Friday, February 3, 2017

Please, don't



"Touch all the 1,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong"
Er... I assume you mean 10.000 Buddhas
No. You do not go climbing over temples just because you got the idea.




"Travel to the center of all religion, Jerusalem"
Going to Jerusalem is OK, calling it "the center of all religion" is not.
Why not?
Because 1/3 of world religions have no connection to Jerusalem.

"Watch a super-nova explosion"
Er... as it is now, we don't know when these things are going to happen. And when it happens we will see it a few months. Are you going to be up 24/7 until this happens and during it happens?

"Try every kind of beer in Germany"
There are approximately 1,300 breweries in Germany producing over 5,000 brands of beer, and that's just the German beer. Which means that if you try out one beer every night, you will be drinking beer the next 14 years. And they come up with new things all the time. Do you really want to spend the rest of your life drinking beer in Germany?
Or perhaps limit it a little, and say "try 100 different German beers during the Oktoberfest in Germany"

"Testify before the UN"
OMG, why?! Only people who have witnessed horrible things testify before the UN! Why would you want to witness horrible things, like genocide, gross human rights violations and such? WHY?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's only impossible if you think it is...

The more Theremon thought about his chances of finding her, though, the less impossible the task seemed. And after a while it began to seem quite possible indeed.
As he endlessly reevaluated things, finding Siferra went from seeming impossible to merely unlikely, and from unlikely to difficult, and from difficult to challenging, and from challenging to feasible, and from feasible to readily achievable.
- Isaac Asimov; Nightfall

Friday, January 13, 2017

Expression


This came from a cover of "Je Suis Malade"

the original



Jacques Brel version
Dalida's version

Lara's version
then Elena, 12, who I think is way too young to be singing this song. What does she know about smoking and whisky? :-D Or the utter despair of your lover leaving you... But she does a good job.

But then comes Aida Nikolaychuk... it's not that she does a bad job. It's that Elena, 12, has more voice than Aida. Aida has a really beautiful voice, (the Lullaby is amazing) but she should stay away from songs like this. This reveals her weaknesses. She just doesn't have the range, she can't get low enough, nor high enough, and towards the end of the song, she loses even her pitch. There isn't much expression there, and her pronunciation is horrible. Half of the things she is singing doesn't even sound like bad pronunciation, it sounds like she forgot the words and improvises just something that sounds like French. And the variation of volume... not much of that there either.

Friday, January 6, 2017

How to work on singing a specific song

15 minutes of working on a specific song.

There are tons of coaching sessions for many songs online as well, like "Let It Go" :-D
You, obviously, pick a song you like, and if there is no coaching session online, work on yourself by recording your singing and trying to get it as closely the original as you can. Note your problems, there's likely to be some sort of information about how to fix that online :-D



So, here's the karaoke version, no singing, give it a try. Yes, it's difficult, but that's the point. It's so difficult you don't expect you to be able to sing it... so you don't stop yourself by being afraid! :-D
It's just karaoke, no-one is going to hear you, 
LET IT GO! 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Common singing mistakes


“Everyone who can speak can learn to use a singing voice, but not everyone will have a fabulous-sounding voice. Once the vocal instrument is working, the ability to sing with good intonation is dependent on musical aptitude and musical achievement.”
- Joanne Rutkowski

* Pitch
- learn to sing on pitch
- record yourself a lot!

* phrasing
- note the timing, rhythm

* presentation
- how you present yourself
- be positive but truthful
- don't pretend, but look the part, act the part, dress the part

* don't try to do more than you can
- know your voice and stay within your comfort zone WHEN you are performing
- you can experiment in your own time


* narrow throat
- pallet, tongue, throat

* bad breathing

* breathiness

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Learn to sing

OK, challenge accepted :-D

Firstly, this is about one month of your life and a goal that is very reachable, the only thing on your way of learning to sing (maybe not well, but acceptably) is YOU.

YOU NEED TO COMMIT TO THIS. 

All the material you will need is available free online. So, seriously, all it demands of you is that you do the work! You don't need to do it well, you just need to do it. Even if you are making fun of it, it will work!

Day 1:
Learn the basics. Yes, you can learn them in a day. The thing with learning to sing is that you learn the basics very quickly, and then you just train and practice and drill, day in and day out. *sigh*

Basics:
- breathing
- pose, posture
- warming up, scales

There's dozens of videos online about these things. Go and find them. I am not a voice coach or a professional singer. I'm just an enthusiastic amateur. :-D

How to take care of your voice
There are things you should never do and things you should always do.
That information is also readily available online.
One thing important is to learn relaxation.
Lung capacity! Take care of your asthmatic problems if you have any. Get in a good physical condition. It helps, too. Learn to hold breath under water.

Create yourself a schedule.

Building the voice
- expanding the range - so find your vocal range on day 1 and see how much you have expanded it on day 30 :-)
- getting more secure, pitch practice, tone etc.
- technique practice, like how to use falsetto, how to do runs and riffs, how to scat, how to scream etc.
- getting more power to singing, belting
- being able to hold a note, sustain a long note
- expressing the emotions

Try to give singing at least half an hour every day.

You need to sing every day. The more you sing, the better you sing.
But it is better to sing warm-up exercises, scales, general singing exercises, exercises designed to solve specific problems you have, exercises designed for each area of singing and building the voice. 

All this is freely online, you just might need to search a little.
Here's some additional help:

How to Learn to Sing

John Quinlan and Frank Sinatra: Tips of Popular Singing (Vocal Calisthenics)
how Frank Sinatra learned to sing

30 day singing challenge
There is no anything special you must do for each day, you need to EXPRESS THE WORD OF THE DAY IN YOUR OWN WAY. Any which way you choose is good and right.