Singing When You Are Sick – Five Tips to Help You

Posted on June 1, 2016 By


It happens to many of us. Especially around the cold and flu season. It may be hard to talk when you have a cold or the flu, but can you imagine how difficult it would be to sing in front of a crowd of people when you are sick?

This article will hopefully help you and give you tips on how to preserve your voice when you are sick and you have to sing on stage.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for your throat and vocal chords. And that is to rest. The night before your singing performance, try to get a good night’s sleep. And it might also help to take a nap before your performance. This is because sleep can help to heal your vocal chords. Resting your voice also means to try to limit talking throughout the day and up until your performance. Only talk when you need to.
  1. If you are a singer who has performed regularly on stage, then you most likely would already be in the habit of


Singer and Songwriter: Two Oars of Music

Posted on May 31, 2016 By


Whether it is a contest or a stage show, recording or an exhibition, music hitting the sweet spot between lyrical philosophy and melodious intoxication has always been victorious. Music is not some tossed up Caesar salad of vocals, lyrics, and tunes; rather music is like an exact combination to a safe: Planned, Engineered, and Streamlined after thousands of hours of iterative rehearsals. A melodious musical composition is a collective effort of a songwriter, a singer woven into a melody, without which there would be a humongous void in the conception.

A singer is always considered the focal point. The singer is duly responsible for transacting lyrics from the songwriter to audience. A singer and a songwriter have an equal contribution in captivating the audience. In every performance, contest and musical recording, the singer is the one who steals the show. In reality, since the inception of music, a singer is actually just a part of the big venture. Presently melodious singers rise from singing contests while songwriters have to follow orthodox methods to gain popularity and to earn their bread.

Lyricists or songwriters are equivalent


Playing the Guitar – How to Play Fast

Posted on May 1, 2016 By


Learning to play something new on the guitar, whether it is slow or fast, involves teaching your brain to move your fingers in some new way. The goal is to teach your brain to be able to play this new piece without you having to think about it. This is a very important point. But before we start, if the passage you want to learn is long, you need to break it up into pieces that are relatively short. A passage can almost always be split up into shorter pieces. You learn each piece individually, and string them all together in the end.

So how do you train your brain to play something ‘automatically’? In order to achieve this, you start slow. You slow way down. Be sure to tap your foot or use a metronome to keep the beat. You need to make a point to keep the beat and play the piece in time, because if you don’t, your brain will get accustomed to playing it that way and you have just wasted a lot of effort.

Slow down and play it.

If you


The Creative Process for Writing Music

Posted on June 21, 2016 By

How do you write a song?

Perhaps everyone has a different method or perhaps there’s a rulebook somewhere that states the order in which a song or piece must be written.

I can only speak for myself.

I know I take a different approach for writing songs as opposed to say writing a film score.

Most of my songs all came about by accident, I was just noodling on the guitar and a few chords got stuck together and I liked how they sounded and I started fumbling around with them until I had a riff and a pattern.

Some songs might take months or years to complete, I leave them there to ‘marinate’. In the past I would remember the chord structure, might even record it with a 4-track machine (when I borrowed one) or just play it into my tape deck (remember those days?). But other times I would just play those chords over and over so much till I remembered them. All in my head.

Of course, fast forward to the digital era and everyone and their grandmother has a laptop with some sort of recording capability. So nowadays I just have everything readily hooked up to go if inspiration strikes

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What To Consider When Purchasing A Six String Guitar

Posted on June 7, 2016 By

Whether or not it’s your first guitar, your tenth, or your hundredth, acquiring a guitar is certainly a super fun and stimulating time. To ensure that you are determining the best guitar-shopping decisions, take into account these things before purchasing your next guitar.

Purchasing a six string guitar?

This is a vital question you have to ask yourself. Suppose you already own a guitar, yet you are not using it, bear in mind the reason why. This will let you know exactly what to keep away from when shopping for a guitar. Meditate with your previous guitar and figure out why you think it’s mandatory for you to go shopping for this particular guitar.

Electric or acoustic?

This is a good in advance question you ought to ask yourself. Would you like to get an electric acoustic six string guitar? In case you are baffled on this one, solicit yourself what kind of music would you prefer to play? In case you are hoping to strum somewhere in the range of classic folk or 90s go for acoustic. In case you are hoping to shred somewhere in the range of 80s old school thrash or metal go for electric.

What is your


One of The Best Albums Ever Made: In the Court of the Crimson King

Posted on May 21, 2016 By

“In the Court of the Crimson King” is the debut album of King Crimson, an iconic British progressive act with a cult following. In 1969, a talented group of musicians came together to make this album. They were Greg Lake (bass, vocals), Michael Giles (drums), Ian McDonald (keyboards, woodwind, vibes), and Robert Fripp (guitar). Incidentally, Robert Fripp is the only consistent member in the band. Peter Sinfield assisted with the lyrics, and Barry Godber designed the blood-curdling album cover (depicting the Schizoid Man). The album, a masterpiece, is considered to be seminal to the progressive rock genre, and draws influences from jazz, symphonic and classical music. As a whole, it is astonishingly brilliant. It is thought provoking. It touches on dark topics which are in front of everyone’s eyes, but isn’t visible. The music is unworldly. The album delivers the unexpected with such flair that one wonders what one was exposed to.

The opening track, ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ is like being hit by a moving brick wall. It is an apocalyptic climax at the very beginning. Chaotic to the core, the music is a unified confusion of a colossal riff, a howling saxophone, a wild guitar and a

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Songs About Fictional Actresses

Posted on April 21, 2016 By

Baby Boomers have celebrated anniversaries of their favorite sitcoms, often spending hundreds of dollars on DVD collections and memorabilia. Now, many of the series can be found on the web on sites such as Hulu, Vudu and Crackle.

Some of the classics, like MASH or All in the Family or Happy Days, deserve all the love they continue to receive from Boomers. Other shows leave me wondering how they endure in the hearts of my generation.

Conversely, there are enjoyable sitcoms that for some reason have been forgotten by all but a few of us enthusiasts. One of these underrated series will celebrate its fiftieth birthday in a few months.

That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas, first aired in 1966. The show was ahead of its time in a way, because of its feminist situation.

Thomas played Ann Marie, an aspiring actress who lived alone in New York. Not only was she the first female character to live independently, but Ann Marie was also the first fictional actress to be the center of a series.

Even today, few shows feature characters who aspire to the stage. Kelly Bundy from Married With Children, who was hardly the epitome of feminism, landed a TV gig as

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