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Bearer of Bad News Jun 27, 2022

Let's get straight to it, shall we?

You have to learn to count beats in music.

There, I said it. Disagree? Leave a comment below.

Now, let's be clear here, I didn't say you have to learn all the numbers and names of the subdivisions, though it would help. You just have to count, or perhaps...

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The Hardest Practice Jun 10, 2022

There’s one thing that’s harder to practice than anything else. Master it, and everything that you’re working for becomes more possible. Fail to understand it, and your struggle can be magnified to the point that you give up.

We might think that it’s something fundamental,...

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Bottom Line Up Front May 27, 2022

BLUF

Bottom Line Up Front

I'm not sure where this phrase originates, but musicians have been doing it for as long as I can remember. It's a way to make sure that when we finally come to the end of our piece or song, we're not caught by surprise.

It really isn't any more complicated than that, but...

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How do I stop straining at my throat? May 26, 2022

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How can I support long notes? How do I increase efficiency? May 22, 2022

In this third video of our airflow mini series that was based on your questions, I'm going to answer these questions:

1. How can I support very long notes / increase efficienty to maintain longer lines / maintain vocal quality / increase time between breaths / release more evenly / relationship...

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Survey - Some Answers! May 17, 2022

What an overwhelming response! If you have questions or comments, leave them below!

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Survey Results May 11, 2022

Thanks for popping in! Watch the video for preliminary thoughts on the results of your questions! Check out the chart and question list too!

 

 

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Audio Interfaces and Updates May 06, 2022

One of the things that I’d like to do in my newsletters is branch out a little bit more than I generally do on the YouTube channel. This week, since there’s been quite a lot of talk in the RVC about audio interfaces, I thought I would break this down a little bit and offer some...

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Riffing Apr 29, 2022

Context is key. In music, the key gives you your context.

How cool is that?

I get asked to make videos about riffing frequently. While I’m happy to do them, I have to arbitrarily choose a context for the video. If, for example, I did a video with a bunch of smoking blues riffs, those would...

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Singing High Notes Apr 22, 2022

If you wanted to go somewhere, and you didn’t know how to get there, you wouldn’t look up directions once you arrived, right?

You’d look up the directions before you left, check that the route looked correct, and then set out. Along the way, you’d be aware of obstacles and...

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Time Keeps On Ticking Apr 11, 2022

Whenever I get to teach, or I am personally working on counting music, I feel like I’m really doing the good work of teaching. Counting seems to be avoided or maligned despite it being one of the most powerful tools available to us as artists. Here are a few considerations as well as a...

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How is More Important Than What Apr 03, 2022

…but what is important too.

The gold standard is for them to work together.

When we sing exercises, how we sing them matters as much or more than what we’re singing. The right exercise for a particular skill or passage done poorly or incorrectly will do more harm than good. Doing our...

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