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8 Tips on How to Make Vocals in Music Recordings Sound Professional

Make Vocals in Music Recordings Sound ProfessionalFirst things first

Every voice is different. Settings that help the voice of the top-selling artist to be at the top of the charts, might do nothing to help your voice. In fact, such settings might even harm it. Keep that in mind as you read advices regarding frequency numbers, etc.

Your voice is unique. And what is unique, has to be treated as such. That’s why opinions about microphones vary so much. I will say this though – the better the vocal recordings, the easier it is to mix them properly.

1. Equipment

Let’s say you take a picture of a sunset over Paris with an old, two megapixel camera. It’s going to be a great picture nonetheless. But if you try to make a poster out of it, you’ll end up with a blurry, pixelated mess. What the pixels and camera quality are to your eyes, bits and studio equipment are to your ears.

Expensive, high end studio equipment can indeed give you a sense of what makes it

The Creative Process for Writing Music

The Creative Process for Writing MusicHow 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

The Basic Tricks When Learning the Piano

The Basic Tricks When Learning the PianoWhen you are learning the piano for the first time, it may seem a little hard to understand all the terminology. From scales to chords, it may seem almost overwhelming since most people just need to know some basic stuff and they’ll be playing piano in no time.

However, there are some tricks when learning the piano that can help you:

* Learn your music theory:

I’m sure you weren’t expecting this one. Learning theory when you just want to sit on the bench in front of the piano and start playing? Well, only by understanding some of the theory you will be able to evolve and become a better pianist. You don’t have to dig it all in, but knowing some of the theory will help you play any music you want.

* Listen to a lot of piano music:

When you are learning the piano, you have to train different things. You train your eyes to read, you train each one of your hands to play the piano, but

The 5 Tips That Could Make Your Music Recording Successful at Home

Most aspiring musicians aren’t financially sound given the state of the economy where they strive to let the world know about their talent. There are several who are running towards the same goal and thus recording a song in a recording studio isn’t affordable by one and all. The cost of hiring a recording studio and recording a song until perfection would no doubt take up time and thus letting musicians spend money overtly. If you are an amateur and need to bring perfection to trial and error, a professional recording studio is expensive.

A great alternative to recording a song in a studio is to do the same at home. You could hire recording equipment or probably set up one all by yourself with the basic amenities that would aid in recording a music track. Here are a few tips that could help you gain perfection to the recording at home and not spend money in professional recording studios.

• Remove noisy elements – Appliances and gadgets like fans and air-conditioners tend to create sound in the background while you record. If may not be audible to the human ear but the recorder grasps the

The Right Guitar Tuner For You

There are so many different guitar tuners out there that it can be hard at times to know which one you should choose. We have all been there when you need a new tuner so you start doing some research on the best guitar tuners and you end up with pages upon pages of results. It may all seem intimidating at first but am going to give you a few of my favorite all time best guitar tuners. Hopefully using this list you can find one that you really like.

My all time favorite has to be the Korg GA-40, I have had this tuner since I first started playing guitar almost 13 years ago. I still have the same exact one and it has yet to die on me. I can not think of anything else that is as reliable as the Korg. Not only is it reliable but the quality of the tuning is almost perfect. The Korg GA-20 even allows for drop tuning which I highly appreciate because I enjoy playing the heavier metal and rock songs. If you can not decide on as guitar tuner, the Korg GA-20 is no doubt one of

Writing Great Song Titles

Song Titles

Titles are so important when writing songs. The Title is like a great book cover, a great title can capture the listener before he/she has even heard your song and more importantly will help the listener to remember it. It’s the sales pitch for the entire song.

Purposes Of A Song Title

Song titles have to deliver a number of important factors. For example it is good if they can possess some of these qualities:

Evoke Emotions

Evoke Imagery

Be Of Interest

Be Memorable

Make The Reader / Listener Curious

Convey Something Original

Convey Something Universal That Everyone Can Relate To

Tease The Reader / Listener – Not Reveal Everything

Be Imaginative

Use A Small Number Of Words – 5 or less

Contain Or Reflect The Main Lyrical Hook (Importance Depends On Music Genre And Perspective)

1. Noun and Adjective Lists

Write down long lists of nouns and adjectives. Blend words from these lists to create pairs of words. In addition, also blend words within the same lists to get verb-verb and noun-noun word pairs. Select the ones you like

The 3 Important Tips to Mastering Music at Home

The times when you have freshly composed a melody, you may feel it to be the best, but it isn’t the best yet. It involves an efficient procedure where you need to blend the melody next. After a certain point, you would feel irritated by the music mixing methods and happiness that originated from making music would vanish. Composing a tune is fine but mastering it is a task in itself which is tough. There are several experts out there who come up with wonderful ideas on music mastering but not always can you take help from those tips to create a mastered music.

You could blend the ideas and tips to make an easier way out for yourself if you seriously think of pursuing music mixing as an option. It helps you understand the techniques well rather than following someone blindly and not availing results that are satisfying. Here are a few expert tips that is made by blending several ideas from the experts to ensure that you can master music all by yourself without much of help from others.

• Ensure that you listen to more than one genre- You ought to listen to

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 make a mistake, stop, and play the piece from

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

Another Way to Classify Music

The Ultimate Rule ought to be: ‘If it sounds GOOD to you, it’s bitchin’; if it sounds BAD to YOU, it’s shitty. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don’t like.” ~ Frank Zappa

It is normal that we music lovers make honest attempts to classify music. Some classify by music genre and sub-genre. Others divide it between commercial, academic, folkloric or popular. And maybe you’ve heard that there are those who separate it into two basic groups: good and bad. The good and bad way may come a little close, but it’s still not my way of classifying music. The thing is, I dislike the idea that me or anybody else may claim to be the reigning judge with absolute authority to decide which music is good and which is bad.

I prefer that the determining factor be: my own taste. To each his or her own taste. Let each person decide for themselves the music they like or dislike.

And what is the music I like, like? I don’t know what your’s is like, but mine is honest, expressive, passionate, original,

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

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

Science Proven Benefits Of Listening To Music

You will certainly be in great company if you love listening to music. Various studies have shown that this will help improve your mental well-being as well as boost your physical health in astonishing and surprising ways. In fact, it has been said that musical training can help increase one’s IQ and even keep your memory sharp in old age.

Great Health Benefits Of Music

Makes you happy – If you listen to the music you like, your brain will release the “feel-good” neurotransmitter. In turn, this will cause you to feel emotions such as excitement, joy, and happiness. So if you need an emotional boost, consider listening to your favourite tunes for about 15 minutes.

Boost your running performance – It was discovered that runners who constantly listen to music, most especially the fast or slow motivational ones, have completed the first 800 meters of their run faster as compared to those who listened to calm music or those who don’t listen to music. So if you want to take your running up a notch, you need to listen to songs which inspire you.

Lowers stress – Levels of the stress hormone in

March 24, 2016. Category: Music. Tagged: .

Ten Songs That Make the Perfect Soundtrack For Your Retirement

I recently joined the world of retired folks, and I can definitely say that it beats working. Obviously I cannot speak for everyone, but having to rise at 5:00 every morning to face six classes of thirty high school students really took its toll.

Retirement has certainly been a welcome change after thirty years as an English teacher. The free time has allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite obsessions, which is music.

During my zealous listening over the past few months, I have experienced a new appreciation for songs that speak directly to retirees. Here are ten of those songs that should be appreciated by all those who have retired from a long career of working.

“Watching the Wheels” by John Lennon

The genius behind the best songs of The Beatles reflects on his retirement from the music world on this solo track from the Double Fantasy album, which ironically marked a return to the business shortly before he was assassinated.

“Idle By” by Travis Bretzer

The indie artist is too young to fully appreciate the beautiful idleness of retirement, but his gorgeous song from Waxing Romantic will take

10 Relaxing Rock Songs

Panic stricken? Dead tired? Extremely anxious? Having difficulty sleeping? Head is swimming? No peace inside? Want an out? Listen to music!

Music is considered to be an essential measure for relaxation. Many therapists use music as treatment. Mostly classical music is the prescribed medicine, but that doesn’t need to be a necessity.

Below are 10 songs by rock bands and artists which have an intensely soothing effect on the nerves and will make you feel at peace.

1. Imagine – John Lennon

Much doesn’t need to be said about what this song does to the listener. Live in Utopia for a while, and you’ll get what is desired by all (and what John philosophized) – peace!

2. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

A lazy, melodious track. It may have been written about heroin, but that doesn’t mean it cannot work wonders for the sane mind. When facing problems or overwhelmed, just slow down. Give it some time and let it go. Escape for a while!

3. Big D’s Touch – Buckethead

One of the most relaxing tunes to come out of Buckethead’s fingers is this instrumental. Let it touch you.

Be True to Music and It Will Be True to You Forever

Music is a form of healing, a form of passion that comes from within. It is something which is beyond words and cannot be simply expressed. For someone who is away and does not understand music, it is difficult to understand the emotions that one goes through while listening to or playing it. But, there is more power in music than one can imagine. It has the ability to uplift you, ability to bring you down, it has the power to mold you for good as well as for bad and much more.

Now, for people who are musicians or aspire to be one, you should know that your passions are going to get you through. No matter what, the only thing that you need to stand by is the instrument that you love more than your life and it will pay you back.

What comes to your mind when you see the word MAGIC? For some, it is hypothetical while for some it is a strong message that something away from the ordinary is out there. However, both these approaches want you to work hard to achieve what you want. For person A who does

February 24, 2016. Category: Music. Tagged: .

Music Composition Software How to Choose the Best Software for Your Needs

There are heaps of music composition software and programs on the market, but which should you use? Perhaps you’re a music composer who wants to move into digital music making or maybe you’re just beginning your music composition journey. Whatever your goals, this article will be of interest to you.

Notation Programs VS DAWs

Notation programs are software used to create sheet music. You would need to know how to read and write music to use it. DAWs or Digital Audio Workstations are stronger for producing professional sounding audio. The amount of sounds libraries, virtual instruments and effects are endless. DAWs have more powerful ways to manipulate notes and sounds than Notation programs.

How do I decide which type of program to choose?

Generally, if you want to create great sounding audio, use a DAW. Alternatively, if you want to compose for live instruments, an orchestra, choir and won’t need to record your tracks in a studio, plus you’re game in music notation, choose a notation program.

Best Notation Programs for Music Composition

Finale

Finale is the cream of the crop in music notation programs and is used professionally by sheet

Acoustic Guitar Buying Tips For First Timers

If you’re learning how to play an acoustic guitar, experts recommend that you to sign up for some formal lessons to gain mastery of this musical instrument. And to have an easier and faster time of being an expert in guitar playing, it would be advisable to have your own acoustic guitar.

Buying an acoustic guitar for the first time will require some time and effort from your part. After all, if you want to be owner of a good quality guitar that will allow you to practice and hone your skills, you can’t afford to buy just any acoustic guitar that you see in a music or online shop. If you are too hasty with the whole guitar shopping venture, you’ll just waste valuable money and time since you may end up having a poor-sounding and low quality musical instrument that will be broken in just a matter of months.

If it’s your first time to buy an acoustic guitar, below are some handy tips you should keep in mind:

Be on the lookout for any dents, cracks, nicks, and bridge separation.

Whether you are buying a new or used guitar, you have

How to Quickly and Easily Learn Piano for Beginners

If you’re learning to play the piano, or if already took some piano classes, there are some tips that may help you. Whenever you feel a little discouraged because you’re not evolving fast enough, or if you want to gain more confidence when you’re playing, make sure to check the following list:

Take a break:

When you decided you wanted to learn how to play a piano, you never thought it could be so hard. It’s not hard; you just need a break.

You need to understand that learning the piano takes a lot of practice and a lot of dedication. And this is how a break may just well be what you need. Just take a couple of hours or even a day away from your piano. You’ll notice that it will help you release all your frustration and stress, and when you go back to play again, you’ll feel much more refreshed and confident.

Play music you like:

One of the things that makes most people drop their piano classes is that they just don’t like the music they’re playing. You enjoy playing the piano; you just don’t like the music

3 Mistakes You Must Avoid When You Learn To Play Scales On Guitar

You probably already know that scales are important for your guitar playing, but very few guitar players know how to practice scales correctly. This makes it hard to improvise guitar solos and limits how good of a guitarist you become.

Here are 3 big mistakes you must avoid when you practice scales on guitar:

Mistake #1. Learning Without Application

Learning more scales doesn’t make you a better guitar player – applying the scales you know on a deeper level does.

When you learn any new scale, learn how to improvise with it and become familiar with its sound. Listen to guitar players who use this scale, create your own guitar licks with it and learn how this scale is applied in songs you love. When you feel confident enough with a scale to use it in improvising, you have mastered it on a deep enough level to learn another scale if you wish.

Note: this does NOT mean you must only practice one scale for years… just don’t overwhelm yourself with dozens of scales you never learn how to use.

Mistake #2: Learning Scales In 1-2 Positions On Guitar

Do not