Singing When You Are Sick – Five Tips to Help You


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


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


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

Great Songs With Weak Opening Lines

The season for beginnings is approaching, bringing images of baseball and cookouts along with it. For some professional baseball players, a good spring could mean the difference between a million dollar Major League salary or a meager wage in the minors.

Spring also offers a good opportunity for regular folks to start anew, considering most of us have by March 21st long abandoned our New Year resolutions. The key to a good spring is to start it in a positive manner, setting yourself up for a meaningful rest of the year.

Don’t give up, though, if your spring gets off to a bad start. Some great ideas have developed from not so great beginnings, from early attempts at aviation to presidential terms to sports teams.

In the world of popular music, too, bad starts do not necessarily doom songs. Some classic hits have become popular in spite of lame first lines. Here are six of those tunes that are strong once you get past the opening line, a list that includes The Beatles themselves as well as one of its members as a solo artist and other veteran songwriters.

Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison

The quietest member of the Fab Four had a

How Many Strings Does a Cello Have?

Cello Strings

The traditional cello has four strings: A, D, G and C. Each string is tuned a perfect fifth from the others (or seven half-steps apart). From the lowest (C) to the highest (A) open string, it covers nearly two octaves. From open C to the end of the fingerboard on the A, the cello’s range is approximately five and one-half octaves. Many of the notes can be played in multiple places on the instrument.

String Descriptions

A String

The highest, or first string on the cello is A. Based on current trends of tuning to A440, the cello A sounds at 220 Hz or A3 on the piano keyboard. When you buy a cello A String, you might see it labeled as “I” (Roman Numeral) or “La,” referring to the solfege (Do Re Mi) or European musical name. The open A String is notated in the bass clef as the top line. You may also see it as the middle line in the tenor clef, or the second ledger line below the staff in treble clef.

D String

The second string, a fifth down from A, is D. It sounds at approximately 146.8 Hz or D3 on the piano. The D String

The Significance of Music

I guess there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to music, so where do I start?

Well, music is important to everyone, whether they know it or not. It could be their favorite band or their favorite jingle or even a holiday song that they really like, or maybe the sound of birds in the morning; it doesn’t matter, they’re all music. But how important exactly is music?

Whether you know it or not, music is a vital thing! Like the simple stuff you listen to every morning in the shower can really set your mood for the day. Haven’t you realized that whenever you’re listening to the radio and a sad song comes on, even if you had an incredible day, for that moment you would get into the sad feeling of that song and maybe even sing along? After that, you may resume being incredibly happy or you might get your mood switched to a slightly more negative one. All through the power of music!

Whatever you listen to, you program into your head and it goes straight into your subconscious mind, even bypassing your conscious mind! Music gets programmed into you easily, so what happens when

The Best Elvis Costello Duets, Including His New One With Loretta Lynn

Elvis Costello, throughout a career that has spanned now five decades, has been involved in many collaborations. He has worked with legends such as Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, George Jones, and Allen Tousaint, among numerous others.

Some of these collaborations have even resulted in Grammy nominations for Costello, who has come a long way from his beginning days as a pioneer of the new wave punk movement of the late seventies. While those early records remain the favorites of his most devout fans, his ability to work across different musical genres is probably his most impressive quality.

In addition to his storied collaborations, he has also been involved in some noteworthy duets. His latest, in fact, is with country songstress Loretta Lynn, whose new album features a song she made with Costello.

Here are the ten best duets with which Elvis has been involved, starting from his early days until now.

“From a Whisper To a Scream” with Glenn Tilbrook

The long time friend from Squeeze shares lead vocals on this track from the Trust album.

“The Only Flame in Town” with Daryl Hall

The man who wrote hits such as “Rich Girl” and “Maneater” helps out on this single from Goodbye Cruel World.

“Carpetbaggers” with

3 Must Follow Concert Fashion Tips

The modern market has covered the fashion genre amazingly. The different ways in which the fashion can be recalled after are extremely interesting and innovative. Fashion for different events is quite different actually. You wear something different for a wedding and something else for the bridal shower; a totally light and sexy overall for a beach trip while something trendy for a birthday party. A little sobered up and decent dress works for the college grad farewell while on the other hand simple t-shirt and jeans are good enough for after-work excursion to the bar. You must have understood that different occasions demand a different appearance.

So what do you wear if your friends invite you to a Coldplay concert or one by Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. You will definitely be lost in a train of thought. Let us discuss the ‘concert wear’ a bit to help you out of that dilemma. It has to be go-easy and make you look good. In addition to that, the icing on the cake will be if what you wear is definitely in the fashion. The concert dressing also depends on what kind of music is going to be played at

The Creative Process for Writing Music

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

What To Consider When Purchasing A Six String Guitar

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.

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