAYS wanted an opportunity to write on how music is SO damned universal, that when UK Top 40 Singles Chart topper Despacito (Remix) (feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber) by Luis Fonsi came along and I was preparing to begin reviewing the weekly chart for my blog, I just had to go grab it!

I must admit, when I first heard the song on BBC Radio One a couple of weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to it.

The song is SO catchy. It didn’t surprise me at all when in the following week Despacito remained at number one after being 12 weeks in the UK chart.

The song is the first mostly Spanish language top 10 since "Macarena" in 1996-97. "This is great for Latin music!" Fonsi told Billboard, where it also graced the #1 position in the singles chart that same week. Driven by a new remix featuring Justin Bieber, for the first time in more than 20 years a mostly Spanish-language song ranks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. But what is SO refreshing about this particular song is that it sounds REALLY good. A good song transcends language, by all means, confirming yet again, that good music is good music, and that language is absolutely irrelevant.

Bieber, meanwhile, doubles his longest Hot 100 Billboard reign. Of his four prior No. 1s, he had ruled the longest with "Sorry," for three weeks in early 2016.

The rest of the tracks in the UK Top 40 Singles Chart  are also ‘good music’ across the board, with Ariana Grande’s soaring vocals in One More Time at #2; and the utterly infectious Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) by French Montana at #3; and at number 4 Strip That Down (feat. Quavo) by Liam Payne adding a more quirky R&B vibe which I quite like; and brand new entry 2U (feat. Justin Bieber) by David Guetta breaks into the chart in the number 5 position; with the rest of the Top 10 looking like this: #6 Mama (feat. William Singe) - Jonas Blue; #7 I'm The One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne) - DJ Khaled; #8 There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes; #9 Slow Hands-  Niall Horan; #10 Attention - Charlie Puth.

With such good music being released at the moment, overall, the UK Chart Show is sounding better and better week on week. That being said, I couldn’t help but mention how utterly insane I am for up-tempo old-school-esq vibe That's What I Like by Bruno Mars, sitting at #27 this week… mind you, it’s been in the UK Top 4o Singles Chart for 19 weeks.



Meanwhile, Stateside, Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" drops 2-3 on the Hot 100, following six weeks at No. 2 after it topped the May 13-dated chart. Still, it paces Radio Songs for a seventh week, with 154 million in audience (down 7 percent), tying his longest command as a lead artist with "Just the Way You Are" (2010) and "Locked Out of Heaven" (2013); he's led longer only as featured on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" (12 weeks, 2015). "Like" also leads Hot R&B Songs for an 18th week.

To get the complete run down of the UK Top 40 Singles Chart this week before the next 1800 GMT Chart Show Friday 23rd June updates the chart, click here. 

I hope you've enjoyed my very first Chart review. Catch up with you again when I review the next Chart rundown.

JOETT
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How Savvy Musicians Are Creating Supplemental Income Streams

Gone are the days when the music industry generated most of its revenue from record sales. The advent of the mp3 download brought about a gradual decline in physical product sales, namely, vinyl—currently going into revival, how times have changed—and the CD; which meant that more and more artists had to rely on touring and merchandising t-shirt, caps, and so forth, to generate the much needed revenue to sustain and grow their brands. This article will investigate the plight of the musician and that of the small business owner, in connection with creating supplemental income streams in a rapidly evolving retail marketplace.

Figuring it all out is quite a conundrum in itself, and so I’m going to cut to the chase to help you understand this in the quickest way possible. Ideally, this article is meant to help you get started with creating your very own supplemental income stream using other peoples’ platforms (that's the smart thing about it); and harnessing the immense prowess and savvy of experienced marketers at no cost to you. Yes, the best things in life are free. Believe or not.

Let’s assume you’re a musician, or small business owner who wants to find a fast way to get your physical products online (t-shirts, baseball caps, scarves, trainers, head bands, bracelets etc.), the thought of hiring a web designer to create a webpage for you can be quite daunting when you consider the cost implication, not to mention setting up an online shopping cart on YOUR platform to take orders. And we haven’t even touched on the marketing aspect. If you’re under the impression that when you build, they’ll come, then you’re in for a big surprise: it doesn’t work that way.

Now, what if I told you that you can have a superb online store, complete with shopping cart, and that on top of it… a team of online AND offline marketers to promote your products 365 days a year at absolutely no cost to you, would you be interested? Well, to be quite honest, I thought as much.

Sounds too good to be true, but here’s how it can work for you!

First and foremost, you register yourself as an affiliate marketer with one of the world’s largest affiliate marketing platforms, SFI Marketing Group. They have over one hundred thousand active affiliates on their network. This is the sales force that will push your products across the internet and furthermore, into retail outlets on the high street. But most importantly, the reason I recommend you join the affiliate network yourself is because, using this system—if you are a musician, fashion designer, artist or small business owner especially—you’ll be well placed to then incentivize your fans and followers to take on the task of promoting your products.

Why would they do that?

Because it stands to generate a supplemental income for THEM. They'll love you for it!

Once you’ve become an affiliate, you can then—through your back office, register as an E-Commerce Associate to upload the products you want to sell. I could’ve asked you to go directly in as ECA, but you stand to gain so much more by also becoming an affiliate. So many ECAs are also affiliates.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Japhy Ross X Anthy Nane "Angejua" - Download Toleo Mpya Mkito


Japhy Ross mwenye umri wa miaka 24 na Anthy Nane miaka 23, ni wakazi wa Mwanza. Kama vijana wengine wengi hapa Tanzania, wanapenda sanaa ya mziki na wana malengo ya kufanya mziki kama ajira.

Katika harakati zao za kutaka kujiendeleza, waliamua kujiunga na kufanya rekodi yao ya kwanza pamoja, baada ya producer Chuma Nice Flavour kuwapa ofa ya kurekodi wimbo mmoja. Kutoka Pango Records, tunawaletea wasanii chipukizi Japhy Ross x Anthy Nane na wimbo Angejua. Ku-Download Angejua kutoka Mkito.com, Bofya hapa!


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Demystifying the Limits of Your Vocal Range

You may have oftentimes wondered what your vocal range really is, or perhaps live in fear of attempting to sing certain notes because you simply feel that you cannot get there even if you tried. Whatever your misconceptions or insecurities, don’t allow any of that to dampen your resolve. Nothing is unachievable when you put your mind to it, and when you get specific training to help build your vocal range to something quite remarkable. And so before you begin to ask yourself too many questions, take a step back to look on the bright side. This article will aim to demystify what you may perceive to be the limits of your vocal range.

The common assumption in singing that the voice does not move smoothly and evenly from the lowest note to the highest, is just that—an assumption. You’ve probably experience a feeling that within your singing range, some areas operate differently than other regions. These areas are often referred to as “registers” of the voice. They basically sit adjacent to each other when laid out on a piano and will have a transition point located where we move from one register to the next. As for how many registers a voice has, there is no consensus, and nor is there a consensus on what to call them.

Most of us will have heard of the simple division into “chest voice” and “head voice,” with a section in-between called “middle voice” oftentimes referred to as the “mix voice”. Some industry professionals prefer a more expansive model that divides the voice into six ranges: extreme low, low, middle, high, very high and extreme high.

But there is what is termed our singing range, namely the range which is neither extreme low nor extreme high, give or take the limitations of gender, male or female in both extremes. Extreme registers therefore are characterized by, a) the inability to sing (whistle is not singing!), and b) the inability to articulate words. As such, they are part of our full vocal range, but not part of our singing range.

Having said that, registers for both male and female are divided up in areas called “passaggios” or “bridges”. In these specific areas, in all likelihood, you sense discomfort or a buildup of tension and pressure, requiring a change in singing posture. Proper vocal technique, however, allows us to eventually navigate these passages with ease. You’re going to be surprised to find how effective a few voice lessons will be for you.

Don’t try to run before you can walk, however. 

Sounds a bit cliché, I know, but I had to throw that into this article because, sadly, this industry is riddled with artists who will want to run at the first opportunity they get, without giving it a second thought. They’re in a hurry, so to speak. But I suppose it is understandable, what with computer software readily available in recording studios nowadays, to correct pitch and auto-tune outright bad vocals. But hey, if you’re the kind of person that takes pride in actually being able to hit the notes without a little bit of help from your producer, not to mention, IF you want to be able to perform your songs live in concert, without resorting to “playbacks or prerecorded vocals”, then this will be exactly what you’re looking for. Get the training to build your vocal range for both studio recording and performance on live sets. For more information on how to get started, be sure to get in touch with me.

Conclusion

I hope you got value from this article and learned something new. As always, you can send me any questions through the contact info in blog header. You are invited to share this page to Facebook or any other preferred social media site so that others can also benefit from this article. It will also help us spread the word of Joett Voice Studio, too. Thank you. Download Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 here!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Experiment with Different Singing Techniques in Pop Music

If you have wondered when we as humans began singing, then the answer to that question would be since we discovered that we had voices.  That being said, a lot about singing has changed over the thousands of years that we’ve been on this planet. Different cultures around the world have evolved over the centuries with each developing their own scales and modes, and henceforth different types of music and different singing techniques emerged.

Looking at this from an African perspective, the traditional African drum—which doesn’t really follow any form of scale—has over the centuries brought about the yelling and shouting style of singing that is well and truly synonymous with traditional African music.

Now, when you fast forward this to the 21st century and take into account modern musical instruments coming into the picture, look around you, and you’ll find that a lot of singers on the African continent still shout, and hence—thanks to the auto-tune—many an African singer will resort to excessive pitch correction software in the recording studio… which does sound incredibly awful, to say the least. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You’re going to be amazed to discover how easy it is to re-balance your voice with specific vocal exercises; so that you’ll have the correct vocal posture that will enable you to freely experiment with different singing techniques with no pain and absolutely no strain in your voice. The more you experience the benefits of vocal training for the 21st century, the more you’ll want to stick with this.

And this is where your journey with experimenting with different singing techniques should begin… only whence you have your voice in order. For the simple fact that it will be so much easier to put into practice what you learn from the different styles in popular music. I’ve seen people try to sing songs by Adele, Rihanna, Beyonce and Justine Bieber and it sounds incredibly painful.

Musical styles and genres are very diverse and varied, as are the different cultures of the world. Each genre has its own unique characteristics that make it different from others, and each genre presents unique challenges for singers, but the one thing that is connected to all the genres is the human voice. South Africa’s Miriam Makeba is a shining example of an African export that truly appealed to a global audience for the quality of voice—remarkably so.

And so, you’ll want to learn how to control your vibrato without tension; experiment with different vocal sounds; and focus on improving your movement on stage and take dance lessons, if needs be, all of which will enhance your experience with different singing techniques and help you grow as a singer.

For information on my online vocal coaching program, read my article Affordable Vocal Coaching on Skype for Europe and North America.

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Quick Tip to Help Focus the Voice with Your Tongue Trills

If you’re having a bit of trouble focusing your tongue trills (I know trills can be a bit of twister at times), there is something very subtle and easy you can do to tweak that… by adding a little timbre to your notes as you practice with the trills.

The thing is, if your trills aren’t focused enough when you’re doing your vocal training, it will affect your progress.

This article will explore a little-known technique that is quite phenomenal in every sense of the word. So let’s take a closer look. First you have the standard tongue trills that may sound all too familiar now, but what is probably missing is that little extra timbre that makes all the difference and helps focus your voice when doing the trills even more.

Here’s the simple analogy, to begin with. When you are doing the trills (RRR) your tongue is lightly placed at the roof of your mouth in order to produce that sound. However, how refined that focus is will vary from person to person. That being said, there is a way to rapidly improve your focus. And here’s how.

When doing your vocal training exercises, begin your trill with an N, which means your tongue is placed at the roof of the mouth, but swiftly add a D to it so that you are producing an NND (notice how you extend that N just a little); and then you add your RRRs to this equation and you’ll notice how much more ‘focus’ your tongue trills will suddenly project with NNDRRR.  I’ve witnessed many pupils go through the bender with the tongue trills, but this little quick-fix trick should take care of the problem.

For more information on how to do the tongue trills with better focus, take a look at some of my pupils in my latest video clips on my YouTube channel. Click here!  

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Soma Nakala Nyeti za Mazoezi na Maelekezo ya Uimbaji Bora

Kama umepitwa na nakala zangu zilizopita, au umeshasoma nakala zilizopita na ungependa kua na ukurasa mmoja tu kupata maelekezo na link ZOTE kuhusu swala la kuimba, basi fanya ku-bookmark blog post hii. Itakusaidia endapo utakwama kwa lolote.

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Ukishafanya hivyo, hakikisha unasoma maelekezo Volume 1, 2 & 3 Jifunze Kuimba na Joett Mkito.com ili upate muongozo zaidi. Alafu mwisho kabisa, soma nakala yangu isemayo: Je, Binadamu Anaimbia Tumboni? Jua Ule Ukweli Wenyewe Halisi.

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How to Shape Your Vowels Correctly to Focus the Voice

If you’re not shaping your vowels correctly when you sing, you are losing an incredible amount of power with every note. More than you can imagine. We can get away with hardly opening the mouth nor articulating the vowels when we speak, but when we sing we have to exaggerate in order to project the same words. This article will offer tips on how to correctly shape your vowels with every single word that you sing. So let’s begin.

Whilst in session with a pupil just yesterday, I made her sing Amazing Grace. However, something was obviously missing and I quickly pointed that out: my pupil’s voice was sounding great—she’d come a long way in just a few hours of training—but her mouth was hardly opening. And so I reiterated on the importance of exaggerating the vowels and how it will help project a bigger and more refined note with every word. And so I stopped the session and went back to the piano to simply run some scales with the vowels AEIOU.

After a short run, I immediately took my pupil back to the song Amazing Grace, and as if by magic, her mouth was now fully open and articulating each word very clearly. She was sounding miles better already, just by that one quick move back to the scales on the vowels it’s as if the mouth had automatically let loose.

But here’s the thing. When you pay attention to yourself and you completely tune in to your own sound production, you will quickly notice your shortcomings and your journey into discovering yourself will begin in earnest. In this particular case, my pupil was probably unaware of her shortcoming, but when I pointed that out to her and had her do some simple scales on the vowels to fix it, she was able to relax and to allow the art of shaping each note on the vowel correctly take shape, naturally. And so the next time you sense you’re losing your notes to the wind, try to pay a little more attention to shaping your vowels.

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

How to Quickly Open Up Your Head to Free Your Voice

If you’ve been voice training for any length of time, you’ll know that sometimes you’ll get to a point where you don’t quite feel up to scratch. And it could be for any number of reasons, however, in this article I want to discuss the interference of gravitational pull in sound production—and thereby your speech level posture going wonky when you sing, and how to quickly get around that by opening up your head voice first.

The last thing you want is hindered connectivity between your chest and head voice. The reason we train is because we really want to free that voice so that our tone is evenly connected all the way up and down. Now, when gravitational pull gets in the way of you making that connection, then there is a quick-fix trick you can use to get around that little bottleneck in only a couple of minutes.

Leaning forward slightly to help you connect to your head voice as you do the scales is one handy tip I’ve dished out in previous articles, but today I want to push the envelope just a tad.

Standing upright on both feet, begin by bending forward at the waist to eventually have the top of your head facing the floor and your arms loosely hanging towards the floor. Once in this position, begin humming (like a siren) in circles inside your head. Make any sense? I’ll explain. Your goal is to have your voice moving around in circles inside your head with a simple hum, ensuring that you continue to breathe before each run. Mind you, do not do this exercise to piano scales. You don’t need them.

Once you’ve worked your head for about 3 minutes, return to an upright position... standing with your back straight. If you had a song you wanted to sing or scales you wanted to do, this is the time to get on with it. You should be feeling a lot better by now and your tone ought to be nice and even. You will have opened up.

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
Download Joett Vocal Drills 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How to Book a Vocal Training Phone Session with Joett

If you want to get your vocal training done over the phone in 20 minutes, here’s what to expect and what you need to do to get with the program.

Please note that this is specifically set-up for callers within Tanzania on a local call. If your geographical location is outside Tanzania, then you’ll need to hook up with me on Skype.

For more information on lessons via Skype, please read my article on this topic here!

So let’s begin

If this is your first time, then you’ll need to book and pay for the session in advance (TZS 12,000 via Tigo Pesa. Number is on poster). Once I have confirmed your booking, I will send you the relevant training files and instruction via email.

Before you come on the call make sure you have speakers connected to laptop, CD player; or if you want to use a phone to playback the scales, it’ll have to be on a separate phone—not the one you’re using to call me.

You will sing into your phone, but I’ll also want to hear the piano in the background, hence the above is essential to make this work.

In segments where I will play the piano 'live' my end, you will need to have YOUR phone connected to speakers (please don’t use your earphones), so you can hear the piano externally to enable you to work with me in key.

That’s all there is to it!

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Singing Lessons: Understand the Importance of Reading and Listening to Recorded Instruction for Home Learning

When you’re vocal training from home, with the help of written text and prerecorded messages and exercises, you are basically long-distance-learning your way to a better singing voice. However, that being said, because you’ll have no supervision by a professional vocal coach, it is imperative that you follow instruction to the letter. This article aims to give you a better perspective on how to get yourself adequately organized to learn from home.

The reason I want to bring up this topic today is because I have noticed, sadly, that some online learners simply want to get on with it and don’t bother to read nor listen to prerecorded instruction; in the case of the latter—with my online training modules—it’s the first thing you hear before you even begin the exercises. So imagine hearing recorded instruction every single time you run the tape to train, and not paying any attention whatsoever to what’s being advised on tape. Well, it does have its detrimental consequences—which would include damaging the very instrument you’re training: your voice!

Here’s what I would recommend you do: Listen to instruction on tape and read up whatever information is thrown at you. I know it has become somewhat of a video generation of sorts nowadays, but when you settle down to read written text and listen to audio instruction on the vocal training product you’re working with, you will discover soon enough that it is exactly what you need to get ahead as a singer.

Remember, you don’t have a tutor in session with you. You are relying entirely on written and prerecorded information. So, take a deep breath, and settle yourself down to get to know what is required of you as a pupil. You’ll save a lot of time and guesswork in the long run.

In the case of my downloadable Joett Vocal Drills available on Mkito.com, on every tape from Volume 1 to 4, I point you to my blog to fetch more information on how to train efficiently. It will help shorten your learning curve.

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"
Private Singing Lessons
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why It Takes Me 12 Weeks to Compose a Song

If you’re working on a song and feel that perhaps you’re taking way too much time to piece it all together, don’t fret. You’re making a piece of history, so it’s got to be perfect if you want your composition to live forever. I know you might be in a bit of a hurry, most artists eager to get a product out to market would be, but wouldn’t it be sad to feel further down the line, that you could’ve done better? This article will look at the importance of taking your time to compose a song.

It takes me on average, twelve two-hour once-a-week songwriting sessions with my acoustic guitarist to complete a song. And that’s just for setting my song to music on the acoustic guitar. And when I take into account the length of time it took to write the lyrics prior to engaging my guitarist, even more so. But why do I go to such great lengths to compose a song? Well, let’s just say I have to be completely satisfied and I really don’t care how long it takes.

Songwriting and composition accounts for your intellectual property, and so you’ll want to ultimately put your very best work onto the public domain. When you listen to music that has been well crafted, it speaks to the soul, and one never really tires of it.

Do you want to know when you’re onto something extraordinary? That’ll be when a few years down the line your composition still sounds fresh… like people will still enjoy listening to it.

How to settle down to give it your very best:

If you’re not composing to a beat, you’ll want to begin by first writing the song complete with melody and full arrangement. When you begin to set your song to music with musicians in session, you’ll find that new ideas will begin to flow into the piece you’re working on. And this is why when you’re song crafting, it is imperative that you allow this to happen. Nothing is ever set in stone—least of all songs. So when you sense an idea coming that will give the song another dimension, give it a try to see how it sounds. And be sure to continue refining your ideas. You’ll be amazed to find how taking your time with this—however long it takes—will help you create something you’re going to be truly proud of. So the next time you’re in a hurry to compose a song, take a step back for a moment. You’ll be glad you did.

Streaming on SoundCloud below is a song written by me "Got U On Mind"; recorded in Los Angeles and performed by American singer Ty Ward. Please enjoy and share!

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


JOETT

Vocal Coach & Author "Letters from a Vocal Coach"