By: Ron Balagot
For many years, professional/top writers (writers in general…and not just songwriters) have been using a powerful and proven technique that separates them from beginners.
And now, I’d like to share this secret technique with you.
If you consistently apply the following 3 steps, you’ll notice a big improvement in your songwriting:Continue reading Write Songs Like The Pros – Powerful And Proven Technique
If you want to be center stage and lead act of the show, you cannot sing backup. You must sing behind the lead act, not overpower them. You must be able to play a supporting position to the idol and not feel left out if you want to sing backup.
To sing backup is much harder than it looks. Backup singing requires a great amount of listening and being very sensitive to the main singer, much as an instrumental accompanist would. You must learn to breathe and begin and end your phrase as the main singer does. You must, in effect be the singers shadow.
Hopefully you have some input or control over where you sit or stand on stage. See to it that you can see the singer at all times. The job of backup singing is much harder if you can’t see the singers face. Watch the singer to learn where they are going. The singer will change course or make a mistake and only if you are aware can you react. Watch the singer intently and always. Be on the lookout for a simple nod of the head or gesture that may indicate a repeat or change of course.Continue reading Be a Star By Serving The Music, Sing Backup
By Ed Mascari
If you’re like most people who take piano lessons, you do! Whether you’re young or old or somewhere in between, you aspire to make beautiful music and… right away!
You’ve probably heard the old joke: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall” asks the inquisitive tourist. “Practice, practice, practice!” replies the wise old responder.
But wouldn’t you much prefer to learn the secret to sounding good just for your own satisfaction and enjoyment?Continue reading Do You Want Your Piano Playing To Sound Like A Pro?
By Duane Shinn
It’s no secret that virtually everyone loves music in some form or other. After all, music is the universal language. In one way or another we all participate in it from our cradle song to our wedding song to our funeral song, with thousands of other stops along the way.
The country-western fan may not like jazz, but he or she sure loves the sound of pickin’ & grinnin.’
And that’s as it should be. If we all liked the same kind of music, there just wouldn’t be the variety that is available to us now. We can choose from musical styles ranging from heavy classical and opera to rock to children’s songs to Broadway musicals to gospel music to the blues.
Each has its place, and each seems on the surface to be drastically different than another form of music. The key word is “on the surface.” But beneath the surface of all music is a commonality that is organic to all forms and styles of music.Continue reading 3 Secrets To Understanding What Makes Music Tick