Attracting vocal techniques

Attracting vocal techniques are important:

How we say the words we choose is just about as important as the words themselves. Our voice is a powerful instrument that can motivate the troops or lull them to sleep. There is a huge difference between presenting and persuading. Your voice is a complete arsenal of persuasive techniques in and of itself. For example, you can say the same thing but mean five different things, depending on the tone of your voice. You can say “Thank you” laden with sarcasm, love, hate, anger, humor, or surprise–just by changing the tone and inflection of your voice.

Peter Blanck, in his research, found that judges communicated their bias and attitudes by the tone of their voice. The juries in California were twice as likely to convict trial defendants when the judges already knew the defendants had a record and prior convictions. The law simply states that the judge cannot share this private information with the jurors. Researchers found that when (judges) the judge gave the instructions to the jury, his words and tone of voice lacked warmth, patience, and tolerance.

You can change your rate of speech, your vocal fillers (um, uh, ah), the volume, pitch, inflection, emphasis, and even the pauses that you use. You can keep an audience listening with both ears and with full energy, rendering them absolutely spellbound because of the power of your voice.

Your voice is who you are. It is your trademark and your calling card. Your voice must exude energy, confidence, and conviction. We tend to judge others by their voice: Is it confident, nervous, relaxed, energized, tired, weak, or strong? If you sound unsure and timid, your ability to persuade will falter. Persuasive voices have great volume, varied emphases, good articulation, and a pleasing pitch. Master Persuaders use vocal variety and frequently vary their pace.

The good news is you can change many characteristics of your voice. Tape your voice. What does it project? Your voice must be interesting and easy to listen to in order to help, rather than hinder, your ability to persuade. Does your voice work for you or against you?

PACE refers to how quickly you speak. Mehrabian and Williams found that people who spoke faster, louder, and more fluently as well as those who varied their vocal frequency and intensity were perceived as more persuasive than those who did not.

Speeches delivered at fast speeds are more persuasive than those of slow or moderate speeds, because persuaders who speak faster appear more competent and knowledgeable. At these faster rates, receivers are not able to mentally engage in counter-arguing.

Pace and SPEED are also important to keep and capture attention. We can think three times faster than we can speak. We have all had conversations and were able to listen while thinking of other things. When we speak faster, we can keep attention longer. There is less time for our audience’s mind to wander. Studies show that we generally like faster speakers and find them more interesting. Most speakers average 120 to 180 words per minute. But there is no ideal speed. Franklin Roosevelt spoke 110 words per minute while John Kennedy raced along at 180 words per minute. Persuasive speakers will speak fast enough to excite and energize the mood of the audience but will be able to slow their pace down to create a mood of anticipation.

FILLERS can destroy your presentation, hurt your credibility, and annoy your audience. Most people feel they don’t have a problem with this, and most of them are wrong. You would be amazed when you tape yourself what words you use to fill in space during a speech. Fillers are not acceptable and need to be eliminated from all speech. Vocal fillers include the common “um,” “er,” and “uh.” Some people have their own idiosyncratic way of filling in the silence between ideas that makes them uncomfortable. Some repeat the first two or three words of a sentence until their brain catches up and they decide what they’re going to say. Others might say, “Okay” at the end of every sentence, as if they’re checking audience comprehension.

PITCH is the highness or lowness of the speaker’s voice. Low is best. In our culture, deeper voices are generally interpreted as reflecting authority and strength, for both men and women. In addition, a deeper voice is stereotypically considered to be more believable, indicative of an individual’s sincerity and trustworthiness. Some speakers even drink hot tea before they speak, a technique that creates a lower sounding voice.

Remembering to employ variety in your speaking is a constant challenge, but it is of paramount importance. You can help people remain alert and pay attention while you speak if the pitch of your voice rises and falls. There are two main reasons why this strategy works. First, the varying pitches will prevent your voice from sounding monotonous. Second, the varying inflections can help emphasize a particular word. Remember, if you are not an engaging speaker, you will not be persuasive.

Clearly ARTICULATE every sentence, phrase, and word. When your speech is clear and coherent, it conveys competence. When your articulation gets sloppy, it suggests lack of education and laziness. Consider how lawyers, doctors, supervisors, lobbyists, and the like must be articulate if they are to survive professionally. Good articulation conveys competence, experience, and credibility. Another practical reason to have good articulation is simply because it is so much easier to follow. As previously discussed, people will comply with you more if you are easy to understand.

Treat your PAUSES like gold. Well-timed pauses attract attention to a particular part of your presentation, give others time to tune in and process your message, and help you gain poise and confidence if you’re rattled. Use intentional pauses for the points you intend to drive home. Not only does a pause increase comprehension, but it also helps to highlight important points. Use pauses to create attention, emphasis, and mood.

A carefully planned pause usually comes before the point you want to highlight. It is a common mistake to not hold the pause long enough. Be sure you allow enough of a pause that the full effect will be felt. When you do this, the audience anticipates and listens closely to what you will say next. They can tell something important is about to happen. This strategy is made even more effective when you combine it with pitch strategies: Be sure that as you come to the pause, your pitch is high, thereby building suspense and giving momentum to what will follow. Inflecting your pitch downward will defeat the purpose, providing a feeling of resolution instead of suspension.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

What are you using to fill in the pauses in your presentation? How are you going to stop using vocal fillers?

Make an audio of your self and judge yourself on pace, inflection, pitch, volume, articulation, and pauses.

Analyze your call to action and persuasive presentation and add silence to the key moments.

 

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: 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.

Essential Guitar Tabs For Beginner Guitarists

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all technique

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alicia demonstrates an alexander technique exercise (Photo credit: Shira Golding)

ITM Alexander Technique

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ITM Alexander technique

ITM Alexander technique (Photo credit: gordonplant)

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique (Photo credit: gordonplant)

The Alexander Technique was developed in the late 19th century and its popularity became widespread. This technique by Alexander was an actor from Australia who was born in Tasmania and ended up living in London towards the end of his life. The technique that bears his name generally has to do with the ability of human beings to change their habits. It was discovered by Alexander and perpetuated by other authors who took up his ideas and added to them. He first discovered the malleability of human behavior in a self experiment related to his vocation as a Shakespearean orator. The story goes that he would often lose his voice on stage and finally decided to observe himself with mirrors. Over time, he discovered that he had certain tics of behavior that would occur directly before he began to speak that were directly affecting the power and staying time of his voice once he had begun to speak on the stage. He became a teacher of this technique, first with actors and later with more scientific individuals.

This technique is vitally important with a discussion on Ergonomics. When he first discovered the particular physical tic that was keeping him from controlling his voice on stage he referred to it as a problem with the way he “used himself.” This idea of “using” the human body rather than just inhabiting it fully, of separating the mind away from the physical self, changes the way people can view their own bodies and how they use them on a daily basis in order to accomplish the tasks necessary for their survival at work and at home.

Ergonomics and the study of the way in which the human body can accomplish its work most efficiently has benefited greatly from the inclusion of the Alexander Technique. Ergonomics can identify the ways in which every worker can improve their comfort and efficiency, and this Technique can teach them to look at their body less as a source of “me” and more as a wonderful tool that can be manipulated very well or very poorly. The most important use of this technique is to help people make slight alterations in their patterns of movement and work so that they can more easily and comfortably accomplish their tasks. This technique provides the awareness that is necessary for these changes in body and mind to come about.

When practicing the songs you are going to sing in front of an audience it is good to exercise in front of a mirror. This not only helps with seeing how you “look” to the audience but also how you want to move to best bring out your song and the meaning of it.

 

Add harmony to a stressfull job

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English: Full Team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is Your Job Stressful Add A Little Harmony

As everyone knows, every job has stress. Some stress is due to the nature of the job, some stress we apply to ourselves, and some stress is caused by those around us, be it demanding bosses, unreasonable customers or unproductive and scheming co-workers.

Malcolm S. Forbes once said, “If you have a job without any aggravations, you don’t have a job.”

So if workplace stress is a given, then how we handle this stress has a large impact on how well we perform and how much we enjoy our job.

The fact is that living and working with others is not always easy. You don’t have to like the people you work with, but you do need to be able to co-exist and co-operate with them. You can start by remembering that everyone has their place and the more harmony you can bring to the situation the more enjoyable it will be for everyone.

Why not try bringing a little harmony to the workplace by imagining your job as being a member of a choir. In a choir some people sing too loud, others too softly and some out of tune, but we’re all still part of the same choir. If you sing louder to compete with the loud singers or sing so softly that you are not heard or sing out of tune just to fit in, then you do nothing to help the choir-you don’t add anything to the harmony.

You can’t change how another sings, you can only do the best that you can and hope that others follow your lead.

The Roman philosopher Sallust said, “Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.”

Wise words, indeed. Whatever you do, don’t add to the disharmony, this will only make matters worse and drag the choir further out of tune.

Your performance should be based on how well you perform, and not the performance of others. The more harmony there is in a choir the better it sounds. The more harmony we can create at work the less stressful our job becomes. Don’t let someone else singing off key ruin your song.

more people sing in the car – than in the shower

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A labeled anatomical diagram of the vocal folds or cords. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More People Sing In The Car Than In The Shower

When you’re driving down the road with the music turned up and your favorite tunes piping through the speakers, do you feel compelled to sing? If so, you are like the majority of people who tend to break out into song while cruising in their cars. In fact, according to the Music in Motion survey of more than 1,000 U.S. drivers, conducted by Directive Analytics and commissioned by Auto Expressions™, a leading brand of automotive accessories and car care products, more than nine out of 10 Americans sing in their cars…that’s more than the number of people that sing in the shower!

Who are the car crooners?

The survey revealed that redheads, not blondes, have more fun singing in the car, since 53 percent of redheads always sing in the car. The survey also discovered that women, more often than men, sing in their cars; however, both men and women born under the Aries astrological sign are more likely to sing in their car than any other sign. Capricorns are least likely to attempt to carry a tune while driving.

What are they singing?

The preferred genres of song for the car crooners are rock songs, followed closely by music from the ’80s and pop music. However, country songs top the charts for older Americans who exercise their vocal cords behind the wheel.

What are their cars like?

Car manufacturers may want to consider renaming SUVs to “Singing Utility Vehicles,” since the survey found that drivers of these types of cars tend to sing the most. Car crooners also enjoy having a fragrant, organized “stage” since four out of 10 car stars have air fresheners and organizers in their cars.

Are you looking for more ways to sing in the car? Now through September 29th, or until supplies last, look for specially marked packages of Auto Expressions™ Vent Fresh.

 

Keep living the dream of singing

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It has been my dream to sing for so many years, but where do you start. I know that sometimes one can get discouraged and think that you can never reach you’re goal, but keep on reading.

WHERE TO START:

Well, I started of at joining a singing school. This was the best decision I made, because you need someone to guide you to use your voice to it’s full potential and they give you a chance to sing in front of a crowd, where you can grow and learn. This is where you grow as a performer and “get out of your shell.”

You can always get some voice exercises from the web, there are some great ones that even the well known singers are using like the exercises of Brett Manning.

You can also visit a well known recording company to record your songs on cd and…

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