This dude is singing the official World Cup song for Coca-Cola! How crazy is THAT!? @davidcorrey, I’m NOT surprised. Yeah, you’ve got a gift; but most people have no clue how hard you’ve worked for this. And I can honestly say that, somehow, the success seems to have made you even more humble and driven. You make me proud, brutha! #AApproach #ProudVoiceTeacherMoments #IgetHappySeeingPeopleBeAwesome #LiveYourDreams
…A loving rant, by Eric Arceneaux :)
*Don’t let the “R&B Vocals” throw you. The concepts explained in this video can be of great value to ANY singer of ANY genre.
I’ve seen it many, many times… He (or she) is a very disciplined student, with excellent technique. His high notes have stellar clarity, and he’s got an insanely powerful tone to match. He can riff and run like a seasoned gospel singer. Yet, he goes out for audition after audition, only to be told “NO” over and over again. He gets frustrated and says things like, “the industry is just too hard”. …Or, “It must be my weight/height/skin color/ [insert other physical quality here]”. And then there’s my personal favorite: “They’re clearly just jealous… hating on my talent.”
I’ll concede this much: Yes, the industry is tough and competitive; no matter how good you are, you are likely to get many “NO’s” before hearing “Yes”. And it’s true that amazing singers are often overlooked in favor of someone perceived to have a more marketable image or even a stronger online following. And, yes, sometimes people are just haters.
A lot of times, you just don’t sound professional. I’ve said these actual words to many students, “Yeah, your voice sounds fantastic… but you still don’t sound professional.” Usually, they respond with shock and righteous indignation. But I explain to them that sounding like an artist who’s ready to hit the stage takes more than just a “good voice”. There is a key element that often goes ignored, much to the detriment of their careers. With over a decade of experience under my belt, I’ve seen MANY uber talented vocalists come through my studio. Only a handful of them go on to realize their dreams. There are many reasons for this, but - for the sake of this article - we will limit the discussion to vocals alone. You’re going to notice much repetition in the theme here as I reiterate the point in slightly different contexts, but I think it’s worth the read. So, here are the 5 main reasons, in my experience, that you STILL don’t sound professional.
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I always find it interesting to hear how different professional vocalists warmup for performances and maintain the health of their voices. In this video, opera star Danielle de Niese offers some tips on what exercises work for her. As most people know, I believe that warmups should be customized to suit the needs of the individual. If/when these needs change, the warmup should likewise be adjusted.
Some warmup points to remember:
1) Every warmup should consist, at least in part, of breathing exercises. The AApproach stance is that we begin with waking up the muscles that help the diaphragm to move, focusing on feeling the breath expand these places: abdomen, mid back, side ribs. And, for the advanced: chest, groin, perineum, low back, and even the buttocks.
My girls KILLIN IT, rehearsing for some upcoming shows. My Advanced Vocal Technique class a.k.a. “Elite Ensemble” at the Maryland Performing Arts Center meets every Saturday. If you’re a talented young person (ages 10-19), or the parent of a talented young person, contact us about auditioning for the class :) Here’s the info —> tel:(410)421-8960 website: http://marylandperformingartscenter.com/ #MrPostMan #Motown #GirlGroup #MPAC
AApproach, in partnership with Breasia Productions is proud to present to you our very first Vocalist Showcase. We will be featuring students from our most recent class cycles. You can watch LIVE online for free at http://www.BreasiaStudios.com
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My vocal students are performing in a showcase, which will be streamed online LIVE - March 15 8pm-10pm EST. To watch, go to BreasiaStudios.com and click on “Streaming”. There will be special industry guests and performances by my group DEM and @tinabsoundoff!!! #AApproach #Showcase If you’re a singer in the DMV area and want to learn how to participate in our next round of classes and performances, go to www.BreasiaStudios.com