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Singing tips for vocalists in any genre

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Singing tips from recording to maintaining vocal health to improving your vocal performance will help you on the road to being a better vocalist

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Dump the stage fright and boost your stage presence (November 2017)
You love singing, you’ve been preparing for years, and finally that opportunity has come. But when the day arrives, you’re feeling like saying yes to this opportunity was the worst decision you’ve made in your life.

Recording vocals in a home studio (October 2017)
These simple tips will help you get the best results when you’re recording vocals in your home studio.

Six things I learned watching Chris Cornell cover other people’s songs (June 2017)
Listening to Chris Cornell cover various songs from a wide range of styles can teach you a lot about how to make the most of your own attempts.

Mixing vocals in your home studio (January 2017)
Mixing vocals in your home studio can be one of the more exciting stages in the recording process,. It can also be a complex challenge. Work to construct the instruments around the vocal so that everything gets to shine.

More performance tips for singers: Q&A with Cari Cole (December 2016)
In our November Twitter chat (#DMchat), veteran vocal coach and music biz mentor Cari Cole fielded questions about how vocalists can prepare for a show as well as offering performance tips for singers to maintain your voice over the long haul.

Maintaining vocal health for singers (November 2016)
Could Kanye West, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, and Chad Kroeger have avoided their recent vocal issues? We have tips for maintaining vocal health for singers.

Performance tips for singers: My three day plan (November 2016)
If you follow the performance tips for singers included in this Three Day Plan, you’ll be prepared for every gig and you’ll never look back!

Mixing rap vocals to cut through the music track (August 2016)
When mixing rap vocals, getting the vocal to cut through the music track is key. In this video, you’ll see how to treat your tracks so nothing gets lost.

Preparing to perform live (June 2016)
Success onstage begins with comfort in your own skin and with your own music. Your identity when you perform live onstage has to come across as authentic to the audience.

How to sing without straining your voice – night after night (May 2016)
Be prepared for the road, and you’ll love every minute of it. As a vocalist, this means you have to learn to care for your instrument and sing without straining if you want to be in this for the long haul.

Stage and studio advice from a vocal producer (April 2016)
A vocal producer is a specialist who concentrates on getting the best vocal performance possible. These eight tips come from a seasoned pro and will help you focus on how to bring your best vocal performance to the stage and studio.

Sick for the gig? Here are tips to get through the show in one piece. (April 2016)
Here are some practical tips to help you deal when stars (and germs) align to make you sick for the gig you’ve been looking forward to play.

How to survive four hour marathon gigs (March 2016)
Not everyone wants to play marathon gigs, but a deep love of music and a desire to share it can make this a great way to get paid for doing what you love.

How to get a great vocal sound in your home studio (February 2016)
To get a great vocal sound in your home studio, you need to concentrate on these five technical elements – assuming you’ve got a vocalist who can deliver and a space ready to set and capture the mood. Check out this video for a high-impact, commonsense recording tutorial.

The many roads to an authentic vocal style (February 2016)
From deep-throated, battlefield rumbles to pure, soaring tenor lines, there are many different ways to be an effective singer with an authentic vocal style. Find the direction that works for you, your instrument, your band, and your music.

More thoughts on delivering great rock vocals (June 2015)
Though many might think rock vocalists are the rebels of the music family, singing rock vocals requires the same care and practice as any other music genre.

How to deliver great rock vocals — and stay healthy doing it (June 2015)
Warming up, knowing your instrument, and practicing relentlessly are among the singing tips from Saigon Kick’s Matt Kramer when it comes to delivering great rock vocals.

Great vocalists from yesterday and today [infographic] (June 2015)
Compare the vocal ranges of some of the great vocalists from yesterday and today in this awesome infographic.

How and when to use falsetto in R&B vocals (March 2015)
Falsetto can be a great tool in your R&B vocal arsenal, but knowing when and how to use it makes all the difference when learning how to sing R&B.

How to deliver great R&B vocals in the studio and on stage (February 2015)
A lot goes into delivering and learning how to sing R&B vocals. In this post singer and producer Alvin Fields gives advice on choosing material, delivering vibrato, and owning your riffs.

Five tips for recording vocals at home (November 2014)
Vocals are a critical element of most any recording. Here are five easy tips to help you improve the workflow in your home studio when recording vocals.

Set goals for your vocal lessons (October 2014)
Getting the most from vocal lessons requires you to set goals, be prepared, and do your homework.

Video: Vocal warm ups for your upper register (April 2014)
Learn vocal exercises for singers in our videos for vocalists series. Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific professor Daniel Ebbers explores the upper register in these vocal warm ups videos.

Video: Vocal warm ups for singing to connect breath, vibration, and resonance (April 2014)
Daniel Ebbers, voice instructor at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, shares insights and vocal exercises for voice resonance and connecting the breath in our video series for vocalists.

Elevate your vocal performance: focus on rhythm and intention (April 2014)
In a standout vocal performance, how you end a note is as important as how you attack it, and rhythm and intention can be as relevant as note choice and intonation.

Producing great hip hop vocals (January 2014)
If you produce hip hop music and hip hop vocals, these production tips from Grammy-nominated Ken Lewis can help make your experience recording and mixing hip hop vocals and your final product a whole lot better.

Stop Shredding Your Vocal Cords (October 2013)
Veteran vocal coach Cari Cole talks about proper vocal care and five things you can do to avoid major vocal health issues.

8 Ways to Improve Your Vocal Health (September 2013)
Your voice is an instrument housed inside your body, and taking care of your mind and body is essential to optimal vocal health.

Improve Your Singing: Make Vocal Exercises A Morning Ritual (July 2013)
Daily vocal exercises will improve your singing and produce lasting results.

Singing Tips – How to Sing Better Right Now (May 2013)
Veteran vocal coach Cari Cole shares five singing tips to make your voice sound better.

Singing Tips – A Vocal Warm Up Is Key To A Great Vocal Performance (January 2013)
This excerpt from The Vocalist’s Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing focuses on the importance of warming up before a vocal performance.

Singing Tips – Don’t Tax Your Voice Before a Vocal Performance (November 2012)
Resting before a vocal performance is key, but environmental things, like being in a place where the decibel level is too high, can adversely affect your capacity to sing.

How To Record A Great Vocal Take (August 2012)
Capturing the ultimate vocal performance can require push and pull between the producer and talent, and the tact and technique of the producer plays a pivotal role in the quality of the performance.

Vocal Health Basics – How to Properly Care for Your Voice (January 2012)
Vocal health is often taken for granted, but problems can stop you dead in your tracks, so it’s important to understand how to keep your voice in good health.

Creating a Great Composite Vocal Recording (February 2010)
We take a look at the techniques used to create composite lead vocal tracks, referred to as “comping” the lead vocal by studio engineers.

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