Singers Handbook

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Q&A: Drummer Vs. Singer

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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Q&A: The Right Key

How do I choose the right key for my voice?

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Q&A: Pitch Perfect

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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Q&A: Running With the Melody

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

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Conquering Stage Fright

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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Backstage At Rock Star: Supernova

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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How Did They Do That?

Everyone wants to sing higher, louder and longer. Here are my thoughts on how some of the great artists do it.

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Your Business Team: Who They Are And When To Get Them

You're writing songs and getting your band together in rehearsals. Wouldn't it be great to get your business team together now: to have a manager step in to make contacts for you and an agent to get you some work? Unfortunately neither of these two professionals is going to be interested in working with you yet; you are going to have to do their jobs yourself.

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The Courage To Learn

No matter how good you get, there's always more to learn. But realizing that you have weaknesses can be upsetting.

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Auditioning For The Voice or American Idol

Every major city in the country has auditions for a TV talent show. American Idol, America's Got Talent, The X-Factor and The Voice are just a few of the shows that hold auditions. Even if you're not in a major city, you're probably near enough to get there for one of the dates. How do you prepare for an audition and how can you make the best possible showing?

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