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Have You Heard of Clarksdale, Mississippi?

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I hadn’t, until last week. We were in Amarillo Texas listening to music in a coffee bar and after the set we chatted a little with the musicians. We told them our plans to travel from Amarillo, through Little Rock and on to Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville and Asheville for our homemade music tour, and they told us that we had to stop in Clarksdale.

Birthplace of the Delta Blues

Clarksdale is where Robert Johnson made his legendary deal with the devil, the birthplace of Blues greats Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Son House, and Ike Turner, literally to name just a few. Robert Johnson lived there, as did Muddy Waters. Tennessee Williams lived there as a child and included characters from the town in his plays (sometimes even using their actual names), and Morgan Freeman lived there and currently co-owns The Ground Zero Blues Club there. Read the Wikipedia page about Clarksdale — it’s fascinating.
That night in Amarillo as we were googling around about Clarksdale we found Chilly Billy’s Delta Bohemian Tours — although we’re not usually tour-style travelers, once we’d read about it there was no way we weren’t going to do this.
Here’s an excerpt from his website:
Those desiring a deeper intimacy with and mindfulness of the “Most Southern Place on Earth” will surely enjoy several hours trekking with an eclectic Dude, acutely familiar with the socio-economic, educational, agricultural, and racial nuances associated with Mississippi Delta culture.
Take a ride with the witty, perspicacious Chilly Billy in his red Jeep Wrangler and you will see and learn things you never dreamed of. He will give you a personal introduction the way it’s supposed to be done…..real Delta Bohemian style—relational, full of humor, including the didactic as well as the conversational. He might even get Socratic if you aren’t careful!
It was just the three of us in Billy’s red jeep. He was smart, friendly and funny, introduced us to his friends (usually proprietors of local businesses) and let us in on the backstories behind what we saw. He drove us to the spot where Muddy Waters lived for 30 years and the shack that was the hospital where Bessie Smith died after a car crash. We visited plantations turned B&B/Blues Clubs, with sharecropper shacks for guest cottages (mixed feelings starting to percolate at this point). He pointed out a front yard where a deadly duel occurred, and talked to us about local politics. The conversation was nuanced and a little political — I may go into that another time, in another post. Bottom line: It’s complicated.
The main reason I’m glad we did his tour as soon as we got to Clarksdale is this: at first glance, at least to my New England eyes, the place is a ghost town. Hardly any cars parked on the main streets; stores looked abandoned; a lot of graffiti; not a lot of people around. In fact, this had been a booming little city on and off until the 1970s, when the mechanization of agriculture (and probably the civil rights movement) led to a mass exodus. So the place is in some ways frozen in tirme  — that’s what hit us first.
But after Billy’s tour, we read what we saw a little differently. This is an abandoned building; this is an awesome little harmonica store owned by Deak Harp, who was taken under the wing of James Cotten as a teenager and worked as his manager for years. And look, Deak’s right there — we met him on Billy’s tour — and he’s avnailable to teach a lesson and happy to sell a CD or a harmonica, or just to chat with us for a few minutes.
This is an old clothing store, owned by one of the remaining four Jewish families in town (there used to be enough Jews here to sustain a synagogue, but no longer). This is an abandoned theater, but this, which looks equally abandoned, is a hopping venue during the Juke Joint Festival each April.

Deak’s Mississippi Saxophones & Blues Emporium. What’s a Mississippi Sax? A harmonica, of course!

Location, Vibe and Venue

The Shack Up Inn: This is the duo we met in Amarillo, playing at the Shack Up in Clarksdale. Originally a cotton milling plant, a lot of the ginning equipment is still there, poking out of the walls and hanging out of the ceiling. You can see the airplane hanging above the stage here — the whole place is.a mad 3-d collage. Really the coolest looking bar I’ve ever been in (even beating out Stickyz in Little Rock in my opinion). This is the music venue and bar. The Shack Up is also an Inn, and out back are the sharecropper shacks that are now used as guest houses. (Cringe?) Very cool but confusing… They have a wonderful gallery full of local arts and crafts, and host events and workshops. Popular with tourists and locals.

Ground Zero Blues Club: Without having taken Billy’s tour, we wouldn’t have known that this huge, empty, battered, graffiti-covered warehouse building with the beat up couches and bar-b-que barrel on the porch, is the blues club co-owned by Morgan Freeman, and voted the #1 Blues Club in the Nation by bestbluesclubs.org. Our first night in town we ate bar-b-que and catfish there, and listened to Deak and his rockin’ band. The next night we heard LaLa Craig and her band there — amazing! The place was packed. This is the new place is town, been here just 16 years and almost corporate, by Clarksdale standards. It didn’t feel like an example of gentrification to me, but Ground Zero has that aspect to it, for better and worse.

The last stop of the evening was Red’s (also known as Red’s Juke Joint, Red’s Lounge, Red’s Blues Club and Red Paden’s Mississippi Juke Joint — Red doesn’t like to be pinned down) and I’m quite sure that had we not been coached by Billy, we would have thought from the outside that this place was just for locals and not friendly towards, and maybe not even safe for, tourists.

When we opened the door, it was clearly just fine. We were welcomed in with smiles, offered a beer out of the cooler behind the counter, and guided to sit in one of the chairs set up around the edge of the room. Lucious Spiller and his band were playing, and they were phenomenal; this guy can do anything he wants on an electric guitar and switches genres seamlessly mid song in a way that could be gimmicky but was instead heartfelt and full of soul. Founded by Red Paden thirty-something years ago, Red’s is for sure the real deal all the way.
 
 
 
 
Go To Clarksdale. You Need It. It Needs You.

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40 Easy Guitar Songs You Can Learn Overnight

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When you want to entertain your friends, bring out a guitar and lead them in a medley of these easy guitar songs. There are tunes from many musical genres that you can seemingly learn overnight to make sure you’re ready for the next singalong. Each of these popular songs has a unique history and no more than four chords.

Country

European settlers brought acoustic guitars to America when they emigrated. Country music then developed in regions surrounding the Appalachian Mountains, evolving as the melodies absorbed elements from other types of music. Guitars were popular as they were both inexpensive and portable.

Two-Chord Songs

“Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus spurred a renewed interest from younger listeners who had not formerly paid much attention to country music.

Three-Chord Songs

“You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash almost lost its country-music identity when it was absorbed into the mainstream pop culture, and it is considered one of the state songs of Louisiana.
“All Summer Long” by Kid Rock is considered a country-rock song. It has been featured in a video game and was the official theme song for a World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view event.

Rhythm & Blues

The history of using the guitar when playing rhythm and blues can be traced back as far as the 1920s. Using the electric guitar became more popular in the 1940s. This popular genre features basic, yet complex grooves with a driving beat, muted strings, and a clean tone.

Two-Chord Songs

“Fallin” by Alicia Keys is about falling in and out of love with someone. It features a moderate blues tempo.
“Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone, the group’s first number one hit, calls for equality and peace between races and social groups.

Three-Chord Songs

“Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” by Bruno Mars is an R&B pop song that can be considered an ode to a woman’s beauty.
“Hound Dog” has been recorded over 250 times by a wide range of artists and is best known because of the Elvis Presley recording that topped US R&B, pop, and country charts.

Rock and Roll

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Rock and roll music originated in the United States in the early 1950s. Its widespread popularity is partially due to how the music has drawn from such a wide variety of other musical genres, including rhythm and blues, folk and jazz. Many famous musicians who embraced rock and roll, such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard, are still known for their iconic poses featuring their guitars. Rock music encompasses many subcategories such as psychedelic rock, progressive rock, glam rock, heavy metal, new wave, punk and alternative rock.

Two-Chord Songs

“Fire on the Mountain” by the Grateful Dead has been played at Dead shows since 1977 and appears on numerous albums.
“Jane Says” by Janes Addiction was inspired by the band’s namesake and is one of their most famous songs.  It often is the last song played at their concerts.
“Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon is an anti-war song that was the first solo single issued by Lennon.
“Break on Through to the Other Side” by the Doors was the first single released by the band. The word “high” was deleted from many recordings before 1960.
“Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen was the title song on Springsteen’s most commercially successful album. This album was also the first compact disc manufactured in the US for commercial release.
“A Horse with No Name” was performed by the band America in the 1970s. It was banned by some radio stations at the time because of alleged references to drugs.

Three-Chord Songs

“The Tide is High” by Blondie was accompanied by a music video of lead singer Debbie Harry trapped in a flooding apartment while being monitored by a space alien.
“Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen often takes listeners back to the glorious, youthful times of their high school days.
“Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak gained nationwide fame when it was featured in the David Lynch film, “Wild at Heart.”
“Walk of Life” by British band Dire Straits is one of the group’s most recognizable songs. At one time it was licensed to be used nationally in television commercials about a diabetes drug.
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet is named for the cocktail that the artist discovered in an Austin, Texas, bar. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame because of its cultural and historical significance.
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd was written in response to two Neil Young songs. Its misunderstood lyrics incited controversy about civil rights activism in southern states such as Alabama.

Other Three-Chord Songs for Easy Guitar Songs

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“Beat It” by Michael Jackson was one of the popular singles that propelled the album “Thriller” into becoming the bestselling album ever. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo is reported to have caused a monitor speaker to catch fire during a recording session.
“Evil Ways” by Santana has been covered on numerous occasions and was named in movie credits for “The Fast & The Furious” and “Home for the Holidays”.
“Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen is about a Jamaican sailor returning to see his lady love on the island. As one of the most recognizable songs ever recorded, it almost became Washington’s state song and is the reason that April 11 is International Louie Louie Day.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow became one of her most popular radio hits in the early 2000s, and it was featured on hit television series “The Sopranos” and “One Tree Hill.”
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison has been played more than 10 million times on American radio stations and is the most downloaded song from the 1960s.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol was referred to by the songwriter as the purest love song he’d ever written. It’s been featured on several American television shows.

Four-Chord Songs

“Hey, Jealousy” by the Gin Blossoms was once referred to as “manna for radio” in a Rolling Stones magazine review.
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by punk rock band Green Day did not originally include guitar. The string track was recorded separately while other band members were playing foosball.
“Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen features the lead singer Freddie Mercury yelling, “Get on your bikes and ride!”
“Creep” by Radiohead was inspired by a girl that lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood followed around in England. Coincidentally, she did end up attending a Radiohead concert.
“Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones features the chant, “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” and can be heard at sporting events of all types. It sits at number 18 on the 2008 Rolling Stone Top 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time list.
“Free Fallin” by Tom Petty was written about what Petty and collaborator Jeff Lynne saw when they were driving down Ventura Boulevard in and around Los Angeles, California.

Pop

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The guitar, one of America’s most popular instruments, has been prevalent throughout the history of pop music. The look is iconic, and the sound is unforgettable. While some pop music has veered away from guitar sounds, there are many examples of how guitars remain a staple in modern music.

Three-Chord Songs

“Marry You” by Bruno Mars is frequently used as a proposal song, with lyrics focusing on spur-of-the-moment marriage.
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, one of the best-selling singles in history, has been called a “club-ready anthem” with lyrics that address self-empowerment of minority groups.
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars became a worldwide phenomenon after it was released in 2014. Its video has been viewed more than three billion times on YouTube.
“Hey, Ya” by OutKast was influenced by funk, rap, and rock music. The Polaroid Corporation used the song’s lyric, “shake it like a Polaroid picture”, to re-energize the public’s perception of its products.
“Red Red Wine,” originally written by Neil Diamond, was recorded by UB40 with a reggae-style beat. Diamond often uses the UB40 arrangement when performing the song at concerts.
“Wonderwall” by Oasis has been described by the songwriter as a song about “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.”

Four-Chord Songs

“The Winner Takes It All” was recorded by ABBA in the early ‘80s. The topic of this pop ballad reflects on the ending of romantic relationships.
“Pompeii” by Bastille is one of the English pop band’s most well-known international hits, with lyrics about the Roman town that met its fate when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, the all-time fourth best-selling digital single, is about seeking the attention of a cute neighbor who is attracted to someone else.

Go Out and Play

According to some historians, people have been singing to guitar music in some form since ancient times. Playing the guitar can be a very rewarding experience, easy guitar songs can make you look like a pro. Bond with friends and family while playing and singing at social gatherings. Pick your favorite easy guitar songs from this list, practice for a few hours, and you’ll be the life of the party when leading the group in song at the next event.

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7 Vocal Warm Ups You Should Start Using Today

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A career in singing is much like a career in any other field: You start out by taking small steps and gradually climb your way to the top. One important step that many inexperienced singers tend to skip is the vocal warm ups, but just as an exercise routine is necessary to keep the body in shape, vocal warm ups are important to keep the voice in shape and functioning properly. What follows are some helpful vocal warm ups that you should get in the habit of using on a daily basis.

Why Are Vocal Warm-Ups Important?

Before you start your warm ups, you should understand why they are important:
Vocal warm ups help prevent acute injuries to your vocal cords.
A regular warm-up regimen helps keep your voice in shape and prevents damage over time.
Warming up right before a performance can help you prepare mentally as well as physically.
Singing may not seem very athletic, but it is as much a physical activity as running, swimming, or skating. Just as athletes demand a lot of the muscles in their arms, legs, and core, vocalists demand a lot of the muscles that they use to sing, particularly the vocal cords, but also the muscles of the face, neck, and abdomen. Athletes are at greater risk for injury if they don’t warm up and prepare their muscles before a competition; similarly, singers are at greater risk of vocal strain or acute injury if they do not warm up before a performance.
To become a runner, a swimmer, or a figure skater, you need to practice and train to build up your strength and ability over time, and it’s the same with singing. You wouldn’t try to run a marathon your first day out the door, would you? Of course not! Likewise, with singing, a regular warm-up routine will build your vocal strength and stamina gradually.

Reminder to prevent damage to your Voice

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A healthy warm ups routine also helps you to prevent damage to your voice over time. To use another analogy, think of your voice like a car engine that needs regular maintenance, such as oil changes, to keep running at peak efficiency. If an engine doesn’t get regular oil changes, the moving parts rub up against each other, causing wear and tear, and will eventually give out. Your vocal cords are similar to the moving parts of your car: To produce sound, the vocal cords need to come in contact with one another. Vocal cords that are improperly maintained rub up against each other and cause wear and tear the same way that the moving parts of your car engine do.

What is Phonation?

Phonation (making sounds with your voice) requires intense vibration of the vocal cords, which are lined with a delicate tissue. If you don’t maintain your voice with exercise and hydration, the constant stress on the lining of your vocal cords can cause vocal nodules, calluses on your vocal cords that can prevent them from operating efficiently. Vocal nodules are a common medical complaint among singers, and the condition’s effect on a singing career can be devastating. Nodules can sometimes be treated with surgery, but the postsurgical recovery can take a long time, and many singers who have undergone it feel their voices are not the same afterward. Some singers report a loss of vocal range due to treatment for vocal nodules, while others have had to stop singing altogether. It’s best to prevent vocal nodules from forming in the first place, and vocal warm-ups are an important preventative measure.
The benefits of vocal warm-ups aren’t just physical, however; they’re mental too. Like other exercises, vocal warm-ups stimulate the production of endorphins, natural chemicals in your body that improve mood. Warming up before a performance can help you focus your mind and cope effectively with any anxiety or “jitters” that you might feel before performing.

Your New Vocal Warm Ups Exercise Regimen

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Now that you know why you should  do vocal warm ups for your voice, you should next learn how. Your vocal cords are your “instrument,” but as you probably already know, there are other muscles involved in singing. Ideally, you should do vocal warm ups before a practice session or performance. The following exercises warm up the muscles of face all the way down to the abdomen.

1.Solfege

If you’re a beginning singer, the term “solfege” may be unfamiliar to you. “Solfege” is another word for the “Do, Re, Mi” scale demonstrated in the song featured in The Sound of Music. This is a basic exercise that helps train your ear to recognize the proper pitch.

2. Lip Trills

With your jaw relaxed, close your lips loosely together. Think of blowing bubbles underwater to create a buzzing sound. Start on a high-register note that you can sing comfortably. While buzzing your lips together, perform a vocal fall, or “glissando,” down one entire octave, then hold the bottom note for a few seconds. Take a deep breath and start again, this time one half-tone lower than you did before, and perform the same octave-long glissando. Continue in this way by half-tones until the low notes become difficult or uncomfortable for you to reach. If you are able to trill your tongue, as is done when pronouncing a double “R” in Spanish, that’s a variation that you can try to improve your vocal flexibility.

3. Sirens

In this exercise, you imitate the sound of a siren. Start with a low note that’s comfortable for you to reach and sing the syllable “oo,” making your lips into a very small “O” shape. Next, you have your choice of singing up the scale in an ascending arpeggio or doing a glissando up as far as you can comfortably go. Regardless of which you sing, as your pitch becomes higher, open your mouth wider, and as you come back down to the original note, close your mouth back down to an “oo.” Repeat the exercise, beginning one half-tone higher, and continue until the high notes become uncomfortable.

4. Abdominal Staccato

Open your mouth very wide and sing the syllable “haw” on an arpeggio. “Haw” may sound like a laughing syllable, and that’s a good concept to keep in mind as you cut off each note with your abdominal muscles. Keeping each note staccato, sing the arpeggio three times and then sustain the last note. Start again a half-tone up, and keep going as high as is comfortable. When you’ve gone as high as you can go, go back to where you started and begin the exercise again, this time going lower by half-tones until you can’t go any lower.
This exercise or vocal warm ups the diaphragm, which is crucially important because that’s where your breath should be coming from. If your vocal cords are your engine, oxygen is the fuel, and if you strengthen your diaphragm, you’ll never “run out of gas” in the middle of a song.

5. Vowel Runs

Vowel placement and shape are crucially important for proper singing, and this exercise helps you cultivate both, as well as breath control. In this exercise, you sing arpeggios again, but this time you go all the way up to the top of the scale and come back down again. For example, if you start at middle C, sing arpeggios up to the next C and then come back down to middle C. Start with the vowel sound “ah,” and go through your entire range by half-tones, then switch the vowel sound to “eh” and repeat the exercise. Do this for all the vowel sounds.
As a variation, you can do a different vowel sound for each note and even add a consonant sound at the beginning, for example, “Mah, Meh, Mee, Moh, Moo.”

6. Resonant Humming

This exercise is similar to the vowel runs discussed above, but instead of singing on different vowel sounds, you hum. As you hum, create as much space inside your mouth as possible while keeping your lips loosely closed. Your lips should be relaxed during this exercise; don’t try to clamp them shut. As you hum, you should feel your lips vibrating.

7. Tongue Twisters

Singing tongue twisters warms up the tip of the tongue and the teeth and the lips — which, by the way, is a tongue twister that you can use as a vocal warm ups. Tongue twisters can help with enunciation and dictation, which are important if you want people to understand the lyrics you’re singing. Any kind of tongue twister can work for this, but short phrases like “Red leather, yellow leather” or “Aluminum linoleum” may be best to start out with. Tongue twisters often work best with scales; pick whatever tongue twister you like and sing it on the first note of the scale, then repeat on the next note, ascending up and then descending down the entire scale. Go as slowly as you need to in order to pronounce the phrase correctly, making each syllable distinct. Gradually try to increase speed without sacrificing accuracy.
Just as exercise is necessary for a healthy body, warm-ups are necessary for a healthy voice. To prevent vocal damage, be sure to do your vocal warm ups every time you practice or perform.

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Seven Steps to Better Vocal Health – Practical Tips for Great Singing

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by Dr Daniel K Robinson – January 19, 2017 – Comments

What are your goals for the new year? Lose weight, eat healthily, spend more time with family and friends? More specifically, what are your singing goals for 2017? Better pitch accuracy, more performing and successful auditions are among the top goals I hear every January when my studio opens for the new year. These goals and many others besides are all admirable, but none of them can be achieved if the singer doesn’t first attend to their overall vocal health.
So, my first blog post for 2017 is specially written to remind you (and me) about those things that will contribute to better vocal health; assisting you to achieve your singing goals for the new year.

1. Speaking before Singing

Even as a person who loves to sing, you still use your voice at least 90% of the time for speech. This means that your spoken voice patterns need to be healthy and sustainable. If your spoken sounds are causing wear and tear, then when you come to sing, your vocal mechanism will already be compromised: tired and sore. I am a strong advocate for singers visiting a speech therapist for a few sessions geared towards optimising speech patterns.

2. Sing Well

Well, of course! We all want to sing well, but what are you doing to make this happen? Too many singers practice their songs without developing the underlying technique that informs the way their voice functionally sings the song. Quality voice instruction will always teach you how to sing first, before teaching you what to sing. Horse before the cart people! Looking for quality singing lessons? Learn more here. Singing well also requires that we be disciplined with our warmups and cooldowns. Again, far too many singers use their songs to warm up. That’s like a running athlete only running to warm up without also stretching. If you would like to learn more about how to successfully prepare your voice for use, then watch my video, “The Three Phase Warmup.”

3. Voice Rest

Once you have learned to speak and sing well, it is time to ‘shut up!’ Seriously, far too many of us do not know when it is time to rest the voice. Human anatomy is not designed to go 24/7, and that includes your larynx. Every singer, amateur and professional alike, should schedule at least one day every week as a ‘relative voice rest day.’ Give your voice some downtime! Also, learn to pace your vocal use throughout a week. Marathon runners learn to ebb and flow their run. At times, they apply heightened pace; at other times, they fall back into a comfortable rhythm. Singers need to take a similar approach. Learn more about the ebb and flow of good singing in the video, “Vocal Pacing and the Happy Singer.”

4. Hydrate

Water is a singer’s best friend! However, sadly, many singers are not taking full advantage of that friendship for better vocal health. Remaining hydrated by sipping approximately two litres of water throughout a day assists your vocal folds to stay lubricated. If the vocal folds are not well lubricated, they sustain higher levels of fatigue and become susceptible to wear and tear. Water, in its vapour form, is also beneficial to the voice. I highly recommend that all singers own and use a personal steam inhaler. You can learn more about the benefits of steaming the voice here.

5. Physical Fitness

Our fifth goal for good singing possibly aligns nicely with some of your other goals for 2017. Exercising more and eating a healthy diet all lead to better vocal outcomes. Remember, your voice is not merely your larynx. YOU are your voice: head to toe! Your entire instrument, your body, needs to call on high levels of energy for good singing. The weak and unhealthy body has fewer energy stores to draw upon, which in turn can lead to more effort and strain, leaving the singer laryngeally focussed. So, if your searching for another reason to live healthier this year…add singing to the mix. Your voice will thank you!

6. Listen More

I am going to put my hand up and say this is an area I need to work on more. I do not listen to enough music. It’s a part of my vocal development that I want to work hard on during the year. Great singers are great listeners. There is so much to learn from listening to other musicians. Phrasing, storytelling and resonance qualities are all aspects of singing that we can gain from listening to great singers. Using streaming services like Spotify or Pandora allow us to explore unknown artists and genres. I hope you will join me this year in listing to more singers.

7. Use It or Lose It

It never ceases to amaze me how many of my students don’t sing in between their lessons, and I’m not talking about just their technical homework. If you want to improve your vocals, you have to use it or lose it! I think most of us are familiar with the ten-thousand-hour rule. The law states that expertise and proficiency in any field first requires ten-thousand-hours of activity in the chosen discipline. That is a lot right! How about, we start with something more achievable. Let’s aim to spend 50 hours using our voices between now and Easter (April 2017). That equates to about 4 hours a week. I know we can do it…we just have to decide and act!
You and I both know there is more to good singing and vocal health than what I have listed above. What have I left out? Leave your comments below and share your top tips for great singing during 2017. I am looking forward to learning from you and your experience. Also, if you’d like to take a deeper dive into vocal health you might like to check out the article, “Vocal Health and Voice Care.”
Sing well, Dr Dan.
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Pain-relieving drug 'reduces need for epidural during labour' Pain-relieving drug 'reduces need for epidural during labour'
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Pain-relieving drug ‘reduces need for epidural during labour’

1 min read A pain-relieving drug could help halve the number of women needing epidurals during labour, a study has...

Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff
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Inmate given 57p in compensation after his magazine was damaged by prison staff

2 min read A prisoner was reimbursed 57 pence as compensation after a magazine they owned was lost or damaged...

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Scottish aristocrat warns divorce tourism across the border will soar after ex-wife was allowed to fight for a slice of his fortune in England

1 min read The legal battle is the first reported cross-border case under EU Maintenance Regulation, introduced in 2011, which...

Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care
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Council drops bid to take children of two known Islamist extremists into care

1 min read The mother was said by police to be an active member of a women’s circle closely associated...

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