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WEEK 1: How To Make Your Voice Sound Better. Showbiz Education with Kwamina Basty.

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To have a strong voice and to have vocal consistency there are certain things you need to know and do as a Singer. There are some simple methods you can use to get a great sound out of your instrument.

I want to give you a voice lesson now. First Stand in front of a mirror if you have one , now watch your jaw and your head position to control movement as you sing. Here they are:

1. The “Instant Vocal Fix”

This is a quick trick that makes you sound better instantly. Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the E and the U – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down 2 inches (or even better – use a plastic bottle cap or a cork (wine) to prop your jaw open). And speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better). Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U. Your goal is to keep your jaw open (long not wide) without closing for all of your vowels. Repeat until you can do it. Now sing a phrase of one of your songs – and make sure your jaw opens to the same position on all of your vowels. You have to practice this a bunch before it becomes natural – but the more you do, the sooner this new movement is programmed into your muscle memory. And, you might be one of those lucky ones who notice the improvement in the sound right away (it will sound louder and more resonant with less vocal strain). If you don’t – don’t sweat it – you will. It just takes a little practice. (You might have some unwanted tension in your neck, jaw and throat muscles – try loosening them up and try it again.) The next time you perform open your jaw more on your vowels — it’s a quick trick that makes you sound better instantly!

2. “Think down” for High Notes

The next time you sing an ascending vocal scale or you sing a high note, try thinking of the way an elevator works. A heavy weight is attached to a pulley and as the weight pulls down, the elevator actually goes up to the higher floors. So, the highest floor is reached when the weight is the heaviest. Similarly, you should think down for your high notes or think of adding weight (resistance) to your highest notes.

3. More Power without Strain

Who doesn’t want more power without strain? This is a simple technique to apply and a bit easier than the one above. All you have to do is to keep your chin pointed slightly down and your pectorals slightly flexed (well sometimes it’s a lot flexed) when you go for more power. Most singers reach forward or lift their chin up to sing with more power. While it may temporarily work, it causes vocal problems. Tipping your chin down not only works better and saves your voice – it actually SOUNDS better! Stand in front of the good ‘ol mirror. Sing an Ah scale up and down in one phrase (1-2-3-4-3-2-1). Press your chin slightly in (point your chin towards the floor) — usually only 1” or so. Don’t let your head bob up as you raise the pitch. Keep it firmly in place. Go all the way up the scale of your voice keeping this position. Notice how your chin wants to move up as you raise your pitch. Keep it planted. This will give you more power and control and eliminate strain. Practice it until it becomes natural!

4. How to Get Natural Vibrato In Your Voice

Here’s a quick tip to get your vibrato working. Stand in front of a mirror; press on your chest with both hands, then, raise your chest higher than normal. Take a breath in and then exhale, but don’t drop your chest. Sing one note and hold it as long as possible with your chest raised. Press on your chest halfway through the note (press kind of hard and raise your chest to meet the pressure). Relax the back of your neck and keep your jaw open as you’re singing “ahhh.” Imagine the air spinning around in your mouth while keeping your chin tucked down a bit and your chest raised. Keep in mind, overuse of vibrato is not a good thing in contemporary singing (pop, rock, and R&B). At the same time, no vibrato is also not a good thing. So, try ending phrases with straight tone, then into a little bit of vibrato. The bottom line is to do what’s best for you.

5. HearFones

A good vocal tone is not established by singing loudly, it’s established at medium volume. Good tone happens when vocal folds are strong enough to have a good closure but not touch. Releasing too much air creates a “breathy” tone and releasing too little air creates a “nasal” tone. Unless you’re really going for breathy or nasal as a stylistic choice, somewhere right in between the two is a perfect balance.
Now record yourself and play it back, you will have clear understanding of what I’m teaching you.

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Credit goes to “Cari Cole”

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Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCASTER ( Media Personality ).

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Top 20 Famous And Inspirational Quotes About Music.

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Looking for the best music quotes? We’ve compiled a list of some top 20 famous and inspirational quotes by legends Artists or Musicians.

1. “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

2. “Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.” – Joshua Logan

3. “Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.” – Martin Luther

4. “The cool thing about music is no one can take music away from you, writing wise.” – Darren Criss

5. “Music’s always been really cathartic. It’s the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song.” – Ville Valo

6. “Music is the emotional life of most people.” – Leonard Cohen

7. “Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem

8. “Old music is the same as new music – it’s just a different way of delivering it.” – Jeff Lynne

9. “Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

10. “Music is all about training in harmony, training to understand and use musical energy for our greater pleasure by attuning to the natural laws of the universe.” – Jane Siberry

11. “It’s almost charity work, what people have done, turning other people on to my music.” – John Mayer

12. “Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein

13. “Music is a very big participant in everything I do, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed.” – Zoe Saldana

14. “My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” – Bob Marley

15.”Music is love in search of a word.” – Sidney Lanier

16. “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” – Adele

17. ” I’ve always felt music is the only way to give an instantaneous moment the feel of slow motion. To romanticise it and glorify it and give it a soundtrack and a rhythm.” – Taylor Swift

18. “I wanted to prove the sustaining power of music.” – David Bowie

19. “Music is the tool to express life – and all that makes a difference.” – Herbie Hancock

20. “Music became a healer for me. And I learned to listen with all my being. I found that it could wipe away all the emotions of fear and confusion relating to my family.” – Eric Clapton

( AUTHOR )Nelson Nana Agyemag popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).FOLLOW:Facebook: Kwamina Basty / Kobby GossipsTwitter: @kwaminabastyWhatsapp: +23354961666Kobby: +233557204784Youtube: Kobby Gossips Tv

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What makes a record contract bad? SHOWBIZ EDUCATION

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There’s a few ways to answer this question…

Allow me to get philosophical for a moment: Any contractual terms that unduly benefit one side of a record contract more than the other will cause bitterness and resentment in the future.

Any contractual terms that unduly benefit one side of a record contract more than the other will cause bitterness and resentment in the future.

Those feelings will end up poisoning the relationship between an artist and record company when they both really need to work with each other in order to succeed.

What most good lawyers try to do when negotiating a record contract on behalf of an artist is make sure that the contract’s terms give each side what they need.

In any commercial venture where creativity is important, the most prudent way to proceed is to create a relationship where both sides are happy and are willing to work with each other. In most cases with a major label that relationship can last for 5 to 7 years or longer.

If the relationship is a failure it can often mean the ruin of an artistic career. So be careful.

Here are some examples of specific deal points to avoid depending on your situation. There are entire books on this but I will just provide three off the top of my head:

A recording commitment that is too long, where so many records are required to fulfill the contract that it takes too many years to complete.

Loss of creative control. The terms of the contract allow too much interference from the record company that might dilute the artist’s vision for their music. That drives artists crazy and they start looking for ways to get out of the deal.

Contractual terms that permit the record company to make too many deductions for packaging, foreign territory sales and free goods when calculating the artist’s royalties.

There’s tons more to consider when avoiding a bad contract. But for the sake of this discussion, these three points are worth keeping in mind.
What makes a record contract good are terms that enable each party to benefit from the deal.

What makes a record contract good are deal terms that enable each party to benefit from the deal.

Both sides have to benefit or else the relationship is going to bottom out and become unproductive.

Particular contract terms will depend on the bargaining power of the artist. Which is why it’s important to monitor and track your own stats and bring them to the table as part of a contract negotiation.

A new artist with no real history of earnings will not get the same terms as a artist with a proven record of strong earnings.
TO BE CONTINUE…

Note: The contents of this article are not to be taken as legal advice. Always seek the counsel of an experienced entertainment attorney when signing contracts or otherwise working in the music industry

CREDIT: Mark Quail

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Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).

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Terms You Need To Understand Before You Sign To Any Record Label. SHOWBIZ EDUCATION with Kwamina Basty ( WEEK-11 )

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Terms You need to understand before you sign to any Record Label.

These terms include:

Royalty Rates.

The number of singles to be delivered.

Whether the record company will pay for a video.

The amount of money the record company will spend on social media campaigns.

Whether the record company will also participate in the moneys earned from music publishing, merchandising and live performances

From a technical, legal standpoint a contract that is well written and contains clear and unambiguous deal terms can also be considered a good contract.

Poorly written contracts create more questions than they provide in answers. More questions means more money spent on lawyers which may mean going to court to argue the matter before a judge.

What are the benefits of long-term record contracts?

In all honesty, I do not think there are any benefits for artists in a long-term contract that requires more than three albums to be delivered.

All record contracts are structured as a series of options that are completely at the discretion of the record company. While an artist might think they have a guaranteed distributor for their music for a long period of time, in actual fact they could be dropped at any point by the record company.

A short-term contract allows artists to move to another record company upon fulfillment of the first record if they want to. Circumstances can change quickly and it’s good to keep your options open.

Circumstances can change quickly and it’s good to keep your options open.

The best case scenario is a situation where the artist builds their popularity in the marketplace over a period of two or three albums, completes the first contract and is then in a position to do another record deal while their career is on the upswing and while they have much better negotiating leverage.

What is a 360° Record contract?

As the name suggests, 360° contracts aim to cover all parts of artist income and label services.

There are generally four sources of income that an artist has:

Income from sound recordings

Income from songs that the artist composes

Income from sales of merchandise (T-shirts etc.)

Live performance income

360° contracts encompass all or most of these four elements.

A 360° contract seeks to allow the record company to receive monies from all four streams of income listed above, and ideally provides services to artists in order to maximize the monies from each of these areas of revenue.

Are 360° record contracts good for artists?

Some artists will need a large injection of money into their careers in order to get to the next level. If that’s the case, they may have no other choice but to permit an investor like a record company a more secure way, like a 360° contract, to recover that investment.

With sales of records declining and with streaming income being very small at this point in time, a record company needs better ways to secure their investment.

With sales of records declining and with streaming income being very small at this point in time, a record company needs better ways to secure their investment.

Getting a piece of the other income streams like merch and touring is one way to do it. This is why record companies seek these types of deals.

If an artist cannot get funding or the marketing muscle they need without the help of a record label, then having to deal with the terms in a 360° record contract may simply be the business proposition the artist will have to decide on.

Note: The contents of this article are not to be taken as legal advice. Always seek the counsel of an experienced entertainment attorney when signing contracts or otherwise working in the music industry

CREDIT: Mark Quail

( AUTHOR )
Nelson Nana Agyeman, popularly known as Kwamina Basty. A SONG-WRITER, BLOGGER, PUBLICIST, BROADCAST JOURNALIST ( Media Personality ).

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