How to Find Great New (Inspirational) Music

How to Find Great New (Inspirational) Music

Music is life to many people. It forms such a huge impact on the way you think, act, and experience emotion.  Not only are you at liberty to choose what music we want to listen to (for free may I add), but you also have more music available to you than anyone ever in history.  Music overload is on our hands!

One of the differences between today and yesterday is that in the past music moved much more by word of mouth. We all had that friend who said: “Hey, I just heard so and so, you should take a listen!”  And because this person was your friend, you acted nice and listened to it, starting a spiral where he thought you were actually as enthused about it as he was.  No, you weren’t.

The other less obtrusive (yet just as totalitarian) way to get introduced to new music was to hear a new song on the radio.  Yeah, the radio, you remember that thing with dial where you had your choice between 4 or 5 mediocre, ad-ridden stations that cycled the same songs every 4 hours?   Those days are thankfully over.  Goodbye.

Now I actually buy more music than I did in the past.  With all the music piracy out there (which by the way, I am totally against), how is it that when things are free that I actually choose to pay for them?  Simple:  I know what I am buying is good. Such a simple statement, but now I’m not spending twenty dollars on a CD and crossing my fingers hoping it will be good.

Here’s some great ways for you to find new music for yourself without anyone having to pitch it to you:

Amazon has a great service that recommends you artists that have either a similar style of music or artists that are bought by the same people, no matter how different their style.

Here’s an example:

Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits vs. Nightwish – Dark Passion Play

Note the differences here. Dave Brubeck is classy and relatively popular. Amazon recommends you a ton of either classy and/or relatively popular material.  You can listen to samples of the music on the site where the CD or the MP3s are found.  Nightwish is one of the more popular of female-fronted heavy metal, one of the least eccentric genre’s of heavy metal, but still relatively specialized.  Notice because of the audience that listens to that type of music, Amazon recommends a ton of other female-fronted heavy metal albums.  Amazon is actually the service I use the most to find loads of new music.

Pandora is a good service to use as well if you live in the US (it is not available outside the US).  Type in the name of a song or an artist you like, and it will basically choose songs and artists that you may find interesting.  The way this works is that people vote for the songs that come up if they like them, encouraging Pandora to play, say, Eric Clapton for people who like Jimi Hendrix.  If you don’t like the song that comes up, simply disapprove of it and move on.  Easy.

Other sites that you might find interesting are Last.fm and Stumble Audio, who both use more or less the same principles as Pandora.

Don’t be a music victim any longer! Play an active role in what you listen to and never be someone else’s music guinea pig again!  There is too much out there to enjoy.

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Singing Lessons For Kids

Singing Lessons For Kids

Children learn from an early age using what they see, hear, taste, feel and touch as learning opportunities. In fact, even babies begin learning tunes by mimicking sounds and tones they hear. When babies are exposed to music early and learn to carry a good tune at that age, they grow up being better at using their voices. If you’re thinking of getting your child trained formally, use these tips to find the best singing lessons for kids:

Look for a ‘fun’ way to learn.

Singing lessons for kids, particularly young ones should be fun and enjoyable. Music can be a wonderful experience; if it becomes too much of a chore, the student might lose interest right away. Most schools will offer individual or group classes. Groups are usually wonderful learning environments for your child, allowing him or her to interact and work with other children. Individual lessons, on the other hand, offer less distractions and let the student focus on developing his own personal voice. Ask your child which type of environment he prefers. If he likes his class, he will learn quite well.

Look for a school or instructor that teaches a specific genre of music.

If your child prefers classical music, there are teachers who offer classes that focus on this genre. There are also teachers who teach singing lessons to help children sing a variety of music from classical to pop to jazz. When looking for singing lessons for kids, make sure to choose a school that offers lessons from certified music instructors. These people are trained not just in teaching music but also in recognizing and nurturing talent. Try to observe a session to see for yourself how the instructor interacts with the students. You may also bring your child with you so he can experience the teaching style of a potential music teacher. If he’s comfortable and/or excited, it may be a good fit for his learning style and personality.

Lessons for kids younger than 9 may be different from those used for older kids.

Younger kids are usually trained to ‘hear’ and recognize music — notes, scales and rhythm. Older kids will often be introduced to refining vocal techniques. Often, teachers will wait for young male students to undergo the voice change that occurs during puberty before they are taught lessons that focus on vocalizations and other techniques. This is so that the student is able to maximize his new potential and not waste time and effort on a vocal ability that may later change anyway.

Have your child join a singing group.

Singing lessons for kids don’t always have to consist of formal lessons. Your child could still get quality training from singing groups such as your local children’s choir or musical theater. These groups often have a dedicated trainer that teaches the kids basic techniques in singing. Because singing performances tend to undergo regular practice sessions, your child learns to hone his or her voice. The fact that these groups also perform will also help your child to refine their vocal expression skills in front of an audience.

How To Sing Better

How To Sing Better

It takes hard work and practice to learn how to sing better. Many people believe that you must be naturally endowed with singing talent and that you must be born with it. It is partially true that great singers are born with it. However, it is possible with consistent practice, sincerity and hard work to nurture this art and become above average singer.

Here are a few tips on how to sing better.

First, you must identify your voice type and what classification it falls under. For instance, for male singers it can be tenor, baritone, countertenor or bass. If you are female you should be able to tell whether your voice is contralto, mezzo-soprano or soprano. Voice type classification depends on such aspects as your voice texture, weight, color, timbre and the vocal range, etc. This calls for a visit to a proper vocal coach who understands the fundamentals of learning how to sing better who will explain to you all this expressions before proceeding with practical singing lessons.

Tone is a very important aspect of music.

In learning how to sing better, you need also need to identify your vocal tone. This means that you have to be aware of the tone quality you produce when you embark on singing. Vocal tone varies from one singer to another. When you understand your vocal tone, you will be able to select the kind of music and songs that are most suitable for your voice especially if you are to attend an audition or talent search competitions. Ascertaining, appreciating and diligent use of your vocal tone will transform you into an intelligent and better singer.

It is vital to learn how to sing better in an open voice.

This implies that there will be no whispering, singing in a closed voice or cloaking. This is not the right way to sing since it has the risk of damaging your vocal chords. This is very important and worth much consideration if you intend to become a better singer. There are three strictures of an open voice with different roles to play in an open voice. These include velum, broad jawline and diaphragm. How all this works is better understood from your vocal trainer.

In learning how to sing better, you must understand how to use body language and motor skills. This will greatly help you to sing with an open voice and better expression if you are capable of breeding freedom from within. This implies that as a performing artiste you should let yourself go free. This is freedom from all mental, physiological and emotional restraints. It makes a world of difference in the presentation of a performing artiste if he or she is completely untroubled and unrestricted.

Practice makes perfect and this is still the in learning how to sing better.

A person may be gifted with a great voice and potential natural talent but nurturing, polishing and cultivating that raw talent with consistent practice will transform that person into a great artiste. It needs time, effort and devotion to practice your vocal exercises and singing lessons. The internet will be a great help to aspiring artistes for it has plenty of applications and software they can make use of in practicing how to sing better and test their vocal aptitude.