WHEN YOU DREAM OF BEING A SINGSTAR

WHEN YOU DREAM OF BEING A SINGSTAR AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START.

Well, I am not one to really ask, I am still dreaming of being a singstar. I am also one of those people watching every Idols show there is and I’ve sent my CD to some of the companies and radio stations, but the market is so flooded, I don’t even think they listened.

What I do know is that if you are looking for backtracks for songs then you can go to Ameritz any time, they are great, have allot of tracks, so most probably you will find what you are looking for there and then they are very cheap. JUST REMEMBER IF YOU WANT TO RECORD  OR EVEN PERFORM THESE SONGS, YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO CREATED IT.

Another thing I know is that you can go look at this link for a recording program, but remember that this is not the only thing you need, great microphone, soundproof room and allot more, but for a recording program that has been recomended by allot of known stars you can just Click Here!

I still love singing and I love performing, although I am not known everywhere. I have written some of my own songs as well, but I can’t play any musical instruments, so I can’t add the music except if I go to someone. I have one song that someone put in the music for me, I will upload it sometime, but it is in Afrikaans.

Good luck to anyone trying to get a break, I am in the same boat, but I am still positive that somehow, somewhere I will get it.

I’ve seen the other day with a performing art exam, that even the girl who was at the top in this exam has entered Idols and did not even go through to the next round. And believe me she is great.

So some people get there, some don’t, but as long as you start singing in your town or city, then hopefully the right person will be at the right place.

If you send demo’s to people, please pay more for better quality demo’s. I had my first demo made for cheap cheap and believe me, it was cheap cheap quality. Sadly because it was my first, I thought it was great, but now when I listen to it, I realize it is awful. The worst part is that I have given it to a record deal company and now I think I cannot give them another one, because what if they think “oh, this is the one who thinks she can sing”.

In the end, I just believe that one must stay positive and when you dream of being a singstar – KEEP ON DREAMING, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU GET THAT BIG BREAK.

Buttery voice

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English: RCA 44 Ribbon Microphone — Creative Commons — LuckyLouie 23:22, 4 November 2007 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A singer in front of a pop filter and AKG C4000B microphone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make Your Voice Buttery

Your speaking voice is one of the biggest assets you have when developing an

online business. It’s true. There are a number of different applications where

you can use your voice to enhance your online presence and your business model.

In particular, you can use your voice to record podcasts, add audio messages to

your website and create audio information products.

Modern technology has made the recording of your voice very easy indeed. You

can download a free version of the Audacity software and purchase a microphone

and quickly record digital audio files with whatever spoken message you like.

This article will discuss a few techniques you should use to make those spoken

messages smoother and buttery, just like those radio announcers.

The first thing you need to do is purchase a pop filter. Pop filters eliminate

the plosives in your speech like P’s, B’s and D’s. All three of these tend to

pop into the microphone, thereby popping into the ears of listeners as well.

Pops can be extremely distracting when listening to an audio recording and can

even discourage your audience from listening to any more of it. A simple $10

pop filter looks like a big foam rubber cover for your microphone and it can

eliminate the distracting plosives quickly and easily.

Next, it’s time to start recording. And after your recording is complete, there

are three electronic effects you can use to make your voice sound all milky

like the radio announcers. The most effective one is called the compressor. It

compresses the dynamic range of your audio file so that the loud parts are

softer while keeping the volume of the softer parts the same. The net result is

that your voice sounds smoother to the audience.

I usually lower the pitch slightly as well. On Audacity, you have four ways to

specify the change you want: musical note, semitone, frequency or percentage. You can only lower it by half a semitone which works out to a 2.87% drop in your voice

pitch so it’s a small change but you’ll think your voice sounds better afterwards. You

can play around with this to see what pitch suits your voice best.

The last effect you can use is the bass boost. Predictably, it amplifies the bass

frequencies of the audio file. Now, it does NOT lower the pitch of the file. It

only amplifies the bass frequencies while leaving the treble frequencies

unchanged. This effect rounds out the bottom and takes the tin out of the

recording. If your voice can sound tinny and shallow. The bass boost

eliminates that and leaves my voice sounding like honey.

At the time of this writing, these audio files have been downloaded over 17,000

times in 27 countries. But don’t use these effects to completely alter your voice.

If you listened to the recordings, it must still sound just like you. But the effects

described above make it incredibly smooth and pleasing to the ear, allowing the

listener to absorb the content rather than being distracted by a poor voice

quality.

Two pieces of advice.

First, find a way of incorporating voice

recordings into your business. It adds a personal dimension to your online

presence and enhances trust.

Second, use the effects described above to

improve the sound quality of your recordings. Your audience will respect you

more as a result.

Dreaming of flying

Have you ever dreamed of flying, well here is a look at a flight from a micro-lite “plain”.

This is something completely different from what I’ve been posting up till now, but I felt like it is also living your dream.

This is living your dream on the move.

 

Essential Guitar Tabs For Beginner Guitarists

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (Photo credit: Brett Jordan)

 

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04-10-2011My two acoustic guitars (Photo credit: jokerswild1963)

 

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When we wonder which guitar tab we need to get to begin to make up our repertoire, we usually think only
about songs we like. We know that our choice in music does not suck in the
slightest but if we are going to be playing our guitar and singing for audiences we need to get used to
the idea that our taste in music will not match what our listeners want to
hear.

 

 We may even take a look at popular choices in songs and get the
uncomfortable feeling that we might have to play songs that we do not like. One
thing guitar players are famous for
is standing on their principles and not
compromising
on what they are going
to play. The other thing they are famous for is giving the audience what they want. So a mixture of these two
attitudes is probably going to form in your psyche as you peruse your list of
guitar tabs on the internet. While we are on the subject of lists of guitar
tabs remember to pay a visit to your local music store or online merchant for
ready-made collections of easy guitar tabs. You can find titles like “Popular
Songs
for Acoustic Guitar” or “CMT’s 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music”.

One fact that has emerged from field
tests
conducted by buskers, night club performers and covers bands is that
you should look for your repertoire
in the songs of years gone by. Oldies
are goodies
. Another thing you should think about is whether or not you are an audience participation kind of performer.

If you are still wondering about it
one second after the thought enters your head, then you probably aren’t. So stay away from songs that require you to
yell, “Everybody now!!” or “Just the girls this time!”. Likewise if you play
solo acoustic guitar and have a voice like Johnny Cash you might want to stay
away from Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”.

But do not walk away from songs you enjoy just because they might not seem immediately doable. Remember Jose
Feliciano’s “Light My Fire” and Eric Clapton’s unplugged “Layla”.

Of course what songs you choose is not going to matter much if you do not pay
attention to how you sing and play the
guitar. People pay to see performers
who are better at something than they are. Which is where playing material that
you like comes in. If you are playing a song that you consider to be a crowd
pleaser but you personally think is a load of stomach chunks you give attention
to the part the audience likes. You already know what that is. That is why you
do not bellow, “Hello darkness my old friend” or shirk on the enthusiasm when
you sing the line, “Welcome to the Hotel California”.

Okay so what we get out of all this is
first, there are songs that crowds of people like and second, you can sing and play these songs in a way that
highlights your particular talents. Now for a basic list of songs that have
been known to please a crowd or two over a period of years:
Wild World by Cat Stevens
Imagine – by John Lennon
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Catch the Wind by Donovan
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
Angie by the Rolling Stones
Everybody Hurts by REM
50 ways to leave your lover by Paul Simon
The 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon And Garfunkel
American Pie by Don Maclean
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and Papas
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
Mrs Robinson by Simon And Garfunkel
You’re so vain by Carly Simon
Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
Gloria by Van Morrison (or Them)
Hotel California by The Eagles
Behind Blue Eyes by The Who
White Room by Cream
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
What Its Like by Everlast
Alison by Elvis Costello
Life By The Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughn
Melissa by Allman Brothers
Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones
Seagull by Bad Company
Mediterranean Sundance by Al DiMeola and Paco De Lucia
Classical Gas by Mason Williams

This list could be much, much longer, but you probably already see songs here
that you would never play in a million years so all I can say now is I hope
this guide to essential guitar tab has been helpful.