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I’m stuck. I sound the same every time I sing my songs; my shows are the same. I'm losing the feeling. How do I break out of my funk?

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Last night at our gig the bass player was really sloppy in his rhythm playing. I don’t think he practices enough. Is it time to look for a new one?

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I hate doing scales. Why can’t I just sing songs?

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My registers don't connect very well. There’s a big break when I pop over from one to the other. What can I do to smooth out the connection between the two.

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My drummer plays so hard and loud that I can't hear myself sing. I've asked him to tone it down but he tells me to sing harder.

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How do I choose the right key for my voice?

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I want to work on my pitch but it’s hard to do by myself since I’m not sure when I’m in tune.

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What’s the best way to learn to do vocal runs like Mariah Carey does?

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When you perform, you get nervous. That will probably always happen because you care about doing well and that causes a surge in adrenaline. Stage fright is a more extreme reaction. Your heart beats hard, your breathing becomes short, your voice shaky and you are too self-conscious to have any comfort or freedom.

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I have had one of the most exhilarating and exhausting summers of my life. I haven't seen the sun, my family or friends since June because I've been the vocal coach for the CBS TV show Rock Star: Supernova. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it is a reality show with the job of finding a lead singer for the new rock band Supernova.

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