Coping With Performance Stress

As a magician, public speaker or performer, some may suffer the feeling of sickness in our stomach before an important presentation or performance. We also know how excessive pressure can guarantee our ability to perform and be professional in these situations. For your next event, it is worth preparing a Performance Plan . This is…

As a magician, public speaker or performer, some may suffer the feeling of sickness in our stomach before an important presentation or performance. We also know how excessive pressure can guarantee our ability to perform and be professional in these situations.

For your next event, it is worth preparing a Performance Plan . This is a pre-prepared plan that helps you to deal effectively with any problems or distractions that can occur, and perform in a more relaxed, positive and focused frame of mind. A performance plan will help you to prepare for your next important performance. It will help you prepare for practical contingencies with mental preparation to ensure that you are fully prepared to handle any situation that may realistically occur.

Allow enough in advance to sort out any practical problems. List all of the physical and mental steps that you need to take to:

  • Prepare and check your equipment, and repair or replace it where it does not work;
  • Make travel arrangements;
  • Pack your equipment and luggage;
  • Travel to the site of your performance;
  • Set up equipment;
  • Wait and prepare for your performance; and
  • Deliver your performance.

Preparing a plan such as this will provide peace of mind and enable you to more concentrate on the delivery of your performance as a magician, singer or public speaker. It helps to ensure that you deliver your performance in a relaxed, positive and focused frame of mind, whatever problems or upsets may have occurred.

Next, work through each of these steps:

  • Everything that could reasonably go wrong at each step with equipment and arrangements (arrive early to account for problems)
  • Any distractions and negative thinking that could limit your confidence or stop you having a positive, focused frame of mind at the start of and during your performance.

If you make an error during your performance DO NOT PANIC !!!! Try to stay calm, panicking will only make more nervous. Laugh off the mistake and the audience will laugh with you, or just forget about the mistake and quickly move on. The more attention you give to the mistake psychologically, the larger it will become in your mind.

When making a mistake use the following:

  • Accept the mistake: Do not criticize yourself for it. The mistake is now in the past, and there is nothing you can do about it.
  • Focus on the present: Worrying about the past will not help.
  • Relax: Breathe deeply and use appropriate relaxation techniques to calm down.
  • Focus on normal good performance: If you try to compensate for the mistake by giving a faultless performance, you will over-stress yourself, and this will break your flow and natural performance rhythm.

Build this into your Performance Plan as a magician , singer or public speaker and use it when you need to within your performance.

Summary:

Performance Plans help you to prepare for an important performance both physically and psychologically. Without pre-planning in this way how you can be ready to handle any situations or problems that may realistically occur.

Why Children’s Entertainers Should Use a Spring Animal

I have been performing as a professional clown and children's entertainer for the last 15 years. In that time, I've used a variety of props – but hands down, the most popular with youngger children has been my skunk spring animal puppet, which I named Mr. Kitty. A joke that I often use (primarily for…

I have been performing as a professional clown and children's entertainer for the last 15 years. In that time, I've used a variety of props – but hands down, the most popular with youngger children has been my skunk spring animal puppet, which I named Mr. Kitty. A joke that I often use (primarily for parents ,, and grandparents), is that I could not call him Ms.. Kitty since I Do not want to get arrested by Marshall Dillon. (For those too young to get the reference, there was a long-running TV western named Gunsmoke, where the main character, Marshall Dillon, had a crush on Ms. Kitty who ran the local saloon). One quick point: everyone wants to be entertained, not just the children.

I can say without exaggeration that at every every birthday party, and every daycare show, all of the little girls, most of the little boys, and in some cases the female adults have wanted to pet Mr. Kitty. He's a big hit with the boys as well, but for some reason the females simply love him. More than once I've had a young girl sneak by and try to “borrow” Mr. Kitty to take home with her. Why? What's the attraction?

For one thing, he's safe; I make a point of telling the children that he can not bite (since he has no teeth) and can not scratch since he has no paws. Also, his fur is soft, and his face is cute. But part of it is that I treat Mr. Kitty as though he was alive – a person in his own right. In my case, Mr. Kitty tend to pick on me when I'm performing, shaking his head negatively when I tell the children that I'm a great magician, hiding his face at different moments, etc. By treating him as alive and real, the children tend to think of him that way.

Of course, the question always comes up, “Is he real?” to which I always answer, “He's a real puppet, and real fun.”

One of the advantages of using a spring animal like Mr. Kitty is that, since I often perform solo, he gives me someone to play off, even playing the role of “straight man.” If you perform for children, I strongly recommend adding a spring animal to your repertoire. As the saying goes, he packs small and plays big.

Is It All About Talent?

It has to be said that if you are to find success as a singer, you will need to have a God given talent, the ability to hold a note and a melody.If you sound good in the shower only, maybe you can still be in the music industry, but as a roadie or a…

It has to be said that if you are to find success as a singer, you will need to have a God given talent, the ability to hold a note and a melody.If you sound good in the shower only, maybe you can still be in the music industry, but as a roadie or a sound engineer. Some of the best singers have never made it past a back up singer. In order to go all the way you need to know how to make the best of what you have.

The shower is a great place to begin though. It is suggested that you make a recording while you are soaping up and jamming to Kid Rock, Franz Ferdinand, or whatever your favorite genre is. This can be your demo, because the acoustics in a bathroom could have been the best for the singer on a tight budget.

Another avenue for you is to get on one of the reality talent shows. American Idol, The Voice, America's Got Talent (and their British, French, German, even Azerbaijan counterparts) are all looking for that one star (and yes, even up to fifth place has made a hit record) to put into their recordings studio and churn out a hit. The question is, do you have the stamina and commitment to go through with it?

There is a major difference between people who make it as icons and those who do not. As said before, talent is a must. It is a fact that everyone can sing, but not all can be singers. To be a singer, one has to tame his / her tone and other musical effects to be able to impress the audience. More so, one has to know the genre that they are good in and concentrate in that. All these points to nurturing your talent. You need a voice coach to help you through. There are a number of number of musical schools that you can enroll in. Find the best with the highest success rate. Luckily, many of them have their presence online and you can always check if they have an ongoing enrollment. Good schools tend to have high fee charges. Nonetheless, you need to consider this as an investment for once you nurture your talent there is no stopping you from achieving success.

If you are a parent and you have a kid that is interested in music, it is best to start nurturing their talent while they are still young. Keep in mind that some of the most successful musicians started singing at a tender age.

How to Learn to Hip Hop Dance For Beginners

Relatively complex to master at first look, hip hop dancing often immerses high speed and multiple combinations of different moves. As such, this form of dance can also be physically strenuous for some. For soon to be dancers who just started out, they may become rather discouraged when they are not able to remember a…

Relatively complex to master at first look, hip hop dancing often immerses high speed and multiple combinations of different moves. As such, this form of dance can also be physically strenuous for some. For soon to be dancers who just started out, they may become rather discouraged when they are not able to remember a routine. However, there are techniques you can use to proficiently learn complicated dance moves and get better at it as you go.

Before I go into that, let me just talk a bit about this style of dance. Hip hop dance is a dance form reicking with distinctive culture and origin with history dating back to the 70s, it is enjoyed mainly by the younger age group. However, you might be amazed that people of all ages, regardless of how old or how young, use it as a form of exercise too because they like to dance.

The secret to master complicated hip hop dance moves is to get the essentials right. Once you have built your fundamentals correctly, you start to get into the flow and might very well enjoy it more than just trying to figure out what's the next move. That is why those who persevered and got over the treacherous starting phases of learning fall in love with dance.

Here are 3 tips on how to get started:

Tip 1: Begin with a Beginner's Mind

Even if you have gone for hip hop dance classes before in the past or you have tried to learn it yourself, the key is to forget what you know. Music and dance are artistic forms to begin with therefore in order to grasp a new style of dance, you have to 'empty' your mind of past experiences and learn with a Beginner's Mind.

Tip 2: Immerse Yourself with Everything Hip Hop

Switch on your TV, get the hottest music and dance routines from channels such as MTV or VH1. Watch the pros in action, then learn and replicate the best.

Tip 3: Move with the Beat

Grasp the skill to locate the beat in a song. While listening to a certain music piece, listen out for the driving beat of the bass. Practice identifying and pointing out the driving beat of the song whenever you are plugged in to any music. The key is to disregard every other instrument or distraction and concentrating on finding the beat. With enough training, you are likely to be able to find it.

I hope this article is beneficial to help you quickly boost your journey in learning challenging dance moves effortlessly and efficiently. I wish you loads of fun and hope you enjoy the experience!

Summer 2012: Keeping Your Kids Busy With Art and Craft Lessons

Young children always look forward to their summers. During summer, they are free from classes, boring homework and assignments. You can bet your whole savings that your child intends to spend his or her whole summer vacation glued either to the television or computer games. That is why it is your job to distract him…

Young children always look forward to their summers. During summer, they are free from classes, boring homework and assignments. You can bet your whole savings that your child intends to spend his or her whole summer vacation glued either to the television or computer games. That is why it is your job to distract him or her with projects that are fun and educational – art and craft lessons.

Art and crafts lessons can be educational, if you know how to incorporate fun lessons into it that can get your child to start thinking. Make sure you keep art material and craft supplies in stock because to keep them busy you should have one art project every day. Try to buy eco-friendly art materials and craft supplies because it is an important lesson for your children to go green. You need to incorporate lessons that teach your child to be responsible citizens.

Other lessons that you can try out:

1) Make a scrapbook
A scrap book is a good way to let your child's creativity. The best thing about a scrap book is that it can be about anything. You can make it a science project where your child can collect different leaves and observe the trees. Or you can allow your child to take interesting photographs that you can print and paste it on his or her scrap book. With every photograph, your child can write a short essay describing why he or she found the object in the photograph interesting.

2) Teach you kids to make a groovy lava lamp
You do not need special art materials to make a lava lamp because you will find all the stuff easily in your home. All you need is a clean plastic bottle, water, vegetable oil, different food colors and effervescent antacids tablets. A groovy lamp would be your child's first chemistry lessons on mixtures and solutions.

3) Origami and paper craft
Origami and paper craft are a fun way to teach your child's rules about dimensions, angles, shapes and geometric figures. You can also add a touch of history in by explaining to your child how origami came into existence. Special origami like paper crane has special significance behind it.

There are thousands more such fun and educational projects that require simple art materials and household stuff. Try these projects with your kids to get their brains ticking and to let their imagination flow.

How to Create Your Own Singing Style

We all wish to have a unique style, and when it comes to our career choices, we wish to enter a competitive field in which we excel all the while having a unique MO. Singing is one of those professions where developing a unique style is imperative to succeed. In order to develop a unique…

We all wish to have a unique style, and when it comes to our career choices, we wish to enter a competitive field in which we excel all the while having a unique MO. Singing is one of those professions where developing a unique style is imperative to succeed. In order to develop a unique singing style, one has to understand vocal technique well and also about where a tone is produced from and how it resonates.

Resonation can be described as the point from which a tone is produced to the point where it softens and then gradually fades out. When you resonate using the right vocal method, air from your vocal chords travels to your mouth and the pitch is transported forward by sound waves. To resonate, you either talk from your throat which results in either a shrilly squeaky pitch in women or harsh shouting sort of tone in men. Or you kind of hum, when you hum you can feel a sort of tingle in your teeth and tongue; This makes the sound appear level, smooth and confident. The key to flawless singing is when you mix the tone with resonance. Try seaming the chest and head voice when you are required to sing low and high notes. This will result in a smooth transition with warm intonations.

If you only sing tones without resonating them, the result will be a displeasing sound that is not very delightful to the ears. To develop a unique singing style, try finding the ideal pitch in which you are most comfortable. Practice that pitch to perfection with the right amount of tones mixed with resonance. Once you have achieved this, try practicing it regularly so that the result is a unique sound that people will identify you with. Once you are comfortable in that, then try mixing and matching your pitches wherever low and high so that the songs you sing will be creative and unique all at the same time.

Try practicing keys from low to high as the higher you go, the more difficult it will get to get the perfect pitch. Remember to try singing from within your chest or head and not too much from your throat as throat singing causes damage to it, which could sometimes even be permanent. The more you practice, the more effortlessly you will sing. Also remember to practice regular breath control and good posturing as this will help in improving your sound quality without training any of your chords and throat. The key to singing flawless and definitely is to sing as if there is no effort required. Inflect your voice with force when required in a song, without actually doing so, the quality will be greatly improved.

Steps on How to Improve Your Vocal Voice

When you wish to sing seriously or professionally, you have to begin to improve your voice even if you are extremely talented. A human being is always considered a work in progress and so the voice can always be improved to better and better standards. Whether you take classes to improve your voice or hone…

When you wish to sing seriously or professionally, you have to begin to improve your voice even if you are extremely talented. A human being is always considered a work in progress and so the voice can always be improved to better and better standards. Whether you take classes to improve your voice or hone your natural talent in order to perfect it, it's always important to try to improve your voice. There are various ways in which you can improve it, given below are a few to help you out.

• Start by first practicing your breathing and post exercises, this helps in expanding the diaphragm to its full capacity and strengthening the lungs. Once your lungs are strong enough, singing becomes easy and it helps improve the voice as well.

• Perform warm ups and cool downs before and after each singing session; this will help protect your chords and throat from strain and damage. These exercises too help strengthen the throat muscles and improve singing abilities.

• Buy a microphone and practice singing some of your favorite songs along with the original artists. Keep practicing by recording your voice and comparing it to the original artists, after a while; you will get it right and practicing on the microphone helps prepare you for recordings in a studio or even a live audience. Remember, your voice is different on a microphone and you need to practice your vowels on it as they can come out distributed.

• Practice, practice and practice with regular intervals of rest as it's important to rest your chords for the fear of training them. Practice makes perfect, so the more you practice, the better your voice will get.

• If you can afford it, try hiring a private tutor or singing coach to help you through the nuances, this can really help not only improve your voice but help in launching you professionally as well.

• Train your ears to pick up different note in a jiffy; this will help you in singing them better as well. To sing well, it is important to have ears that are trained to listen and not only hear.

• Learn up the lyrics of the song you wish to sing beforehand as this will help in singing better and with confidence without breaks in-between.

• To help improve your singing voice, try increasing your range as well. Practice to perfection the range you are most comfortable with and then try increasing it by singing an octave above and one below your preference.

• Also, try speech level singing to help improve your voice, it does not strain the larynx, thereby helps in improving your voice.

Theatre Season Is Upon Us! Go See a Musical This Week

London has one of the best theater districts in the entire world, and its right at your fingertips. If music be the food of love, play on. We certainly hope they do when it comes to London's array of sparkling musicals. From tales of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Demon Barbour of…

London has one of the best theater districts in the entire world, and its right at your fingertips.

If music be the food of love, play on. We certainly hope they do when it comes to London's array of sparkling musicals. From tales of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Demon Barbour of Fleet Street to revolutionary uprising in Les Mis, there is so much going on in London's musical seen.

Theater season is now upon us (it runs from April to September) – so have a look at some of the largest and unmissable shows and see if there is anything that tickles your fancy.

Les Miserables

Les Mis follows the story of revolutionaries in France at the start of the 19th century. This impressive story of revolution, redemption and romance has been winning audiences since it first opened in Paris over 30 years ago, but it's the music that makes the musical. Beautiful ballads and heroic anthems are famous in their own right and they are what make the show. It's currently playing at the Queens Theater, so go check it out – it's a musical must see.

So if you've ever heard 'Bring Him Home' at a remembrance service or seen Susan Boyle sing 'I Dreamed a Dream' and want to find out the story behind the songs go and see this.

Wicked

This is one of the best in the business – there is simply no other London musical like it. The atmosphere from the audience is electric and has been for every show, every day for over five years now.

The theater is full pretty much every night of the week. If the amazing music is not enough then the stunning set design will be. Not only will you be part of the theater history if you go and see it, but the chances are you'll have one of the most memorable nights of your life – it's that fantastic. We challenge you to not be impressed.

Singin 'in the Rain

Imagine Gene Kelly tap dancing his heart out under buckets of rain – it's one of the most famous movie scenes of all time and now you can see the real deal thanks to the Chichester Festival production.

This musical has some of the most memorable songs in the world – including, of course, that wonderful title song – you're sure to leave Singin 'In The Rain with “that glorious feeling you're happy again”, and now you can see them live – the way they were supposedly to be seen and hear. This is a fantastic musical for all the family, and it's sure to give you that feel-good feeling and leave you tap dancing all the way home.

Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim's musical about the Demon Barbour of Fleet Street, reaping his revenge on the people of London is one musical for those with more of a morbid interest- but do not let this put you off.

If you live in London or if you're looking for something to do in London then this an awesome way to get to grips with some of the city's dark history.

We all know this meaty story and now it's even better with Michael Ball (Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter) as the deliciously demonic double act, this show really is a cut above the rest.

Chicago

Fame-driven showgirls, bloody crimes of passion, courtroom showdowns, sexy songs and smoking-hot dance moves – missing Chicago would be criminal, especially as it's now London's longest-running revival, at its new more intimate home the Garrick Theater.

Most people know the story from the film – but the musical came first, so if you really want to enjoy an evening out at the theater, or if you want to dive into the raunchy 1920's underworld, this is a must see musical. If not for the fault-hearted and probably not for younger audiences, but that's what makes this number really sizzle.

We're all feeling the pinch a bit, so big nights out on the town may be off the table. People always think the theater is expensive but it does not have to be. Really affordable tickets are always there if you look for them, you can get your hands on some West End musical tickets at TheaterPeople.com.

Unknown Powerful Singing Techniques

Once you have completed the basics of singing, it will be time to move on to the more advanced courses for the same. A couple of advanced exercises for singing can increase up to eight more notes in your voice, all it requires is regular exercise and commitment. Advanced lessons can also help smooth out…

Once you have completed the basics of singing, it will be time to move on to the more advanced courses for the same. A couple of advanced exercises for singing can increase up to eight more notes in your voice, all it requires is regular exercise and commitment. Advanced lessons can also help smooth out your voice so that there is consistency in your lower and higher notes, singing higher notes gets easier with these lessons and warmth as well. Advanced courses on singing will help train the inner larynx muscles to make better vocal coordination.

Your vocal technique will improve drastically when you register yourself for advanced lessons on singing techniques. One of advanced singing technique involves the “lip roll”. The lip roll involves holding your face between both hands and gently pressing in the fingers to feel where your teeth meet. Keeping your lips loose, trying listening like you would after a long day, the resultant voice sounds like that of a horse. In the same position try saying “aah” in a dopey manner. This is necessary as the sound will push down your larynx thereby freeing it of any vocal tension. Try balancing out the amount of excess air pressure with your lips.

This lip roll will help you really identify with your head, chest and mixed voice and smoothen out the transition from one voice to the other. All three votes are needed to sing different registrants on the scale. The advanced technique of lip roll has helps disengage the outer larynx muscles that are needed for swallowing food and hence protect your larynx, throat and vocal chords from being damaged or strained. Lip roll also helps in breath control and balancing out your resonance.

In order to practice the lip roll in your singing, try singing along the scale using this technique, you will notice that singing the higher notes just got easier. If you do not completely hit each note, there is no reason to worry; practice makes perfect keep keep practicing all your notes using this technique. Then take it to the next level by singing a song of your choice that you previously had difficulty with, using the same technique. If you do not think you can sing the song using the technique, try the same exercise on this song and you will definitely notice the difference.

Another powerful singing technique aimed at improving your voice and helping you sing effortlessly and flawlessly is the speech level singing method by Seth Riggs. This form of teaching educates you on singing in the same manner as you speak, easily and effortlessly. The beauty of a song is when you inflect it with emotions without trying too hard and to have a smooth consistency that seamlessly flows from note to note. This technique is followed by many singers too.

How to Sing Vibrato Easily

First of all in order to sing vibrato, you need to understand what is vibrato. Vibrato can be defined as the pulsating change in pitch which is usually done to add expression to a song. It can be achieved by the free oscillation of the vocal chords which helps in producing a slight change in…

First of all in order to sing vibrato, you need to understand what is vibrato. Vibrato can be defined as the pulsating change in pitch which is usually done to add expression to a song. It can be achieved by the free oscillation of the vocal chords which helps in producing a slight change in pitch. Vibrato gels well in classical music and songs and usually when one attains vibrato; it is a sign of a good vocal technique. One of the most frequently asked questions in music is how can one sing vibrato. To answer this oft asked question, given below are a few pointers to help you out.

• In order to achieve vibrato, one has to open their pharynx. Pharynx can be described in layman's terms as the back of your throat. One of the common techniques to do this is, is to yawn. Try following the same tactic while singing.

• Another important aspect to sing vibrato is to close your chords in a healthy fashion, in a way similar to how you open them. All this while your muscles have to be relaxed, if they are tensed you will not be able to sing vibrato.

• One very important aspects of singing vibrato is to breathe correctly. Practice breathing exercises daily in order to learn how to breathe in the right manner. Remember, when singing vibrato, do not let your shoulder rise from their normal position, you will not be able to achieve vibrato then. Also, when singing a note, try pushing your diaphragm to help support that note, the result will be beautiful and pleasing to the ears.

• To help you kick-start your vibrato singing skills do the following exercise, try placing your hands at the point where your ribs meet, then place them a little lower at the fleshy part above your belly button. Sing a note which you can do so comfortably, and while singing, press in with your fingers or palm and then release, then press in again and then out, do this three or four times in a second to get a hang of how vibrato should actually sound like.

• Once you have performed the above exercise, try singing a song or the same note without the actions, if you do not get it, try doing the exercise again and really listening to how the sound sounds like. Once again try singing the same without the action, keep repeating this until you can sing perfectly without the actions.

• Keep in mind to use proper vocal techniques and relaxing and singing, do not strain too hard or else it will come out all unnatural and you can strain your vocal chords quite seriously.

• Remember, you might not get it perfectly in the first try, so do not lose heart and keep practicing regularly to perfect it.

Why Singing Waiters Make Ideal Event Entertainment

When planning an event, naturally you want your celebration to be unique and of course you want to make it a night to remember for all your guests. From conception to execution every detail is important; the right venue, the perfect theme and of course, the best entertainment. When it comes to making a good…

When planning an event, naturally you want your celebration to be unique and of course you want to make it a night to remember for all your guests. From conception to execution every detail is important; the right venue, the perfect theme and of course, the best entertainment.

When it comes to making a good impression, the perfect entertainment will play a huge part. Whether you book a musical act or another type of entertainment, you'll be looking for professionals that are well suited to your guests, fit the style of your event and are of the highest artistic standard.

Surprise Singing Waiters or an Opera Singing Chef can be a very impressive way of entertaining your guests that is both fun and stylish. Singing waiters are professional singers; often with international profiles who will have headlined in opera houses and music theaters around the world. Such talented and seasoned artists will be guaranteed to have a highlight of your celebration when they drop their disguises and start to sing.

Not Just Opera Singing

Most acts have a fun presentation with a broad appeal. They will perform a wide range of musical styles, not just opera. Many have a fixed show others will build a repertoire that will work for just about any occasion: Charity fundraising, weddings, birthdays, Corporate functions to name just a few

What do these waiters and chefs do?

The singers normally serve tables at the function together with regular waiting staff, albeit with a twinkle in their eyes and a few more comments to guests than regular staff member. At some point one of the singing waiters causes a distraction and bursts into song serenading guests. The performance is often stagnated during or after the main course of the meal at the event or wedding, but the format has diversified and expanded to encompass performance at whatever stage of an event is best suited to the function hosts. The format typically includes performers dressed as any number of service staff, firemen, security guards, chefs, medical personnel and often even guests incognito appearing and breaking disguise on cue.

There are many good international suppliers of singing waiters who will advise you on the best artists and performers for your event.

So when you are next planning an event, why not considering singing waiters or an opera chef as exciting and exceptional entertainment for your corporate or private guests. The singers will be sure to turn your night into a celebration with a collection of enjoyable songs from the great operas, swing hits, serenades and much, much more.

Unknown Benefits of Singing

Singing is a beautiful exercise, you not only work out your lungs, but you have to train your whole body and eat right in the process as well. You have to breathe right and stand upright; overall singing is a good work out for the whole body and has various benefits not only physically but…

Singing is a beautiful exercise, you not only work out your lungs, but you have to train your whole body and eat right in the process as well. You have to breathe right and stand upright; overall singing is a good work out for the whole body and has various benefits not only physically but emotionally as well. Given below are a few of those benefits.

  • Singing has proven to be the key to a happier longer, contended life.
  • It helps stabilize temperament as you find an outlet in singing which help you vent out your feelings.
  • Singing increases your self confidence, boosts your persona and helps you maintain a good figure.
  • Singing helps the heart by increasing blood circulation and aerobic capacity.
  • It helps regularize sleep patterns and helps you have a fitful sleep.
  • It tones the inter-coastal muscles and diaphragm.
  • Improves breathing patterns and strengthens the lungs.
  • It helps correct posture.
  • By learning how to sing the head voice, sinus cavities and respiratory tubes are opened and benefit from it.
  • Singing is a work out on its own since it releases endorphins that help reduce pain and it also motivates the immune system to fight harder and in a more effective manner.
  • Singing helps fight off anxiety, depressions and anger issues.
  • Singing is a sort of mood enhancer which helps in uplifting the spirits and in general being in a happier state of mind.
  • It helps boost our creative side of the brain.
  • It also helps form a bond between various cultures and people which in turn help generate a sense of community and well being among people.
  • It makes you more social and helps you meet new people as well as different ones.
  • Singing helps bring people across the globe together through the love of one thing alone and that is music.
  • It helps bring about poise and polishes presentation skills.
  • It helps hone the brain by improving concentration and memory.
  • It helps in expressing your inner most feelings without any fear of repercussions.
  • It is a great form of therapy and meditation as well.
  • Singing helps enrich your speaking voice with a warm rich tone, thereby improving the quality of your speech.
  • It also helps not only vocalizing your emotions but also enacting them out. You become a good actor with singing.
  • You start looking for pun intended words as part of your songs and singing helps awaken your inner intellectual. You dig deaf into past poetry and prose looking for inspiration.
  • Singing is an ageless entertainment, you are never too old or too young to enjoy music, since everyone can enjoy music regardless of age.

Secrets of Establishing Your Voice Quality

Developing a distinct and unique singing voice is very necessary in order to further your career as a musician. A distinct voice and style is what people want from singers otherwise everyone will sound the same and people will not be interested in you or your music. Distinctive voices and style is what stands out…

Developing a distinct and unique singing voice is very necessary in order to further your career as a musician. A distinct voice and style is what people want from singers otherwise everyone will sound the same and people will not be interested in you or your music. Distinctive voices and style is what stands out in a performance and what people begin to associate with you. In order to become famous and adored by your fans, once must develop a distinctive musical voice.

Athletes training for Olympics, marathons or professional games need to exercise and train their body in a manner which will prepare their body to perform the required task. Similarly, singers must train their voice in order to sing in sync as well as in rhythm. Voice comes out from tiny internal muscles that should be trained and developed to perform better and better without training or damaging them. Some people practice bad vocal habits while singing leading them to damage their vocal chords in a way that is irreparable and detrimental not only to their career but also health. Get a good tutor who can teach you everything and help you develop good vocal habits thatby strengthening your vocal chords, larynx and throat muscles.

Train your ears in a manner that will help you identify notes and help you reaching those notes consistently and easily. When your ears are trained to listen and not only hear, it will help you in developing your own unique style and voice. This is because when you listen to a particular singer, you know you do not want to sound the same and so you will strive harder to develop a distinct voice and style to help you stand out from the rest.

Practice singing in your speech voice, this is known as speech level singing. Speech level singing will help you easily sing as you easily talk. High notes will be easier to achieve and different pitches and notes will come easily to you and you will be able to seamlessly move from one note to the other. This also helps in protecting your chords and throat as you will not strain them trying to reach some elusive note. Speech level singing will thenby help you create a distinct vocal pattern that will be exclusively yours. It will also help you mix your head and chest voice, using only any one voice will strain you and the quality of the sound coming out will be weird and unnatural.

Also, eat right and exercise your breathing and posture so as to reap maximum benefit from a healthy body which will absolutely lead to a healthy voice. Drink plenty of water to avoid internal friction as water acts like a lubricant in your throat.

How to Sing High Notes Professionally

It is the dream of every singer to sing high notes flawlessly and easily. But singing the higher notes is not an easy task and requires a good professional tutor along with regular practice, breathing and post exercises as well as warm ups and cool downs. To sing high notes one requires immunity motivation and…

It is the dream of every singer to sing high notes flawlessly and easily. But singing the higher notes is not an easy task and requires a good professional tutor along with regular practice, breathing and post exercises as well as warm ups and cool downs. To sing high notes one requires immunity motivation and motivation as it's not always possible to hit the high notes in the first go. But it is not always necessary to go for expensive classes in order to learn how to sing high notes; it can be done at home, through the internet, CD's and e-books as well.

The first thing to do in order to learn is to learn how to breathe in the proper fashion. Many people develop wrong breathing habits as a result of a lazy lifestyle, this result in shallow breathing and not utilizing the lungs to their maximum capacity, lack of oxygen through the body can make the person more lazy and lethargic. Here regularly practice breathing exercises to strengthen the lungs and vocal chords. The right method of breathing involves the stomach going in and out and the chest remaining still. Along with breathing exercises, one has to practice the right postures as well in order to stand in a manner that lets the diaphragm expand to its capacity and back.

The second thing to consider is to perform regular warm ups and cool downs before and after every singing session. This strengthens the chords and protects them from stain and damage. To learn to sing pitch notes first target your focus on the mid-C, perfect that note and then try singing an octave above and an octave below it. This will help in slowly bringing you to the high notes and simultaneously perfecting the lower ones as well. Try not to sing with your throat as singing high notes from the throat can lead it to get sore and strained and sometimes you can even completely lose your voice due to the damage done.

These are sung best with your head voice; it may sound nasal a bit but remember if it's nasal, you are probably doing it right. Do not have false expectations of perfecting it in the first go; keep practicing till you get it right. The key to perfectly singing high notes is to consistently go on singing the higher without changing its quality or going into falsetto. Some people find it helpful practicing with an instrument like a piano. They play a definite key and try matching their tone to it, but remember not to get too dependent on it else you will not be able to sing without it.

Val Kilmer Knows Something Good

Actor Val Kilmer knows something about the Christian Science religion and is spreading the word. Kilmer is currently promoting a one man show based on the lives of Mary Baker Eddy and Mark Twain. Val Kilmer plays Mark Twain in this adaptation that teachers those who want to learn all about exactly what is Christian…

Actor Val Kilmer knows something about the Christian Science religion and is spreading the word. Kilmer is currently promoting a one man show based on the lives of Mary Baker Eddy and Mark Twain. Val Kilmer plays Mark Twain in this adaptation that teachers those who want to learn all about exactly what is Christian Science. The reason Mr. Kilmer probably toes compelled to do this is because he was raised a Christian Scientist and probably has made some observations throughout his life that made a lot of sense.

When most people think of Christian Scientists as faith healing, there is a lot more to this religion. In fact, the principles can be applied to all religions in one way or another. But take a look at how some of the most famous people who have used positive thinking, that their lives estimate that they made positive choices, and see where they ended up.

One famous Christian Scientist is Eliot Ness. Yes, Eliot Ness of The Untouchables. Ness grew up in Roseland and attended the Sixth Christian Science right down the street from his home. He was raised a Christian Scientist and applied the principles to his law enforcement technique. Most people have no idea of ​​what happened to Eliot Ness after he left Chicago. The truth of the matter is that he took over the city of Cleveland and turned it around from a cesspool to one that was voted Safest City In America in three years. He used Capone's tactics, but in a legal and positive manner to make his point and it worked. Eliot Ness is the subject of many books by Michelle Friel Regan who is currently working on her latest book about Ness that explores the area of ​​Chicago known as Roseland and delves into the beliefs of Eliot Ness, Christian Scientist, and how he used his faith to right a wrong.

Those who want to understand this can take a look at some of the most successful people of all time and trace their paths. Even those who are not Christian Scientists and who have made an impact seem to follow along on the power of the positive. The Beatles, for example, are considered the largest rock band of all times, the most successful. Even more than 40 years after the Beatles ended, they were still voted the number one rock and roll stars of all time by VH1. Those who understand the band will see how they really got their start and the power of the positive that emerged from two very good men force force to a music band that has yet to be beat.

Val Kilmer knows something about Christian Science, which is much more than just faith healing. And he is doing his best to try to tell the world in a venue where he can be heard.