Sunday, January 31, 2021

Google Meet Singing Workshops with JOETT, and it's FREE!

The purpose of this blog post is to invite you to join me on Google Meet for a FREE Q&A style singing workshop where I don't talk you sleep, instead, I'll listen to you tell me about your specific singing challenges and then I'll try to sort out your problems on the call...or at the very least, point you in the right direction. 

Do you have external speakers?

If I'm going to run you through a vocal exercise on Google Meet video call to help resolve your vocal issues, it is imperative that your device is connected to external speakers. And as a last resort, if you're using a headset, then it's got to be one headset plugged into/or over your ear, and one headset out. In the case of the headset option, it is so you can hear yourself in good balance. 

Speech Level Singing Technique Explained

Now, before we get into the details of my Google Meet sessions, I'd like to share a transcript from Seth Riggs, the inventor of speech level singing technique. This will help you get a better understanding of the principals of this extremely effective voice training technique. 

So let's begin...

When it comes to singing you have to be able to deliver a song in a manner that best suits the mood and style of that song, and the way you feel about that song. Your success or failure in doing this depends a great deal on your vocal technique, the way you use your voice. The better the technique, the greater the command you have over your voice. And the greater the variety of material you can sing.  

No-matter if you sing pop, musical comedy or opera, there is an effective technique that helps you sing more easily and comfortably, many hours at a time, day after day. It’s called speech-level singing technique, or simply, speech level singing. 

Speech level singing means no matter how high or low; or how loudly or softly you sing, you never do anything that prevents you from singing with the same, comfortable easily produced voice when you speak. 

Even though you use a greater pitch and dynamic range when you sing, nothing should feel any different in your mouth or throat. There should be no tension in your tongue, your jaw, soft pallet or your neck. 

If you’ve taken voice lessons before, or have sung in a choir, your voice teacher or choir director has probably instructed you at one time or another to give your tone more support. Sing from your diaphragm. Let your tone resonate. Place your tone forward. Project your voice…and so on. 

However, such instruction can be confusing and even dangerous. I’ve seen it destroy many fine voices. Singing technique associated with this kind of instruction can only cause your voice to jam up, and your body to become stiff and rigid. 

These kind of instructions have a tendency to talk in result. To explain to you what singing should be, rather than how to allow it to happen. With speech-level technique, you need only concern yourself with one thing when you sing: speech. 

Your tone production must remain consistent—or as we say, connected from the bottom of your range—that is your chest voice, all the way into the extended upper range of your head voice. 

AND you must coordinate that connection from a vocal posture that is exactly the same as when you're speaking comfortably… that is, your speech level. 

With speech-level singing your voice is automatically supported, your diaphragm and all your breathing muscles work the way they should to supply your vocal chords with just the right amount of air. 

You don’t need to push, tighten or manipulate anything to have a strong, clear and dynamically flexible voice. With speech-level singing, your voice is automatically balanced with just the right amount of top, middle and bottom harmonic qualities. 

You don’t sound muddy, dark, throaty on low tones; or slatey, pinched or strident on high notes. 

With speech-level singing your voice only gets better as you get older, there won’t be any loss of range, quality or power; BUT to develop speech-level singing technique you need the training. Or if you’re like most singers, retrain your voice, with the help of special exercises. 

JOIN Google Meet Singing Workshops FREE

In my Google Meet singing workshops I invite you to tell me what your vocal challenges are, and I will do my very best to help you resolve your problems on the call. This is a very simple and straightforward community outreach initiative, and what's more, it's FREE!

You can also download Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7, it's FREE! Click Here.

Want to Sing Like a Pro?

To join the JOETT Q&A Style Vocals Quick Fix Singing Workshop on Google Meet, once you've been given an appointment, click this link here
Or open Google Meet and enter this code: xwz-keay-ekt

To receive updates on when these workshops run, simply send me a quick message on WhatsApp or via social media. Contact information is on my calling card below. 

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

I shall look forward to seeing you online soon.

JOETT - Voice Coach & Author

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Download Joett Vocal Drills Volumes 1-7 MP3 from Internet Archive


If you’ve purchased my book 101 Letters from a Vocal Coach, all you now need to do is to come here to download the accompanying audio product Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 from Internet Archive

Previously, once you buy the paperback from AmazonBarnes & Noble or Lulu, you’ll find instructions inside the book on how to claim your audio products.

Well, I suppose I’ve now completely simplified that process for you. And this brings with it the added advantage that sort of allows you to sample Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 for FREE before you purchase the book. 

But be sure to get your hands on the book, as it nicely completes the package. 

Before I go, here’s a quick tip on how to download Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 from Internet Archive

If you’re using a mobile phone, place a finger on the track to bring up an options window; and then select Download Link to download the tracks to your phone track by track

It should be relatively easy. But in case that doesn't work, for whatever reason, you can use a computer to download the zip file from Internet Archive.

Here's how...

If you’re downloading from a computer, scroll down to bottom of product page, and click the VBR MP3 option at the bottom of the options list to download the zip file containing all the piano tracks. 

Internet Archive Download Links (below)

Demonstration Videos that will show you how to do the diferrent vocal exercises; as well as how to do the alternative workouts using the same piano scales on Volumes 1-4, are on my Facebook page here.

Want Sing Like A Pro? 
Connect with Joett on Skype 
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You are the instrument, 
learn to sing like a pro!

Wishing you all the succes in the world,

JOETT - Voice Coach & Author

JOETT - Got U On My Mind (Acoustic)

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 sasa zinapatikana Internet Archive

Mazoezi yangu ya Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-7 sasa yanapatikana Internet Archive. Unaweza ku-download na vile vile ku-stream. Kama kuna maswali yoyote, naomba unijulishe.

Maelekezo ya haya mazoezi bado utayakuta kwenye makala yangu, Msaada wa Mafunzo ya Sauti na JOETT WhatsApp na Telegram, ila kwenye swala zima la ku-download, kwavile Mkito inasumbua sana (nadhani Mkito inaenda kufa) wewe nenda ka-download Internet Archive bila gharama yoyote. Ni bure. Nimeweka na links za Internet Archive uko kwenye hiyo makala yangu ya awali pia.

ANGALIZO - tafadhali tumia makala yangu ya awali kupata maelekezo ya kina pamoja na link ya video yangu yenye mifano ya Vol. 1-4. 

MP3 nilizopandisha Internet Archive ni tofauti na zile ya Mkito kwa maana hazina maelekezo ya ziada kwa lugha ya Kiswahili, yana mifano ya kila zoezi tu. 

Kwahivyo, maelekezo utayakuta kwenye makala yangu, Msaada wa Mafunzo ya Sauti na JOETT WhatsApp na Telegram.

Ku-download MP3 kwenye simu weka kidole kwenye track, kuna kadirisha katapanda, halafu chagua Download linkUkishindwa ku-download MP3 kwenye simu, tumia computer ku-download zip file. Ni option ya chini kabisa VBR MP3..

Internet Archive Download Link (hapo chini)

Nawatakia mafanikio mema,

JOETT - Mwalimu wa Sauti

JOETT - Got U On My Mind (Acoustic)

Friday, December 25, 2020

Je, wewe ni msanii chipukizi? Basi hii online workshop ya waimbaji sasa ipo Tumblr kwa ajili yako, BURE kabisa

Yeyote ambae angependa kupata mazoezi ya sauti ili ajifunze kuimba, kama nyongeza ya mazoezi yangu ya Joett Vocal Drills Vol. 1-4,  sasa unaweza ku-stream mazoezi ya ziada kwenye blog langu la Tumblr kama ifuatavyo. (Bofya link hapo chini).

Joett Workshops Zoezi La Pumzi

Joett Workshops Exercise #1

Joett Workshops Exercise #2

Hakikisha pia, kwamba unafuata muongozo wa mazoezi yangu ya Vol. 1-4 kama nilivyo elekeza kwa kina kwenye makala yangu, Msaada wa Mafunzo ya Sauti na JOETT WhatsApp na Telegram.

Kujiunga na Group langu la WhatsApp kwa lugha ya Kiswahili bofya hapa! (Ukikuta Group limejaa, jishikize kwenye group langu la Gonga Jiwe, hapa!).


JOETT - Got U On My Mind (Acoustic)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Emerging Nigerian artist Tam Ben drops explosive Electric Vibe

I’ve followed Tam Ben’s career ever since he reached out to me via WhatsApp a few years ago. What is really amazing about this Nigerian artist is that he makes great music and is particularly good at networking his products online, in such a pleasant and respectful way. Unlike some people we know, he is very polite and doesn’t push his product upon you. He’s extremely courteous.

In terms of his music, Electric Vibe is blazing hot. It’s so more-ish. He’s run the track for under 3 minutes, and that in itself will have you begging for more. How ingenious! When I first took a listen I was like, hey, why has it STOPPED? I had to replay. 

Tam Ben held 7th place in the Summer 2020 Edition of the Djooky Music Awards and was featured in an article by Lucy Ilado in Music In Africa Magazine.

You’ll find Tam Ben on Instagram @tambensings

Now without further ado, please have a listen to Electric Vibe from Tam Ben (below).

Yajue Makundi Haya Mawili ya Wasanii Waimbaji

Kuna waimbaji au wasanii wa kuimba wa aina mbili… kwa mtazamo wangu. Nataka niyaanike hapa fasta tuanze mjadala huu rasmi.

Kuna wale ambao wanaamini yakwamba, muimbaji anacho hitaji ili kua msanii au kuitwa msanii, ni nguo nzuri (umaridadi), track na video kali na labda kiki la nguvu ili apae anga za tasnia ya muziki kilaini. Lakini sio kuimba.  Hiyo haina ulazima.

Kundi hili ni la watu ambao wanategemea kubebwa na studio. Yaani, mategemeo yao yote ni kwa yule producer ataeweka auto-tune kama zote ili kujaribu kuficha ukweli kwamba sauti ya kuimba hawana.

Sasa basi, ukija jukwaani, kwa wao umuhimu ni show la kibabe na pamba kali lakini kuimba hamna kitu pale, ni sifuri. Lakini tambua kwamba kundi hili la wasanii hawajali kabisa kwamba hawajui kuimba na wala nafsi zao haziwasuti. Wao wanaona kuishi kama msanii katika mazingira haya ni jambo la kawaida kabisa na linakubalika, na haina haja kujiendeleza kama muimbaji. Yaani, kwake yeye kujihusisha na mambo haya ni kujipotezea muda tu.

Sasa tuangalie kundi hilo lingine.

Kundi hili ni wasanii au waimbaji ambao kwa kweli hawaridhiki kabisa na uimbaji wa hovyo. Ni kwamba wanashindwa wafanye nini ili kubadili hiyo hali. Ni jambo ambalo linawakera kiasi ambacho wanaona aibu kabisa kujinadi kama wasanii, nafsi zao zinawasuta. Wanajihisi kama wao ni wasanii bandia. Kundi hili ni watu ambao wakipata fursa ya kufundhishwa kuimba watafanya lolote lile ili kuboresha uimbaji wao, na hawakati tamaa. 

Je, katika haya makundi mawili, wewe ni yupi?

Natumaini makala yangu ya leo imekufurahisha kwa namna moja au nyningine. Kama umenufaika na ungependa wengine nao wanufaike, basi naomba sambaza! 

Je, ungependa kujifunza kuimba?

Kama ungependa kuanza mafunzo ya kuboresha sauti yako ya kuimba, unaweza kuanza kwa kusoma na ku-download mazoezi ya sauti na muongozo wa kina kupitia makala yangu Msaada wa Mafunzo ya Sauti na JOETT WhatsApp na Telegram.


JOETT - Got U On My Mind

Monday, December 21, 2020

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock makes acting debut in romantic comedy Boxing Day


Published in The Sun Newspaper 21.12.2020 (From Simon Boyle's Bizarre column)

THIS time last year the thought of the Little Mix girls going solo was unthinkable – but now it’s a reality.

My exclusive pics show Leigh-Anne Pinnock's first individual venture as the girls prepare to do their own projects outside the band. See pictures and read the full article in The Sun Newspaper.

The flick is directed by I May Destroy You's Aml Ameen and also stars Aja Naomi King, best known for her role in How to Get Away with Murder, and BAFTA-winner, Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Read Simon Boyle's full article here.

Joett Music Blog Closing Notes

Now the reason I'm particularly excited about this project is because my nephew, Morris Waters, who is also my pupil (I coach him on Skype every week), appears as a busker in the movie and plays the song For The Love Of You by the Isley Brothers on acoustic guitar whilst Leigh-Anne Pinnock sings. 

My nephew, who was discovered by the producers whilst busking in the streets of London several weeks ago and offered a role in the movie, had been rehearsing the song for a few weeks and had come up with his own version of the song, which I very much liked and as it happens, so did Leigh-Anne when they rehearsed in her trailer for a couple of hours on set, on the the day of the shoot.

It has to be said, I am a really proud uncle right now.